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  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,982

Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes you miss him even more...

  • By Bruce on 07-02-12

Fun, but disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-19

This is a fun book. I really enjoyed the first 4/5 or so of it, but the ending fell flat and felt very rushed. It is definitely still worth a listen.

  • To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,658
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,662

In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sentimental Favorite

  • By Margaret on 05-28-16

A New Favorite!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I absolutely loved this book!!! I have been a bit steeped in British literature lately so the many references were enjoyable. The story was charming and the language was witty. I will definitely reread this book! It is a new top 10 favorite!

  • How Great Science Fiction Works

  • By: Gary K. Wolfe, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gary K. Wolfe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543

Robots, spaceships, futuristic megacities, planets orbiting distant stars. These icons of science fiction are now in our daily news. Science fiction, once maligned as mere pulp, has motivated cutting-edge scientific research, inspired new technologies, and changed how we view everyday life - and its themes and questions permeate popular culture. Take an unparalleled look at the influence, history, and greatest works of science fiction with illuminating insights and fascinating facts about this wide-ranging genre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deserves a Hugo of Its Own

  • By Carol on 02-01-16

This wasn't quite what I was expecting.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-19

This was a little drier than expected, but I came out of it with a better understanding of the trends of science fiction and a giant list of books I'd like to read. I guess it was worth it for those reasons (and since I got it on sale), but I won't be having my homeschooling high school son listen to it like I had planned. I felt like the lecturer spent too much time describing the plots of many many books.

  • Deep Work

  • Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Jeff Bottoms
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,803

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It's a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21st-century economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1.5x pace

  • By Derek on 05-17-16

Wonderful concept, but with limited applicability

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I really enjoyed this book and the narrator was great, but I found that it applies very little to my real life. The things he suggested take away from deep work are not my personal obstacles and there was only a limited amount that I could apply to my life right now. On the other hand, I could see how this could be life-changing for many people.

  • Bonhoeffer

  • Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: A Righteous Gentile vs. the Third Reich
  • By: Eric Metaxas
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,717

A definitive, deeply moving narrative, Bonhoeffer is a story of moral courage in the face of the monstrous evil that was Nazism. After discovering the fire of true faith in a Harlem church, Bonhoeffer returned to Germany and became one of the first to speak out against Hitler. As a double agent, he joined the plot to assassinate the Führer and was hanged in Flossenbürg concentration camp at age thirty-nine. Since his death, Bonhoeffer has grown to be one of the most fascinating, complex figures of the twentieth century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Message That Needs To Be Heard

  • By Douglas on 01-28-13

Amazing Story!!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-19

This was a truly amazing and inspiring story. My only reason for not giving it 5 stars is that it was almost too detailed in parts. I'm not sure that I wish it was changed, however, because those very details gave such a depth to the story, even if they did bog it down a bit. The narrator is great. I would highly recommend this book.

  • Kristin Lavransdatter

  • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 45 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,394

As a young girl in 14th-century Norway, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, Lavrans, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulaussøn, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A grand listen

  • By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 07-05-17

My New Favorite

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-19

I just finished listening to this book, and I am overwhelmed. It is definitely my new favorite book. The narrator is great and the book is so much more than its description. When I tell people that it follows the life of a 14th-century Norwegian woman, it sounds rather underwhelming, but it is so real. It is real and has beautiful language and amazing character development. Listen to this book!

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  • By: Barbara Robinson
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

The six Herdman children are “absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world”. They lie and steal and smoke cigars. They even burned down Fred Shoemaker’s old toolhouse. Now they’re taking over the Christmas pageant. The Herdmans have never heard the Christmas story before, and they don’t know anything about shepherds or Wise Men. When Imogene hears about the swaddling clothes, she demands to know why anyone would tie up a baby and put him in a feedbox.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Christmas Story -

  • By Mary on 12-24-12

Sweet Christmas Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I really regret not reading this book to my kids when they were younger. It is lovely. It was perfect for a bit of Christmas nostalgia while doing some baking in December.

  • So Good They Can't Ignore You

  • Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Dave Mallow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,039

In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed - preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work - but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Counter to all the "Passion" Career Lit

  • By Erin on 06-12-13

So good!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This is so good that I am going to buy a paper copy for my son.

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,236

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

Ahhh...I am so sad that it is over.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

You know that feeling of disappointment when a book is over and you have to re-enter the real world? That is me right now. I would give this book almost 4 1/2 stars. It was immersive and engaging, suspenseful and yet serene, complex but not confusing. Really the author hit upon just the right balance in almost every way. I would have given this five stars if not for a bit of language (maybe 3ish instances of the F-word plus other random profanities) and a few other minor sexual elements that make it unacceptable for me to teach at the small conservative school I teach at. In other words, I loved this book enough to want to share it with my students, and I am more than a little disappointed that I can't. I have a feeling that I will be thinking about this book for a long time.

  • The Richest Man in Babylon

  • By: George S. Clason
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,768

A modern day classic, The Richest Man in Babylon dispenses financial advice through a collection of parables set in ancient Babylon. These famous "Babylonian parables" offer an understanding of - and solution to - a lifetime's worth of personal financial problems, and hold the secrets to acquiring money, keeping money, and earning more money.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Financial Control, Better Quality of Life

  • By will on 08-31-14

Good basic financial advice.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This is an engaging presentation of basic wise financial advice. There is nothing spectacular here and I don't prefer their definition of success, BUT it is a great quick listen with solid concepts told in a keep-your-attention way. I plan on making my teenagers listen to it.