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  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 63 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,751

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hurt version decidedly superior

  • By Mica on 03-24-09

Eye opening and proactively thought promoting

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Really hesitant to get started, but Thankfully happy I did.
You will not agree with all the material in this book, but you will certainly see things differently, and gain new perspective on the world.
Scott Brick is my favorite narrator, and he works his magic again on this, Ayn Rands masterpiece manifesto.
You will listen to Francisco's speech on money and the root of all evil at least twice.

Atlas Shrugged is a 60+ hour intense and fascinating journey that is more relevant today than in the time it was written.

I will listen again

  • The Day of the Jackal

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,112

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a chase!

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-14-10

Loved the listen

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The character development, the story development, the twists and turns.
If we didn't know that this was based on some real life drama, we would never believe it.
Found myself cheering for the villain a few times, as his plan was so complete, and the bumbling government had no clue
And then Claude Lebel (Columbo for those of us americans) is put on the case, and he miraculously solves the puzzle of the Jackal

  • The Last Man in Tehran

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Henshaw
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

New Red Cell chief Kyra Stryker has barely settled into the job when an attack on an Israeli port throws the Middle East into chaos. The Mossad - Israel's feared intelligence service - responds with a campaign of covert sabotage and assassination. But evidence quickly turns up suggesting that a group of moles inside Langley are helping Mossad wage its covert war. Convinced that Mossad has heavily penetrated the CIA's leadership, the FBI launches a counterintelligence investigation that threatens to cripple the agency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent espionage thriller!

  • By Wayne on 06-19-18

Good story, could be much better.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I think that this book suffers from too little detail.
I would have loved to dig deeper into the character relationships, listened to further developed and detailed story line.
The book flew in just 9 1/2 hours, I would have loved 12 to 13 hours.

I recommend this book, just wish for more.

  • Why Isn't My Brain Working?

  • A Revolutionary Understanding of Brain Decline and Effective Strategies to Recover Your Brain's Health
  • By: Dr. Datis Kharrazian
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

Losing your memory? Can't focus or concentrate? Do you have brain fog or tire easily? Have you lost your zest for life or motivation? Do people tell you this is all a normal part of aging? If so, your brain may be growing old too fast, or degenerating. Modern diets, a stressful lifestyle, and environmental toxins all take their toll on the brain. This doesn't just happen to seniors - brain disorders and degeneration are on the rise for young and old alike. The good news is the brain is extremely adaptable and wants to get well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book I wish I could have read earlier

  • By Acteon on 04-14-15

Way too much info

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

im sorry, but this was a very hard listen.
I was listening to see how I might be able to help my wife.
I think that there is probably some real good info here, but with the similar names of very different treatments, and the serial adverts for Dr Kharrazian's certified practioners constantly interefering with the information - I don't think I remember a darn thing.
Could be so much better.
Recommend reading the book (not listening to it) with pencil and paper, so that you can take notes, and eliminate all the distractions.

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,929
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,421

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Tale

  • By Judi on 01-07-07

Great story, well told and worth the read

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is a summer reading requirement for my son. I try to listen to their reading so that I can help with questions - but especially to see if they are reading appropriate work.
I really liked this story - a shepherd following his dreams, and changing the lives of many he meets, only to find his own dream back at home
Well told, well read!

  • Purple Hibiscus

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

In Purple Hibiscus, she recounts the story of a young Nigerian girl searching for freedom. Although her father is greatly respected within their community, 15-year-old Kambili knows a frighteningly strict and abusive side to this man. In many ways, she and her family lead a privileged life, but Kambili and her brother, Jaja, are often punished for failing to meet their father’s expectations. After visiting her aunt and cousins, Kambili dreams of being part of a loving family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Msafiri on 10-11-11

Just not sure where this was going or tying to say

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Purple hibiscus is a story that left me wondering exactly what it was asking me to think.
I appreciate knowing the story, but just when I thought I knew what it was saying or completely lost me.
Kambili and Jaja, children to Eugene, a strict but very religious and philanthropic business man, struggle under his near maniacal tutelage.
After a coup in Nigeria, his and there life change when Kambili and Jaja go to visit relatives.
Worth the listen, and Lisette Licat does an admirable job guiding you, just not sure where you are going

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 33 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564

Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing

  • By Justin on 11-05-10

Wasn't sure what to expect, but.....

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

I really wasn't sure what to expect. At 33 hours it seemed to be huge, and hearing that Charles Dickens was relatively dry I had no idea what to expect. However I was pleasantly surprised at the speed and pace of the story The Brilliance of the narrator and the Brilliance of the story itself. A classic tale of Rags to Riches of good versus evil of love triumphing; a great story I'm glad I read it.

  • Don Quixote

  • Translated by Edith Grossman
  • By: Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 39 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462

Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece - in literature and narration!

  • By Peter Y. Chapman on 06-13-14

Wow

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Don Quixote man of La Mancha - I have looked to read /listen to this book for many years. Finally, I have finished - all 39 1/2 hours.

I truly had no understanding of the scope nor size of this work. Many times I wondered if I could listen through one more story about the feeble knight errant. Only to laugh harder with each chapter.

Prior to this, I had seen the movie, and stage version which are quite condensed. But I can't imagine leaving any chapter out.

The narrator did a wonderful job, not only playing each character, but in making the story jump from the pages (I mean ear phones). Not add if that makes a difference.

I am very happy to have finally met the brave knight, the complaining but brave page, and of course Cervantes himself.

If you love prose, words and language, you will love this book. If not, well listen and you will.

  • Things Fall Apart

  • By: Chinua Achebe
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,637

Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Achebe's Magnum Opus

  • By Darwin8u on 11-28-12

Fall apart they do

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

The English as they have proven over and over again, from Africa to India, from Ireland to Australia, and even America, demonstrate again just how brutal they are.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,830

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

As great as it's reputation

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

Dune held my attention, as I hoped it would
I need to listen again
I wish the ensemble cast would have stayed in character throughout the book, as it became difficult at times to follow, but the 2nd listening will fix that.
Wonderful