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Mary

Ypsilanti, MI, United States

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  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (747)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Movie was very good--the audio book is WONDERFUL"
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    In a world of sound bites & fast reads, this long audio book is a beautiful pattern interrupt. It is beautifully narrated and the characters are fully developed beyond what a couple hour movie or stage presentation can capture. The beginning of the book gives a wonderful insight into the Bishop who gave sanctuary to the escape convict Jean Valjean, which is barely touched upon in the movie. That relationship seeded a spiritual awakening that is central to Victor Hugo's story. The other main characters also come with stories of their own that bring depth in the listening or reading of this book. The movie and the stage presentation of Les Miz are great, I highly recommend them, but the revolting of the youth that preceded the revolution was not the only story in this book. I am absolutely loving listening to this Classic

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  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (783)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (708)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "delightful-fun and witty"
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    this is my first Terry Pratchett book--and i absolutely love it and will listen to it again and again. I enjoyed the story's panoramic view of London in the time of Dickens, from cobbled stoned streets to stinky rat haven-ed sewers. Dodger is a street urchin with an uncanny amount of street smarts, swagger, and genuine heart; charming character, easy to love. I hope there is a series coming to bring him back & continue this adventure he's on!

    Bits of history and London slang of the times are interesting and add to the richness of the telling of this tale.

    I highly recommend this entertaining book if you love to be read to--it is a wonderful story, delightfully narrated.

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  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8293)
    Performance
    (7460)
    Story
    (7577)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "read/listen to the book before you see the movie!"
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    I did read the Hobbit years ago--hearing it on audiobooks was great! I had forgotten much of it. We listened to it in the car on a 10 hr trip from MI to NC over Thanksgiving weekend. I was a little disappointed at first with the audio-reader's initial Gandolf voice inflection. Sounded weak and a bit befuddled to me. I did however notice that it evolved through out the reading of the book and took on a more "wizardly" persona as the story progressed.
    If you see the movie after you listen to the book you will note the movie takes a lot of artistic liberties to tell the story on screen----knowing the real story helped me enjoy the movie. It was ok that it was not a literal interpretation of the book.

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33899)
    Performance
    (25088)
    Story
    (25432)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "recommend you read all 3 books before seeing movie"
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    I am a grandmother with teenage grandchildren. I appreciated the writer's ability to tell a story in a way that kids "get", with a message that needs to be heard. The series creates a post-apocalyptic world where kids are pitted against each other in an arena to fight to the death in the Hunger games, for the entertainment of the masses. Of course it speaks to the young--it captures our culture's ceaseless obsession with violence & war. The young are the ones sent to die in wars, always. This series of books bring out the suffering & pain, not glory, that results from it.
    I listened with my 13yr old grandson to the whole series on audiobooks and we were able to talk about it. We went to see the movie and we heard some adults complaining "it wasn't that good", & "I don't think they should have shown kids getting hurt and killed", and other comments about the violence making the movie less entertaining, etc. If you read just one book of the series or seen only the first movie you might want to suspend judgement on the story until you have read/listened to it all.


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  • Live Free or Die: Troy Rising, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2042)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1415)

    When aliens trundled a gate to other worlds into the solar system, the world reacted with awe, hope and fear. But the first aliens to come through, the Glatun, were peaceful traders and the world breathed a sigh of relief.

    MJP_MD says: "Republican Physicists in Space!!!"
    "boring and scattered"
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    Would you try another book from John Ringo and/or Mark Boyett?

    no


    What was most disappointing about John Ringo’s story?

    I did not find it entertaining or creative


    How could the performance have been better?

    not sure--I honestly couldn't listen to it for very long--it was predictable and sounded like a drone of noise in the car when I had it playing. I gave it a good try waiting for it to capture my attention, but it never did. I love good sci f and fantasy. I could not finish it


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Redeeming to me means it is
    entertaining: witty and funny---roll on the floor laughter inducing
    &/or
    that it is thoughtful/has a point to it--surprises one with a new way of seeing something

    Im sorry to say I found none of this in this book


    Any additional comments?

    Not something I would recommend to anyone--I always like to check out books my teenage grandkids that are into sci fi fantasy might like--this would not be it--I think they would find it boring

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rot & Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (595)

    Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

    Amanda says: "Just when you thought it was safe....."
    "fun and thoughtful zombie story"
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    What did you love best about Rot & Ruin?

    thoughtful-not just blood and mayhem


    What did you like best about this story?

    it fits the purpose of myth, it brings up soulful thoughts to ponder about how we deal with what shows up


    What about Brian Hutchison’s performance did you like?

    perfect capturing of the age and the feelings of the characters in his voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No--but it is a book I would listen to again, and a book I would recommend to any parent or grand parent to share with a zombie loving kid.


    Any additional comments?

    I have an 11 yr old grandson who consumes 2-3 books a week. He loves learning everything, & he reads a lot of sic-fi and fantasy. I plan to give him this book for his January birthday. I loved the story. With all the zombie sightings in our current culture it is a non-preachy reminder of what makes us human.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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