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  • Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica

  • A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information, Eleventh Edition
  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,248
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,136

Prepare yourself for the ultimate multicast performance. We've gathered many of Audible's most popular narrators to bring to life some of the most extraordinary words ever written. 19 words, in fact, carefully selected and arranged alphabetically as in their original source: the 11th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. We created this enlightening journey from AUDIENCE to LITERATURE because you asked for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Audible - Love It!

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-16-17

Best production of the Encyclopedia I have heard

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

Where does Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best book I have ever had an opportunity to listen to by far.

What other book might you compare Excerpts from The Encyclopaedia Britannica to and why?

The 10th edition of the Encyclopedia was good but the 11th edition blows it away with the great narrators

Which character – as performed by full cast – was your favorite?

the narrator that did audience was the best

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

It made me laugh an cry at the same time. I plan on listening to this book at least once a month.

Any additional comments?

I can not express how much I LOVE this book.

21 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Gibraltar Stars

  • Gibraltar Earth, Book 3
  • By: Michael McCollum
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

The great debate is over. The human race has rejected the idea of pulling back from the stars and hiding on Earth in the hope the Broa will overlook us for a few more generations. Instead, the World Parliament, by a 60-40 vote, has decided to throw the dice and go for a win. Parliament Hall resounds with brave words as members declare victory inevitable. With the balance of forces a million to one against Homo sapiens' Terra, those who must turn patriotic speeches into hard-won reality have their work cut out for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 3 the last book, but more could be written

  • By Colin on 04-29-13

final book of a trilogy but needs more

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

Reviewed: 02-19-15

the story through three books is good but the book ends in such a way that you feel you have missed a part of the last books download. there needs to be a 4th book in this trilogy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,522

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

Enjoy the series, but this book could be redone

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

Reviewed: 11-04-12

What made the experience of listening to A Feast for Crows the most enjoyable?

Overall this book introduces many new characters to the book but there are some returning faces but I have to say their voices do not return. I know by looking at this book's audible listing there where several years between the productions of the first three books in the series and this book but for some reason it does not appear that Mr Dotrice went back and listened to the previous books as he flat out pronounces some names totally different in this production as well as different voices. This is why I gave the performance only 3 of 5 stars.

This book could benefit from being reproduced paying more attention to how the returning characters names where pronounced in the first three books as well as the voice's used for those characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Iron Gray Sea

  • Destroyermen, Book 7
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

In Taylor Anderson's acclaimed Destroyermen series, a parallel universe adds an extraordinary layer to the drama of World War II. Now, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, the crew of the USS Walker, and their allies battle an ever-growing host of enemies across the globe in a desperate battle for freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I want longer books!

  • By Casey Ferrell on 07-23-12

Good story but overall a little long in the tooth

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

Reviewed: 11-04-12

What did you like best about Iron Gray Sea? What did you like least?

I have listened to all of the books in this series and have enjoyed them very much up to this point but even with the book before this one the story line is getting a bit long in the tooth for me. Each book seems to now be just more of the same except now there are multiple grounds to keep track of.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Death Wave

  • Deep Black, Book 9
  • By: Stephen Coonts, William H. Keith
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Deep within the NSA is Desk Three, a top-secret unit of special operatives inserted into the field when the threat is great and the response demands sensitivity and invisibility. Charlie Dean, a former Marine sniper, is a senior officer. With his colleagues Lia DeFrancesca and newcomer Ilya Akulinin, they form the core of a high-tech team known as Deep Black.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! A real page turner

  • By Bob on 08-20-11

Another great book in a fun series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-11

Coonts and Keith do it again with the latest edition of the Deep Black series with this book. The narrator does a great job pulling the listener into the action such that you just don't want to turn the book off.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Heretics of Dune

  • Dune Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,246

On Arrakis, now called Rakis, known to legend as Dune, 10 times 10 centuries have passed. The planet is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying, and the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax struggle to direct the future of Dune. The children of Dune's children awaken as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Herbert is a genius

  • By nofrettin on 03-15-10

Disapointing and disjointed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-09

As nother reviewer has commented due to the time lapse between book 4 and 5 that the continuation of the story is difficult. I enjoyed the first four books as I was able to follow persons from the pervious books. With this book it seems that Duncan was tossed in for good measure. I never really understood why he was included in this book.

I found myself acutally wanting this book to end. The only reason I finished it was because of the investment I had made in the other four books I figured I should continue the series to its end.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Black River

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

Burned-out Hollywood screenwriter Bo Aikens is fed up with life in Los Angeles. He heads out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and arrives in picturesque Black River in Northern California, seeking relaxation and artistic inspiration. In small, idyllic Black River nearly everyone is happy, contented, and welcoming of strangers. But despite the beautiful setting, Bo begins to feel unsettled after several disturbing incidents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it!

  • By Arlea on 01-20-09

Nice short read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-09

Usually I got for the longer books but I liked the author so I figured I would give it a try. Really enjoyed the story. While listening to the story all I could think of was a comedy of errors.

  • God Emperor of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,395

More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good as the original

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-03-09

Wonderful continuation of the Dune saga

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-09

Im working my way through all of the Dune books. While there is a significant amount of time passed between Children of Dune and this book the plot continues well with out the sense that a significant amount of the story is lost. This book is a little long in the tooth and IMO could have been a few hours shorter and not have lost the overall story. This book defiantly leaves me wanting to listen to the next part of the saga.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Paul of Dune

  • By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 722

The Muad'Dib's jihad is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies - those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands. Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • JUST OK, reluctant 4 stars....

  • By nancy campione on 10-23-08

Good back stories but not much more

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-09

A significant portion of this book where back stories of young Paul usually consisting of events that occurred prior to Dune. As others have said there is very little that adds to the story that skipping this book will make you miss. This book was written as an insert between Dune and Dune Messiah and it is clear in that respect. I think of this book as Dune 1.5 if Dune Messiah is Dune 2.

I see this book as a summer extension of a TV series. Missing this book will not cause those who follow the real seasons (Dune) and (Dune Messiah) will miss.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Hellstrom's Hive

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

America is a police state, and it is about to be threatened by the most hellish enemy in the world: insects. When the Agency discovered that Dr. Hellstrom's Project 40 was a cover for a secret laboratory, a special team of agents was immediately dispatched to discover its true purpose and its weaknesses - it could not be allowed to continue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Old Friend

  • By DJM on 05-08-08

Great story, lame ending

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-08

Like other Herbert books I was a bit confused for the first hour or so. I rated this book a five because toward the last few hours of the book I found myself looking for times to listen more of the story beyond my normal work commute listen. Overall an excellent story with great imagination. The book seems to just stop with about as loose ended ending as one could come up with. Herbert was either looking to write another book or was rushed to publish the book. I really wish it would have ended differently.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful