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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,447
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,293

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

What a ride!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Hard science fiction, edge of your seat story, top notch performance, the trifecta for a 5 star listen.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Outposts

  • Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remains of what once made Britain great. He traveled 100,000 miles back and forth, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, from the Mediterranean to the Far East, to capture a last glint of imperial glory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Travelogue

  • By J. S. Koehler on 01-28-06

Lost Places

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

Reviewed: 11-17-13

I thought I would really enjoy this book, but ended up feeling rather sad in the end. The book is well written and well read, but incredibly disheartening. It seems Britain has managed to hold these leftovers of empire in a state of benevolent neglect which is shameful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hood

  • King Raven Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 548

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely well done ... mostly.

  • By RJT on 02-17-07

I liked the ideal better than the book...

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

Reviewed: 11-15-13

This book was well conceived and researched, but it just didn't grab me from a story telling perspective like I wish it could have.

  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,460

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yahtzee learns to enunciate

  • By Alyssa on 10-18-12

What fun!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-13

I'm a big Z Punc fan. When I heard Yahtzee had done a narration of his book I had to have it. I finished it in a couple of days. If you enjoy Terry Pratchett, John Scalzi, or enjoyed Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, chances are you will enjoy Mogworld. If you are also a fan of Crowshaw's reviews you'll appreciate the additional level of humor.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Death by Black Hole

  • And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for an introduction to space and astronomy

  • By Charles on 10-01-08

Fun with Astrophysics

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

Reviewed: 10-30-13

Okay, I'll admit it: popular science is one of my favorite literary genres. That being said, I usually stay firmly planted on terra firma. This was my first foray into the mind-bending field of astrophysics, and it won't be my last. Neil deGrasse Tyson strikes an excellent balance between academic and interesting. I found myself taking notes, rewinding, googling, and just sitting in awe and wonder. Dion Graham was the perfect narrator for this journey abroad.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,647
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50,587

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

Okay, I'm Hooked.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

This story, takes up well where the first left off. My few qualms with the first book have been well satisfied here and the characters continue to be excellent. I feel I've come to know these people. Some I enjoy spending time with, some I loathe; but all evoke strong emotions. Martin is a genius with his characters. Martin's fantasy is much darker than most, but more real as well. I appreciate the maturity.

I am ambivalent about the narration. While Dotrice is a pure pleasure to listen to and his voice was an excellent choice for the overall narration, I find his characterizations lacking. Most of his male characters sound either like pirates or as though they have speech impediments. His female characters are unconvincing. So, I remain undecided: I loved his narration, but wasn't taken with his voice characterizations. I don't remember this being so striking in the first book, but I've watched the series since then. Perhaps I have different expectations of the voices now that I've seen the series. Hard to say.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Slumdog Millionaire

  • By: Vikas Swarup
  • Narrated by: Christopher Simpson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776

Vikas Swarup's spectacular debut novel, the inspiration for the award-winning film, opens in a jail cell in Mumbai, where Ram Mohammad Thomas is being held after correctly answering all 12 questions on India's biggest quiz show, Who Will Win a Billion? It is hard to believe that a poor orphan who has never gone to school could win such a contest. But through a series of exhilarating tales, Ram explains to his lawyer how episodes in his life gave him the answer to each question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful

  • By JoeWig on 04-06-10

An Epic Driveway Moment

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

Reviewed: 09-04-13

This story is riveting from beginning to end. I was late for everything the entire time I was listening because I just couldn't hit the pause button. The story captures your imagination and the narration is sublime. Do yourself a favor: get it. You won't regret the credit spent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Wizard of Earthsea

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,812
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,836

When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A little gem, excellently narrated.

  • By Marjorie on 05-14-12

I'm not in Middle Earth, I'm not in Middle Earth

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

Reviewed: 09-04-13

This is a well written coming of age tale. It was excellently narrated, but I have to admit that for the first half of the book I was totally distracted by the narrator. Mr. Inglis narrated all of the Hobbit/LotR books and I'm afraid I've type cast him in my head. Just hearing his voice evokes Middle Earth. I had to consciously remind myself that I was not listening to a Tolkien story. Once I got past that, it was an enjoyable listen. I'll be listening to the rest of the series.

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,902

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Walkabout

  • By FanB14 on 07-01-13

Dissenting Opinion

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

Reviewed: 09-04-13

While the story was well written and the narration very good, I find I actually hated it. The story was sad, and quite awful in places and it was a chore to finish it. I know I am a dissenting opinion and it appears most people enjoyed this book. I just can't recommend it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Practical Wisdom

  • The Right Way to Do the Right Thing
  • By: Barry Schwartz, Kenneth Sharpe
  • Narrated by: Barry Schwartz
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Most of us want to succeed. And most of us want to do the right thing. But we often forget that the way tosucceed is by doing the right thing, as Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Sharpe remind us in Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing. When the institutions that shape our society need to change, the people in them typically either make more rules or offer smarter incentives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Professionalism

  • By Danny M. on 09-25-12

Good Book, Mediocre Performance

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

A decent review of the concept and execution of common sense. Also a look at what kills it and what cultivates it. No new or breakthrough information, but a good read nonetheless.

I would have preferred that it had been read by a professional narrator rather than the authors.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful