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  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,981

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons? Time for a cup of tea! Join the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his uncommon comrades in arms in their desperate search for a place to eat as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book!

  • By DrVeebs2b on 07-02-12

Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Martin Freeman was a delightful narrator and the novel was genius. Loved it and will recommend to friends!

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 72,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65,208
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 64,947

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm so sad it's over!!

  • By Erin on 05-19-16

Magical Listen

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

The most enjoyable experience in this audiobook is the variety of Jim Dale's characters and voices. Each character comes to life and has an individuality of their own. I am so impressed. No other narrator has been able to transform so amazingly from accent to accent, from male to female, young to old...Jim Dale truly brings the reading to life. I listened to all of the audiobooks of Harry Potter because I wanted to re-read the series as I drove, worked on the garden and ran errands. I found myself yet again immersed within this world of magic and will listen to these audiobooks over and over again. I don't think I'll ever get tired of listening to Jim Dale's interpretation.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Peter Pan

  • By: J. M. Barrie
  • Narrated by: Lily Collins
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678

There are few characters in literature more iconic than J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Originally introduced in 1902 in another Barrie novel (The Little White Bird), Peter's story was expanded as a standalone novel in 1911 and since then has been memorably adapted for the movies, for television, and for stage.

Now, actress Lily Collins (The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) brings new, youthful energy to Peter's magical adventures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story, but Jim Dale is Far Better...

  • By Gillian on 05-11-16

Lilly Collins' masterful performance!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

Lilly Collins' performance was marvelous. Her joyous, happy voice made this audio version of Peter Pan so fun to listen to. I would definitely listen to any other audiobook by Collins. Fantastic job!

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,083
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,022

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Of all the trees, we get one that hits back!

  • By Andrew on 11-20-17

Absolutely enchanting!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-16

I've read The Chamber of Secrets various times but I wanted to listen to it to it while I drove and did errands. It was absolutely captivating. The narrator is amazing!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Storm of Swords

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 54,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,750
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46,713

As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.

  • By Magikarp Salad on 12-22-07

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

Excellent audio book, definitely worth it! Story full of twists and excitement, superb narration. Definitely recommended, this is the second time around I read the book.

  • The Turn of the Screw

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,284

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible

  • By Gillian on 03-16-16

Emma Thompson is incredible!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

I would not have been so enticed by The Turn of the Screw had it not been for Richard Armitage and Emma Thompson's incredible performance. The short novel is a masterpiece and a wonderful thriller. Would recommend this novel to fans of Victorian ghost stories, and novels like Dracula, Frankenstein and The Island of Doctor Moreau. Overall the experience of this audiobook was a 10/10.

16 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,628

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Sally on 01-04-10

Beautifully Read

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

North and South is probably Elizabeth Gaskell's best novel. However, many have compared it with Pride and Prejudice and even praised it was better. I'd beg to differ; Pride and Prejudice is still above North and South though it is still worth the read.
The performance was incredible. At times, I could not believe this was all being read by one person! Every character sounded different. It was very well done!