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  • Outland

  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland - an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved. The group races to establish control of the portal before the government, the military, or evildoers can take it away. Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Maggie Reid on 2019-05-28

Interesting ideas, really annoying characters

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-21

I really enjoyed the premise and where the story could eventually lead, however the characters are very annoying. Every single one of them is unrealistically sarcastic, especially considering the new realities they were facing. It really detracted from the overall doom and gloom of the story to hear them constantly lobbing sarcastic comments back and forth to each other. Perhaps it's the way the narrator portrayed the sentences and it wasn't the authors original intention. I probably wont continue with this series, but I hope the character dialog changes in the future.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • Written by: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A dystopian tale relevant today

  • By Tee on 2018-06-13

Narration is phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-11

This is a great book, and very very applicable to today's challenges in society. I have to say also, the narration for this book is second to none. Tim Robbins does such a great job with it. He legitimately brings this story to life in your imagination. It's a shame that he doesn't do many audiobooks.

  • Get Well Soon

  • History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • Written by: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting!

  • By Meredith on 2018-12-25

Seems almost wrong...

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

I can honestly say that hearing about death has never been so fun. It's such an odd subject to add humor to, but the stories told could leave a person very depressed if humor wasn't present. There's also some very good points made towards the end regarding the state of health care today and possible future plagues.

  • Why You Are Who You Are

  • Investigations into Human Personality
  • Written by: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Leary
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly classification, less causation.

  • By Richard on 2018-08-07

Very informative subject

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

This was a very well done course with some really great insight on human personality. I can say that it dragged on a bit towards the end and felt a bit repetitive, but because the subject matter was so dense, it was worth hearing some of it repeated. I'll likely listen to this again.

  • The Green Mile

  • Written by: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 64

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator, great story

  • By Norm Hyde on 2019-07-28

About as great as I expected

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

I really, really, really loved the movie of this book series. It seemed long overdue to give the book a try. I can say that the movie covers the book extremely well, so you won't be adding much to the story. But some of the emotions you experience during the book just can't be replicated on screen to the same degree. It's worth a read for sure. The narrator was great with this book as well.

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • Written by: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Rachel McAdams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 306

With all of the pluck and charm of its eponymous young hero, Rachel McAdams ( The Notebook, Spotlight, Midnight in Paris) delivers a spectacular reading of Montgomery's beloved bildungsroman. In moments both funny and bittersweet, McAdams' voice is imbued with the spark that has made Anne a much-loved symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic!

  • By AlexisG on 2018-02-14

Amazing audiobook for a Canadian classic

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

I have to admit, I was skeptical of Rachel McAdams when I started this book. I found it a bit difficult to get past envisioning some of her characters she plays on screen when she was reading. But once I got past that, she was fantastic. This was my first experience of the book and I can proudly say it started me on the journey down the series.

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  • Becoming

  • Written by: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,333
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,315

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant First Lady, Brilliant Book

  • By MMH Toronto on 2019-04-08

You really can't go wrong here

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

This books is absolutely fantastic and has something in it for everybody. It seems like it may have been marketed towards women to a degree, but I didn't find that it was written that way. It's a very personal glimpse into their family life in the White House and the many challenges that go along with it.

Michelle Obama can also add narrator to the many things she's great at as well.

  • Anne of Avonlea

  • Anne of Green Gables Part 2
  • Written by: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

The second chapter in the life of Anne Shirley. This book follows Anne from the age of 16 to 18, during the two years that she teaches at Avonlea school. It includes many of the characters from Anne of Green Gables, as well as new ones like Mr. Harrison, Miss Lavendar Lewis, Paul Irving, and the twins Dora and Davy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, narrator was a poor choice

  • By Chrismansell on 2019-03-04

Great book, narrator was a poor choice

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-04

The book is great. It's slightly less engaging than the first of the series but the story still remains captivating and worth a read/listen. The narrator however was an extremely poor choice. She reads fine, but if you are trying to find yourself deep in the story you'll have a hard time getting past the British accent applied to a Canadian. This is especially annoying if you just finished the first novel narrated by Rachel McAdams. The audio quality also seemed very dated.

  • Liar

  • Written by: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner!

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-08-14

Don't read reviews!

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

Reviewed: 2018-03-22

I think the reviews is what ruined this book for me. No review I read gave away the end, but knowing about a twist made me look for it and I figured it out early on in the book which made the end pretty disappointing. If I avoided reviews I may have appreciated what the author did a little more. I didn't particularly care for narrator in this case either.