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  • Magic Time

  • Angelfire
  • By: Marc Scott Zicree
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Anne Marie Lee, Robertson Dean, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

The world has changed forever. Across America, technology has been eclipsed by magic, and people are changing into the embodiments of their darkest desires and deepest fears. In this new time, former lawyer Cal Griffin has united a small group of outcasts to battle the chaos.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite enjoyable, but...

  • By Itsiq on 06-06-05

Enjoyable fantasy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-06

Although this is the second book of a trilogy I had no problem picking up the plot. Having four different readers for the four different narrators is nice, and they all have very professional, clear delivery and the voices are well matched to the characters.
As they travel on horseback across an America where technology no longer works and people have been 'tweaked' into resembling their inner natures we're in familiar fantasy territory. absorbing but not challenging it's great for listening on a commute where you might miss few words here and there through traffic noise.

  • The Wisdom of Crowds

  • Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few
  • By: James Surowiecki
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 382

In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very worthwhile listen!

  • By G Barth on 06-12-04

Entertaining nonfiction

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-05

I was entertained and informed. There were new ideas for me, as I haven't read or studied in this area, and it was presented well enough to follow in audio. I missed being able to go back and go over an idea or conclusion again- I'm using the Cretive Muvo for audible books and if a lorry passes you and you miss a bit your choices are to listen to the whole book again or miss that section for ever.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Classical Music 101

  • By: Fred Plotkin
  • Narrated by: Fred Plotkin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 19

In clear and entertaining prose, Plotkin explores a thousand years of music, introduces listeners to more than 100 great works, and profiles in depth many significant composers, including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Dvoxak, and Mahler. He describes all the musical instruments in the orchestra, defines major musical terms, and makes music theory comprehensible for the uninitiated. There are also conversations with important musicians who offer fascinating insights about their art.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Musical lecture

  • By Kenneth Johnson on 10-24-07

Terribly boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-05

No attempt was made to add musical illustration to the audiobook. It was dull, a bit pretentious, and I didn't bother to finish downloading it.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Ill Wind

  • An Anna Pigeon Novel
  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Joanna Gleason
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 118

Haunted by personal demons and cut off from her friends and family, Anna Pigeon seeks solace in the quiet ruins of Colorado's Mesa Verde National Park. But the solitude is soon interrupted. A mysterious illness is afflicting tourists to the park. When an asthmatic child dies and a ranger colleague - and friend - is murdered, Anna must find out the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ban Abridgements!

  • By Karen on 01-26-08

Still managed to grip

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-05

It was a real shock to go down to this telephone quality format. In spite of that, the national park and Anna Pigeon still entertained me.
I had never previously considered the USA as a holiday destination, but this series of books have made me change my mind. I really enjoy mystery novels that are strongly set into the landscape and people, and Nevada Barr does this so well.

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me

  • Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
  • By: James W. Loewen
  • Narrated by: Brian Keeler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,588

This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction Stranger Than Truth

  • By Dubi on 01-17-15

Fascinating and well presented

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-05

Very entertaining and narrated well. Not good for the car, becuase you may want to keep noting down things to check. I borrowed a lot of history books from the library while I was listening to this book, and had a great time discussing with various friends the views the author expresses, especially the view that you can be proud of a country that sometimes does bad things. I laughed myself silly when I found that our British books also censor Helen Keller's political views, and was chilled by Columbas' quoted letters. History writing at it's most thought provoking and entertaining.

27 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • While I Live

  • The Ellie Chronicles
  • By: John Marsden
  • Narrated by: Suzi Dougherty
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

The town of Wirrawee is emerging from war, slowly, like a flower after a cold snap. Businesses are starting to reopen, the school has re-commenced classes, and local farmers are gradually repossessing their land. But it's not the same Australia as before the war. A new nation exists just a few miles away, a new border that separates Australia from its invaders. Or does it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strength

  • By Bev on 09-26-07

Excellent, even if you havn't read the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-05

Ellie struggling to run the farm and get though school got my sympathy and attention straight away.I had read only the first of this series of books, but this didn't detract from my enjoyment of this latest title. John Marsden is an excellent writer, capable of writing a real crossover book, as good for adults as for the teenagers.
I was swept up in Ellie's world and cheering her on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Weeping

  • By: Shelly Reuben
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

In the entire canon of tough-girl sleuths, gumshoes, PIs, detectives, and investigators, there's no one quite like Fritillary Quilter. A New York arson investigator, a sassy, fresh spirit with a nose for arson and an eye for dubious burn patterns, "Tilly" pushes the envelope of the traditional female investigator with a young, hip outlook and indefatigable zeal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More!

  • By hmhegedus on 12-23-04

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-05

I enjoyed this, and will keep an eye out for further titles by this author. I think she'll improve over time, but in this one she interested me in fires enough to do a google images search for the various types of fire marks mentioned in the story- weeping, alligatoring and so on. I also enjoyed some of the cameos of minor charactors- the couple who're well insured but so callous she resents paying out to, for instance.

  • Gilbert and Sullivan Set Me Free

  • By: Kathleen Karr
  • Narrated by: Carmen Viviano-Crafts, the Full Cast Family
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Libby Dodge is in a place she's never been before: prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific book, terrific production

  • By Lindsey on 06-05-05

Terrific book, terrific production

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-05

Great voices, great characters to voice, not too complex or deep for the kids to follow, nice twist at the end that I didn't guess, but was very satisfying.
Heaps to talk about with children if they pick up on things- relative guilt of a baby-killer versus an abortionist for instance, but nothing to give them the real horrors.
This is what historical fiction for children should be- everyone's silent while it's playing, and everyone's talking about it as soon as it stops.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Birchbark House

  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Nicolle Littrell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

With exquisite care, National Book Critics Circle Award winner Louise Erdrich has fashioned a story rich in the way of life and heritage of the Ojibwa people, a story that begs to be told out loud. As each season in a year of Omakayas' life is lovingly portrayed, the satisfying rhythm of her days is shattered when a stranger visits the lodge one night, bringing with him an invisible enemy that will change things forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A remarkable book

  • By Claudia on 08-18-04

Did not finish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-05

Although I listen to children's books all the time I got so bored with this one I didn't finish it. The world of the Native American tribe seemed much less real than that of many fantasy writers for children. Although the construction was described I didn't get a good mental picture of the birchbark house, nor a feeling of identifying with the culture. The reader seemed to put all Ojibwa words into speechmarks, with little pauses, and the voice was a little too gentle, without engagement with story.No comparison to Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Disappointing.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Magic

  • The Immortals, Book 1
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't do the book justice.

  • By S. L. Garner on 04-07-05

Engrossing and magical

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-05

Full Cast Audio should have redone the first couple of pages- the narrator sounded flat and tired as I began to listen. After that I was caught up in the story and tried to find ways to keep listening!
I borrowed the print versions of the rest of the series and read them afterwards, to keep enjoying this consistent magical world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful