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  • Running Out of Time

  • By: Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Schraf
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie's mother sends her on a dangerous mission to bring back help. But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even more alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy. Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How I liked it

  • By Sharmon on 06-19-15

Great YA story

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I will giver you a teaser...the publishers of this book sued a major movie mogul for ripping off their story. This version is the better one. :)

  • The Valley of Horses

  • Earth's Children, Book 2
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,283

Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by the narration

  • By Rowena on 07-08-08

very different

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

This story is the 2nd installment in the series. It is vastly different from the first book, but continues the story. Sandra Burr still does a wonderful job telling this story.

  • The Mammoth Hunters

  • Earth's Children, Book 3
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306

Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting 3rd episode in this 'Mammoth' series

  • By PlantCrone on 08-10-15

still going strong

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Sandra Burr does her usual great performance, and the plot is still great in the 3rd installment of the series. There are a few plot twists I felt were out of character, but overall still a great story.

  • The Plains of Passage

  • Earth's Children, Book 4
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 32 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959

Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback across the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe. To the hunter gatherers of their world - who have never seen tame animals - Ayla and Jondalar appear enigmatic and frightening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part IV of a great read

  • By Thomas on 01-21-11

still a strong series at this point

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Sandra Burr does a great job with the reading of this story. This is the last strong book in this series. If you just listen to here, you will feel the story arc complete.

  • The Shelters of Stone

  • Earth's Children, Book 5
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 33 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803

After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why did Sandra Burr change the voices?

  • By michelle on 08-17-11

ending starts to flatten out

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

While the performance of Sandra Burr is on par, as this series moves towards its conclusion, the story itself is not as strong and powerful as it was when it began.

  • The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Earth's Children, Book 1
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,916

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the books so far

  • By Heather Auer on 09-08-13

great story

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I have followed this series since the 80s. Jean Auel tells a wonderful story. Sandra Burr does a great job of telling this story-which can be difficult with the culture of the people. This is a fantastic start to a great series.

  • The Land of Painted Caves

  • Earth's Children, Book 6
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 34 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,340

Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry but no...

  • By K on 04-02-11

hollow ending

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I have been a fan of this series since the beginning. But this last book seemed almost like it was pumped out to fill a contract obligation. The audio part of it is good. No complaints there, but the story itself is a bit of a letdown after following this series for as long as I have.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 196,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 183,233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182,841

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

perfect match

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

This is an awesome story. Wil Wheaton is the perfect match to do the audiobook. If you liked anything about the 80s and are feeling nostalgic, this book is for you. Wil nails the content. It was like this story was made for him to tell.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 27 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,855

This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Joanna on 05-10-11

best crafted story I have ever read,

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Not only is this the best crafted story I have encountered in print, Nick Podehl sets the bar very high of my expectations for all audio books. This man could read me to sleep every night. His voice is excellent, the accents he does on mark. The pace at which he reads is perfect. There isn't one negative I have to say about this book or audiobook.

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 42 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,543
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,244

"My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time

  • By Robert on 09-08-11

follow up and continuation of the best story ever

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

This follow up continues the story in book one. Both the story and Nick Podehl do not disappoint.