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  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of 19th century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing. The novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions, heroism, egotism, love, and lust, interrelate within this society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing, non-stuffy entertainment!

  • By Jennifer on 06-21-06

a somewhat difficult.and long listen .

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

worth the effort. remarkable depth, insight and a cast of great characters brought to life amazingly well by Kate reading. this books ability to emerce you in the time period makes for a particularly wonderful experience. It took me a very long time to finish but having mastered the language and experienced what.this book.offers I'm sure to revisit the remarkable Vista this masterwork has created in my brain often. amazing time travel experience beyond all the other atributes this unforgettable work has to offer

  • Euclid's Window

  • The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace
  • By: Leonard Mlodinow
  • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 285

Through Euclid's Window Leonard Mlodinow brilliantly and delightfully leads us on a journey through five revolutions in geometry, from the Greek concept of parallel lines to the latest notions of hyperspace. Here is an altogether new, refreshing, alternative history of math revealing how simple questions anyone might ask about space -- in the living room or in some other galaxy -- have been the hidden engine of the highest achievements in science and technology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Eric on 08-13-10

I LOVE THIS BOOK !!!!!!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

I cant count how many times I have listened to this book. Do you have an old movie you use like comfort food? you know.. like" A wonderful life" with James Stewart. All the elements mix into something unusually comforting. what about audio books? well I have a few "comfort listens" and this is one of them. Go ahead...roll your eyes and say a book on science??? Nerd alert, nerd alert.LOL. Get a crowbar and take a deep breath to keep your mind open till this review is done-then you can rant your ass off if that's your bag. So Whats so special about this book and how can it qualify as a "comfort read"? Like any a-book you find that stands apart from all the others, the narration must fit the material perfectly and or uniquely, in the case of this book that was a particularly tall order. This is not just a very well written book of science and history, its very funny and its particular brand of humour is so well matched to the narrator that it becomes unique and outstanding. It just came to me...music ! thats what it becomes-ya. And like music I can start listening anywhere and enjoy it, and like music I can listen to it repeatedly. Now-Im sure there are plenty of you out there that wont understand or appreciate what im trying to convey but i think there are enough of you out there that get it to make this a worthy effort. Those of you that follow my reviews may remember 2 things about me-Firstly I suffer from severe chronic pain and am disabled by it and audible books have saved my life. Secondly, to me, a typical review especially in this venue- where I tell you what the book is about is pointless since that info is given to you in the blurb when you pull up the book on your device, most people doing reviews here do that along with their thumbs up or down, I generally prefer to talk about how the book made me feel.Anyway, this is the first book ive read by this author and I was obviously impressed, especially when combined with the narrator's great work. A similar book (humorous science writing) that is a great book but is ruined by the wrong narrator is bill brysons a short history of everything. Its one of my favorite all time books- but the unabridged versions narrator just didnt work for me and was a major disappointment. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Isaac's Storm

  • A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Richard Davidson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266

In 1900, Isaac Monroe Cline was in charge of the Galveston station of the US Weather Bureau. He was a knowledgeable, seasoned weatherman who considered himself a scientist. When he heard the deep thudding of waves on Galveston's beach in the early morning of September 8, however, Cline refused to be alarmed. The city had been hit by bad weather before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A highly detailed account of a catastrophic storm

  • By Norman B. Bernstein on 09-28-15

IT HAD GOOD POTENTIAL BUT UTTERLY FAILED

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

Reviewed: 01-14-16

Have you ever read a book and wondered how it got published? this is one of them. The other thing that comes to mind when i read books like this is- didnt anyone proof-read this? was there no editor? How can a book of this level be released with so many screw-ups? This is one of those books that make you think- wow If i had written this, I wouldn't have released it- and I know i can write better thanTHIS disaster. If I had the energy, I could go on and on about all the glaring issues that almost make it completely unreadable. All I can chalk it up to is that its one of his early books or perhaps his first, i dont really know.The only thing he got right was the over-all framework of the story and even that only in the roughest sense. I had high hopes for it when i started it and was looking forward to at least a good story. Its too bad he screwed up something that could have been great. Pass on this one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Age of Voltaire

  • A History of Civlization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy
  • By: Will Durant, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

The Age of Voltaire, the ninth volume of The Story of Civilization, is an in-depth examination of France and England in the first half of the 18th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • REAL TREASURE

  • By Jeff on 10-21-15

REAL TREASURE

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

There are plenty of good books, great books even, then there are books that are so remarkable that they transcend there intended purpose. completing this series has to change your life-why? because it puts everything you know into context which enables you to understand yourself,your community, your government your world and its times. beyond that its just all so fascinating and well written that its hard to imagine anything better. It makes me want to teach history but not the kind of boring trash I was exposed to in school. I try to tell my kids stories from history. At first they dont even want to hear it because history as they have experienced it and as I did is brutally boring- but if i can get them to listen they are fascinated but confused, they always say well why dont we learn cool stuff like that in school??. Good question. It not only saddens me it pisses me off. Anyway this is an outstanding book that could make a history lover out of anyone.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Thirteen

  • The Apollo Flight That Failed
  • By: Henry Cooper
  • Narrated by: J. Paul Guimont
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

"Houston, we've had a problem here." On the evening of April 13, 1970, the three astronauts aboard Apollo 13 were just hours from the third lunar landing in history. But as they soared through space, two hundred thousand miles from earth, an explosion badly damaged their spacecraft. With compromised engines and failing life-support systems, the crew was in incomparably grave danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very technical

  • By Daniel on 04-01-15

read like.an abridgement

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

Reviewed: 08-29-15

it's such a great.story. for those that are familiar.with better tellings you will be.disapointed. for others not so familiar this will be a worthwhile read. parts highly tecknical which.some.w8ll love and.others hate..

  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,744

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King and Patton create a winning combo

  • By David Shear on 06-04-14

AVERAGE KING NOVEL

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

Reviewed: 06-15-14

For me, Kings writing is escapism from my usual fare of science,history,classics and assorted other non fiction. I first read 11.22.63 because of an interview i heard with king. The main selling point for me was the time travel aspect. I really enjoyed the book and my pre conceived opinion of his work was changed for the better. Next I read under the dome and found it too to be very entertaining. As I worked my way through 8 or so of his books, I became disappointed and frustrated by his inconsistency. A good number of his books were obviously formulaic quick knock offs. Part of me would understand that kind of production writing earlier in his carear for money or a contracts sake but at this juncture he surly must be free to write what he wants.
After writing 11.22.63 and under the dome I thought a new chapter in his writing was being written. Then he wrote Joyland which for some other writer would be fine but for me it seemed like a cop out and a throw back to his quick formulaic novels. It was very disappointing for me that he wasnt even close to tapping his full potential.
Its because I can see his phenomenal potential that books like this one fall far short. If he continues to be a one trick pony and not push his boundaries it will be a sad thing. He surly can afford to take a chance god knows how many millions he has.
There is nothing new here in Mr Mercedes, Its the same formula so his fans will be pleased. Hell I enjoyed it and I'm sure Ill buy his next book, Its just too bad he doesn't challenge himself.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 152,983
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 141,174
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 141,024

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

OVER-RATED BUT STILL A WORTHY READ

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

One reviewer titled his review mcguiver goes to mars and that's a very good summation of this novel. As a life-long do it yourself er,designer and woodworker, with huge interests in all the sciences this purchase was a given, especially with the added fact that it has an exceptionally high rating. The problem with this title is it has no depth.
If the author Had added more than the one facet to the story, it could have really been something very special. Instead it seems to me like a squandered great idea,for all we have for the most part is an entire book of mcguiver style D.I.Y problem solving. Considering the fact that there are few people more entertained by this sort of thing than me and I find it too much- it would seem it must be so. Sure it was really interesting how he got out of trouble over and over and over and over again,but for me there should have been more to it. Its written to a large degree as a light hearted romp, The humorist tone does add allot- but I think it would have benefited by adding more realism on the emotion front.
The protagonist never seems to suffer from the reality of his unique situation. Had the lonely, claustrophobic, hungry, panic stricken, soul searching aspects of his situation been added to offset the humor, the story would not just be more believable, it would have given it real substance!
The story has such a great premise that regardless of the lost potential of the story it has garnered a very high rating. Its a worthy read but its very far from what an amazing story this could have been. I would say that if the description sounds like your bag then get it. Even if it isn't what it could have been its still worthy and entertaining.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Stephen King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,521

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Performance of an Excellent Story

  • By Tami on 10-02-12

EARLY KING HORRER

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

This is hard to rate for me because there are both great and not so great aspects to this story. Kings descriptive powers of the scary elements in this story are amazing and its easy to see how this tale became such a success when it came out. The problem is with the structure and pace- it needs to be tightened up. If he was to edit this book now with his present skills, it would really be something. Im used to his present high level of writing skill so this early attempt shows its weak points and I found it distracting and disappointing. Altogether a 3 star king read

  • Love Life

  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396

Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Open, Honest, Sentimental... not quite as Intimate

  • By Kelly on 01-07-16

IF YOU LOVED HIS FIRST BOOK YOU WILL LIKE THIS ONE

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

Reviewed: 04-16-14

Lowe's first autobiography was such an unusual and remarkable sensation. It seems that most people like myself bought that first book due to all the over the top reviews, many of which started with lines like - "I never buy books like this but...." or I dont even like or even know who Rob Lowe is but....." Many listeners like myself belong in both of these camps and others like- I never read things related to Hollywood, movie stars or anything else even related to the entertainment industry BUT....
So essentially this auto-biography escaped its inherent narrow target market of "fans" and stood on its own two feet as an enjoyable, interesting, and worthy read/listen. For me it was a very effective break from my usual heavy fare of History,Science, Classics and major biography's,of historical figures.
. obviously this kind of success will make a sequel a given- even if the first book was an autobiography. I have to admit I was looking forward to another book from lowe and having grabbed it on 1st day of release was looking forward to another effective mental vacation from my usual stuff.
So is the book worthy?? Obviously once you've written your autobiography, especially if it was just a few years before, you've used your best bits and story's and are left primarily with what has transpired recently combined with the left over bits from your previous best bio effort.
Like most sequels, it has the same flavor but the high notes and originality are kind of used up. I would say if you haven't read the first book don't bother reading this one- but if you did read and really liked the first book you will enjoy this one but not as much as his first effort.
I blew through the book so fast that its left me feeling like I just read an article but I enjoyed it while it lasted. As lowe is just 53 (my age) another biography will surly be coming at some point and yes- ill probably get that one too.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Tommyknockers

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Edward Hermann
  • Length: 27 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,384

Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The old Stephen King

  • By GSB-Montana on 05-30-10

GREAT CONCEPT STRETCHED BEYOND BREAKING POINT

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

This could have been one of kings very best, whats ruined it completely is the total lack of editing. Scenes that should be a page are stretched out to chapter size- and this is a crippling fault that runs from the beginning to the end of this book. Ive read between 8-10 king novels and for the most part I have enjoyed them immensely, but there are a few that don't stand up well and this is one of them. There was another king novel that had the same problem and that was bag of bones. I've learnt that king fans cant stand any of their idols work to be criticized so I know that this wont be an appreciated post. Its feels tragic that one of kings best story concepts has been squandered. There is a great story in there somewhere it just needs to be sieved out. I feel like editing it just for fun. It would be interesting to check out kings drinking/drug intake during the period when these 2 books where written, I'm willing to bet they play a major factor. As for the narration, hermann consistently gives a great performance but Im not sure he was the best fit for this story- that is a very minor thing in the context of the books problems. If your a big king fan- try it on, my negative view of this book is certainly a minority opinion.I cant help repeating this- It frustrates me that such a great story has been screwed up.