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John

Spring, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Book of Three: The Prydain Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (165)

    Taran dreams of adventure, but nothing exciting ever happens to an Assistant Pig-Keeper, until his pig runs away. A chase through the woods leads Taran far from home and into great danger, for evil prowls the land of Prydain. With a collection of strange and wonderful friends whom he meets on his journey, Taran finds himself fighting so that good may triumph over evil, and so that his beloved home will not fall to a diabolical fiend.

    Brian says: "Important lessons learned for young ones"
    "Well read for younger listeners"
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    Performance
    Story

    The five books in this classic coming-of-age series were written to be read aloud, and the narrator does a good job with them. They were favorite bedtime stories for our children and they enjoyed hearing them again while traveling. Although the main character is a boy growing to be a man, both my sons and daughter have read and re-read these stories. Be aware that some of the characters die in the later books, so this is not for very young children. Ages eight to twelve would be about right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Cauldron: The Prydain Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lloyd Alexander
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (105)

    Peace reigns in Caer Dallben, where Taran works as Assistant Pig-Keeper, but evil threatens the rest of Prydain. The diabolical Arawn's army grows every day, and his terrible warriors, born in the Black Cauldron, never die. If evil is to be defeated, the cauldron must be destroyed. Taran volunteers to travel to Arawn's stronghold and assist in the destruction of the dreaded cauldron. With his faithful friends reassembled, Taran faces great danger with a courageous heart.

    Brent warkentine says: "Bogged down."
    "Well narrated for young listeners"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The five books in this classic coming-of-age series were written to be read aloud, and the narrator does a good job with them. They were favorite bedtime stories for our children and they enjoyed hearing them again while traveling. Although the main character is a boy growing to be a man, both my sons and daughter have read and re-read these stories. Be aware that some of the characters die in the later books, so this is not for very young children. Ages eight to twelve would be about right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (731)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "Classic Novel Well Narrated"
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    This is a classic novel, but because it is long and prosy, it is not a natural for an audio book. The characters' sometimes lengthy speeches can sound like sermons. Nevertheless, it is well read, and the narrator uses changes in pitch and inflections to make the character's voices easy to distinguish. It remains a novel that every person must read to be considered well-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By H. Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    On an ocean liner bound for Natal, adventurer Alan Quatermain is engaged as a guide. Supplied with arms, courage, and determination, he and his group set out through Africa's beautiful but often dangerous and inhospitable wilderness. Their trek culminates in the discovery of a lost sacred mine that could bring them all riches...or death!

    John says: "Great story, well read but audio could be better"
    "Great story, well read but audio could be better"
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    What did you like best about King Solomon's Mines? What did you like least?

    Good classic adventure tale, well read and certainly at a reasonable price. The audio quality is a little muffled, like an old AM radio.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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