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Yvonne MD Smith

Vonnie

Sunland, CA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
  • 237 ratings
  • 617 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2015
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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
    (12253)
    Performance
    (10919)
    Story
    (11088)

    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.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "Perfect!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who has ever read the Hobbit will enjoy this. Rob Inglis was amazing.


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

    Rob Inglis has many "voices" and was very consistent. He sang beautifully.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Allison
    • Narrated By Professor Robert J. Allison
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    The history of colonial America is a story of extraordinary scope, with Europeans, Africans, and the native peoples of North America interacting in a drama of settlement and conflict that lasted nearly three centuries. Go back in time and relive this epic story in 36 spellbinding lectures. While concentrating on British North America, Professor Allison also covers developments in the colonial outposts of Spain, France, the Netherlands, and the all-important British possessions in the West Indies, which were the source of the most lucrative crop in the New World - sugar - and the reason for the enormous growth in the slave trade.

    James R. Ellis says: "New Perspectives and great insights"
    "Now I know!!!"
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    Such a fascinating listen. I learned so much and was totally entertained. You need to hear this! The great migration










    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pilgrim's Progress: Retold for the Modern Reader

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By John Bunyan
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    This is an updated version for all ages retold in wonderful storytelling fashion. John Bunyan was a simple maker and mender of pots and pans who received very little education. In spite of that, he penned the most successful allegory ever written. Embark on a perilous journey with Christian, the lead character, from the City of Destruction to the luminous safe haven of the Celestial City. The journey will encourage you to “set your hope fully on the grace to be given you” amidst the obstacles of life.

    Lisa says: "Not for the modern Christian reader"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!"
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    I've tried to read this a number of times, but this abridged version finally did the trick. I enjoyed the whole story. And the performance.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (366)

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "Robin Hood originated in Wales."
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    The author has some compelling reasons for the legend originating in Wales which he presents after the end of the tale. The story was well written and held my interest very well. I love the whole legend of Robin Hood and found this version very believable. I enjoy hearing about different historical periods and how people lived in different times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (3320)
    Performance
    (3040)
    Story
    (3020)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "My heart was wrenched right out of my body."
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    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    Infinite sadness exists.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of love.


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

    I've only heard him in his films.


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

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Colin Firth's was the perfect voice for this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crescent Dawn: A Dirk Pitt Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (835)

    In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together? NUMA director Dirk Pitt is about to find out.

    Michael says: "Something new from Cussler"
    "A Great Adventure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Crescent Dawn to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has great action, great characters and a fun plot full of twists.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick was perfect! Enough expression without too much drama.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely "read" things written by these authors and more books from the Dirk Pitt series. Very fine craftsmanship and extremely well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (703)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Wow! Archer's life in a great battle."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Agincourt to be better than the print version?

    I haven't yet read the print version. But, I usually prefer them.


    What other book might you compare Agincourt to and why?

    I don't remember the name of the book, but its the life of a man in Cortez' army written when the man was about 90. It had the same person feeling.


    What about Charles Keating’s performance did you like?

    He was enchanting.


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

    Battle in all its gory glory...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7470)
    Performance
    (5366)
    Story
    (5359)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "I kept thinking there was potential..."
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    What would have made The Kitchen House better?

    The character development felt hollow. There were a lot of characters with a lot of potential but I felt cheated because it seemed like no one ever got really developed. Maybe the scope of the book was too broad. I kept thinking that something would make it worth the listen, but didn't really find anything.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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