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Kristine

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  • The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2662)
    Performance
    (2390)
    Story
    (2440)

    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
    "I wore out my CD copy so... time for a digital one"
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    What did you love best about The Return of the King?

    The return to Hobbiton is very encouraging. It shows the depth of the characters’ changes from the onset of their adventure. If ever you were in doubt that the very small are incapable of being very great. Doubt no more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of the King?

    Gandalf’s foreshadowing of Gollum’s further role in the fate of the ring.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have all of his readings of Tolkien. I love the resounding depth of his voice as he gives melody to Tolkien's song.


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

    YES! This and the whole series.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to sections of the story almost every night, as I go to sleep (I love the story and know it by heart). I listen to it and my imagination runs wild as I drift off in familiar comfort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Soldier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ford Madox Ford
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (93)

    The Good Soldier is a story about the complex social and sexual relationships between two couples - one English, one American - and the growing awareness of American narrator John Dowell of the intrigues and passions behind their orderly Edwardian façade. It is Dowell’s attitude - his puzzlement, uncertainty, and the seemingly haphazard manner of his narration - that makes the book so powerful and mysterious. In Ford’s brilliantly woven tale, nothing is quite what it seems.

    Jefferson says: "The Clueless Cuckold and the Romantic Philanderer"
    "Cheaters, liars, sneeks & the people who love them"
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    Would you try another book from Ford Madox Ford and/or Ralph Cosham?

    I would listen to Ralph Cosham again.


    What was most disappointing about Ford Madox Ford’s story?

    The love story was disappointing, the outcome of everyones life. The only positive is the endurance and determination of immoral people.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    n/a


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Good Soldier?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Not my kind of story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Baroness Orczy
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    "Who is this man, this Scarlet Pimpernel?" Each day this question grew more pressing to the leaders of the French Revolution. Only this man and his band of followers threatened their total power. Only this maddeningly elusive figure defied the vast network of fanatics, informers, and secret agents that the Revolution spread out to catch its enemies.

    Diane says: "excellent classic and excellent narrator"
    "Romantic banter, Swashbuckling, and Cunning"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Scarlet Pimpernel the most enjoyable?

    Sir Percy Blakeney is the ideal man! Baroness Orczy nailed it on the head.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scarlet Pimpernel?

    One of the most memorable moments for me is when Marguerite goes to Percy for help.
    This is just a small excerpt:

    Percy,” she said impulsively, “Heaven knows you have been at pains to make the task, which I had set to myself, terribly difficult to accomplish. You spoke of my mood just now; well! we will call it that, if you will. I wished to speak to you…because…because I was in trouble…and had need…of your sympathy.”
    “It is yours to command, Madame.”
    “How cold you are!” she sighed. “Faith! I can scarce believe that but a few months ago one tear in my eye had set you well-nigh crazy. Now I come to you…with a half-broken heart…and…and…”
    “I pray you, Madame,” he said, whilst his voice shook almost as much as hers, “in what way can I serve you?”
    “Percy!—Armand is in deadly danger.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not to my knowledge.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorites!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Cavalier: Being the Adventures of Count Sainte-Hermine in the Age of Napoleon

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    The story of France from the Renaissance to the 19th century, as Dumas vibrantly retold it in his numerous enormously popular novels, has long been absent one vital, richly historical era: the Age of Napoleon. But no longer. Now dynamically, in a tale of family honor and undying vengeance, of high adventure and heroic derring-do, The Last Cavalier fills that gap.

    Peter Lees Pearson says: "Dumas' uncompleted novel"
    "Great... But pick a ending"
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    If you could sum up The Last Cavalier in three words, what would they be?

    Catching, Distracted, bittersweet


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great adventure on land and sea!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    African safari.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of the cousin that loved him so much. I hated her for being so week that the loss of him would kill her. I hated him to be willing to let her die because of him.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening was much more enjoyable than reading. It took me months to find the time to read the book and now listening to it as I drive is much better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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