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Shawn

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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
    (9350)
    Performance
    (8405)
    Story
    (8552)

    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!"
    "Fantastic book with a lot of heart!"
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    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Hobbit ranks highly among all the audiobooks I've listened to thus far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the sense of adventure the story brought. It also had fully realized characters that you cared about.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rob brings a terrific voice to the story that is unparalleled. He brings each character to life with his voice. Each character feels distinct from one another.


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

    My favorite part was the riddles with Gollum. Creepy and excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (890)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Shout with the devil"
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    Would you listen to Horns again? Why?

    I would listen to Horns again because it's a fantastic story!


    What other book might you compare Horns to and why?

    I don't know if I could compare this to any other books. Horns feels unique and fresh.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

    Ig was my favorite. Since we follow the character all the way throughout we get a strong connection with him.


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

    I don't want to spoil anything with this book. Although, when you find more about what happened to Ig, it's heart-breaking.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3018)
    Performance
    (2797)
    Story
    (2801)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Welcome to Christmas Land"
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    Where does NOS4A2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd say NOS4A2 is probably the leading audiobook I've listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of NOS4A2?

    Almost any moment with Charlie Manx feels memorable. The way he speaks and his choice of words feels comforting and creepy at the same time.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    I loved Kate's variation with her voice and how she could really set the tone. You could feel terror and enthusiasm with just her voice. Brilliant.


    If you could rename NOS4A2, what would you call it?

    Christmas Land. Maybe that's too obvious of a renaming though?


    0 of 0 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
    (10344)
    Performance
    (9369)
    Story
    (9451)

    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...."
    "Dan Brown enters the darkness"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend. Specifically if they are already familiar with Dan Browns other works.


    What other book might you compare Inferno to and why?

    I would compare this to Dan Browns other works but maybe a throwback to Angels and Demons.


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

    No I have not listened to Paul Michael's other performances.


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

    Abandon All Hope...right?


    Any additional comments?

    This is Dan Brown true to form. I think the book does bring up a lot of interesting topics for discussion and shouldn't be pushed to the side. While some parts of it did drag on slightly, I think it didn't take away from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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