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  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • By: Robert M. Pirsig
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,990

This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of the Intro.

  • By Vicente on 11-10-13

A remarkable journey

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

This is not a book which you read in order to reach the end. As such, it can be very taxing. Take your time and enjoy the ride .... Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance rewards its reader for years to come. Love it or not, it is something you will never forget.

  • The Forests of Silence

  • Deltora Quest, Book 1
  • By: Emily Rodda
  • Narrated by: Ron Haddrick
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

The evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora with its seven gems of great and mysterious power. When the gems are stolen and hidden in dark, terrible places throughout the kingdom, the Shadow Lord triumphs and Deltora is lost. In secrecy, with only a hand-drawn map to guide them, two unlikely companions set out on a perilous quest. Determined to find the lost gems and rid their land of the tyrant, they struggle towards their first goal - the sinister Forests of Silence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childhood book

  • By Anonymous User on 07-16-17

Interesting read for my grade 7 students

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Thy really enjoyed the book and a number of them have now rated reading the second book in the series.

  • Atlas Shrugged: CliffsNotes

  • By: Andrew Bernstein PhD
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

This CliffsNotes study guide on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent resource for a timeless yet rather long-winded novel

  • By edteach3r on 03-22-17

An excellent resource for a timeless yet rather long-winded novel

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

CliffsNotes is an excellent resource to understanding the complexities of Atlas Shrugged. I read the novel many years ago at university and could not bring myself to doing it again. So, the Notes was just perfect for refreshing my memory ... in under four hours. The audio worked even better when following on with the written text (both audible and kindle on my iPad).

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The House of the Scorpion

  • By: Nancy Farmer
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Matt is a clone of El Patrón, a powerful drug lord of the land of Opium, which is located between the United States and Mexico. For six years, he has lived in a tiny cottage in the poppy fields with Celia, a kind and deeply religious servant woman who is charged with his care and safety. He knows little about his existence until he is discovered by a group of children playing in the fields and wonders why he isn't like them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-05-10

Highly entertaining for ages 12 to 60

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

If you are looking for something different to share with your kids, search no further. "The House of the Scorpion" has something for everyone: action, suspense, supernatural and romance .... yet appropriate for young ears (unlike so many others, this book is not spoilt by inappropriate language). The reading is excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,439

A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in Love All Over Again

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

The best possible reading of a timeless classic

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

This has to be the way Mark Twain would have wanted Tom Sawyer to be remembered. I was not planning on rereading "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", but the release on Audible tempted me. I am so happy that I did ... Nick Offerman's reading has set a new level of expectation; something surely not easily improved upon. The boyish superstitions of Tom and Huck now have substance, and the medication of Peter the cat still has me breaking into spontaneous laughter. Thanks to Mr Offerman, I am now tempted to listen to "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" also ... I just hope Elijah Wood's narration is up to the standard ;)

  • Shakespeare for Children

  • By: Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Introduce your children to the magic of Shakespeare with these 20 favorite tales. Although simplified, these lively stories don't underestimate young readers; they keep the complexity, twists of plot, and turns of fate found in the originals.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT unabridged

  • By Erica on 11-06-07

Not so much for children ...

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

but still a great introduction to Shakespeare. The narration can be ever-so slightly monotonous, but is well-done, nonetheless. What I enjoy about these tales is that they are brief (think "short story") and I can refresh my memory of the main plot and main characters of the play in 30 minutes or so.

  • Cakes and Ale

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

When Cakes and Ale was first published in 1930 it roused a storm of controversy, since many people imagined they recognised portraits of literary figures now no more. It is the novel for which Maugham wished to be remembered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic worth reading

  • By edteach3r on 01-06-16

A classic worth reading

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

I enjoyed this insight into a society so surreal. Although the novel took a while to get into, the narration is delightful and entertaining.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lord of the Flies

  • By: William Golding
  • Narrated by: William Golding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,625

Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Eric Bergstrom on 05-25-17

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

Not always the most engaging reading, but still worth it. I particularly enjoyed the comments by Golding at the end of the audio book.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Les Misérables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Misérables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector, Javert.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meant to get the unabridged

  • By PJ on 01-07-16

Enjoyable version of a classic

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

I really enjoyed this abridged version .... A quick recap for those who love Les Mis

  • The Little Prince

  • By: Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard - translator
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017

A pilot stranded in the desert awakes one morning to see, standing before him, the most extraordinary little fellow. "Please," asks the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And the pilot realizes that when life's events are too difficult to understand, there is no choice but to succumb to their mysteries. He pulls out pencil and paper... And thus begins this wise and enchanting fable that, in teaching the secret of what is really important in life, has changed forever the world for its readers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • quirky sweet

  • By DENNIS on 08-15-12

An enriching experience

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

This was my first reading of this translation of Le Petit Prince, and the audiobook greatly enhanced an already-moving experience. Humphrey Bower, through his thoughtful narration, made the tale come alive for me again ... the sadness was almost unbearable!