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  • Pacific

  • Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495

Best-selling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature. Winchester's personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ponderous hard to keep attention

  • By Mark on 01-01-16
  • Pacific
  • Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

Another fantastic and insightful book by Simon Winchester. It has a little bit of everything in it, from science to history to prehistory to regional politics. You finish the book realizing you have learned a lot about many things, even weather and global warming. As ever, Simon Winchester weaves all of these aspects of life together in incredibly interesting and captivating ways.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Jewel That Was Ours

  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

The case seems so simple that Inspector Morse deems it beneath his notice. A wealthy, elderly American tourist has a heart attack in her room at Oxford’s luxurious Randolph Hotel. Missing from the scene is the lady’s handbag, which contained the Wolvercote Tongue, a priceless jewel that her late husband had bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum just across the street. Morse proceeds to spend a great deal of time thinking—and drinking—in the hotel’s bar, certain the solution is close at hand, until conflicting stories, suspicious doings, and a real murder convince him otherwise.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration!

  • By Arsenio Paez on 10-02-15

Horrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

A silky, exaggerated parody of a narration. Barely tolerable. A shame, as it's a good story!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,533

When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Johnny on 08-01-09

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

Wonderful narration on a classic work by H. Austen. Funny, moving, as enjoyable to listen to as to read. The narrator is one of the best for Jane Austen work.

  • Under the Glacier

  • By: Halldor Laxness, Magnus Magnusson (translator)
  • Narrated by: Ken Maxon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

Under the Glacier represents Nobel laureate Halldor Laxness at his entertaining and brilliantly inventive best. Philosophy, theological speculation and charming wit combine to make this novel a timeless fable of modern times. A youthful emissary of the Bishop of Iceland travels to the beautiful and mysterious district of Snæfellsnes, locally known as "Under Glacier" to investigate the affairs of the parish and its enigmatic pastor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible narration and performance. Not worth listening to this way.

  • By Arsenio Paez on 05-29-15

Horrible narration and performance. Not worth listening to this way.

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

Reviewed: 05-29-15

The book itself is a bit difficult but can be interesting. Unfortunately, The narration is a travesty. The narrator is flat and an interesting and has not bothered to check out how to pronounce any of the names or places in the book. I travel to Iceland four or five times per year over the last 10 years. Listening to every name and place being mutilated is too distracting to make it possible for this book to be listen to for long. Any school child could have put the names into Google and have them pronounced correctly. If you are able to overlook the grating sound of names being mashed, and the narrator sounds as if he is stumbling over most of them, the narrator is still just not able to make the story come to life. It is almost like listening to a telemarketer. A real shame as this can be a very interesting book. Requested a refund

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Far From the Madding Crowd

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Jamie Parker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of female independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Sergeant Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness that threatens the stability of the whole community. Published in 1874, and an immediate best seller, Far From the Madding Crowd established Thomas Hardy as one of Britain's foremost novelists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Country tales and voices.

  • By Judyth on 01-07-15

Excellent narrator and great performance of a really great book.

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

Reviewed: 05-28-15

This is a fantastic book by Hardy. The characters and the story is so captivating that I had several driveway moment when listening to it. Jamie Parker is one of the best narrators that there it is. His voice and accents are so rich that it enlivens the book even further. Truly it is a pleasure to listen to him.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Almost Nearly Perfect People

  • Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
  • By: Michael Booth
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than 10 years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely audiobook, he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Anthropological, historical, entertaining

  • By Jay Friedman on 09-30-15

Interesting topic but very opinionated author

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Scandinavia and the Nordic countries are fascinating. The author unfortunately is rather opinionated and very biased. There is a lot of British bias which makes it seem as if he is eager to criticize or find fault. It is strongly biased enough that it sometimes makes it frustrating to listen to, even though it is often also enjoyable. In particular the chapters about Iceland are judgmental and biased to the point of being unfair. Hi travel very frequently in the Nordic world and was excited to see a book about the politics and culture of this area. It was just too pedantic and judgmental. Enjoyable only because of the topic but frustrating at times because of the authors delight in fault finding even if it means purposely ignoring evidence and facts.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Hare with Amber Eyes

  • A Family's Century of Art and Loss
  • By: Edmund de Waal
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi

  • By SB Price on 01-19-12

A captivating story of life, love, loss, memory

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

Reviewed: 01-30-15

A captivating story. This is beautifully written and take you through the rise and fall of a great family. These little figurines become so much more than they seem. They become a read through time. From one area to another they hold the longings and aspirations and also the heartaches of the family. This book is a wonderful history of the last one and a half. Centuries and an incredible amount of change and atrocity and yet beauty and discovery.