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    1. Magic Tree House Collection: Books
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    1. Magic Tree House Collection: Books 13-16: Vacation Under the Volcano/Day of the Dragon King/Viking Ships at Sunrise/Hour of the Olympics [UNABRIDGED]
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    Asin: 0807207047
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-26)
    Publisher: Listening Library
    Sales Rank: 10626
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    Book Description

    Read by the author
    2 hrs. 35 mins.
    2 cassettes

    Jack and Annie are back with four more adventures in one audiobook collection.

    This time, Jack and Annie must race against time to find an ancient library before it's buried in ash, take on a book burning emperor, escape a Viking invasion, and witness the first Olympics in ancient Greece.

    Volume 4 includes:
    Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano
    Magic Tree House #14: Day of the Dragon
    Magic Tree House #15: Viking Ships at Sunrise
    Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics
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    2. The Magic Tree House Collection #3 (Books 9-12)
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    Asin: 0807204706
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-31)
    Publisher: Imagination Studio
    Sales Rank: 32419
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Read by the author
    2 hrs. 49 mins.
    2 cassettes

    Jack and Annie return to audio with four more time travel adventures.
    Jack and Annie are whisked back in time as they try to save the ill-fated Titanic, learn to hunt buffalo on the Great Plains, save a rare tiger from poachers in India, and help a baby kangaroo and a koala escape from a fire-filled forest in Australia.

    Volume 5 includes:
    Tonight on the Titanic #17
    Buffalo Before Breakfast #18
    Tigers at Twilight #19
    Dingoes at Dinnertime #20
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    Reviews (4)

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Review of Ghost Town at Sundown
    Since I like scary stories, I really, really liked this one. The best part was when they heard a ghost playing the piano. The ghost's name is Lonesome Luke.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fins Up for Dolphins at Daybreak
    My name is Grant. I am in third grade. Last week I read DOLPHINS AT DAYBREAK because it looked like a really exciting book. DOLPHINS is my favorite Magic Treehouse book so far. I have already read VIKING SHIPS AT SUNRISE and CIVIL WAR ON SUNDAY. I would give all of the Magic Treehouse books I have read 5 stars, but I like DOLPHINS best because I love dolphins and the submarine adventure was really exciting!!!

    Here's a bit of what happened: Annie was curious about the mini-submarine and talked Jack into exploring it. Inside the sub Annie pushed the wrong button and it started to go down to the bottom of the sea. They saw an Octopus, which started to grab the submarine...they also saw a hammerhead shark...

    That's all I will tell you or it will spoil the story for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Night of the Ninjas
    Night of the Ninjas is easy to read with short chapters and pictures. This book can hold the interest of children from 8 on up. The characters are fun and children can relate to them. The characters are a brother and sister, so this book will be of interest to either boys or girls. I have found that the Magic Tree House Books make children want to learn more about history.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Adventure for Kids in early Elementary years
    My children loved all 3 of these adventures, which we listened to in the car on a trip via the audiotape version. They laughed at the adventures of the kids, learning as we went about Pirates, Dinosaurs, and Knights. These are written with "old style" magic -- no darkness or evil overtones -- and my kids responded to it beautifully, requesting additional versions for later trips. My husband and I didn't suffer much either. I strongly recommend this collection for those who have early elementary kids (mine are 6 and 8 years old), whom they don't think are ready for Harry Potter and some of that ilk. ... Read more

    3. Outlander
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    Asin: 0553473298
    Catlog: Book (1994-10-01)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 238390
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Claire Randall is leading a double life.She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...

    In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743.

    Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart.For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Once in the Highlands....
    The book and series were recommended by some friends of my Mum's and she went searching. Not really a "romance" kinda gal, the book store lady assured us--in glowing terms usually reserved for the most elite of movie stars and politicians--that these books were the read of the century. Well, she said the magic words to me--"time travel" and "Scotland." Hey, I'm there. What I was not prepared for was not only an action packed piece of historical fiction, but a hero that I fell in love with as well. There is something so unique and endearing about Jamie Fraser, that I couldn't help it. He is, in turn, the hard headed, pragmatic Scot of his time (1743) and the big, dumb, romantic kid with his wide eyed innocense of love and marriage. And his ability to whip out the one liners had me laughing hysterically. But this book is action from beginning to end as we, through Claire, discover life in the Highlands prior to the Culloden uprising. It was brutal and not at all the romance we've been led to know. Ms. Gabaldon has written an incredible piece with real characters performing real life and I was so caught up, I stayed up far too late to read. I was not disposed to put it down to sleep or eat. I doubt you will be either. I've started the next book in the series and the promise of holding me rapt is there as well. Bottom line...GET THIS BOOK!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Adsolutely Enthralling! I'm Still Entranced By This Book!
    I came across this book by accident, and it turned out to be one of the best books I've read in recent years. Having just read J. Suzanne Frank's "Reflections in the Nile," I came across a review of her book that commended Frank's work as equally satisfying as Gabaldon's. From that review, I decided to buy "Outlander" and quickly became absorbed in this well-crafted tale of history, romance, gallantry, and desire.

    Despite it's voluminous size, I read it every night well into the wee hours of the morning as if I could finish it in a day. I was enraptured by the vividly-drawn 18th century characters of Dougal, Collum, Captain Randall and of course...Jaime Frasier and Claire Beauchamp. The detailed intermingling of historical events, time-travel, adventure, and of timeless love blew me away. This book made me cry, hold my breath in suspense, laugh out loud, and share in the escapades of Jaime and Claire as if I were there myself. I felt their pain, triumph, and undying love, and wished I was Claire being comforted by Jaime's strong enbrace.

    I was a bit depressed to come to the end of this book, but absolutely elated to find that it was simply the first of a six-part series. I promptly ordered the next three installments and found myself waiting impatiently for them to arrive. I guess I'm lucky that I stumbled onto this remarkable series late in the game...I don't have to wait so long to read each successive novel. I will order the fifth installment when it's released and will likely hold my breath waiting for the sixth. I can't wait to see how the story of Claire and Jaime and their colorful supporting players unravels.

    Diana Gabaldon is an extraordinary writer with a penchant for mixing history with romance. If J. Suzanne Frank whetted my appetite for historical romance adventures, Gabaldon certainly sealed my fate as a fan for life.

    3-0 out of 5 stars This book is a bodice-ripper romance
    I had heard wonderful things about it, and for the first couple of hundred pages, really enjoyed it. But let's face it, this is a historical romance -- great if that's what you like. I learned that I really don't like historical romances any better than I like romance novels. I quit reading about halfway through -- the book just went on and on, and after a while, the novelty of the device (time travel) seemed to have lost interest for the author, because we were totally imbedded in the earlier time period.

    If you love romances, this will probably be just your cup of tea. If you don't normally read romance novels, be warned.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I would give Outlander a 10 if I could!
    The ENTIRE series is magnificently written and the love story between Claire and Jaime is beautiful. Never have I read of another couple so in love with and dedicated to one another. EVER. That is saying alot when I have read so very, very, many, many, many, many, romance novels. Truthfully, I think that I continued to read -and reread- the series because I was so enamored of Jamie and his utter gallantry and sexiness. I do not believe that I have ever -or since- fallen so deeply and terribly in love with another romance hero the way I fell in love with Jaime Fraser. To give Claire her due, I must say that she was so kick ass. She does not fade into the background nor does she let any situation get her down. This fact is impressive when you find that many heroines at some point cease to be themselves and are sucked up into whatever the hero wants them to be. Claire remains Claire. And Jaime{sigh}well Jaime loves her with all his heart. This is a story that will make you laugh, rage, and weep with sorrow. Jaime and Claire's story will haunt you and remain with you long after you have read the last word. Theirs is a love that you know will never die.You will be DRIVEN to read the next book in the series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    I LOVED this book, and all the sequels! Diana Gabaldon is an amazing writer, and therefore the books are very well written. The romance is wonderful, and the main character is an amazing woman. I LOVED IT!!!! ... Read more

    4. The Fiery Cross
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    Asin: 0553528610
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-06)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 153226
    Average Customer Review: 3.14 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

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    Four cassettes, 6 hours

    In the ten years since her extraordinary debut novel, OUTLANDER, was published, Diana Gabaldon has entertained scores of listeners with her heart-stirring stories and remarkable characters. The four volumes of her New York Times bestselling saga, featuring eighteenth century Scotsman James Fraser and his twentieth century, time-traveling wife, Claire Randall, have nearly five million U.S. copies in print.

    The story of OUTLANDER begins just after the Second World War, when a British field nurse named Claire Randall walked through a cleft stone in the Scottish highlands and was transported back some two hundred years to 1743.

    Here now is THE FIERY CROSS, the eagerly awaited fifth volume in this remarkable, award-winning series of historical novels. The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser's wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy-a time-traveler's certain knowledge. To break his oath to the Crown will brand him a traitor; to keep it is certain doom. Jamie Fraser stands in the shadow of the fiery cross-a standard that leads nowhere but the bloody brink of war.

    Crossing the boundaries of genre with its unrivaled storytelling, Diana Gabaldon's new novel is a gift both to her many loyal fans and to the lucky listeners who have yet to discover her.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars So many pages, so little plot
    I loved the first four books in this series, but "Fiery Cross" lacks the passion and adventure of Gabaldon's previous offerings.

    While Gabaldon writes well, over the course of a thousand pages she tends to repeat herself noticeably - endless descriptions of breast-feeding and red hair glinting in sunlight, for example.

    She obviously has done her research -- and wants to use every bit of it. There are lots of detailed explanations of bodily functions and medical procedures, from diapering babies to treating snake bite. While some of these scenes would have added color and a glimpse of 18th century life, it sometimes feels like the book is just a collection of medical studies.

    Also, while Claire and Jamie (and Roger and Briana) are still cute, without conflict and separation there's not a lot of the longing and anxiety that made the first books so compelling. It turns out happily married people aren't that entertaining.

    Most importantly, I felt like nothing substantive happened in this book - I could have skipped on to the next in the series and not missed anything. The sick recover, the bad guys get away, and in the end we're right back where we started.

    5-0 out of 5 stars CONTINUING EXCELLENCE!!!
    She does it again! Diana Gabaldon continues her incredible story of Jamie and Claire in the years just before the American Revolution. Rarely is a reader treated to such excellence in any story, but to have an author write a fifth book in a series (with 2 more to come) proves her ability, genius, imagination and love of her craft.

    Others will give highlights of the book in their reviews. I just want to urge readers to begin, if they haven't started, the adventure of a lifetime. And, I might add, these books do not belong in the "Romance" genre, although the publishing industry places them so. These books belong in the historical fiction section of all booksellers' stores. So, if you're looking for some bodice-ripper, don't waste your time--these books explore the relationship of two extraordinary people living in precarious times.

    Read this book. Read all the 'Outlander' books. You'll be glad you did.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A True DG Fan
    I just have to say for those who are giving this book less than 4 or 5 stars, are you a true DG fan? Any of her books are more than worthy of 5 stars. I'd give them all a 6 if I could. The continuing story of Jamie and Claire is what I wait for. If you want them to go back to Scotland and back to Lallybroch, then read Outlander, DIA & Voyager over again. These books are meant to be continuous and move on with their lives. Remember, it is fiction and things will be a little unbelievable, I mean, ahem, it is a time travel novel, no? She has every intention of making these characters more than fantastic. Take the fiction at face value, rather than trying to make it reality. Enjoy them for the wonderful works of fiction they are.

    2-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
    I am a huge Diana Gabaldon fan (loved every book in the Outlander series except this one). This book was very hard to get through. I bought it in hardcover and have picked it up several times but can't get past 200 pages. Will someone please tell me what happens in the end of this book? I want to read the next one in the series (whenever that comes out) and I want to know what I missed in The Fiery Cross.

    5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
    I've actually read the outlander series about five times and consider them the best reads other then the Dark series by Christine Feehan.Diana Gabaldon has a great way to tell stories they reach out and grab you from the start and don't let go until the last page.
    A hugh fan,
    Stephanie R.L ... Read more

    5. Magic Tree House Collection #6 : Books 21-24 (Osborne, Mary Pope. Magic Tree House Series.)
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    Asin: 0807209139
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-24)
    Publisher: Imagination Studio
    Sales Rank: 40963
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Read by the author
    approx. 2 hours, 30 minutes
    2 cassettes

    In this sixth volume of the best-selling audio series, Jack and Annie are whisked back in time to the Civil War where they meet a famous nurse named Clara Barton; join General George Washington during the Revolutionary War as his army leads a sneak attack against their enemy; attend school in a one-room school house in the 1870s; and experience the famous San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

    Volume 6 includes:
    Magic Tree House #21: Civil War on Sunday
    Magic Tree House #22: Revolutionary War on Wednesday
    Magic Tree House #23: Twister on Tuesday
    Magic Tree House #24: Earthquake in the Early Morning
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A pleased parent
    I cannot believe how my son is reading! I bought him the first 8 books for Christmas and by New Years he had read all but one - on his own! He'd rather books than movies!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Afternoon on the Amazon - book #6
    Meet Jack and Annie. Jack is an eight year old boy who seeks adventure. In every trip, Jack takes notes to learn more interesting facts. He carries his little backpack almost everywhere with his useful supplies inside. Annie is Jack's little sister. Annie is just one year younger than Jack. These two siblings have great times together in many different places. Annie is a sweet, honest, considerate girl who looks up to Jack.

    Jack and Annie go lots of places, in lots of different times, helping others in their time, in the present and in the past. For example, in another book, in the same series (Magic Tree House Series) I read a book about Jack and Annie with George Washington! That was a long time ago!

    Afternoon on the Amazon is an exciting book about Jack and Annie who try to help Morgan le Fay by finding four special things. (Everything they find starts with "M".) In the tree house, every time, they climb up the ladder, look for their trusty friend, Peanut the mouse, and point to a picture in a book while wishing to go there. The tree house starts to spin, spin, and spin faster until they appear in a tree in the place they wish to go. In the rain forest, Jack and Annie have trouble with the following animals: a mother cheetah, a crocodile, a monkey, an army of ants, piranhas and a snake. But in the end, Jack and Annie find out that the animals were just being themselves, with the monkey just trying to be helpful.

    My favorite part of the book is when Jack is trying to stop their boat, and he accidentally snatched a snake. It really shakes up the story. Jack and Annie try to push the boat fast and duck their heads. They safely escaped, scared to death!

    This is a very exciting book. In every book (from the Magic Tree House series) behind the cover, it says good things about the author and her books. By reading her books you can see if you think these words are right. I personally think this book matches what the people say. I recommend Mary Pope Osborne's books to everyone! ... Read more

    6. Bella Tuscany : The Sweet Life in Italy
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    Asin: 0553502352
    Catlog: Book (1999-04-06)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 454699
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Work's still not completely finished on Bramasole, the Tuscan house that California-based poet and bestselling author Frances Mayes bought a decade ago and has been fixing up every summer since. Nevertheless, in Bella Tuscany, she goes out--in search of Italy and Italian life. The sequel to Under the Tuscan Sun is awash with sensual discovery, from Sicilian markets with "rainbows of shining fish on ice" to the aqueous dream of Venice "shimmering in the diluted sunlight." Wherever she is, Mayes celebrates everyday rituals, such as picking wild asparagus, "dark spears poking out of the dirt ... stalks as thin as yarn" and driving through country rains, as "the green landscape smears across the windshield" for buffalo mozzarella and demijohns of sfuso--bulk wine kept fresh with a slick of olive oil on top. Mayes also ventures into the world of the locals, some "bent as a comma" and others throwing six-hour communion feasts where half a dozen cooks in a barn continually send out heaping platters of pasta with wild boar sauce, roasted lamb, and even the thigh of a giant cow--wrapping up the festivities with honeyed vin santo, grappa, and dancing to the accordion. Capturing the details that enrich the commonplace, in Bella Tuscany Mayes appears less like a visitor and more like someone discovering in Tuscany a real home and a real life. --Melissa Rossi ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Second course
    This book is like a second course in a sumptuous dinner. Frances and Ed have now cpmpleted most of the major alterations to their villa in Tuscany and are now able to spend more time touring the rest of the region, sampling the local wines and cuisine, enjoying the magnificent architecture and generally continuing their love affair with Italy.
    This book definitely inspires the reader to visit this wonderful sounding region of Italy and to be able to feel part of such a warm, rich culture.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely Dreamscapes into the Heart of Italy
    Who has not dreamt of escaping to a colorful villa in Europe, preferably Provence (France), Tuscany in Italy or some obscure litle hillside in Central Europe? Frances Mays did just that! She describes the delicious details of this idyllic existence in this precious and charming book.Her sensitive, seductive descriptions are irresisible reading.

    The reader is introduced to the sights, sounds, and smells of this magnificent dreamy region of the world. The book is interspersed with Italian phrases, increasing the allure of her exotic choice for a second home, Tuscany, Italy. All the senses of the reader are aroused into full alert by the aroma of freshly baked bread, the smell of newly turned earth awaiting seeds for the vegetable garden, and the enticement of early morning capuccino ...One can just hear the Italian accent in the greeting, "Buon giorno, una bella giornata" ("Good morning, a beautiful day")!

    Along with the author, the reader participates in selecting flowers for a garden path and making a trip to the wine region for "sfuso" (house wine) ... bought from local vintners from their own local brew. We take side trips to Venice, and a gondola ride down the main canal, reminiscing of the past. We take a trip to the famous Capella Palatina, a former residence of kings. It has Arabic and Byzantine architechtural influences from many hundreds of years historical importance ... We go to Sicily and taste the local seafood at a restaurant recommended by the hotel clerk, who assures us, this the restaurant the locals choose for the "best seafood". Indeed, there is no disappointment, the appetizer is "futta di mare", a variety of fried fish and a spicy eggplant dish made with cinnamon and pine nuts. We are served stuffed squid and veal, rolled around with a layer of herbs and cheese. The day concludes with a visit to the market, where lamb, fish, shrimp, candied fruits and various cooking utensils as well as a large variety of food is sold.

    This book is richly detailed with the experience of creating a new life in a foreign country. The reader along with the author is learning many things ... building a garden with hearty plants that survive all year round, planting the proper vegetables by the right season, remodeling a home, and partaking of customs and religious feast days of the region. It has wonderful descriptions of side trips to local and distant places of historical interest and of physical beauty ...I have never read Frances Mays first book so have no basis of comparison. However, this book is clearly an artistic achievement similar to a painting on canvas. This author possesses the power of selecting the right words to create nostalgia and longing in the reader ... to experience *her* Tuscany. Erika Borsos (erikab93)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
    Mayes is a treat. I loved this book as much as her previous Italy book; can't understand the attacks herein, but it doesn't matter. I love all of the Italian references. The imagery is so powerful that it almost felt as though I were in Italy. It enriched my reading experience by teaching me the finer parts of Mediterranean culture -- and Mayes has done the same in a unique and memorable way. This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to anyone without an ax slung over their shoulder.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read if you love Italy
    This is a great book! It actually take you to a portal of Italy. Well written of Italian culture, Frances Mayes capture the bella of Italy. I love this book very much, I visited Italy before and I miss it so much. When I read this book, I feel that I am there again. I love the detail of it, I actually love when she talked about food, the market and the italian word with english beside it. I learned from the book.
    If you love Italy, this is a must read.
    One thing I agree with the other reader that if there's pictures and map included would make this book a plus. I really wants to see the pictures she mentioned and the map for my quick reference. I love the part she talked about mushroom and market with fresh food.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a diamond with some flaws
    OK--Many of the customers who wrote previous reviews about Bella Tuscany have some valid complaints.It is several chapters too long and we do get tired of Mayes' whining.We have little pity for her trying to restore two houses at once and we don't need to hear about every meal and shopping excursion.It certainly does not surpass her first effort, "Under the Tuscan Sun."Still, as someone who has never been to Tuscany (or Italy for that matter), many of the descriptions in "Bella Tuscany" are little treasures.Who wouldn't want to live where you can go to one local farm for ricotta, another for pecorino romano and a third for wine?Or where Roman and Etruscan ruins are to be found in so many unsuspecting places?Or where fabulous meals can be made with only the simple ingredients you grow in your garden?Or where every small local church has a major work or art or two?I do have two recommendations that would have made this book more enjoyable; a map of Tuscany and Italy would have been helpful in identifying the many places Mayes visited.Also, I would have enjoyed more photographs other than those on the dust jacket.Maybe the few "teaser" pictures are to whet our appetite for her 3rd book, "In Tuscany."In any case, while this book has some character flaws, I think potential readers need to try to overlook these and to dig deeper for the jewel within. ... Read more

    7. Drums of Autumn
    list price: $25.95
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    Asin: 0553473328
    Catlog: Book (1996-12-01)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 553753
    Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    In this breathtaking novel — rich in history and adventure — New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon continues the story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser that began with the now-classic novel Outlander and continued in Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager. Once again spanning continents and centuries, Diana Gabaldon has created a work of sheer passion and brilliance....

    It began at an ancient Scottish stone circle. There, a doorway, open to a select few, leads into the past — or the grave. Dr. Claire Randall survived the extraordinary passage, not once but twice.

    Her first trip swept her into the arms of Jamie Fraser, an eighteenth-century Scot whose love for her became a legend — a tale of tragic passion that ended with her return to the present to bear his child. Her second journey, two decades later, brought them together again in the American colonies. But Claire had left someone behind in the twentieth century — their daughter, Brianna....

    Now Brianna has made a disturbing discovery that sends her to the circle of stones and a terrifying leap into the unknown. In search of her mother and the father she has never met, she is risking her own future to try to change history ... and to save their lives. But as Brianna plunges into an uncharted wilderness, a heartbreaking encounter may strand her forever in the past ... or root her in the place she should be, where her heart and soul belong....
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    4-0 out of 5 stars LACKING MAGIC, BUT ENTERTAINING
    When I read the first 3 books in the series I became so entrenched in the story that it stayed with me for days. "Drums" doesn't have the same pull, there is no passion between Claire and Jamie. They say the right words but we don't feel the internal flip flops, the gut wrenching emotion that kept us desperately seeking more, more! A lot of missed opportunity too: it's a major scene when Brianna finally finds Jamie but did she have to find him relieving himself under a tree?! Could have been a great moment in the book but it fell flat. Unfortunately too, Brianna comes across as spoiled and churlish, having rages against Jamie and Roger while she, herself, made the bad decisions that had nasty consequences. John Gray steals the story...hope to see a lot more of him. I say to Ms. Gabaldon. "You are a phenomenally talented writer who has delivered us from the mundane and we are eternally grateful...bring back the magic!! Can't wait for Book # 5 but I DREAD reaching the end of the series."

    3-0 out of 5 stars Just okay.
    I had long sworn off romance novels. One day out of boredom, I was browsing the romance section at the bookstore and picked up Outlander. I ended up sitting on the floor to read more and then ended up buying the book. Books Two and Three affected me the same way. I couldn't wait to get home from work, get dinner for the family, and then sit and read more about Claire and Jamie (especially Jamie!) My husband kept asking me what I was reading and why I was smiling so much! The fourth book I have not even finished. I have no interest in picking it up. Though I wanted to see Jamie and Claire's story continue and didn't want to give the characters up, I think I'd rather go back and reread the first three books than buy books 5 and 6. Diana Gabaldon is an extremely gifted writer, but I think she should have stopped after three. I personally do not want to see Jamie die or read about them at 70 or 80 years of age! As to a movie? Given Jamie's personality and looks, there is no actor on this earth who could fill his shoes!!!!!

    4-0 out of 5 stars good book
    i would have given it four and a half stars but you cant do that. i dont think it merits five stars but i wouldnt call it a four star book either.
    Diana Gabaldon begins to pull together all the floating strings in The Drums Of Autumn and she does an excelent job. She brings in a new romance, quite nicely, and has it play out much better then Jamie and Claire. it doesnt go rancid. She brings in a new charecter with Jamie's nephew Ian, who one gets to know in this book; she doesnt send Ian on the predictable route and instead creats quite a good charecter. She also brings in and developes Lord John Grey, who is a complex and interesting charecter. Again, the plot is good, being complex and not all that predictable, her writing style, though not deep, is definately hooking and beleivable. The one thing that gets very old is Jamie and Claire. They were great in the first book, they actually argued and acted like two people in a relationship but in this book it's all cotton candy between the two of them. Diana Gabaldon creates a possible fantacey or hers, in the relationship between Jamie and Claire and it stops working. Every body gets older and well it does not mean that they get any less beautiful it is doubtful that, unless she got implants, her boobies are as firm and round as they were when she was 27. I seriously doubt that her hair looks like Autumn and i find their relationship more and more sickening: no relationship is that perfect, it would get boring.
    on the whole though, it was a good book, possibly my favorite from the Outlander series.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent
    This book has its truly good parts, but quite a bit of it is boring. A big disappointment after the previous books. It's almost as if the two main characters are now together and settled, so the author does not know what to do with them. (Why fairy tales say simply 'They lived happily ever after' - What's more boring than two beautiful people gleefully changing diapers?)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent
    I liked this much better than Voyager and even Dragonfly, but not as much as Outlander. This one I felt was good because it gave Jamie and Claire a bit of a break and let them settle into their life together. I can see where Gabaldon has matured some in her writing, especially in her descriptions of setting and some of the ghostly stories she tells. However, I found some of the characters were just inconsistent and about as flat as cardboard - while others remain heartwarmingly real (Jamie, Claire, Ian, Fergus, etc.)

    Brianna was just completely annoying and I didn't care for her or "get" her at all! It is quite clear the author herself didn't have a very good grasp of this character. Also, since Brianna was stupid enough to walk onto a lecherous man's ship alone (duh!) along with numerous other aspects of general stupidity and immaturity in her character - I couldn't really feel much sympathy for the girl. I say she should give the grandchild over to Jamie and Claire and just step right back through those stones and disappear from this series! As to Roger, I feel indifferent to his character. I would rather have Ian around. Another inconsistency I felt - the dialogue and relationship between Lord John and Brianna was a just a little too "pat." It just didn't seem to hold much weight and seemed stilted. I can't believe Lord John would reveal so much to Jamie's clearly immature daughter (and especially that after she threatened blackmail???).

    The interesting thing about this book was the fact that I actually LIKED Stephen Bonnet's character. Now, I didn't like the things he DID, I just thought he was well written and sometimes he put a smile on my face with the things he said. I could just visualize him so well. There should have been much more of him in this book, he was one of the best ones! I think he could be redeemable (UNLIKE Jack Randall, in my opinion!).

    The only thing holding me to this series of books is the relationship between Jamie and Claire. It is wonderful to see them maturing and still loving each other the way they do. Jamie is just awesome (for the most part)! ... Read more

    8. Walk With Me : A Self Guided Audio Walking Tour of Florence, Italy
    by The Cicerone
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    Asin: 0970069103
    Catlog: Book (2000-02-07)
    Publisher: Bellew's Tours, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 309849
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Walking tour on 60-minute cassette tape. A self guided walking tour covering the heart of Florence from the magnificent dome to the Pitti Palace. This is a full day's tour or several shorter walks. A large print map is included with transportation, toilets, ATMs and eating arrangements clearly marked. Narration is clear and interesting. The Cicerone shows the traveler the beginning work of the Renaissance and tells of the genius that created the famous and elegant Dome. He shows us where the Elves and Goblins waged a war so ferocious that all of Europe talked about it. See where the Medici had their humble beginnings in the medieval section and the Palace they finally ruled in. See the square where Michelangelo put his famous David and the infamous Bonfire of the Vanities threatened to destroy Florence's great art. Florence is like no other city in the world. The Cicerone helps us see why. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun in the Sun
    My husband and I were given this audio cassette and guide material for our honeymoon in Italy. We had a nice time. I probably would not have bought such a non-traditional tour guide before. But it turned out to be a discrete and fun way to visit the city.

    5-0 out of 5 stars When are you doing France???
    I just got back from my first visit to Rome and Venice. It was fantastic and the Cicerone tours were really different and fun.

    Next year we are planning to see France and I hope that you will have something for Paris by then.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Your own guide to Florence
    What a great way to see the city! So easy to listen and look where you are going instead of trying to read a guidebook. In fact I learned things I had not seen in my guide book. If your time is short you can be sure that you will not miss the important sites and with the minimum of effort. The guide will also give you info about where to stop for a snack and find the all important toilet! When I came back the map helped me identify the pictures I took. I recommend it highly.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Making the Most of The Trip
    I bought this tour because I wanted to make the most of my two days in Florence. It covered exactly what I needed to see. The tape guide has lots of interesting facts and it points out the most important buildings and places. It gave lots of history. Best tour I've ever had. ... Read more

    9. Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need
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    Asin: 0679406530
    Catlog: Book (1991-09-17)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 233295
    Average Customer Review: 4.84 out of 5 stars
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    Bestselling laugh-master Dave Barry is back with an all-new, all-hilarious look at the lighter side of travel.

    Going out of town for business or pleasure? Now, in this tongue-in-cheek guide to globe-trotting, Dave Barry provides the information you need to take your trip with "a minimum of unpleasantness and death." Staying in the good 'ole U.S. of A.? Barry irreverently highlights such national stops as "The Walt Disney 'You Will Have Fun' Disney World Theme Shopping Complex and Resort Compound." Venturing abroad? Barry promises honesty: "If I think a country is awful, I'm going to say so, even if I've never been to this country and know virtually nothing about it"!

    For the first, last -- and funniest -- word on travel today, this is must listening -- even if you're only taking a trip around the block! ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best humour book ever written
    I have read this book 14 times in the last 5 years and I still laugh when I read it! I collect comic stuff since I remember existing and this book beats everything. Every time I travel I take it along with me and everyone that reads just a couple of pages is imediatlly laughing out loud. Dave Barry jokes on every conceiveble aspect of traveling and "hits the spot" each and every time. More than 5 sters

    5-0 out of 5 stars You'll never leave home if you read this book
    It's a good thing that Dave Barry's travel guide is untranslatable into any language other than American. Otherwise we might have to go to war with all of those countries that he reported to be shaped like a large ketchup stain, or where he had to shell out 4,000 pfarthings to use the public restroom. Our author does not take such insults lightly. Nor does he expect you to. This guide is filled with such useful phrases as, "Mi (esposo, esposa) es been tramplado por toros," or "Tuo fratello Raoul dormi con los pesces."

    Luckily, according to Dave, many foreign people speak our language. "Stick them up!" they'll say. "Please to be handing over your American Express traveler's checks! Don't leave home without them!"

    There are lots of useful airline tips in this book, such as how to behave if your airplane is infested by demons, how to fit a lawn tractor into the overhead baggage compartment, and what do about the 475-pound man in the adjacent seat who has forearms the size of Roseanne. For those of you who are afraid of flying, the author very kindly takes time to explain how an airplane flies (I didn't know an airplane wing had ailerons AND halyards).

    Dave doesn't just do Europe. He also takes on the fifty states ('Massachusetts is an Indian word meaning "place that is hard to spell"), Canada (which "boasts numerous goose-infested lakes"), and Mexico ("Unit of Currency - The Lambada"). I can't help wondering whether this book had anything to do with the current state of relations between ourselves and our closest neighbors.

    Don't let your kids read this book right before a history or geography test, especially not Dave's highlighted "Facts at a Glance" boxes. Even I know that the unit of currency in Greece is not 'The Sheep." It's the 'minimum.'

    4-0 out of 5 stars A classic!
    Quite easily one of the finest humor authors does it again! This is a hilarious account of traveling, not to mention a brief description of each U.S. state, and most European countries!

    Definetely recommended for anyone who knows a bit of history, or who travels a lot.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Never leave home without it. Actually, never leave home.
    This is the ideal book for anyone who was been left frothing and screaming in a plane that is "experiencing technical difficulties," or someone who is being forced to view large wads of culture in a foreign city, or has been dragged to Disney World by a small child. Dave Barry unleashes his frustrated commentary on the travel world in general, in one of his most hilarious books ever. (In general, the more frustrated Dave Barry is, the funnier he is)

    He goes over various details of travelling, such as proper travel planning, travel checks ("A Lot of People Never Figure Out How to Cash Them"), car rentals, luggage ("... will hold two pairs of socks PLUS your dental floss"), and bribing nuns. Then we handle foreign languages, and he gives you a few useful phrases like "Sacre moo! Ce EST mon CHAT!" ("Holy cow! This [the food] IS my cat!"). Then it's air travel, where Barry vents his spleen on airport security, airport food, small children on planes, and tips for kids on how to have fun with security personnel. Then it's time for family fun, at Disney World where cheerful employees will make sure you have fun, or else.

    He also gives you tips on the fifty states of the US, useful info and plenty of trivia. (For example, the Florida state seal shows a mosquito with a machine gun, and Iowa's Official State Motto is "You Bet!") He also handles other North American countries like Canada (which has cold air masses) and Mexico (Unit of Currency: The Lambada). He also briefly forays to Europe, where he lampoons various countries in turn. (Instructions: How to use a bidet) Then it's staying in a hotel, and if that isn't awful enough, camping out.

    If you have a deep-rooted hate of airport security personnel, or you hate camping, or you hate being shortchanged in Austria, then this book is for you. Keep on writing, Mr. Barry, but you may want to rethink the book tours...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stressed by planning a journey? Read this book to relax!
    Traveling -- a blessing or curse? Reading "Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need" makes you asking this very question -- and then deciding to plunge head first into the next traveling adventure.

    Divided into an introduction, eight chapters, and an epilogue titled "Welcome Home! Or: 'That's Odd! Our House Used To Be Right Here!'," the book practically covers every aspect of traveling. A special treat are Dave Barry's descriptions of the fifty U.S. states and some European countries.

    Funnily enough, you often find yourself thinking: "Yeah -- it's exactly like that!" Or should that be scaring? No matter what, Dave Barry's hilarious travel guide is definitely one of a kind and will entertain every traveler -- and those who prefer to stay home. ... Read more

    10. Travels With Charley: In Search of America/Cassettes
    by John Steinbeck, Gary Sinise
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    Asin: 0453008976
    Catlog: Book (1994-11-01)
    Publisher: Highbridge Audio
    Sales Rank: 108659
    Average Customer Review: 4.16 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Journey with Trusted Life
    Travel with Charley in Search of America

    Travel with the Charley is my first book for reading. I never ever read John Steienbick's book before. I like this book vary much. He wrote this book forty years ago but it still look like he wrote it today. I believe Steinbeck's has a skill and experience of yesterday and make it seems like today. It was very exited to read about packing of his trip, custom made car that he called Rocinate. He was the man; his dog, his truck and three months travel across America. It was very funny and exciting about going out and discovers America with dog. He traveled across the state in large circle from New York to Main to Illinois to Washington, California, Texas and further south. As he traveled, he meets with the people along the way and describe them in vary short paragraph. His observation and opinion about every thing from antiques, small towns, American language, interstate system, hunters, trash and many others items and also he made clear statement about how different New England peoples from others. John Steinbeck's also noted subtle regional difference of American people and realize that American south is different than the rest of America. Overall Travel with Charley is an interesting book that present John Steinbeck's idea in a unique and effective way.

    To see the Travel with Charley as just an interesting side of American is to miss the point. Mr. John Steinbeck's was present a number of important historical events in American life, while he was travelling toward the southern state during their trouble time of integration. He witnesses people and event during the time of integration school. He also recorded the rise of motor hotel beside of road and towns. He also appreciated with the modern interstate system and small roadside towns throughout the nation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars "An Outstanding Travel"
    John Steinbeck's book:"Travels With Charley" is one of the most interesting book that I've read. It's about about an exciting travel across America made by Steinbeck and his french poodle, Charley. Although the book has been written since more than forty years ago, there are still some aspects that are found in the current society. The paint of America made by Steinbeck is so authentic, so real that it makes the reader dazzled, stimulates his curiosity and takes him to places that he might have never been.

    Steinbeck is a great observer. He describes everything so perfectly, from people to the american society; from the american society to the environment. By using a numerous figures of speeches, he gives to all his descriptions an attractive color which bring them alive. As an example, the way Steinbeck talks about the nature is just extraordinary.

    Steinbeck points his finger at the problems of America, and precisely the pollution caused the industrialization of the big cities. Also, he mentions one of the greatest problems that is ravaging the american society since ever, which is the problem of discrimination and racial conflict between Black and White. Personally, I was proud to read his perception about the problem, and the fact of considering himself as a cosmopolitan. In short, Steinbeck discusses with vigour a lot of delicate facts that are still found in today's society.Therefore,"Travels With Charley" still has its place in the in this new generation.
    Although I reproach Steinbeck for his tendency to include too many details for things or events which are not important( discussions with charley...), I still think it's a good book to read because you can discover the genius of an author that can make you discover the beauty of a country.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good book; buy it used
    I recently bought the library binding so that I could loan this book to my friends and students and not worry about it falling apart from use. However, I'm more than slightly disappointed with the quality. The library binding is nothing more than the mass market paperback in a hard cover. The paper is thin, dark, and of the poorest quality; the binding is of questionable stability and I doubt it will last as long as I had expected, and the overall feel and look of the book are poor.

    The content of the book, however, is fantastic. Steinbeck shows the reader a side of America which, even in the early sixties, seemed extinct. What the book still offers is a glimpse of America's core: Steinbeck sought out and found the small and quiet remains of the foundation of what makes America such a unique country. Most striking of all is that this is a book that could have been written just five or ten years ago -- it is incredibly timeless.

    This book is a book to be read, not displayed, and Penguin's editions reflect this in their pure non-displayability. I suggest that when you go to buy this book you buy it used. Save yourself some money and buy copies which are just as good (my used copies are actually much nicer) and far cheaper than the library binding or the paperback version.

    5-0 out of 5 stars On The Road
    Our media culture is obsessed with superficial appearances. All information is processed at high speeds in small parcels. It is in the interest of the media/corporations to tell Americans what America is all about and how it is defined by their products.
    Hey, everybody's got to make a buck; I've got nothing against that. And you can't deny that some of this stuff is fun and lighthearted.
    But that's just it, there is no substance, it's all superficial. Undeniably pleasant, but essentially unsatisfying. That's not America.
    I've travelled this country far and wide, and - while some of the specifics have changed - the America John Steinbeck went in search of still exists.
    "Travles with Charley" invites us to look beyond the surface of the media bombardment. It introduces - or re-introduces - us to the people and places that truely form the backbone of this country. At the same time it takes us beyond place and reminds us of the humanity of those around us; something that can be easily lost in the sound-byte/video-clip culture that we live in.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Lucky Poodle
    I wish my master would take me on some journeys like this! The farthest he takes me is to the corner liquor store, which is cool because I get to see this really cute Yorkshire Terrier along the way. ... Read more

    11. Gulliver's Travels
    by Jonathan Swift
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    Asin: 0786105496
    Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
    Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
    Sales Rank: 589594
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    When Lemuel Gulliver sets off from London on a sea voyage, little does he know the many incredible and unbelievable misadventures awaiting. Shipwrecked at sea and nearly drowned, he washes ashore upon an exotic island called Liliput--where the people are only six inches tall! Next he visits a land of incredible giants called the Brobdingnagians. They are more than sixty feet tall! he travels to Lapauta, a city that floats in the city, and to Glubbdubdrib, the Island of Sorcerers. his final voyage brings him into contact with the Yahoos--a brutish race of subhumans--and an intelligent and virtuous race of horse, the Houyhnhnms.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Houyhnhnms and Yahoos
    Even though the Lilliputians part of the book is the most popular, I enjoyed part 4 the most.I liked how Swift placed another animal higher than humans, showing that we end up at the bottom in the end.I also like how he had Gulliver change due to his stay with the Houyhnhnms.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gulliver's Travels review
    Gulliver's Travels was a very well written book, complicated, but sewn with an interesting plot. The story is told first person in the view of an adventurer named Lemuel Gulliver. He goes on an adventure and visits all sorts of strange imaginary places, and learns about the cultures, while relating it to his home in England.
    The book is written by Jonathan Swift, an author of the mid 1700's. This book was written a long time ago, and that effected the diction used. First, some of the words were complicated Old English and were difficult to understand. He was very careful about his word choice, and used it to express satire. Swift uses a large vocabulary especially when describing people, places, or events. Also, some of the words used were slang and made me stop reading to find the meaning. The book structure was organized chronologically, with the chapters separating important events. This book is filled with symbolism since it's a satire on English society.
    An interesting theme in this book was the battle between physical strength and things morally right. One battle involves Gulliver with his strength verses the Blefuscudian miniature army. Another example of this is the Brobdingnag's strength verses Gulliver's enslavement. He also observes this confilict when the Houyhnhnms chain up the Yahoos.
    I recommend this classic to a person 15 years old and up with a strong vocabulary, and a good understanding of English literature and culture around the 18th century. I would suggest reading this book if you are interested in fantasy adventures. I had some difficulty reading this book and couldn't enjoy it for the symbolism at first. After some thought I understand the symbolism and how Swift satires England's society. After studying the symbolism, I have a whole new perspective on the book, and now I can relate symbols in the book to English society around that time period.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Swift's Satire
    Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, is an adventurous story with deeper political meaning than many realize. Written to appear historical and realistic, by directly enforcing the reader as the audience, these fanciful stories become believable. Currently becoming more apparent as a children's story, this story holds a much deeper meaning. The political satire that this author portrays is evident throughout the story. I could relate events in Swift's novel very easily to outside events, which proves that he purposefully set his story up as a political satire, full of social commentary. He wanted to accent on the political confusion and corruption that occurs, and successfully delivers this through an interesting, twisted plot. Overall, I feel that this book can be appreciated by many age groups because it can be taken on several different levels. I think there is still more I can learn about this book, but truly took it to heart to understand the majority of political satire that the author developed, and I appreciate Swift's attention to the audience and presenting the book through the perspective of Dr. Gulliver.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gulliver's Travels
    Gulliver's Travels Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, 1947,306pp.,$5.99
    Jonathan Swift ISBN number is 0-671-00174-4

    Gulliver's Travels is a wonderful adventure by Jonathan Swift.At first I didn't want to read it, but once I reading, I just had to keep going!In the beginning, we find a young man named Lemuel Gulliver.Mr. Gulliver was sent to Emanuel to be an apprenticeship to Mr. Bates.By being an apprentice, Mr. Gulliver becomes a surgeon on a ship called the Swallow.But when Mr. Gulliver marries and settles down in London, Mr. Bates dies and his business begins to fail, so Gulliver goes back out to sea.On the Antelope, they leave Bristol with the voyage bound toward the South Sea.Due to a miscalculation by the crew, they are already tired and ill when a storm brews.The captain, crew and Gulliver are forced to abandon the ship.Because Gulliver knows how to swim, he reaches land. That's when the half a pint of brandy from the ship forces Gulliver to fall asleep. When he wakes up, he can't move and he finds strings on his upper body.When Gulliver breaks the strings he's showered with tiny arrows and spears from an army of small people. When Gulliver doesn't fight back, most of the miscommunication has ended with this "Man Mountain".Gulliver finds himself in a city, a country of little people that speak an odd language.When he knows enough, he asks the emperor for his freedom back every day.All the while, Gulliver mainly wonders how he will get back home once he gets his freedom, that is, if he ever gets his freedom.
    Jonathan Swift, the author of this wonderful tale, was born on November 30,1667 in Dublin, Ireland.He died at the age of 78, and was known as a writer, satirist, and political writer.For 40 years, he had a political career and many were afraid of his political reviews.A political position which he was trying for was blocked by a Bishop and he was soon exiled from England to Ireland.The disillusioned Swift soon began writing Gulliver's Travels, which is a satire on the corrupt English government.
    I would recommend Gulliver's Travels to anyone.I would give this book * * * *.This book is wonderful and even though it's been around for a long time, it's never `out of date'.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gulliver's Travels Book Review
    Gulliver's Travels is a good book, even if you just read it as an adventure story, but when you can understand the wit and satire of Jonathan Swift, the book is great.It is a fictional narrative, written anonymously by Swift under the pen name Lemuel Gulliver.It is about the voyages and mishaps of Gulliver as he travels to uncharted islands, which are slightly different then a normal trip.He meets six inch tall people, visits a flying island, entertains some sixty foot tall royalty, encounters people that never die, and lives with horses that talk, reason, and have men-like animals for slaves.Along with this imaginative epic, Swift adds ironic humor and lays out his ideas of politics, religion, and humanity.Even though it was written in the eighteenth century, it is easily understood and fun to read for all ages.Some of the more subtle references and satires are hard to connect with, but if your book has footnotes explaining certain things, it will make it more enjoyable.I really like this book and I think you will, too. ... Read more

    12. Three Weeks With My Brother
    by Nicholas Sparks
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    Asin: 1586216422
    Catlog: Book (2004-04-01)
    Publisher: Time Warner Audiobooks
    Sales Rank: 75355
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A VIVID VOICE PERFORMANCE
    Who wouldn't want to go on a trip around the world, especially in the company of bestselling author Nicholas Sparks? Well, not everyone can go around the world, but listeners now have an opportunity to hear about a once-in-a-lifetime trip undertaken by Nicholas and his brother Micah.

    Voice performer Henry Leyva brings to vivid life not only the recollections of the authors but also some of the world's mysterious and best known far-off spots, Easter Island, Ayers Rock, Machu Picchu, and more.

    Perhaps more important than the physical journey "Three Weeks with My Brother" is also a journey of self-discovery as the two share memories of their youth. They are now the only remaining members of the Sparks family - their mother died in 1989; their father was killed in an automobile accident, and they lost their sister to a brain tumor.

    As the trip begins both are grown men with families of their own for whom they deeply care. Yet, both seem to realize that the opportunity to make this trip may not happen again. Listeners will be glad that they made that choice as they listen, perhaps reflecting upon or even reconnecting with members of their own families.

    - Gail Cooke ... Read more

    13. Fast Food Nation : The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
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    Asin: 0553529005
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-08)
    Publisher: Random House Audible
    Sales Rank: 247766
    Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
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    Six Cassettes, 9 hrs.

    Read by Rick Adamson

    FAST FOOD NATION - the groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that has changed the way America thinks about the way it eats - and spent nearly four months on the New York Times bestseller list - now available on cassette!

    Are we what we eat?To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America.Though created by a handful of mavericks, the fast food industry has triggered the homogenization of our society.Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelling the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad.That's a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.

    Schlosser's myth-shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food's flavors are concocted.Along the way, he unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths - from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, even real estate.He also uncovers the fast food chains' efforts to reel in the youngest, most susceptible consumers even while they hone their institutionalized exploitation of teenagers and minorities.Schlosser then turns a critical eye toward the hot topic of globalization - a phenomenon launched by fast food.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars McInteresting Look at Fast Food
    I read this book knowing I was not going to learn any new and cheery anecdotes about how Ronald McDonald got his start..... instead I read this to solidify the notion that fast food was not a healthy choice. And boy, did this book give you reasons it is not, and I'm not just talking nutritional value here.

    I found this book fascinating for the detail was great, well researched, and given to the reader straight. It was an eye opening book. Who knew that due to the meat industry being run just by a few corporations, essentially we are eating the same meat from the same feedlots and slaughter houses whether we buy it at a fast food chain or the local supermarket, and perhaps even the nicer restaurants. I also found some of the content appalling. Cattle are fed cats, dogs, other cows, even old newspaper! If this doesn't outrage you enough, just wait to you get to how these same meat conglomerates treat the low paid, low skilled employees of the slaughterhouses.

    This book is insightful and unbelievable, and will make you question how the fast food giants sleep at night.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Supporting What?
    I've been trying to write a review for this book and end up not being able to grasp the profound effect it has had on me. I'm left will a feeling of being too small to actually do anything about the "wool" being pulled over America's eyes. From basic human rights to our nation's safety (e.coli, salmonella, etc.), the fast food industry has been able to break laws, cover up incidents and some how flourish, making billions of dollars a year.

    I devoured this book, it is easy to read, accurate and eye opening. The contents in this book is something that every American should be familiar. Fast food customers need to be informed of what goes on to deliver that "happy" meal on to that plastic tray from beginning to end. I'd like to thank Eric Schlosser for writing this book, his research has caused me to take a look at what I'm supporting and risking by consuming meat. I for one will not support these arrogant corporate giants and have chosen to stay away from fast food. I have seen the light and it's not from the glowing golden arches down the street!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Appalling. Read it and weep.
    Since many other reviewers cover the more repulsive details of Schlosser's book, I will stick to pointing out something I think deserves even more attention: one of the themes of the book is that the fast food industry has its tentacles in EVERY aspect of Americans' lives. Changing this goes far, far beyond bypassing a Big Mac...boycotting fast food is not the same thing as boycotting the fast food industry, when industry practices have made the USDA powerless against meatpackers, advertisers target children as consumers, and schools are taking money for corporate sponsorship.

    This a fantastic book and it touches on a lot of areas that I don't normally think of relating to fast food, such as the plight of abused migrant workers in the slaughterhouses and the economics of teen labor. Everybody should read it, even if you never eat fast food, because you're affected too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Disturbing... Will never eat fast food again!
    I must warn the reader that you'll never want to eat fast food again after you read this book. I've never been a big fast food junkie, though I've eaten it if there isn't anything else around, but I won't again take a bite of the same even if I'm starving during a road trip and the only food available is a drive-thru burger joint. Eric Schlosser's book is an impressive, albeit disturbing dissection of the fast food industry in the United States, one that examines each aspect of said industry with unflinching, well-researched facts. The result is an unflattering picture of an industry that has changed US business and eating habits in an almost secretive fashion. The book is a fascinating look into the business and talks about the process of hiring, franchising, purchasing and other practices. The most fascinating and disturbing chapters concern, however, the beef served at fast food restaurants and how it gets there. I warn you that it is not a pretty picture. If you care about the food you eat, these chapters will sicken you. You must read this book (unless you never eat fast food at all). The quality of the food aside, this book is extremely critical of the fast food industry and I believe that if you are a fast food lover, this book will disturb and upset you. As I said above, the picture Schlosser paints isn't pretty, nothing is sugarcoated. This is well-researched and well-written book and I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars KNOW WHAT YOU EAT AND SUPPORT

    14. In a Sunburned Country
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    Asin: 0553502557
    Catlog: Book (2000-06-06)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
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    Just in time for the 2000 Olympics-the bestselling quthor of A Walk in the Woods takes listeners on a truly outrageous tour Down Under.

    Compared to his Australian excursions, Bill Bryson had it easy on the Appalachian Trail.Nonetheless, Bryson has on several occasions embarked on seemingly endless flights bound for a land where Little Debbies are scarce but insects are abundant (up to 220,000 species of them), not to mention crocodiles.

    Taking listeners on a rollicking ride far beyond packaged-tour routes, IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY introduces a place where interesting things happen all the time.Leaving no Vegemite unsavored, listeners will accompany Bryson as he dodges jellyfish while learning to surf at Bondi Beach, discovers a fish that can climb trees, dehydrates in deserts where temperatures leap to 140 degrees F, and tells the true story of the rejected Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Of Droughts and Flooding Rains
    Being both an owner of every Bill Bryson book in print, and a patriotic Australian, I couldn't believe my luck when I found this book had come out. I currently live in the USA, so it was interesting to see an Americans point of view on Australia. Bryson's insightful views on the country avoid stereotypical characterisation of the people and places, and he mixes his accurate and always relevant research perfectly. I learned things about Australia that I didn't even know, and being one of those much discussed Australians who first see the world before even regarding travel in their own country I realise how much of my own country I have ignored. In my opinion, this is better than 'Walk in the woods', which I found drifting and aimless in sections. 'In a sunburned country' nearly heads in the same direction, but saves itself with constant changes in scenery and the method with which he covered the country. Maybe I am biased because of the subject matter, but it is a great read. If you are going there, get the book and read it on the plane. You'll get a much better understanding of what the country has to offer than by reading a guidebook to Sydney. And, Bill, if you are reading, thanks for not mentioning Fosters, Paul Hogan or 'Shrimps on the Barbie' even once.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pack the bags and head for Australia...
    That's how you'll feel once you read this book. Despite the fact thatAustralia is one of the most dangerous continents on earth (if not the most dangerous), you will still feel the pull to visit and, possibly, become a resident.

    The book recounts Bryson's assignment to essentially circumnavigate and criss-cross Australia, reporting on its people, its sights, and its culture. At each city or site he visits, he humorously recounts why its well known, who died there and why (for some odd reason, people keep setting out to cross the Outback and are never heard from or seen again), and what he found interesting about it.

    Bryson points out the many dangers of Australia. Among them, of the ten deadliest snakes in the world, all ten happen to reside in Australia. For whatever reason, Bryson's writing style grabs you and pulls you. Almost like a thriller where you can't wait to get to the end, you'll fight falling asleep as you read late into the night while trying to find out what oddity he is going to encounter next in his travels.

    Highly entertaining, informative, and recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of Bryson's best books
    Bryson's best book is "Notes From a Small Island," about traveling in Great Britain. It's one of the funniest books I've read. The British are funny, and Bryson knows them well after living in Britain for 20+ years.

    His book about Australia, "In a Sunburned Country," is also entertaining. He studied Australian history, met many interesting locals, etc. After reading it, I feel like an expert on Australia and its people.

    His book about Europe, "Neither Here Nor There," isn't so good. The problem is that he speaks no languages other than English. He didn't talk to anyone on this trip. Wwithout any characters (other than Bryson) the book isn't engaging. The book has only one joke, which he repeats: "The waiter/hotel clerk/taxi driver didn't speak English so I tried to make him understand that I needed..." Some of these moments are quite funny, but they don't constitute a book. Bryson didn't study the places he visits. Unlike the Australian book, you learn almost nothing about the countries he visited.

    Bryson's book about America, "I'm a Stranger Here Myself," failed to make me laugh. It reads like a series of Erma Bombeck columns. Bryson comments about various aspects of his life in a small town in New England. Not other people's lives, which might have been interesting, but only about his domestic life.

    I got only a few chapters into his book about the Appalachian Trail, "A Walk in the Woods." I wasn't amused that two people with no backpacking experience would attempt a six-month hike. After several chapters of Bryson repeating one joke -- "I know nothing about any of this!" -- I stopped reading.

    This suggests that the old advice "write about what you know" is worth following. It also made me realize that traveling is only enjoyable if you do two things: meet interesting people, preferably by speaking their language; and studying the area you're visiting.

    Review by Thomas David Kehoe, author of "Hearts and Minds: How Our Brains Are Hardwired for Relationships"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Get this book!
    Speaking as an American who moved to Australia a year ago to live and work, I was instantly curious about this book after a friend recommended it to me. I thought it might be interesting to read another American's perspective on what it's like to experience this far away country that I've decided to call home.

    First off, let me say that this book is an extremely easy and entertaining read from cover to cover and I never wanted to put it down. Bryson has a great writing style and he has a way of making you feel as if you're right there along side him as he travels the country, exploring the countryside and it's people. He travels far beyond the traditional tourists spots that most visiting Americans stick to when coming to Australia on vacation - namely Sydney, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Gold Coast, although his passages on these places are just insightful and funny as anything else in the book.

    Bryson obviously did his research when he gets into the history behind these far flung places that dot the landscape of this vast country. He never bores you, and he has written a book that seemlessly blends historical fact with observational humor and brutally honest storytelling. I found myself nodding and laughing out loud at so many of his observations about the people, having experienced so many of the same things firsthand when I first arrived here.

    I feel the Bryson hits the nail right on the head when he speaks of Australia as being a place where interesting things happen all the time.I agree wholeheartedly with him that it's unfortunate that this country 'down under' seems to go largely unnoticed by the rest of the world.

    This book will give you more insight into Australia then any garden variety travel book. This book has heart, humor, and brutal honesty (the latter being what most standard travel books lack. They want to make you think that every single place in a country is worth your time).

    If you've ever been curious about Australia I highly recommend this book. If you plan on visiting Australia in the future this book is definitely a must have. It will make you wish you were in Australia that much more. It truly is a special place and Bryson's book conveys this brilliantly.

    To quote an excerpt:

    "Australia is mostly empty and a long way away. It's population is small and it's role in the world consequently peripheral. It doesn't have coups, recklessly overfish, arm disagreeable despots, grow coca in provocative quantities or throw it's weight around in a brash and unseemly manner. It is stable and peaceful and good. It doesn't need watching, and so we don't. But I will tell you this. The loss is entirely ours."

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent....
    This book is excellent regardless of whether or not you have ever or plan on ever visiting Australia. One thing is for certain, that Bryson's mix of humor and historical facts coupled with this dynamic country prove to be sheer entertainment. ... Read more

    15. I'm a Stranger Here Myself : Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away
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    Catlog: Book (1999-05-04)
    Publisher: Random House Audio
    Sales Rank: 291021
    Average Customer Review: 4.04 out of 5 stars
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    The master humorist and bestselling author of A Walk in the Woods now guides us on an affectionate, hysterically funny tour of America's most outrageous absurdities.

    After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly three million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens--as he later put it, "it was clear my people needed me"). They were greeted by a new-and-improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

    Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I'm a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth. From motels ("one of those things--airline food is another--that I get excited about and should know better") to careless barbers ("in the mirror I am confronted with an image that brings to mind a lemon meringue pie with ears"), I'm a Stranger Here Myself chronicles the quirkiest aspects of life in America, right down to our hardware-store lingo, tax-return instructions, and vulnerability to home injury ("statistically in New Hampshire I am far more likely to be hurt by my ceiling or underpants than by a stranger").

    Along the way Bill Bryson also reveals his rules for life (#1: It is not permitted to be both slow and stupid. You must choose one or the other); delivers the commencement address to a local high school ("I've learned that if you touch a surface to see if it's hot, it will be"); and manages to make friends with a skunk. The result is a book filled with hysterical scenes of one man's attempt to reacquaint himself with his own country, but it is also an extended, if at times bemused, love letter to the homeland he has returned to after twenty years away.
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable perspective on America
    Bill Bryson can be a curmudgeon. A very funny curmudgeon. This book is a collection of columns he wrote for a British publication over the course of a year. Collected here, they contain the experiences of a person returning to their homeland after 20 years and reacquainting himself. As mentioned by previous reviewers, a couple of the columns seem as if he was rushed (although I found the tax column funny), but many of them are spot-on. Many column subjects are about things Americans like to remember fondly - diners, drive-in movie theatres, the outdoors, and are therefore touching. Others are just plain hilarious. When he's in the 'zone', Bill Bryson is among the funniest authors alive. If you've read a column or any previous books by Bryson and slightly enjoyed it, there will be something here for you. Keep in mind that it is a collection of essays written over the course of one year, so a couple may not sway you, but overall this collection is definitely a keeper!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting insights from the outside
    Bill Bryson's "I'm a Stranger..." is an interesting collection of observations and comments about several aspects of American life. As they are taken from weekly columns he wrote for a paper in England, this is not a "book" per se. But that fact doesn't take away from its charm, or, at times, stinging criticism.

    This is mostly a humorous work, like the article Bryson wrote poking fun at the US Federal Tax Return (wait 'til you hear it!). But it's not all light-hearted; Bryson also finds time for more serious matters, like immigration and gun control. His analyses of these situations and his expose' of inconsistent American values/beliefs is worth the price of the book alone. Sometimes it takes an outsider, like Bryson was, to show you things you couldn't see yourself. He does this splendidly.

    Others have commented that the book was a little too formulaic; I have noticed this too. Many of the articles end with a "punch-line" of sarcasm, and it seemed a bit predictable the more I read. For this reason I would recommend not reading too much at once. It worked better for me listening to one or two themes at a time, and then taking a break. The material (and Bryson's approach) remained more fresh that way.

    In all, though, this was a good effort. Bryson definitely makes you think about issues you might have taken for granted. Four stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An American Portrait
    After reading and enjoying "Notes From a Small Island," I was looking forward to Bryson's witticisms in regards to every day life in America. Although an American, having spent twenty odd years in England gives Bryson a unique perspective on what makes America, and Americans, tick. "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" is a collection of essays Bryson wrote for an English audience; but they lack none of their charm when read by an Anglophile American.

    "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" is and odd conglomeration of essays that deal with a range of topics: small-town America, shopping, the inconvenience of our numerous "conveniences", and several entries on his own ineptness when it comes to technology. In each of his essays Bryson is a bit of a wanderer, starting in one direction, only to go off on a tangent. Usually he's able to bring himself back to the point, and can even poke fun at himself for doing so. His wanderings are what sets his style and what generates the largest laughs or head shakes of disbelief.

    While Bryson is at times critical of what happens in America, "I'm a Stranger Here Myself" is a loving portrait of a revered country. However, Bryson's perspective is one of a man living a blessed life. He now resides in a virtually crime-free small New Hampshire town and grew up in small-town Iowa. His essays sometimes lack the experiences that growing up or residing in other areas might offer. However, due to his extensive travels, Bryson's perspective is truly unique and a joy to read.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not Bryson's best
    Bryson's best book is "Notes From a Small Island," about traveling in Great Britain. It's one of the funniest books I've read. The British are funny, and Bryson knows them well after living in Britain for 20+ years.

    His book about Australia, "In a Sunburned Country," is also entertaining. He studied Australian history, met many interesting locals, etc. After reading it, I feel like an expert on Australia and its people.

    His book about Europe, "Neither Here Nor There," isn't so good. The problem is that he speaks no languages other than English. He didn't talk to anyone on this trip. Wwithout any characters (other than Bryson) the book isn't engaging. The book has only one joke, which he repeats: "The waiter/hotel clerk/taxi driver didn't speak English so I tried to make him understand that I needed..." Some of these moments are quite funny, but they don't constitute a book. Bryson didn't study the places he visits. Unlike the Australian book, you learn almost nothing about the countries he visited.

    Bryson's book about America, "I'm a Stranger Here Myself," failed to make me laugh. It reads like a series of Erma Bombeck columns. Bryson comments about various aspects of his life in a small town in New England. Not other people's lives, which might have been interesting, but only about his domestic life.

    I got only a few chapters into his book about the Appalachian Trail, "A Walk in the Woods." I wasn't amused that two people with no backpacking experience would attempt a six-month hike. After several chapters of Bryson repeating one joke -- "I know nothing about any of this!" -- I stopped reading.

    This suggests that the old advice "write about what you know" is worth following. It also made me realize that traveling is only enjoyable if you do two things: meet interesting people, preferably by speaking their language; and studying the area you're visiting.

    Review by Thomas David Kehoe, author of "Hearts and Minds: How Our Brains Are Hardwired for Relationships"

    3-0 out of 5 stars A stranger in a strange land.
    "The intricacies of modern American life" leave Bill Bryson wondering, "what on earth am I doing here?" in this collection of short, anecdotal essays (pp. 231; 286). Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson (best known for NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND, A WALK IN THE WOODS, and A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING) lived in the Yorkshire Dales of England for twenty years before returning to the States in 1995 with his English wife and his four children (p. 1). The Brysons lived in Hanover, New Hampshire, before recently returning to Britain (where Bryson is finishing a new book on Shakespeare).

    This book offers a compilation of Bryson's whimsical contributions from 1996 to 1998 to London's Night & Day magazine, offering his humorous observations upon life in the United States and in New England in particular. While Bryson recognizes that there is a great deal about American culture that is appealing--"the ease and convenience of life, the friendliness of the people, the astoundingly abundant portions, the intoxicating sense of space, the cheerfulness of nearly everyone who serves you, the notion that almost any desire or whim can be simply and instantly gratified (p. 286)--with his characteristic wit, he chooses instead to skewer American culture in all of its idiosyncrasies--diners, drive ins, dental floss hotlines, diets, processed foods, cable TV, lawsuits, drug laws, running shoes, and garbage disposals.

    I am a big Bill Bryson fan. I have rated this book with three stars only when measured against some of his better books--A WALK IN THE WOODS, NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND, A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING, for example. This book didn't hold my attention as those books did, and Bryson's reunion with American culture didn't leave me with a sense of wonder and delight. Rather, his encounters with the American "have-a-nice-day" culture left me feeling like a disenchanted stranger in a strange land myself. Ah, well, who wants to be "normal" by the cultural standards described here anyway?

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    16. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    by Robert M. Pirsig, Michael Kramer
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    Asin: 1559275561
    Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
    Publisher: Audio Renaissance
    Sales Rank: 480273
    Average Customer Review: 4.01 out of 5 stars
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    This lyrical, evocative, thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth -- and for himself -- has touched and changed an entire generation.At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a lengthy motorcycle trip through America.But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, through mountain and desert, wind and rain, and searing heat and biting cold, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an elemental work that had helped to shape and define the past twenty-five years of American culture.This special audio edition presents this adventure in an exciting new way -- for the millions who have already taken this journey and want to travel these roads again, and for the many more who will discover for the first time the wonders and challenges of a journey that will change the way they think and feel about their lives.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific book IF you are ready for it.
    Every twenty-something knows a thrity-something who claims this book changed their lives. They may very well be telling the truth, but I know far more people that put this book down in frustration than in rapture. Pirsig indeed captures a subtle, yet vital, way to engage reality in a mechanized and secular late 20th century. This book certainly must be credited for inspiring so much of the New Age literary spiritualism that followed it. But this book is not for everyone. Heavy doses of Kant and sweeping passages of rural landscapes have caused many a person to put it down thinking they've grasped the general idea, which is enough to discuss it at the next social gathering. This book, however, is a journey of the mind and the self at a particular moment in time. It is also a touching, and sometimes wrenching, acount of a man's own life. Pirsig's view of integrating technology into one's spiritual perspective is actually more interesting now than when he wrote it. It offers an immense amount to a prepared reader. But don't expect it to be an easy book offering any answers. It is a beautiful, though trying, process. If it doesn't grab you right away, don't be afraid to put it down for a few months. When the time is right, this book can be a centering experience.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't loan it to a friend- you'll never get it back.
    I've had to buy 3 copies of this book. The first two were loaned to friends who never returned them. Yes, it's a great book. It's not about Zen or motorcycles. It is about quality, values, and relationships.

    I first read ZMM 18 years ago, at age 17. Since then, I've been impressed by 3 things about the book: 1)It's one of those books that you can pick up after not touching for 5 years, and end up spending hours rereading sections on a rainy afternoon. 2) It's one of those books that when you meet someone who also read & loved it, and then discuss it with them, it always seems that they got something different out of it than you did. 3) You can pick it up after not reading it for 10 years, re-read it, and it's as though you've just read a completely different book.

    Many reviewers here have stated that reading the book changed their lives. I read it at a pretty impressionable time, so I can't say as how my life would've been different if I hadn't read it. I do believe though that reading the book did teach me at least one absolute truth: There are two types of people in the world- people who love ZMM, and people who "just don't get it". If I'm ever marooned on an island with one other person, I pray it's one of the former.

    2-0 out of 5 stars ADD and the art of motorcycle maintenance
    Ugh. This book can't decide what it wants to be. Every time you get interested in a topic (and this book does contain some interesting topics from the travel narrative to some of the ideas expressed) it switches over to another topic before resolving anything. This is incredibly frustrating from the point of view of entertainment. Does this book want to be a novel and flow like one, or a middle-brow discussion of contemporary worldviews, or a amateur philosophy thesis? It suceeds only in being a very long and slow 400+ pages of several seperate books thrown together with minimal integration.

    3-0 out of 5 stars like beating your head against a brick wall
    I have never taken a philosophy course, so I will admit that having taken one might have better prepared me for this journey. It starts out very intriguing--both the physical motorcycle journey, and the narrarator's discussion of technology and art. Then, when we get up into "high country," I found myself completely lost. I have a bachelor's degree in English, so I think of myself as fairly intelligent. But perhaps it is like his analogy to reading Walden: you have to pause after every sentence and let it set in. It's just that if I did that, it would take me years to get through this book. Some wonderful ideas, but this book is definitely not light reading.

    1-0 out of 5 stars didn't even make it through the book
    I am an avid reader and consider myself fairly intelligent. I was excited to receive this book as a present since I heard so many wonderful things about it. The person who gave it to me said I would find myself referring back to it every 5 years of my life.

    Maybe it is me, but this book did not enlighten me. I made through 60 pages and realized it was just not the book for me. I found it long winded and I kept asking myself why I felt the need to go on.

    I finally had to good sense to stop. I felt like I was reading something written by an insane person that was projecting his own reality onto the world. ... Read more

    17. Walk with Me: An Audio Tour of Rome
    by The Cicerone
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    Asin: 0970069154
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-17)
    Publisher: Bellew's Tours, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 691437
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A walking tour of ancient Rome on a 60-minute cassette tape. This tour of classical Rome begins at the Capitoline Hill, carries the traveler through the original Forum, and ends at that marvel of Roman engineering, the Coloseum. The tour is easy to follow, allowing the listener to start and stop at their own pace. There is information on food, toilets, water and transportation. The large print map is easy to follow, with an outstanding insert showing significant ruins in the Forum. It is a full day’s activity or several shorter walks.

    The Cicerone guides the listener up Michelangelo’s magnificent steps to his elegant Campodoglio. The tour passes the Temple of Juno Moneta, which gave us the word money. We see the infamous Tullianum where prisoners like Peter and Paul awaited execution. We pause at the Rostra, where Mark Antony gave his famous speech. "We come to bury Caesar, not to praise him". We pass the Palatine Hill and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. The tour ends at the largest structure built by the Romans, the Coloseum; scene of bloodthirsty games and gladiatorial fights. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing else like it
    It is impossible to find your way around in the Forums. After searching all over last time I went to Rome for the place where Mark Antony made his speech and Caesar was stabbed, I decided I would take this walking tour with me. It is the first map and guide I have seen that really helps you find everything. Very well researched and interesting. ... Read more

    18. The Way of the Traveler: Making Every Trip a Journey of Self-Discovery
    by Joseph Dispenza, Gabrielle De Cuir
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    Asin: 1574534270
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
    Publisher: Audio Literature
    Sales Rank: 166411
    Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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    This book is about making every trip a journey - a journey to raise consciousness, grow spiritually, and have a deeper life experience. And it's about setting goals to ensure that even the simplest or most mundane trip can bring new insights. These short essays, exercises, and affirmations make the time before, during, and after traveling more meaningful, and provide the perfect companion for any type of trip - near or far, short or long, business or pleasure. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is pure intention.
    Owning a small business leaves little time for travel. Yet after reading The Way of the Traveler, I was inspired to make a long-held dream trip to Italy a reality. I began by researching the home of my grandparents and trying to locate relatives there.Soon small "coincidences" began to happen. I met someone in Santa Fe from my hometown in Upstate New York whose family was also from that very region in Italy, people I meet in business are constantly mentioning their travels there, and two good friends asked me to join them on their trip to Italy next year. I have no doubt I'll do it and what a journey of self-discovery it will be!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Guide for Life As Well As Travel
    This extraordinary book is a guide for the thoughtful traveler, but I found it a guide for life, as well. I have read it through now three times, and I still am finding remarkable insights in the writing. The arc of the book is the structure of 'the hero's journey,' a beautifully conceived way of looking at not only traveling out into the world, but also within, as the author continually reminds us. This is highly-charged spiritual material, exquisitely written and lyrically set out. I recommend it for travelers who are truly interested in enriching their spiritual lives as they travel either 'out there' or 'in here' -- or both.

    The book is stunning.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a true guide
    This is a special book. It is a true guide in every sense.The author sites various examples in mythology and history as well as offering up his own personal experiences to illustrate how significant and important our journeys are and how much we have to gain and learn about ourselves if we simply focus and honor the process of the journey.I am very grateful for the insites and will put them into play in my next journey,which will now be sooner than later thanks to this wonderful and stimulating work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this journey with Joseph Dispenza as your guide!
    All of my life I have been passionate about traveling. The Way of the Traveler opened my eyes as to how I can truly make my traveling adventures a deeply sacred and transformative journey. The metaphor of the hero's journey is weaved through out the book which adds a cross cultural and archetypal richness that allows one to transcend time and space. Dispenza offers invaluable insights for making even a business trip a powerful ritual of self discovery. Seasoned travelers as well as the armchair traveler will find this gem of a book a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable! Traveling Will Never Be the Same
    I loved this books so much I read it 2x. "Way" really hit home and has opened up the idea of spiritual traveling for me. I knew my journeys were revealing something to me, as many a time, my life changed drastically after the get-away and I had a new look on life.
    This book put a structure around what I was experiencing. It brought conciousness to those emotions, feelings, and fears.
    I like the many excercises and building of a shrine it suggests exploring. I will use this book as a reference book-a guide to my many more life experiences.
    Thank you for taking self-discovery to a new level! ... Read more

    19. Jiffy Travel Pack in Italian
    by Langenscheidt Staff
    list price: $13.95
    our price: $10.46
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    Asin: 0887299784
    Catlog: Book (1986-06-01)
    Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishers
    Sales Rank: 92532
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Was a Huge Help on my trip!
    I listened to the tape 3 times on the plane on the way over to Venice (the tape also has a little pamphlet to read along in the cassette case). When I got off the plane I was able to ask all the questions necessary to get around. People understood me and were very kind. I took the train to Sicily where I was in a car for 20 hours with 5 women, only 1 of whom spoke a little English. With gestures, the book and what I remembered from the tape, I had a great time. Towards the end of my stay I listened to the tape again and it helped me even more. When I needed to take care of something important, the necessary information was in the reference book. It will not help you get into too much detail with the natives, but it will help you handle the essentials and get around beautifully. ... Read more

    20. Eyewitness Phrase Book: Russian (with cassette)
    by DK Travel Writers
    list price: $9.95
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    Asin: 0789465450
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
    Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing
    Sales Rank: 619972
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Featuring pronunciation, a menu guide, a mini-dictionary, hotel information, and emergency phrases.

    Craving a caffeine kick while visiting Moscow? Simply turn to the restaurant section of this practical phrase book and say to the waiter, "Prosta chashkoo kof-ye, pazhalsta." (Just a cup of coffee, please.) Starting with a comprehensive overview of the Russian (Cyrillic) alphabet and the pronunciation of each letter, this clear and easy-to-use phrase book lists words and phrases are spelled out in the letters of the Russian alphabet, but are accompanied by a modified version of the standard system of romanization--the way Russian characters would appear in our alphabet. From restaurant menus to railway stations, words commonly found on signs are listed and translated. Break the language barriers as you travel through Russia by taking along this terrific phrase book.Whether you're trying to order dinner or get back to your hotel, you cannot make your way without knowing what to say, and the Eyewitness Travel Guide Phrase Books are the perfect guide for tongue-tied tourists. These compact, user-friendly books fit right into your pocket or purse, and meet the communications needs of the tourist and business traveler alike. Based on an innovative system of imitated pronunciation, phrases are organized into logical and practical divisions, including time; food and drink; air travel; bus, taxi, and subway information; shopping; health and medical care; and much more. Typical replies to questions you may be asked, as well as signs and instructions you're likely to see or hear, are also given. The guides also include a carefully selected mini-dictionary, and useful conversion tables translating distance, clothing sizes, and weight. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars "PECTOPAH" means "RESTAURANT"
    You will not learn the language in a short time--concentrate on

    --learning the Cyrillic alphabet (Did you know that "PECTOPAH" means "Restaurant"?)
    --learning some "courtesy" phrases? (Priviet, spaciba, pazhulsta)

    There are many language guides, dictionaries, phrase books and the like, but the 'Eyewitness Travel Phrase Book: Russian' book is a convenient format (fits easily into the back pants pocket) and has a good layout of necessary survival phrases so you can quickly ask "Gdye too-alyet?" (Where is the bathroom?) or "Vi gavareet-ye pa-angleeksee?" (Do you speak English?).

    4-0 out of 5 stars Compact, Useful, and well-organized
    I took two phrase books with me to Russia, this one andthe Lonely Planet one. I used this one the most, because while it didn't cover the wide variety of situations of the Lonely Planet one, it did cover generalshopping, traveling, and eating terms just as well. It was also muchthinner, and fit perfectly in a passport pouch or the pockets of my cargopants. It was very easy to find a given section in the book, whichminimizes time spent fumbling with the book when you find a need for aphrase you haven't learned yet.The only place where it really lost pointswas in the food section. It almost exclusively covers 'ethnic' Russianfood, which isn't too helpful when trying to read the menu at a friedchicken, pizza, or hamburger joint. If this section were expanded a bit toinclude a wider variety of foods (and drinks), I would have gotten a lotmore use out of the book. ... Read more

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