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  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan: The Asian Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,829

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly well done!

  • By Ruby Dickson on 04-24-15

Entertaining and Educational

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Found the book both entertaining and educational. Book focuses a lot on Samurai life and how women were treated. Only wish the author wrote about the final battle instead of just a paragraph long summary.

  • Barsoom Series Collection: 7 John Carter Stories

  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: Eric Vincent
  • Length: 54 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Barsoom Series Collection: 7 John Carter Stories is an audiobook collection of seven novels/stories of John Carter by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It will transport you to a fascinating new world unlike any other. Join John Carter as he finds himself on another planet beyond his deepest imagination - Mars, with almost a complete lack of resources.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Story with Expert Narration

  • By paintingmn on 05-30-16

If you liked the movie you'll like these books

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

If you liked the movie you'll like this book series. The book is a little different than the movie. The narrator did a pretty good job in my opinion.

  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

  • By: Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 60 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Made Me a Better Person

  • By Coalition Deadboys Podcast on 03-29-13

Classic Novel...at times tedious and slow

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

Enjoyed the main plot immensely, sometimes the author would spend many tedious chapters on background history which was not really necessary. Hugo spent about 10 Chapters on the history of Waterloo, explaining the sewers of Paris, or time on French politics. I always enjoyed seeing how much the Broadway version or Hollywood movies differ from the book and as usual there is quite a difference. I have to say I enjoyed The Count of Monte Cristo more than this book.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,906
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,907

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is the one to spend 50 hours listening to!

  • By james on 03-05-13

Awesome Story and Performance

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Enjoyed the book very much, quite different than the Movie versions. It's easy to lose track of all the chracters, there's websites that show characters of this book in case one gets lost.

  • The Cycle of Arawn

  • The Complete Trilogy
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 66 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,179

The White Tree (book one): In Mallon the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost. But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante. As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In Response to the Criticism from Other Reviewers

  • By Jonah on 06-11-17

Well worth the credit, we'll done

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Upon hearing the Audio Sample I was not impressed, but do not let that sway you. This sample is from the beginning of the book, it gets much better. I love the humor between the main characters Dante and Blays. The author and narrator did an excellent job.

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  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister, Ray Porter, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 51 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

From early work like "Rescue Party" and "The Lion of Comarre", through classic stories including "The Star", "Earthlight", "The Nine Billion Names of God", and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later work like "A Meeting with Medusa" and "The Hammer of God", this comprehensive short story collection encapsulates one of the great science fiction careers of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • List of stories from

  • By KW Charlie on 09-15-16

Mixed bag, but overall good

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Enjoyed the stories, most were good. But I think I would prefer one big story over many short ones.

  • Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

  • By: J. S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 85 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266

Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws. Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Firefly cranked up on Meth plus a Space Wizard!

  • By Ray Johnson on 04-27-18

Sci Fi and Fantasy Magic all in one

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

Really enjoyed this series, I hope the author writes more of these. The Narrator is excellent. I was fortunate to get books 1 thru 16.5 in a bundle which was an excellent bargain. Captain Carl reminds me of the captain on Firefly and Star Lord on Guardians of the Galaxy.

  • Oathbringer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 55 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,612
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,073
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,018

Dalinar Kholin's Alethi armies won a fleeting victory at a terrible cost. The enemy Parshendi summoned the violent Everstorm, which now sweeps the world with destruction and in its passing awakens the once peaceful and subservient parshmen to the horror of their millennia-long enslavement by humans. While on a desperate flight to warn his family of the threat, Kaladin Stormblessed must come to grips with the fact that the newly kindled anger of the parshmen may be wholly justified.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Sanderson Masterpiece

  • By 2bizy on 05-24-18

The best of the series so far

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I hope there will be more. I definitely will try some of the authors other books.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,413

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept Me Coming Back Every Day

  • By Dewese on 02-28-18

Well done Audio Documentary

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

When I downloaded this initially I thought it was going to be a work of fiction but it turned out to be a documentary. It is very well done and will hold your attention.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,772
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,759

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Keeps getting better

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

Keeps getting better...will get the 3rd book. wish the "2.5" book (Edgedancer) was not so short...might have to skip that book...unless it goes on sale.