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William

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  • The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings: CliffsNotes

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gene B. Hardy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (7)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    The CliffsNotes study guide on Tolkien's The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, a graphical character map, critical commentaries, expanded glossaries, and a comprehensive index, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work. CliffsNotes Review tests your comprehension of the original text and reinforces learning with questions and answers and more.

    William says: "Well worth the time"
    "Well worth the time"
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    If you could sum up The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings: CliffsNotes in three words, what would they be?

    It does an excellent job of reviewing the books.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings: CliffsNotes to and why?

    None


    Have you listened to any of Dan John Miller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A documentary on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.


    Any additional comments?

    With the Hobbit movie coming out in December (2012) I found this audio book an excellent resource to getting me back up to date with the story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (593)

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Gavin St. Ours says: "Horrible Editing Ruins Experience"
    "Let's hate America people"
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    What would have made A People's History of the United States better?

    Nothing can make this book better. I got it not knowing it was so anti american anti white man anti christian. I have studied history all my life and this book is off the charts when it comes to vile socialist propaganda.


    What was most disappointing about Howard Zinn’s story?

    He makes a mountains out of a mole hill when he can then does the opposite when he shouldn't.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I would like my credit back please...

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3485)
    Performance
    (3192)
    Story
    (3218)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Better than the movie."
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    Where does The Great Gatsby rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I downloaded The Great Gatsby after seeing the movie. I was interested at how much the movie followed the actual book. I did enjoy the movie and have recommended it to friends, the book is so much better that I would recommend it even more so.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10666)
    Performance
    (9645)
    Story
    (9732)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Inferno is intense."
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Would I listen to Inferno again? Yes! I listen to audio books while at work and from time to time I get interrupted, but that doesn't mean I will listen to a book again. As for Inferno, yes, I will enjoy listening again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multiple twists.


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

    no, but I like his performance with Inferno.


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

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27313)
    Performance
    (21050)
    Story
    (21133)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Having never watch the television show, I thought I could listen to this book and learn what everyone is talking about. I guess you have to be familiar with the show to understand the book.


    What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

    It seems to me that the charactors in the book are not explained enough to those of us who haven't watched the show.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13264)
    Performance
    (5597)
    Story
    (5640)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Loved it"
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    What did you love best about The Pillars of the Earth?

    I loved this book, I felt as if I was right there in the thick of things as I read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how Ken Follett made William the most evil person I have ever read about.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Tom Builder


    Who was the most memorable character of The Pillars of the Earth and why?

    Earl William


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (313)

    The New York Times bestselling author of The Shattering and Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects delivers a sensational tie-in to the newest World of Warcraft game expansion. What does it take to turn the peacekeeper into a warmonger? Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War gives World of Warcraft fans the opportunity to see what happens when a beloved peacekeeper is pressed to the limit by an inconceivable horror. Will it change her forever? Break her? Or redefine her role on Azeroth?

    Gabriel Cersonsky says: "Enjoyable"
    "Better than I could ever imagine."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I love to listen while working, it's like doing two things at once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Oh my, this is a tough question, I really liked the whole story but but better understanding Jaina was well worth it.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Black Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anna Sewell
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Anna Sewell did not write Black Beauty as a novel for children. She said that her purpose in writing the novel was "to induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses".

    The book broke records for sales and is the sixth best seller in the English language.

    Jan says: "Talking animals aren't my style"
    "What a wonderful story to get caught up in."
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    What did you love best about Black Beauty?

    Listening to Black Beauty from the horses point of view was an incredible experiance. I love the way the horses, like people were required to have manners, to have respect for others and they had the understanding that in the long run, hard work pays off. This is the perfect book for children to listen to as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (940)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "Follows the beliefs of the Hebraic Roots Movement"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, why would I change the work of another.


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

    This is the only book of his I have listened to.


    Did The Harbinger inspire you to do anything?

    I was not inspired by this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The beliefs of the Hebraic Roots Movement is that the Talmud is equal to the word of God. The Talmud says this of Jesus.

    "Our Lord and Saviour is 'that one', 'such an one', 'a fool', 'the leper,' 'The deceiver of Israel,' etc. Efforts are made to prove that he is the son of Joseph Pandira before his marriage with Mary. His miracles are attributed to sorcery, the secret of which He brought in a slit in His flesh out of Egypt. He is said to have been first stoned and then hanged on the eve of the Passover. His disciples are called heretics and opprobrious names. They are accused of immoral practices, and the New Testament is called a sinful book. The references to these subjects manifest the most bitter aversion and hatred. [Joseph Barclay, The Talmud, pp.38, 39; cf Drach, op. cit I.167] (Omni Publications, 1964, p.18-19)"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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