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  • Quicksilver

  • Book One of The Baroque Cycle
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Neal Stephenson (introduction), Kevin Pariseau, Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,232

In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be aware of what you're getting into

  • By David on 12-16-11

Disappointed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-10

I had been looking for a good historical fiction when I ran across this read. I had such high hopes for this series. However, after listening several hours I finally just gave up waiting for it to become interesting. That will teach me to wait for reviews before wasting credits.

20 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,325

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

The Pillars of the Earth

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-09

The characters absolutely come to life, the story is engaging, and the reader is the best I have ever listened to, I loved this audio!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shanghai Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa See
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371

Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s prosperous rickshaw business, 21-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn’t be more different, but both are beautiful, modern, and carefree...until the day their father tells them he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, sad, and enjoyable

  • By Beach Biker on 07-15-09

Shanghai Girls

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-09

I am hoping this is a historic fiction because the history of China has been very interesting and I'm hopeful that it is accurate. The story is also interesting to me and I find myself looking for opportunities to listen as much as possible.

  • This Present Darkness

  • By: Frank Peretti
  • Narrated by: Jack Sondericker
  • Length: 17 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,271

A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good story horrible recording

  • By Jason on 06-10-13

This Present Darkness

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-09

Years ago I read this series and loved it. The audio version has been a disappointment. I don't care for the reader.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,152

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

The Graveyard Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-09

I was very impressed, the narrator brought the story to life, made it very worth listening to.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful