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  • Old Man's War

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,782

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Witty Military Sci-Fi

  • By M. Spencer on 10-21-12

Hey asshole

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Great story telling and good twists throughout. Better adult SciFi fair for the AARP crowd.

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,741

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another fascinating non-fiction story from Larson

  • By Calliope on 03-03-18

Heart wrenching and informative

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

Reviewed: 07-24-15

As with all his books the mixture of personal stories set against the backdrop of major historical events was riveting. Some of the images are haunting. Overall the reading and storytelling make this a must listen.

  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,499

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the Movie!

  • By Heather Feuerhelm on 03-31-12

Wonderful reading of a timeless love story

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

The voice work and overall performance of this story is outstanding.

The story was an interesting take on an old idea but the story is in the telling and in this audio book I was intertwined start to finish.

Also helps to be a Chicagoan as the story made me think of times past

  • Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • By: T. E. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: James Wilby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Lawrence of Arabia's seminal work charts his time with British Military Intelligence in the Levantine territories, during the wars with the Turks. The manuscript is candid and action-packed (and was entirely re-written after Lawrence lost the original manuscript whilst changing trains).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By James on 05-27-08

Stop the music

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

While the story was interesting and the reading wonderful theistic between each chapter was maddening.

I would suggest the written format for this story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Think and Grow Rich

  • The Landmark Bestseller Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century
  • By: Napoleon Hill
  • Narrated by: Joel Fontinos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654

Think and Grow Rich is the seminal work by the well-loved and world-renowned Napoleon Hill, a contemporary of Dale Carnegie. Originally published in 1937, Hill's money making secrets are as powerful today as they were then- and can change your life forever. After interviewing more than 500 of the most affluent men and women of his time, Hill uncovered the secret to great wealth, based on the notion that if we can learn to think like the rich, we can discover wealth and success.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator is Monotone

  • By Jameelah Anderson on 02-09-17

Good review but

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

Reviewed: 03-16-15

If you read this in the past it is a great review. If you are new to the philosophy then I would suggest getting the book first.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,988

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

WOW

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

Not Since Madam Bovary have I enjoyed realizing how little we men understand how women's minds work! Great story that keep me up nights listening all the way through. Voice work and separation of characters was first rate.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,575
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,795
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,715

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
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

Love her voice

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

Reviewed: 02-26-15

Sissy Spacek gave life to the story that made it all the more enjoyable and immersive.

The story has been reviews so many times all I can say is that it is more important today than ever.

  • The Devil in the White City

  • Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,327

In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to stop listening

  • By Michael on 05-26-12

Story as Big As The Coty

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

Wonderful mixture of history and story telling. With the added contrast of creation against destruction. Vision vs greed and murder. Well read and well done.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,493

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

The Science Fiction Classic

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

Reviewed: 02-21-15

Wonderful performance of arguably the greatest work of science fiction.

This was a pleasure to listen to and the performance made the story come alive

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25,154

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boy, am I in the minority on this one.

  • By Bonny on 11-04-13

Oddly captivating

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

Not what I expected at all and wonderfully surprised at the art of story telling in the book. Used next credit to buy The Idiot

Reading and presentation was beautifully done.