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  • The Gate to Women’s Country

  • By: Sheri S. Tepper
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Women rule in Women's Country. Women live apart from men, sheltering the remains of civilization. They have cut themselves off with walls and by ordinance from marauding males. Waging war is all men are good for. Men are allowed to fight their barbaric battles among themselves, garrison against garrison. For the sake of his pride, each boy child ritualistically rejects his mother when he comes of age to be a warrior. But all the secrets of civilization are strictly the possession of women.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked “A Handmaid’s Tale” you will love “The Gate to Women’s Country”

  • By anon on 06-07-18

Perhaps Tepper's greatest work in audio book form!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I highly recommend listening to this book. It is an excellent future dystopian/post-catastrophe story that explores how patriarchy might be eliminated from the human race. Sheri S. Tepper often wrote about gender conflicts and the toxicity of patriarchy - I think this story may be her greatest achievement. I re-read this book just about every year since I found it in 1989; it's been out of print for several years and TRULY deserves to be far better known than it is! The narrator does a fine job differentiating between the different characters and I like her performance in most ways (I think my love for this book is so great that almost no narrator could perfectly satisfy me, except for perhaps Davina Porter....). As someone else said, if you like "The Handmaid's Tale", you'll enjoy this. Now if we could only get "Raising the Stones" as an audio book!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,290
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,574

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. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack - who has already killed Bod's family…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique children's story... Loved it!

  • By shelley on 12-04-17

One of my favorite books gets the whole treatment

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

Reviewed: 11-30-16

When I first read this book by Neil Gaiman, I had gotten it to read to my chidren. I fell completely, completely in love with it. I reread it three or four times before I put it down and could move on. I was delighted to find this wonderful performance thanks to one of Audible's 4.95 sales! I love the book even more now; the cast is superb. The only reason it did not get 5 stars overall from me is the music between chapters. It goes on too long and there's too much of it - and I'm a musician so it's quite rare for me to say something like this. That being said, I heartily recommend this audiobook to absolutely everyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155,560
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143,545
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143,390

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this.<br />

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

I saw the movie before I had heard of the book, and the movie script was surprisingly faithful to the book. I live in a place where space programs are an important part of our economy and community so, like Apollo 13, I always like to see/read stories of the scientists and engineers employing their smarts to solve problems. Narrator was good, too. I recommend this audiobook highly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Late, Late at Night

  • By: Rick Springfield
  • Narrated by: Rick Springfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

In a searingly candid memoir that he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise in music, film, and television, and his lifelong battle with depression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Confessional, honest, bitter and yet a bit creepy

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-14

Confessional, honest, bitter and yet a bit creepy

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

Reviewed: 03-18-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Late, Late at Night to be better than the print version?

I haven't got the print edition. I am unhappy that there is NO ACCOMPANYING PDF so that we audiobook purchasers can see the pictures, so the print edition certainly has that one over the audiobook.

What does Rick Springfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really got to like when he would give voice to his depression, which he calls "the Darkness" or "Mr. D". He uses his natural speaking accent (Australian) and I believe this added greatly to the honesty & emotional impact of the book.

Any additional comments?

I hope the writing of this book was cathartic and/or healing for him in some way, for it seems that the serious therapy he undertook in the past only helped him better understand his misery & what drives him. His bitterness at those who have wronged him and his willingness to share a fair number of his sexual conquests (which must number into the thousands) - that's the creepy part.

I very much liked how often he described how deeply he feels for his long-suffering wife, and throughout shed light on what sex addiction is really like; suffice it to say: addiction is addiction is addiction.

Another thing that is truly remarkable about this book is that he goes through - perhaps somewhat exhaustively - each one of his albums and shows us part of his songwriting process and how he made each one. After listening to the book, I went back and listened to several of the albums he's made in the last 30 years and the songwriting is solid. I especially like "Venus in Overdrive" & "Songs for the End of the World", but an album I really didn't care for when it came out, "Tao", seems very different to me now.

I mostly enjoyed this book & I mostly enjoyed hearing Rick Springfield read his own words. I think I was led to listen to this book after watching Dave Grohl's film, "Sound City", of which RS is a part (and I HIGHLY recommend this film if you are a music fan). Learning more of his story has made me reconsider his music and see him as the songwriter he really is, not as the teen idol I thought he was when I was in Junior High. As Springfield is in his mid-sixties in age and still rockin' pretty hard, I'm thinking I may have to make it a point go to one of his concerts and soon.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,524

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Davina Porter is the GOLD STANDARD in narration

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

Reviewed: 05-30-13

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

He's super fabulous and so is she.

Any additional comments?

I started reading this series of books because my dearest friend in the world just LOVES these books. No, I didn't start with the 1st one because I was getting them out of the library so I took whatever was available. I read them all (there were only 5 at the time) and I very much liked the writing - clever, literate, well researched, the story was unique, the characters likeable and I love really good and long books as I read very fast. Still I would roll my eyes again & again & again when the 2 main characters, Jamie & Claire, would go on about how great/wonderful/handsome/beautiful the other one was; I began to think I would scream if I had to read *one more description* of how amazingly groovy somebody's hair was.....

Enter Audible. The same dearest friend gave me a few free credits & I decided to use one of them on "Outlander". Heck! It's a great value: more than 33 hours long?!? Imagine my astonishment when I found myself laughing out loud and another time IN ACTUAL TEARS during the listening of this book - Davina Porter's performance *made* *me* *care* what happens to these people.

.I now have all of the unabridged audiobooks and am looking forward to more volumes as they are released. It's true, Ms.Porter canna do a good Boston accent (but she does ALL the others so well), and I still roll my eyes whenever I have to hear for the fiftybazillionth time how handsome he is and how gorgeous she is but I love all of the characters like family now and simply adore narration by Davina Porter. RECOMMENDED

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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,318

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Emily - Audible on 11-30-12

Absolutely OUTSTANDING

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

Reviewed: 05-30-13

First- full disclosure: I'm a fan of the book. I'd read it just a few years after it came out when I was probably a freshman in high school; it made an indelible impression on me and I think Margaret Atwood is a flippin' GENIUS. I think it should be required reading for every human being in North America.

My daughter, in her mid-teens, loves audiobooks. She is a great reader as well; however, she will only very occasionally take a book recommendation from her mum. I got this audiobook in the hopes that she *might* listen to it if I put it on her iPod.

Claire Danes hasn't been a favorite of mine - it isn't that I *don't* like her.....I just missed "my So-Called Life" age wise & I can't recall seeing her in anything since "Romeo & Juliet" (I haven't watched much tv since 1997). I was skeptical if Ms. Danes could do this material (that's so important to me) justice, but I hoped my daughter would enjoy it.....

One evening I couldn't sleep & I had no more credits so I decided to give it a try - AMAZING. I hadn't re-read "The Handmaid's Tale" in 20+ years and listening to it again now was not only chilling but I was dumbfounded at Atwood's prescience (just check out Ms. magazines' recent articles about the War against Women). And Claire Danes? She inhabits this narrative, gives such a strong, nuanced performance that I cannot BELIEVE she didn't win the Audie for this. Danes reading Atwood is a golden example of how audiobooks can be so much better than reading a book yourself; great writing paired with great reading is sublime.

I still don't know if my daughter has listened to it - I pray that she does. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kicking and Dreaming

  • A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll
  • By: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Two sisters. Two voices. One Heart.

The mystery of "Magic Man." The wicked riff of "Barracuda." The sadness and beauty of "Alone." The raw energy of "Crazy On You." These songs, and so many more, are part of the fabric of American music. Heart, fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has given fans everywhere classic, raw, and pure badass rock and roll for more than three decades. As the only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments, Ann and Nancy have always stood apart - certainly from their male counterparts but also from their female peers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Behind-The-Scenes Look At "Heart"

  • By Kathy on 11-13-12

Even better than I'd hoped

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

Reviewed: 05-30-13

I read quite a few of the other reviews before downloading this one; I'm not sure why I was on the fence. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this audiobook, especially as the sisters Wilson took their respective turns at narration. I think they were very candid and open about their own failings and quite generous to others in their history. I gained a much greater appreciation for each of them as musicians, songwriters and captains of their own fates; I've spent the last week on Spotify listening to lots of their music over again.

Another reviewer here on Audible was quite scornful about their passivity during the 1980's - their most financially successful period and the beginning of the uber-focus on Ann Wilson's weight gain - and I have to say that I cannot agree with the other reviewer. I believe they wrote very sincerely about how they lost their way artistically during that time and how they laboriously clawed their way back to themselves through great personal challenges. I have read/heard a fair number of musicians' memoirs/autobiographies/biographies over the last 30 years (at least 40 or more I think) and this was the first one where the heartbreak of infertility was discussed in depth!

The best memoir I've EVER heard is Keith Richard's "Life"; this book is just a notch below that one - but only a notch! Ann & Nancy Wilson are unique in their position as rockers, siblings & women and this book tells so much of that history - I definitely recommend it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • God Said,'Ha!'

  • By: Julia Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Julia Sweeney
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Resonated Big Time

  • By Haley on 09-15-08

Spend yer money on this!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-12

Julia Sweeney is VERY funny, and this remembrance of her life is mostly funny. When it isn't funny, it's touching. We were on a long trip as a family & the teenagers & the adults all really enjoyed it. The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is that it isn't long enough! So don't spend a whole credit, but DO spend yer money on this.

  • Only You Can Save Mankind

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Richard Mitchley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

As the mighty alien fleet from the very latest computer game thunders across the computer screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces. And they send him a message: We surrender. They're not supposed to do that! They're supposed to die. And computer joysticks don't have 'Don't Fire' buttons. But it's only a game... isn't it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Terry Pratchett delight

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-21-12

Another Terry Pratchett delight

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

Reviewed: 06-21-12

I always enjoy Terry Pratchett so it is no surprise that I enjoyed this one very much. I love how his thought process turns things sideways. My only complaint was the length - too short! Share this with your video games obsessed teenagers. :)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful