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  • Dead Boys

  • Written by: Gabriel Squailia
  • Narrated by: Gabriel Squailia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A decade dead, Jacob Campbell is a preservationist, providing a kind of taxidermy to keep his clients looking lifelike for as long as the forces of entropy will allow. But in the Land of the Dead, where the currency is time itself and there is little for corpses to do but drink, thieve, and gamble eternity away, Jacob abandons his home and his fortune for an opportunity to meet the man who cheated the rules of life and death entirely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, gorey, good time.

  • By J Law on 2019-08-06

Fun, gorey, good time.

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

Reviewed: 2019-08-06

I really like this author, and I wish he wrote more books. They're full of strange and inventive gorey details, and the characters don't follow the usual tropes. They're generally about body horror and tend to lead into subtle LGBTQ themes that're refreshing.

  • Don Quixote

  • Translated by Edith Grossman
  • Written by: Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 39 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

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
  • Funny and fast paced

  • By Pouria on 2017-12-19

A long, rough, wonderful road

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-19

The reading is delightful and I couldn't imagine Don Quixote and Sancho with different voices now.
The story drags a bit in some sections, but this particular translation reads very well for modern listeners.
Update: I missed it so much I'm listening again. Even better the second time round.

  • Every Tool's a Hammer

  • Lessons from a Lifetime of Making
  • Written by: Adam Savage
  • Narrated by: Adam Savage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Adam Savage is a maker. From Chewbacca’s bandolier to a 1,000-shot Nerf gun, he has built thousands of spectacular projects as a special-effects artist and the cohost of MythBusters. Adam is also an educator, passionate about instilling the principles of making in the next generation of inventors and inspiring them to turn their curiosity into creation. In this practical and passionate guide, Adam weaves together vivid personal stories, original sketches and photographs from some of his most memorable projects, and interviews with many of his iconic and visionary friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing inspiring man !

  • By Jeffrey Babineau on 2019-05-08

Solid solidification of experience

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-19


80% approach to work ethic and organization, 20% anecdotes. Sort of refreshing to see a book not just trying to entertain (and it does), but also focused on mapping out what they've learned to help others. Really soothing and well read. I almost wish it was longer, but I'll have to listen to it again to absorb it better, so it's actually a good length.

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • Written by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 493

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • definitely one of my favourite books.

  • By patrick on 2018-09-29

Good book

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-12

Nice to hear it narrated by the author. Interesting slice of life. Handful of places where the end of a sentence is cut short by a few seconds and goes straight into the next section.

  • The Once and Future King

  • Written by: T. H. White
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 33 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By J Law on 2019-02-25

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-25

SO GOOD. Loved the stories, thought the narrator was truly excellent. I definitely get the impression of charming british storytelling from it in the line of 'winnie the pooh/wind in the willows' especially in the beginning. The warmth and empathy lent in this reading of it really give it something extra.

The books aren't really divided up in the chapter queue, so you'll have to pay close attention to when the title of the next book comes up. I'd suggest taking a break right after 'Sword in the Stone' since the subject matter gets quite dark very quickly.

  • The Left Hand of Darkness

  • Written by: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story with the wrong voice actor.

  • By Patrick on 2018-07-03

Envoy to a new world

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-10

Overall I liked the book, it's different and worth reading. I especially liked the legend, backstory, and informative bits about the planet and society, though the hardships were well written and compelling. When the main character speaks of things being womanly or masculine, it's usually accompanied by his confessions of that being his own impressions due to his social conditioning, so I didn't find those parts dated or grating. Got attached to the characters by the end too.

The narrator's voice is deep and older, slightly breathy. It mostly only falls short of the aggressive, actiony parts.

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  • The Dark Web

  • Written by: Geoff White, Bernard P. Achampong
  • Narrated by: Geoff White
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

From sex trafficking and fraud to government secrets and anonymous hacking groups, this definitive exploration and exposé of the dark web goes where no documentary has gone before. The anonymous and lawless online environment of the Dark Web makes headlines on a daily basis. It touches all of our lives, without our knowledge, in many different ways. But where do the myths end and reality begin? Tech writer and broadcaster Geoff White ( Channel 4 News) wants to find out.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Missed the mark

  • By Jonathan on 2019-04-24

A good light listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-05

An entertaining and short listen. I like the interviews they managed to get. Lots of variety.

  • Snow Crash

  • Written by: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci-Fi Done Right

  • By Ben on 2018-09-13

Cyberpunkiest

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-20

The audio quality changes from time to time, but the narrator does a great job setting the tone for the material. The book has large information dumps in a few spots, and an abrupt ending, but it's great fun.

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