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Jefferson

Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan Member Since 2010

I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

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  • "Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderf..."

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    Which is more impressive in this audiobook, the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde or the readings of them by the assembled famous British actors? At their best, Wilde's stories are exquisitely beautiful and painful and reveal deep understanding of the tragedy of the human condition (mortality, inequality, prejudice, selfishness, and hatred), as well as its transcendence through generosity, self-sacrifice, beauty, faith, and love. The readers are perfect, with wise, compassionate, and flexible voices and deep understanding of each word they say and of each scene they depict.

    Special highlights are Dame Judi Dench reading "The Nightingale and the Rose" so full of wit and emotion, Jeremy Irons reading "The Devoted Friend" with a surprisingly wide range of voices for different characters, Joanna Lumley reading "The Star Child" and moving me to tears, and Robert Harris reading "The Happy Prince" and moving me to tears, too, especially whenever he says, "Swallow, Swallow, little Swallow." Sir Derek Jacobi reading "The Fisherman and His Soul," Sinead Cusack reading "The Birthday of the Infanta," and Sir Donald Sinden reading "The Selfish Giant" all do fine jobs with fine tales.

    The only dud (forgive the pun) is "The Remarkable Rocket," which, despite Geoffrey Palmer's excellent reading and despite the interesting concept (sentient fireworks talking about their upcoming royal display) is finally a mediocre joke that long overstays its welcome. The only disappointment is that the cover art says that there is a bonus track of "The Actress" read by Elaine Stritch, but it's absent from the audiobook.

    Anyway, I highly recommend this excellent audiobook.

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    Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, and others
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    Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.

    Jefferson says: "Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderfully Read"
  • "A Modern Classic Epic Flawed by One..."

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    I eagerly purchased this audiobook of T. H. White???s complete The Once and Future King, because for a long time Audible only had the individual books available. And I loved the first four books, which begin with the halcyon fantasy of The Sword in the Stone, in which the boy Arthur (???Wart???) is educated by an anachronistic Merlyn. The scenes describing the daily life of a medieval castle during different seasons are vivid and beautiful, while those recounting Wart???s fantastic adventures and transformations into various animals are imaginative, suspenseful, and humorous. White loved and respected flora and fauna (even snakes), and this first book is encyclopedic and fantastic, dense and rich, absorbing and moving.

    From the second book, The Queen of Air and Darkness, which opens in the cold north as Queen Morgause boils a black cat alive while her four sons are telling the story of their grandmother???s rape by Arthur???s father, begins the increasingly dark movement of the novel, centered on the tragedy caused by Arthur???s family history and the romantic triangle between himself, Guenevere, and Lancelot (The Ill-Made Knight). In the 2nd through 4th books White most closely follows Malory, though he also moves the era forward from the 11th to the 15th century and empathically imagines how medieval men and women felt and thought with modern psychological insight. At the same time, he writes plenty of joie de vivre, questing and combating knights, and fascinating details about medieval life (food, fashion, feudalism, etc.).

    The novel really concludes with the 4th book (The Candle in the Wind) as the last battle between Arthur and Mordred is about to begin, but this audiobook then adds The Book of Merlyn, which may be good for completists, but which I found disappointing, as on the eve of the last battle Merlyn takes his former pupil off for a night of anachronistic political and philosophical debate with Badger and company about why humans wage war and what might be done to prevent it. Apart from Arthur changing into an ant and a goose to experience two different social systems, there is little ???story??? in this last book: too little Arthurian Matter and too much Whiteian Musing.

    Jason Neville does a marvelous job reading the long work, effortlessly giving different characters distinctive voices and personalities without over doing it (so that, for example, his female characters sound like human beings rather than like a man imitating ???women???). And his King Pellinore reminds me of John Gielgud.

    I recommend this audiobook for anyone interested in the Matter of Britain or philosophical and well-written fantasy.

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    The Once and Future King

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

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
  • "A Delightful and Moving Experience"

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    Listening to Peter Pan read by Christopher Cazenove was a delightful and moving experience, a story of exuberant childlike imagination (in which the line between make-believe play and real adventure is blurry) with an undercurrent of painful adult loss. One moment we are laughing at the pathetic pirate Smee, the unlucky Lost Boy Tootles, the conflicted Captain Hook (who can never resolve the dilemma of ???good form???), or the playful narrator (who likes to hint at doom on the horizon or to remind us that we are after all only spectators), the next moment we are sighing at the sadness of Peter Pan???s existence or at the inevitability of maturity and mortality. Wendy and Peter playing at being and almost becoming the parents of the Lost Boys is affectingly humorous and sad, because it is not quite the real thing and because it cannot continue.

    Christopher Cazenove???s reading of the book is flawless and engaging (just as is his reading of Howard Pyle???s The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood). He doesn???t need to change his voice dramatically to represent different characters, because his emotional engagement with them is so affecting.

    I love Barrie???s fusion of ideal (joyful innocent play) and real (heartless selfishness and forgetfulness) childhood. He channeled his conflicting feelings for children, childhood, parents, and adulthood into a charming and moving classic. If you???ve only ever seen the Disney version of the story, or if you???ve never experienced Peter Pan in any form, I highly recommend this audiobook version of it. I know that I???ll listen to this book again many times.

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    Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
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    Barrie works an indisputable magic on listeners of all ages in this classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up. As a baby, Peter Pan fell out of his carriage and was taken by fairies to Neverland. There, he can fly and is the champion of the Lost Boys and a friend to the fairy Tinker Bell. Revisiting England, Peter becomes involved with Wendy Darling and her younger brothers, all of whom accompany Peter to Neverland. The children have many adventures and vanquish the pirate Captain Hook.

    Jefferson says: "A Delightful and Moving Experience"
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  • The Gathering: Quantum Prophecy, Book 2

    "Heroes assemble! And...STUMBLE!"

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    Great storyline, especially as Super Human, and many other novels written by the author, are such good reads in the superhero genre. So, I acquired the two audiobooks by Carroll to see how they fared.

    Very good concept, and storyline, interesting character development...

    HORRIBLE narrator and recording.

    Please read these two books. Carroll's a good writer gathering his wind. They're worth the read. Do NOT get the audiobooks.

    I HATE having to give poor reviews, especially since the work is worth your time. Again, I must be true to myself, and steer you away. What a shame.

  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    "I'll Take Heat For This Review - Bring It On..."

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    There are times when people will like my reviews. I fully expect some of you to totally dislike some of my reviews. And that's fine. It's what makes Audible so great as a forum: We all can express our opinions, and still be part of a happy community. That being said, let's get to it.

    I tend to look at this type of book in the respect of its merit to the WHOLE series, and in doing so, the series is well written and somewhat intelligent.

    And it stops there.

    I expect this type of book to be appropriately engaging and have a strong plot that makes sense. I also expect to have characters that are better defined and have depth. The characters herein are intentionally vague, so you're not quite sure with whom or what they're ultimately aligned. Also, the story devices are shallow. And, it gets worse as you go further into the series. There's very little reward for the reader's/listener's effort.

    If this isn't enough, consider the movie that was made off the first novel - Despite the excellent actors and special effects, it fell flat. And it followed the writing.

    As they say here in the south, "Nuff said."

    Some people love this series, but I couldn't engage. That's unusual, when a series is WELL WRITTEN and SOMEWHAT INTELLIGENT. Thus, I expected so much more in DEPTH, as stated earlier.

    So, if this were a pulp type story, I'd probably give it a bit higher rating. Why? Simple. If the author clearly sets out to create a specific thing, and it happens, mission accomplished. It fulfilled what the author set out to create, and I will ALWAYS reward a win, to some degree.

    This isn't a win.

  • Jack Blank and Imagine Nation: Jack Blank Trilogy, Book 1

    "Needed More 'Imagine-Nation'...Zzzzzz"

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    Rolled the dice again, and got this. Let's treat it like a flu shot, and get it over with QUICK.

    Well, it's somewhat interesting, but not note-worthy.

    A hodge-podge of super-heroes, villains, ninjas, mad-scientists, tech-warriors, and a zombie/borg-like enemy, all pursuing a young boy who will someday possibly turn evil and rule them all.

    Good premise, but light on plot, soft on delivery. Not much to say, ultimately.

    This is one of three in the series, and none of them fare better than the first. The author didn't grow much through the series. The narrator was better than the material.

    It's a shame, but I have to call them as I see them. Sorry, Matt. This could have been so much more.

    Avoid all three of these audiobooks.

  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    "Please See My Review Of The First In The Series"

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    This is, once again, a well-written, but unrewarding story. Look at my review of the first book in the series.

    That being said, I don't recommend this book, nor the series.

    Audible listeners, I have to be true to myself, and to my opinion.

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Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 12-01-12 Member Since 2009

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    May contain slight spoilers

    I probably should have researched this book a bit better before diving in. While I really enjoyed the story itself, and found it quite interesting I was not prepared for the amount of death and killing of ponies involved.

    This is a novel based on a real event, a particularly disastrous one; it is the story of an adventure to the south pole, two teams racing to have the glory of being the first man there. One man took dogs the other dogs and ponies. This was written from the point of view of a pony named James Pigg, first from his birth and all the way to his death and the many things that happened to him, primarily in the Arctic wasteland of the most southerly contenent .

    If you are sensitive about real accounts of animals and people dying or being shot to death, you may wish to consider researching the non-fiction story and then deciding whether this would be a good book for you. While I learened a lot from this book and found the story to be fun, it does not have a happy ending.

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    The Winter Pony

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Iain Lawrence
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Edoardo Ballerini
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    In The Winter Pony, Iain Lawrence pens the mesmerizing tale of a young white Siberian pony who escapes a group of cruel masters only to enter the company of Englishman Robert Falcon Scott. Joining Scott’s men and their race to the South Pole, the pony is soon given a name, James Pigg, as he and the rest embark on a thrilling race to reach the bottom of the world - a race in which not everyone will survive.

    Deanna says: "Not For Sensitive Audiences"

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    Arie says: "A lot of fun"
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    Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him - until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code. Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother...but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?

    Gilmara Lima Mendes says: "It keeps getting better!"
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    It's Valentine's Day on the ranch but bachelor-cowboy Slim Chance doesn't know it. Sally May tells him to forget about the cows and "Go to town and buy a nice gift for Miss Viola!" Slim hates to shop, but he goes to town (with the dogs, of course) and buys a nice box of candy for Miss Viola. But on the way to Viola's house, Hank and Drover take an interest in the candy and...will there be a Happy Valentine's Day on the ranch? Slim sings a bachelor's opinion in his "Valentine's Song."

    Hailian says: "Short But Charming"
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    In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck.

    Jill says: "Loved it!"
  • The Giver (






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UNABRIDGED) by Derek Landy Narrated by Stephen Hogan

    The Dying of the Light, Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 9

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UNABRIDGED) by Jon Scieszka Narrated by Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs

    Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

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    Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank's inventions - the robots Klink and Klank - to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor...until Frank's archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank.

  • Villainous: Supers of Noble's Green, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Matthew Cody Narrated by Matthew Cody

    Villainous: Supers of Noble's Green, Book 3

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    The truth about the Super children is finally exposed, and the town of Noble’s Green has created a special boarding school for its superpowered children. That’s where Daniel’s friends are headed, while he - regular kid that he is - is headed to summer school. But all is not well at the Academy for the Extraordinarily Gifted, or in Noble’s Green. A clique of popular kids has taken over the school. And at the same time, vandals have been destroying property all over town, and citizens are beginning to blame their gifted young residents

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  • Kell, the Alien: Aliens, Inc Series, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Darcy Pattison Narrated by Josiah John Bildner

    Kell, the Alien: Aliens, Inc Series, Volume 1

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  • Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money (






UNABRIDGED) by Tommy Greenwald Narrated by MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell

    Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money

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UNABRIDGED) by Gertrude Chandler Warner Narrated by Aimee Lilly

    The Mystery Girl: The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 28

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    Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny are working in a general store, to help out a friend of Aunt Jane’s. It seems to the children that the young girl who works in the store is behaving very strangely. She seems nervous and won’t answer any questions about her past. Then a strange man comes to the store asking about her. What secret is the mystery girl hiding?

  • The Disappearing Friend Mystery: The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 30 (






UNABRIDGED) by Gertrude Chandler Warner Narrated by Aimee Lilly

    The Disappearing Friend Mystery: The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Book 30

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    The Boxcar Children decide to raise money to help the Greenfield hospital. At Beth’s suggestion, they form a service called The Boxcar Helpers - to babysit, wash cars, mow lawns, and care for pets. But Beth keeps disappearing. And then other things start to go wrong. Is someone trying to put them out of business?

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  • Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and What the Neighbors Thought) (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathleen Krull Narrated by Amanda Dolan

    Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and What the Neighbors Thought)

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    The entertaining style and solid research of the Lives of…. series of biographies have made it a favorite with families and educators for twenty years. This new volume takes readers through the centuries and across the globe, profiling the men and women whose curiosity and courage have led them to discover our world.

  • Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle (






UNABRIDGED) by George Hagen Narrated by Michael Goldstrom

    Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle

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    • By George Hagen
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    How can 12-year-old Gabriel find his missing father, who seems to have vanished without a trace? With the help of Paladin - a young raven with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature - he flies to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face a series of difficult challenges and unanswerable riddles that could lead to his father...or to his death.