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Joseph L. Breckenridge

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  • Robinson Crusoe

  • By: Daniel Defoe
  • Narrated by: David Warner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Robinson Crusoe is considered by many to be the first novel in the English language. The term 'Robinsonade' has even been coined to describe the various spin-offs of Robinson Crusoe. It is astonishing how much of the book has become part of the language; the very term 'Robinson Crusoe' has become synonymous with the concept of a castaway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance by a great actor

  • By Joseph L. Breckenridge on 09-29-18

Great performance by a great actor

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

David Warner is a marvelous actor with the experience and intelligence needed to carry this story from beginning to end. At times Defoe, the author, gives him some real difficulties, but he makes even these difficult passages clear and approachable. Like many early classics the author is sometimes in need a good editor, but Warner handles all of it brilliantly. Those who want to savor the riches of Defoe's English will enjoy this version perhaps best of those many that are available.

  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

  • By: Dorothy Gilman
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004

Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, perfect narration!

  • By Coffee Lover on 09-08-11

OUTSTANDING NARRATOR, FUN STORY

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

You will enjoy this narrator. She is great! The central character is a lot of fun and the adventures are full of peril. But, she always come through in the end.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,539
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,634

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Fun story. Rich and complex. Great character.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

Perfect performance makes this a fun and memorable romp through a future that is filled with trouble and possibility.

A fresh voice that I think Heinlein would have loved.

  • On the Banks of Plum Creek

  • Little House, Book 4
  • By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 351

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. Here they settle in a little house made of sod beside the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds a wonderful new little house with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and her sister Mary go to school, help with the chores, and fish in the creek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, How 'Naughty' Laura Can Be! :)

  • By Gillian on 02-09-17

AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

This is another amazing book from Laura Ingalls Wilder read by the equally amazing Cherry Jones. Her readings of these books are a treasure.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Little House on the Prairie

  • Little House, Book 3
  • By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 494

The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner in an outstanding series...

  • By Joseph L. Breckenridge on 04-01-17

Another winner in an outstanding series...

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Cherry Jones is perfect! The book is classic. The story is engaging. The characters are men and women of courage and great heart.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,706

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs...

  • By Michael on 10-13-12

A future filled with peril and possibility...

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

The presentation of this book by the various narrators is outstanding. The novel is a classic which earned a Hugo and many other awards as well. Among the best 25 SF novels ever.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Winter

  • Little House, Book 6
  • By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 298

The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, Carrie, and little Grace bravely face the hard winter of 1880-81 in their little house in the Dakota Territory. Blizzards cover the little town with snow, cutting off all supplies from the outside. Soon there is almost no food left, so young Almanzo Wilder and a friend make a dangerous trip across the prairie to find some wheat. Finally a joyous Christmas is celebrated in a very unusual way in this most exciting of all the Little House books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story

  • By Christi Kidd on 07-24-18

Stunning story and, it's all true...

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

In the Northern Prairie the winter of 1880-81 was long and hard. Those living in the little towns far from supplies were cut off when the train tracks could not be cleared, so heavy and frequent were the snows. The Ingalls family were hard pressed to find enough to eat and enough fuel to burn for warmth. Were it not for the heroism of two young men who risked their lives to find food for the town, many would have starved. Literally. Astonishing story of courage and endurance.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Little House in the Big Woods

  • Little House, Book 1
  • By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,147

Told from four-year-old Laura's point of view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives in the little house with her pa, her ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard for the family, since they must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her family celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kids would give it 6 stars

  • By knittymama on 02-26-17

Classic text; outstanding narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Cherry Jones is perfect. She sounds like she was born to make these books come alive.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Your Best Brain: The Science of Brain Improvement

  • By: John Medina, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035

In Your Best Brain, Professor John J. Medina - an award-winning scientist, New York Times best-selling author, and leading advocate for brain research - delivers 24 exciting lectures that probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, intelligence, and beyond. He focuses on five key areas of study in neuroscience: the brain’s physical structure and function, and how it enabled us to become the planet’s apex predator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Clear and Entertaining

  • By Charles on 07-22-15

VERY IMPORTANT: WORTH YOUR TIME

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-17

A great summary of what brain research has to say about living a longer, richer, better life. Presentation is brilliant. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Mark Twain

  • By: Prof. Michael Shelden
  • Narrated by: Michael Shelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Professor of English at Indiana State University and the author of the literary biography Mark Twain: Man in White, Michael Shelden is the perfect candidate to lead this series of lectures on one of the most important—and most influential—of all American authors. From Twain’s early history through his landmark achievements and the defining moments of his extraordinary life, Shelden imparts a learned understanding of both the man and his astounding body of work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flat delivery, great content

  • By Tad Davis on 02-07-11

INSTRUCTIVE OVERVIEW OF LIFE AND WORK

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-16

These 14 half-hour talks are presented in quiet way that lets the words and ideas speak for themselves.

Highly recommended to those who want to know more about this important American author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful