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  • Lord of Light

  • By: Roger Zelazny
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

It is long after the death of Earth. A band of men and women on a colony planet has gained control of technology. With it, they have given themselves immortalty and godlike powers, and they rule their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon: Kali, Goddess of Destruction; Yama, Lord of Death; Krishna, God of Lust. All are opposed by him who was Siddhartha, who is now Mahasamatman, Binder of Demons, Lord of Light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic well rendered

  • By Erik Hemming on 11-25-08

great 60s sci fi

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

zelazney's best novel - a genre classic - a wiseguy buddy novel - but with death and buddha as the buddies

you have to get past the 'formal' teenage-boy version of how heroes talk - it is 60s sci fi - but the story underneath is a gem

  • The Complete Short Stories, Volume One

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

There have been few masters of the short story as popular as W. S. Maugham. His dry wit, worldweary loftiness, pungent cynicism, and penetrating powers of observation have contributed to the creation of some of the greatest short stories ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterful production of Maugham's short stories.

  • By J. J. Kuzma on 09-07-13

Narrator not for everyone

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

I simply couldn't finish it. I'm sure Mr Giffin has his fans or he wouldn't be hired to read so many books. To me his reading is melodramatic and his female falsetto is grating. Poor casting for Maugham, who so often writes about puncturing societal pretension. I know this us just a matter of taste, but I'd advise you to listen to the sample carefully and ponder if you'd enjoy several hours of his voice.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How Right You Are, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

The Times has announced, much to Bertie's astonishment, the news of his engagement to the beautiful Bobbie Wickham. But worse is yet to come.... Uncle Tom's antique silver cow creamer has gone missing. Kipper Herring has libeled his and Bertie's former headmaster, leading British psychiatrist Sir Roderick Glossop, is posing as a butler, and Aunt Dahlia's masterly French chef is in trouble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book! "Good" Reader...

  • By K. Danielson on 04-02-11

Ian Carmichael is the best

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

I had to write this review because I've noted some other listeners are critical of Carmichael.

I've listened to most of the Jeeves books, and in my opinion, Ian Carmichael is the only narrator that I think outdoes Jonathan Cecil. You cannot get Carmichael on more than a couple of the Jeeves books, but where you can, I would recommend him.

Carmichael interprets Wooster better than other narrators because he lived the part for several years. Carmichael played Wooster on a BBC television series "The World of Wooster" in the 1960s, while Hugh Laurie was still in grade school, and while Wodehouse was still alive, and able to criticize. (Wodehouse thought Carmichael over-acted, but still asked him to play the part of Jeeves in a version for the theatre.)

Carmichael is an old-school actor who appeared in several film and television roles. His voice will be familiar to you. For me, having the familiar work of Wodehouse read by the familiar voice of Carmichael is the audio equivalent of comfort food.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,305

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Tim Curry is amazing in this!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

This became an immediate Christmas classic in my house. We like it better than any of the movies.

  • John Adams

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 29 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,557

McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lip smacking good

  • By Randall on 08-29-16

In depth biography told in an entertaining way

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

David McCullough knows how to tell a tale. Like Shelby Foote, he knows the amateur historian wants to be entertained, as well as informed. The view of Jefferson seems a little one sided, but that's probably only fair in a book about Adams.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Best of Connie Willis

  • Award-Winning Stories
  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss, Jessica Almasy, Mia Barron, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Here are the greatest stories of one of the greatest writers working in any genre today. All ten of the stories gathered here are Hugo or Nebula award winners - some even have the distinction of winning both. With a new Introduction by the author and personal afterwords to each story, plus a special look at three of Willis' unique public speeches - this is unquestionably the collection of the season, an audiobook that every Connie Willis fan will treasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An index for locating stories

  • By Ruth Green on 11-29-14

The best short stories by a great SF writer

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

I think many people like Connie Willis, even if they don't like Science Fiction. She's a very good story teller. Much of her work is almost more historical fiction than science fiction (which may be good for folks who find science fiction too absurd/outlandish). If you are looking to sample the genre, this would be a good place to start. My personal favorites here are Fire Watch, Inside Job, and All Seated on the Ground. I think most fiction fans would find those stories entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Age of Extremes, 1880-1917, A History of US, Book 8

  • By: Joy Hakim
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

For the captains of industry ? men like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and Henry Ford ? the Gilded Age is a time of big money. Technology boomed with the invention of trains, telephones, electric lights, harvesters, vacuum cleaners, and more. But for millions of immigrant workers, it is a time of big struggles, with adults and children alike working 12 to 14 hours a day under extreme, dangerous conditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent American History for Tweens and Teens

  • By EmilyK on 05-30-15

A simple overview appropriate for young teens

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

I wouldn't recommend this book to someone familiar with the era, or someone seeking an in-depth treatment. But I think it would work well as an introduction for an intelligent 12-15 year old reader.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,650
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,592

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Brings to life the 1930s world

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

Would you listen to The Boys in the Boat again? Why?

Yes, I will listen to it again, even though most of the charm of the book is in its surprises (the popularity of rowing, the work environment at the grand coulee dam, etc.). It's a very evocative book, and reminds me strongly of my grandparents.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe Rantz, the central character of the book. He has one of those life stories that makes you count your blessings, and rededicate yourself to your own tasks.

Which scene was your favorite?

The descriptions of the great dustbowl events. The descriptions of the races.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Moments in Joe's childhood (hard to be specific without a spoiler). The final race.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book for a road trip.

  • The History of the Ancient World

  • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
  • By: Susan Wise Bauer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,625

This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Historic Achievement

  • By Ellen S. Wilds on 04-25-14

A twenty six hour sketch

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Most folks my age (mid fifties) who grew up in the States took their 'ancient history' class when they didn't talk about China or the Middle East (aside from Israel) at all. If I had a friend who never took the time to fix that blind spot in their education, I might recommend this book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was the Fall of the Roman Empire. Gibbon's book on that one subject is five times longer than this entire work. Like so much of this book, the ending seemed rushed.

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

The tone of his voice.

Could you see The History of the Ancient World being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

This is a good question. The book *would* make an interesting BBC/PBS series. That said, I have to point out that a person usually looks for more depth from a book, than a television series provides.

Any additional comments?

What the author is attempting to do here is very ambitious, but I don't think it succeeds. I'm not sure anyone could have done any better in 26 hours. It is an enormous span of time and geography.

26 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm of War

  • A New History of the Second World War
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

The Second World War lasted for 2,174 days, cost $1.5 trillion, and claimed the lives of more than 50 million people. Why did the Axis lose? And could they, with a different strategy, have won? Andrew Roberts's acclaimed new history has been hailed as the finest single-volume account of this epic conflict. From the western front to North Africa, from the Baltic to the Far East, he tells the story of the war - the grand strategy and the individual experience, the cruelty and the heroism - as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very interesting book with some shortcomings.

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-24-11

difficult listen

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

Reviewed: 05-31-14

I've enjoyed other performances by Christian Rodska, but I found this one very difficult. I'm not sure if it was just the quality of his voice, which (to me) is sharp and somewhat nasal in this performance. Or if it is the combination of the voice and text, because I found it difficult to listen long enough at one time to get a sense for the quality of the text. Definitely 'sample' this one before you buy it.