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  • The Last Train from Hiroshima

  • The Survivors Look Back
  • By: Charles Pellegrino
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb's survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. At the narrative's core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand---the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Philip on 02-12-10

The bomb that killed a city and ended the war.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

This story is about the first use of the atom bomb in the second world war. Hiroshima, the first city in the world destroyed ; the first population destroyed by the bomb. Not just history but the death of countless human lives. This book puts you inside the minds and hearts of the survivors. You are there look at the death of thousands. Hard to read but vital to the understanding of how the bomb changed the world. You must read this book.

  • Thunderhead

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544

Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brain Candy

  • By Leesa Morrow on 08-31-10

Read this! If you like Preston and Childs.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

good appealing characters, A memorable landscape. great native Indian history. Original. Full of unrelenting Terror!!

  • Cat Shining Bright

  • A Joe Grey Mystery
  • By: Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

While new father Joe Grey is overjoyed to teach his three young kittens about the world, he misses his cop work - secretly helping solve crimes alongside his human friends at Molena Point PD. But when beautician Barbara Conley and one of her customers are found dead in the salon, Joe makes an exception and heads for the crime scene. He has no idea that the kittens are following him, or how they will complicate the investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book as always

  • By D. Arnold on 03-06-19

Introducing new mystery solving kittens.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Loved the kittens first crime detecting work. Hope to read more about Joe's kids. Elaine Eastman

  • The Cat Who Went into the Closet

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

While sifting through closets of junk in the mansion they have rented, Qwill and Koko uncover a mystery involving the suicide of the former owner and the murder of a potato farmer. By the author of The Cat Who Wasn't There.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun read

  • By Judy M. Gruhn on 06-25-12

Crime for Christmas

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

If you could sum up The Cat Who Went into the Closet in three words, what would they be?

Wealth. Weather. Witnesses.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way the characters worked to overcome their past family troubles.

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

Mr. Guidell is a master character actor in his ability to fill the Cat Who books with likable people and places ...and cats. Mr. Guidell makes the books live.

If you could take any character from The Cat Who Went into the Closet out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Polly Duncan. She's very intelligent and care about people and books.

Any additional comments?

I like the books for the cats.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cat Who Went Bananas

  • By: Lilian Jackson Braun
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

Autumn has arrived, and the citizens of Pickax find themselves amid a clamor of activity. In addition to the opening of its latest theatrical production, the town is celebrating the dedication of a new bookstore and park built in memory of Pickax's beloved bookshop owner Edd Smith. Columnist Jim Qwilleran, participating in the festivities, is also busy with his latest book project: an account of a uniquely historic guest residence, the Hibbard House.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • VERY disappointing

  • By Nina on 02-14-05

The cats save the story.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

If you could sum up The Cat Who Went Bananas in three words, what would they be?

exciting. playful. interesting.

What other book might you compare The Cat Who Went Bananas to and why?

I'm reading all the CatWho books. this one is good as the "cat who said cheese".

Which scene was your favorite?

It was so funny when KoKo played dominos

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, yes. and i did

Any additional comments?

I enjoy these books and have many on my computer. My one wish is that YumYum had a more active role. EE

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cat Shout for Joy

  • A Joe Grey Mystery, Book 19
  • By: Shirley Rousseau Murphy
  • Narrated by: Susan Boyce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72

For feline PI Joe Grey and his companion, Dulcie, life is a bittersweet mix of endings and beginnings. While they joyfully await their first litter, they are also sad for their friend, the old yellow cat Misto, whose time on Earth is drawing to an end. But Misto tells them an exciting future awaits: Among the litter will be a little calico from the distant past who will be born with ancient markings and the adventurous spirit of Joe Grey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love these books

  • By Deb on 03-11-16

Life goes on.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

Where does Cat Shout for Joy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Having followed Joe's life has been exciting and filled with mystery. His friends are people I wish lived next door.This is Ms B's best book.

What other book might you compare Cat Shout for Joy to and why?

I can't choose. All of Joe gray's books

Have you listened to any of Susan Boyce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Ms Boyce's naration is magical she brings all the characters to life.

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

Mystery Cat,

Any additional comments?

I recommend these boos.Love cats, you will love Joe.

  • Hominids

  • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 1
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,072

Neanderthals have developed a radically different civilization on a parallel Earth. A Neanderthal physicist, Ponter Boddit, accidentally passes from his universe into a Canadian underground research facility. Fortunately, a team of human scientists, including expert paleo-anthropologist Mary Vaughan, promptly identifies and warmly receives Ponter. Solving the language problem and much else is a mini-computer, called a Companion, implanted in the brain of every Neanderthal. But it can't help his fellow scientist back in his world, Adikor Huld, when the authorities charge Adikor with his murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great idea, execution a bit flat

  • By CLR on 04-23-13

An origin science fiction story with great cast.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-14

New Science Fiction with a great narrator. I recommend these three books to all my readers.

  • Hybrids

  • The Neanderthal Parallax, Book 3
  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

Scientists (and lovers) Mary Vaughan, who is human, and Ponter Boddit, who is Neanderthal, embark on the harrowing adventure of conceiving a child together. To overcome the genetic barbed wire of mismatched chromosomes, they must use banned technology obtainable only from a Neanderthal scientist living in the northern wilderness.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it!

  • By dissipatedfog on 08-30-08

SF best

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

If you could sum up Hybrids in three words, what would they be?

Captivating. Intelligent. Satisfying.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Favorite character, Ponter Boddit. He is appealing, moral and intelligent.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Robert J. Sawyer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Sawyer's books. His themes are why I enjoy Science Fiction. Davis brings them to life with his wide range of voices.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The Neanderthal Parallax is good for it's attention to character development. It's full of emotions.

Any additional comments?

Sawyer's future science is fascinating. Feeds the quest for knowledge.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,527
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,461

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Leaves me breathless each time

  • By Mel on 07-13-14

Childhood

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

Would you try another book from Harper Lee and/or Sissy Spacek?

No. I didn't consider this an Adult book. Lacks depth. Told from a child's point of view.

Would you ever listen to anything by Harper Lee again?

I would not read Harper's books.

Did Sissy Spacek do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Sissy Spacek did a good job. Very believable.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I didn't like this book, but the story was of interest for it's look at the old South.

Any additional comments?

Despite being a classic, I don't recommend this book.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Red Planet Blues

  • By: Robert J. Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 594

Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O’Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gumshoe on Mars

  • By Craig on 04-06-13

Dated

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

Reviewed: 08-03-14

Would you try another book from Robert J. Sawyer and/or Christian Rummel?

Yes. I have read others that I enjoyed. I bought and recommended "Calculating God".

What could Robert J. Sawyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

create more likable characters. update the job of main character. present fossil plot in the beginning. give more attention to the world of future Mars. remove references to past ideas in earlier books. delete accents; doesn't work for future.









Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Rummel’s performances?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

fossils on Mars idea.

Any additional comments?

book was not up to sawyer's best work.