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College Student

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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Tom was "under strict orders not to play with him", so he played with him every time he got the chance. Mark Twain took his most outrageous and outcast character (and perhaps the one he loved the most), Huckleberry Finn, from the book and wrote his own Adventures. This giant work, in addition to entertaining boys and girls for generations, has defined the first-person novel in America, and continues to demand study, inspire reverence and stir controversy in our time.

    Nothing really matters says: "Great story, wonderfully narrated."
    "Fantastic Huck & Jim"
    Overall

    We have owned this version of Huck Finn by Dick Hill on CD for years, but it is such a long time family favourite that I repurchased on Audible so we could enjoy it without the frantic scramble to find the next disc (usually in a kids CD player).
    Dick Hill gives Huck and Jim such a great reading and gets the humour just right. My kids quote this reading all the time. ("I was mighty satisfied")

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    You've never met anyone like Randle Patrick McMurphy. He's a lusty, profane, life-loving fighter who rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Big Nurse. The contest starts as sport (with McMurphy taking bets on the outcome) but soon it develops into a grim struggle for the minds and hearts of the men, into an all-out war between 2 relentless opponents: Big Nurse, backed by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will.

    Ingrid says: "Better in audio than in print"
    "A true classic and great listen"
    Overall

    This is a great reading of a great classic. It will get listened to and enjoyed many more times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6503)
    Performance
    (1829)
    Story
    (1849)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    Wow, this is a true gem. The story is vivid and compelling and translates into spoken word marvelously. Even more amazing (for some reason) the author has a real day job, he is a physician??

    As for listening, having the author narrate can be a risky proposition, but Khaled has a wonderful voice and brings a feeling and flavour to his work that adds another dimension to an already great tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gilbert and Sullivan Set Me Free

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kathleen Karr
    • Narrated By Carmen Viviano-Crafts, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Libby Dodge is in a place she's never been before: prison.

    mathmac says: "Very enjoyable!"
    "My girls loved it"
    Overall

    This was a fun ?Full Cast? book I found by accident and after listening to a sample wanted to hear more. The voicing is good, the plot melodramatically funny (in a Gilbert and Sullivan style) and the audio quality is excellent.
    Listen to the sample, don?t fear the singing (only a few snippets here and there, this is not a musical), and enjoy it with your kids, or without.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Honourable Schoolboy

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    The preceding novel in the George Smiley series (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) ended with the devastating unmasking of a double agent at the heart of the British Secret Service. Now, in The Honourable Schoolboy, George Smiley, who has assumed the unenviable job of restoring the health and reputation of his demoralized organization, goes on the offensive. He searches for a whisper, a hint, a clue that will lead him back to his opposite number: Karla, a Soviet officer in Moscow.

    Iain says: "A wonderful cold war thriller"
    "Audio Quality fixed"
    Overall

    It is great to see Audible upping the bit rate on the older John Le Carre books. So have no fear the original warning about audio quality is no longer valid, thanks Audible.
    (Oh and Frederick Davidson does a great job with the reading)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be.

    Andrea says: "Well worth a listen"
    "Listen First before you wast your money!"
    Overall

    My family and I just finished listening to Huck Finn read by Dick Hill (Brilliance Audio). Based upon our enjoyment of that amazing rendition we went looking for Tom Sawyer. Being an Audible subscriber I looked here first, disappointed to find no Dick Hill version but willing to take a chance based upon positive reviews here of Patrick Fraley's version, we chose to purchase Tom Sawyer from Audible read by the much lauded Patrick Fraley.
    I am at a loss to explain the good reviews. Patrick Fraley probably does a great rendition of Jonathan Winters imitating a simpering woman, but his characterizations of the players in Tom Sawyer are nothing short of painful.
    After an arduous 2 hours of listening the entire family (7 year old on up) voted to not finish this version. So we wrote off this purchase as a bad investment and purchased the Brilliance Audio version narrated by Dick Hill, because he is that good, and Patrick Fraley is (in this instance) that bad.
    Save your money and listen to the sample before you buy.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful

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