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Røyken, Norway
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  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,527
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,494

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Truly a interesting novel.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

This is a amazing work. Not only its writing but that performance of the audio book baffles me, and keeps the pace sharp and steady. I think I need to listen to it again, probably more than once, and also read the book.

But this is worth every penny!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Diamond Age

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,474

Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The rock could use a bit more polishing

  • By Tango on 05-19-13

Slow start but worth it all the way!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

It took me some time to get into it, but it was a great story and it went just in the right direction!!

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,311

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

High expectations!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-15

My first and only Irving book was Hotel New Hampshire. I therfor had high expectations... An it delivered in every way!

  • 2666

  • By: Roberto Bolaño
  • Narrated by: John Lee, Armando Durán, G. Valmont Thomas, and others
  • Length: 39 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 514

Composed in the last years of Roberto Bolaño's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope. Its throng of unforgettable characters includes academics and convicts, an American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student and her widowed, mentally unstable father. Their lives intersect in the urban sprawl of Santa Teresa - a fictional Juárez - on the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book I Read or Listened to in 2009

  • By William on 01-05-10

Will be re-read!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

The only problem with this master piece is its length. It's impossible to grasp it all in one go, but it makes me want to start again straight away!

  • Inherent Vice

  • By: Thomas Pynchon
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 649

It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy", except that this one usually leads to trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you enjoyed The Crying of Lot 49...

  • By Phil Selman on 08-22-09

Very good, ironic and fast pased.

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Was expecting this to be a lot harder. But this was a good fun crime story that I'we enjoyed greatly.

  • Perdido Street Station

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 24 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Steph on 01-31-13

Never disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

This is my third China Mieville book and I'm yet to be disappointed. In the beginning I had now idea where this story was going, mot as it unfold and the ship got real I must say I was mighty impressed. I think this is my favorite thus far! Thank you so much for a great experience. Worth every penny!

  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims, Ian Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,336

Information is everything in "Hard-Boiled Wonderland". A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight. In "The End of the World" a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants. Told in alternate chapters, the two stories converge and combine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grown-up Hiyao Miyazaki

  • By Ryan on 03-07-12

Had to listen twice...

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

First time I didn't get in to it, but it was so worth to try again... I now think this book is a little masterpiece!

  • Talking Monkeys In Space

  • By: Joe Rogan
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Talking Monkeys in Space features Rogan's classic trademark: sharply insightful comedy delivered in a straightforward and hard-edge style. Here he tackles countless cultural taboos such as gay marriage, marijuana use, and the anti-evolution debate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much Smarter Than the Average Comic

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 11-29-13

Support commedy!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

HAHA! If you like Rogan you'll most likely heard many of the bits, but I feel that all and everyone should buy this and support a great thinker and toker of our time!

  • World War Z

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,440

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant production, criminally abridged

  • By J. Huntington on 01-04-07

wanted more!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

I saw someone commented that it was to short and I agree. The story is good and its told in a magnificent way, but I wanted more. It clearly is a well thought out story and I have a feeling that the author really "knows" the people that he presents, but I felt like I was left hanging.

Still great Perfomance and a must read!

  • Lucifer's Hammer

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,395

The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story from front to back

  • By DJM on 07-30-09

I'm so sad now, and i'm stacking up

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

Reviewed: 11-13-12

I like this book. It makes you think about humanity and about yourself. I can relate to about all the characters in different ways and that is strange!

It is a great book, but I'm finding it a bit hard to finish.