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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 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507

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

Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

I thoroughly enjoyed Simon Winchester's book, Pacific. He's carefully chosen ten turning points in Pacific history dating from just after WW2. His expositions range from a more light hearted examination of surfing to the Wests fears of China's recent expansions. While not ignoring some true dangers, he leaves the reader enlightened and hopeful. Truly a must read.

  • Courage Has No Color

  • The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America's First Black Paratroopers
  • By: Tanya Lee Stone
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

World War II was raging, with thousands of American soldiers fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, the injustice of discrimination against African Americans was playing out as much on Main Street as in the military. Enlisted black men were segregated from white soldiers and regularly relegated to service duties. At Fort Benning, Georgia, First Sergeant Walter Morris’s men served as guards at The Parachute School while the white soldiers prepared to be paratroopers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding

  • By Maphil N Belfon-Ellie on 10-25-15

Heroes Against All Odds

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

No human being should have to put up with the degradations heaped on Black Americans in the past 400 years ... especially considering what America is supposed to stand for. The men of the 555 not only put up, but stood up and defended their country right or wrong in hopes of a better future. The telling of their struggles and achievements must ring in your mind and heart. THIS is what all the world needs to fight for: not races but the human race. Thank you, TL Stone, for adding Courage Has No Color to the "freedom library."

  • The Indian in the Cupboard

  • By: Lynne Reid Banks
  • Narrated by: Lynne Reid Banks
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

It all started with a birthday present that Omri didn't want: a small plastic Indian that was no use to him at all. But an old wooden cupboard and a special key brought his unusual toy to life, and strange and wonderful things began to happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So well read.

  • By Tiffany on 01-07-11

Wonderful read!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

Anyone who's ever dreamed of a toy-come-to-life will enjoy this tale of a boy and his Indian as they struggle through misunderstandings and mishaps to friendship.

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    Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    9,929 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • Killing Floor

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,567

All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comic book tough guy

  • By Ed on 06-21-08

Marginal Story

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

I had heard of Jack Reacher novels for some time and knew they were popular, but I have to assume his later books earned him the fame. I found the plot fairly predictable and the inner monologue of Reacher dreary. The plot twist involving his brother was farfetched yet so easily rectifiable. Irritating. Good narration though.

  • The King's Speech

  • How One Man Saved the British Monarchy
  • By: Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 744

At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As enjoyable as the film, and then some.

  • By Howard on 02-28-11

Illuminating

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

I found myself immersed in the pre- and war years as told through the lost art of letter writing. It was fortunate that Lionel Logue's family had kept all his memorabilia allowing for the creation of this novel. I particularly enjoyed the day-to-day details of the lives of both Lionel and the King's families.

  • Ghost Story

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,372

When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best thing I've ever seen a company willingly do

  • By Brooks Hamilton on 04-21-15

Thank You, James

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

While I didn't dislike Glover's cover of Ghost Story, and actually thought it was good, no one tops James Marsters work. Now my set is complete!

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,948

In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't dismiss this one out of hand!

  • By John S. on 09-09-15

Enjoyable Bio

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

I was familiar with Felicia Day from her Buffy and Dr. Horrible days, but I never knew she was so much more than a Hollywood actress. The unusual and convoluted story of her upbringing and path to now really makes it clear that most of us are just marking time. Felicia's tale reminds us we don't have to.

  • Side Jobs

  • Stories from the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,611
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,006

Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of best-selling author Jim Butcher - a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dresden Short Story Collection

  • By Teahouse Fox on 11-01-10

More Please

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

It was wonderful getting a view of Harry's world from different characters' perspectives. Series in the first person sometimes miss greater depth due to the narrow focus, so I really hope there will be further "side jobs." As for James Marsters' performance, I am blown away by the breadth of his skills: drama, accents, tones, timing...amazing!

  • Dead Ice

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558

Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She's a US marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This Is a Political Equity Lesson....Not a Story

  • By Jeannie on 07-20-15

The Executioner Makes a Comeback

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

Just when I thought Anita's world was nothing more than a Jerry Springer episode of a girl and her harem (Not a bad lifestyle if you can get it, but it shouldn't be the focus.), Hamilton come back from behind to deliver shotgun blast reminiscent of Anita's earlier days as Manny, Zerbrowski, even the cautionary tale of the Señora make appearances.

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  • When to Rob a Bank

  • ...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt, Erik Bergmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,040

When Freakonomics was initially published, the authors started a blog - and they've kept it up. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • this book is free on the blog and podcast.

  • By Spencer on 05-12-15

More Thought Provokers

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

The boys have managed to honor their publishing contact AND keep me reading (listening). Taking the best of their blog and podcasts, they have successfully organized and gone deeper into some stories we always wondered about. Remember Allie, the escort? Listen to learn more.