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Kevin

Wyoming, Michigan, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • A Journey to the Center of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Jule's Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth is a science fiction classic. Volcanic tubes bring intrepid travelers toward the center of the Earth, where they encounter many adventures, including prehistoric animals.

    Kevin says: "Great story but poor narration."
    "Great story but poor narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jules Verne and/or Peter Batchelor?

    I have read and enjoyed many books by Jules Verne and I would love to read more of his writing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was captivating and I enjoyed the main character's uncle.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's voice was difficult hear and understand, further there were some moments when I could hear the narrator cough.


    Do you think A Journey to the Center of the Earth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It would be nice if the author was not dead... and in the center of the earth.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-believer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David G. McAfee
    • Narrated By David Smalley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    This essential guide to coming out as a non-believer has been written to make it easier for atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and non-believers of all ages and backgrounds to be open about their non-religiosity while minimizing the negative interactions in familial, social, and professional circles. As a survival guide for non-believers who wish to come out, this book provides advice and resources for those interested in publically rejecting religious dogma as well as real stories from non-believers who have experienced coming out.

    Kevin says: "The Best "Self Help" Book I've Ever Read"
    "The Best "Self Help" Book I've Ever Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist to be better than the print version?

    I had not read the print version but I assume it is just as fantastic as the audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    "An atheist activist with an ax to grind"


    What about David Smalley’s performance did you like?

    I guess I did not actually realize the book was read by someone beside the author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3003)
    Performance
    (2746)
    Story
    (2766)

    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"
    "An okay story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    It was a good book, just not my cup of tea.


    If you’ve listened to books by F. Scott Fitzgerald before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any of his other books.


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

    I have not.


    Do you think The Great Gatsby needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (863)
    Story
    (867)

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Brendon says: "An American Classic!"
    "An Epic Book"
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    Story
    Where does Moby-Dick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up near the top of my list, I would read it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the depth and complexity of the story.


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

    Well, he reads it to you which is always a plus!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No laughing or crying, just got swept away by the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Peter Husmann
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

    John S says: "A classic that everyone should read."
    "A Deep Adventure in More Ways Than One"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea the most enjoyable?

    The story captivated me and I drifted further into the story than I could have possibly imagined.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I felt like I was another crew member and part of the story.


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

    Peter reads the story dramatically and makes listening to the book fun!


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

    Actually I think I did, It was a very long day at work, haha!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings (2nd edition, revised)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David G. McAfee
    • Narrated By David Smalley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings compiles popular and lesser-known arguments against the principles established by the Christian canon. Using a phenomenological approach to build his case based on in-depth study, McAfee analyzes the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament doctrine to build a logical and reasonable case against their validity. From contradictions between lived and portrayed religions to factual errors within the texts themselves, no stone is left unturned in this fully updated and expanded refutation of Christianity.

    J. Revay says: "Excellent intro to the secular point of view."
    "An awesome research paper."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Disproving Christianity and Other Secular Writings (2nd edition, revised) to be better than the print version?

    The Narrator makes me feel like I'm is sitting in the lecture hall listening to a captivating professor; the kind of prof who sits on the desk and just holds an open forum.


    If you’ve listened to books by David G. McAfee before, how does this one compare?

    This book is a little dryer than his other book: "Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist", but that is to be expected.


    Which character – as performed by David Smalley – was your favorite?

    There weren't really characters in the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself nodding my head in approval a lot.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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