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  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,580

Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth ( The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Late to the Party...

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Exceptionally Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Superb story, wonderfully performed by Colin Firth. Highly recommend to anyone who wonders about loving, losing, hating, or the question of redemption... or lack thereof.

  • Notes from the Underground

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

A predecessor to such monumental works such as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Notes From Underground represents a turning point in Dostoyevsky's writing towards the more political side.

In this work, we follow the unnamed narrator of the story, who, disillusioned by the oppression and corruption of the society in which he lives, withdraws from that society into the underground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awful hero, great narrator

  • By Tad Davis on 10-13-09

Very Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I must confess, I adore Dostoevsky's novels, and this does not have the same feel or excitement as they do. If you want to touch upon only ONE Dostoevsky book, I'd suggest you choose "Crime and Punishment" or "The Brothers Karamasov" instead. They may be longer, but I actually found them to be much quicker and more fascinating reads. That said, THIS is still a remarkably well written and intriguing book, and well worth your time. It is not pleasant, but that is part of the point. It challenges us, and hopefully helps us to grow in the process.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last of the Mohicans

  • By: James Fenimore Cooper
  • Narrated by: William Costello
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

James Fenimore Cooper was the most popular American writer of his day, but today he is best known for The Last of the Mohicans. A part of his Leatherstocking Tales, The Last of the Mohicans takes place in 1757 during the French and Indian War, when France and England battled for control of the American and Canadian colonies.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Reading is fairly lifeless

  • By Rebecca on 02-02-09

It's a Classic for a Reason

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

Really enjoyable and thought provoking. Enjoyed the various characters and the detailed depiction of another era. A good read.

  • Smith of Wootton Major

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Tolkien's acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tale, read by Derek Jacobi. Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming

  • By Babbi on 01-18-17

Wonderful story. Highly recommend.

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

Tolkien creates something wonderful here, a story truly worth reading. It is a story that lodges itself in the soul, long after it has been read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paper Magician

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,714

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she's bonded to paper, that will be her only magic... forever. Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Valley girl reads book on faux British accent

  • By James and co. on 06-23-15

So much potential. So little proofreading.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

Clearly a young writer who did allow the full maturation of a truly novel concept. Quite a pity.

  • Childhood's End

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,166

The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Food for Thought

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-17-08

Not my favorite sci-Fi, but thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

This was not my favorite sci-Fi, but it was thought provoking. Check out Asimov, he's amazing.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,292

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Eh. Was better during the parts without Augustus.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

Eh. Was better during the parts without Augustus Waters. The two main characters were too similar, and at times they come across as really pretentious and judgmental, as does their friend. The author seems to support this behavior and rewards them accordingly. Felt manipulative at times.

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  • The Everlasting Man

  • By: G. K. Chesterton
  • Narrated by: Thomas Whitworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Considered by many to be Chesterton’s masterpiece, this book declares his comprehensive view of world history as informed by the Incarnation. Retelling man’s story from the very beginning, he shows how all of men’s desires are fulfilled in the person of Christ and Christ’s Church. With his characteristic brilliance and irony, he argues that Christianity is not just a religion to stand beside other religions, for the fact of the Incarnation sets it quite apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Church Unshaken

  • By H. Rapson on 08-16-12

Incredibly Insightful Classic

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

Reviewed: 10-17-15

Chesterton is a witty and intelligent writer and this book is one of his masterpieces. Highly recommend.

  • The Death of Ivan Ilyich

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 903

Hailed as one of the world’s masterpieces of psychological realism, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so much as a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise he is brought face-to-face with his own mortality. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant, simple, and true

  • By Alexandria on 09-22-13

Tolstoy: as amazing as ever

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

Had my doubts near the beginning, and wondered why people consider this one of the "greats". It seemed insightful, but commonplace. By the end, though, I was deeply moved. Mind you, the best part is the last few minutes, but only then do you realize that you NEEDED all the buildup of the rest of the narrative. Wow, incredible story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Talent Is Overrated

  • What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
  • By: Geoff Colvin
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,123

One of the most popular Fortune articles in many years was a cover story called "What It Takes to Be Great." Geoff Colvin offered new evidence that top performers in any field - from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch - are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Even-Handed Look At Talent

  • By Sasha L. Stowers on 01-30-11
  • Talent Is Overrated
  • What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
  • By: Geoff Colvin
  • Narrated by: David Drummond

Though Provoking

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

Reviewed: 01-14-12

Would you listen to Talent Is Overrated again? Why?

Yes, it brought up some good points and was enjoyable to listen to.

What other book might you compare Talent Is Overrated to and why?

Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell. Thought provoking and focused on human achievement, but also a very enjoyable read.

Any additional comments?

Recommended!