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An Intro to Anansi Boys
    
    
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        Neil Gaiman
    
    


    
    
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        Neil Gaiman
    
    


    
    Length: 6 mins
    383 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • An Intro to Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

The idea for Anansi Boys first came to Neil Gaiman almost a decade ago, and here he discusses how the final novel came about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Neil sounds so nice.

  • By Bowie in my DNA on 04-03-08

must i listen to Neil Gaiman to hear a Neil Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

What was most disappointing about Neil Gaiman’s story?

having to listen to the author read his own book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Neil Gaiman’s performances?

no. never

Any additional comments?

please have someone else read your books. I am so tired of your voice. Pay a voice actor to read your book. Please.

  • Russka

  • The Novel of Russia
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 39 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

Russka is the story of four families who are divided by ethnicity but united in shaping the destiny of Russia. From a single riverside village situated at one of the country’s geographic crossroads, Russia’s Slav peasant origins are influenced by the Greco-Iranian, Khazar, Jewish, and Mongol invasions. Unified by this one place, the many cultures blend to form a rich and varied tapestry. Rutherfurd’s grand saga is as multifaceted as Russia itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Historical Novel

  • By Angelyn S. Furst on 10-22-12

Not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 12-17-16

Not my favorite from this author. But enjoyable.
I will read anything he has written.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,517

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

enjoyable story - but

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

different narrator, i'm just not interested in litedning to the author read a story ever again.

What did you like best about this story?

it was imaginative and vivid

What didn’t you like about Neil Gaiman’s performance?

really not interested in listening to him read his own story. author's reading their own stories is a bit indulgent. Except when it's someone like Patti Smith, Keith Richards or Gore Vidal. They are great speakers and have earned the right to read their own material.

  • City on Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Garth Risk Hallberg
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Tristan Morris, Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 37 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 579

The individuals who live within this extraordinary first novel are: Regan and William Hamilton-Sweeney, estranged heirs to one of the city's largest fortunes; Keith and Mercer, the men who, for better or worse, love them; Charlie and Samantha, two suburban teenagers seduced by downtown's punk scene; an obsessive magazine reporter and his idealistic neighbor; and the detective trying to figure out what any of them have to do with a shooting in Central Park.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poor choice of narrator

  • By k8tom on 12-22-15

Poorly researched. Inconsistent character development.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

Eventual the author will be good novelist. There are so many anachronisms that I found myself questioning everything. Including the character development and motivation. I just found I couldn't suspend my disbelief. Clearly the author had no idea what NYC was like in the 70s. And what he does know he's gleaned from Hollywood and some documentary he must have watched.
Tattoo pakora were illegal in the 70s
The pooper scooper law wasn't enacted until the late 70's. After most of the action of this book
F Lee Bailey wasn't notorious as a civil rights attorney enough for a best cop to be concerned about it in the 70s. He as working on the Patty Hearst trial.
The entire conversation around drug use and its effect on family and friends is written with the insight of the last 30 years. It wasn't until Nancy Reagan and her "Just Say No" campaign of the mid 80s that any of the insights on drug use would have been common to the general population.
And his understanding of the punk scene is absent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Voodoo Dreams

  • A Novel of Marie Laveau
  • By: Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Spanning six decades of the 1800s, this mesmerizing story is a fictional biography of Marie Laveau - one of the most haunting characters in New Orleans’ history. Part of a long line of voodoo priestesses and healers, Marie tells of the mystery, passion, and violence that pattern her life. Like her grandmother, Marie sees visions from an early age. She never knew her mother, who practiced a spiritualism so potent she was murdered by those who feared her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Colorful verbal illustrations...

  • By Melissa on 03-03-11

Horrid. Shame.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-13

I've tried 3 times with this book. This last time I tried for hours & hours. The subject matter held promise. But this was horridly awful. Just awful. There's was this constant promise of mystery and intrigue. But nothing has been delivered after hours and hours of endless hours of dribble. Shame.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pictures at a Revolution

  • Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
  • By: Mark Harris
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

Here is the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde - and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood and America forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen - A valuable book

  • By Sharon on 02-17-09

A good listen - A valuable book

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

Reviewed: 02-17-09

Pictures at a Revolution offers a well researched detailed account of a time at which an industry and a nation was shifting values. I only saw Doctor Dolittle in theatres of the 5 discussed in the book. As a child I had no awareness of the political or social climate of the times. As an adult, I was to appreciate the relevance they had to the history of film and Harris' assessments are spot on. His description of Dede Allen's editing brought the film alive for me despite the fact that it has been decades since I last saw the Bonnie & Clyde.

As someone who works in "the industry" I found this book insightful and believe it would appeal to anyone with an interest in film. It makes accessible the process of actually getting a movie made; the business and politics of it all in addition to the creative process. It is so much more than you will find in a glossy magazine.

But really, someone should have done something about the mispronunciations. The narrator is very listenable, but Sidney Lumet's name is, as mentioned in other reviews, NOT pronounced LUMMIT. It's just not.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Innocent Traitor

  • A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385

The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior listen!

  • By Jt on 03-05-07

Brilliant example of historical fiction

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

Reviewed: 08-14-08

The multiple narrators create a rich and full picture of Jane's world. It's wonderful to see Henry from the point of view of his family. And his court. The readers are all excellent, I believe that i originally found this book by some of the narrators.

To hear Jane grow from a child of 3 was captivating. On Jane's description of her birthday I paused when I suddenly realized that, my God, the girl was 4! And to think that the girl never reached 20.

Alison Weir gives a well rounded look at the circumstances of Jane's experience from a variety of people in her life. The effect is stunning. The details of a dinner party create a lush picture of daily experience in Tudor England. And show how individuals navigated a complex social structure. And the intrigue.....

Can't recommend this book enough. I plan on listening to more of the Author's books.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

Fahrenheit 451
    
    
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        Ray Bradbury
    
    


    
    
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        Christopher Hurt
    
    


    
    Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    2,270 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,270
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still Relevant

  • By Tech Nut on 07-28-08

A CLASSIC...What more can you say?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-08

Ray Bradbury and Christopher Hurt. Great book that is a well know and well deserved classic read by the perfect selection for an author. Hurt's reading reflects perfectly Montag's world. And Bradbury's afterwords is relevant given the direction the 20th century has thus far taken. Purchase and enjoy! May the images of these firemen haunt you for as many years as they have haunted me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Disappeared
    Retrieval Artist, Book 1
    
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        Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    
    


    
    
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        Jay Snyder
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    1,315 ratings
    Overall 3.5
  • The Disappeared

  • Retrieval Artist, Book 1
  • By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

Retrieval artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a retrieval artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Universe Full of Morons

  • By Matthew on 07-15-08

spare me the next time

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

Reviewed: 08-14-08

While not my usual fare, it was offered as a free incentive as an introduction to a new series. It was awful. I could tell that it was poorly written in the first 5 minutes....I kept listening as it was the only book on my iphone I hadn't listened to yet and I was stuck in LA traffic. After an hour I kept listening if only to make sure I never wondered about the characters again.
As far as I can tell, half the attraction of SciFi is the futuristic worlds created. Not sure about this future as there was barely enough description to give the characters a sense of location. And as the character arcs were weak and predictable it was rather hard to really care enough to follow which alien race was which.
I am absolutely positive that I will never listen or read to anything in this series, free or not.


  • Drums of Autumn

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29,072
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,557
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,457

Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Can't Get Enough!

  • By Eugenia on 02-15-10

Enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-08

I love Davina Porter's narration of this series! I bought this audio book the day it was available and listen all day while doing housework. When will the rest of the series be available in unabridged versions!!????!!!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful