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SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
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  • 107 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!: Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention.

    The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the king, and the peasants were without hope.

    Al says: "If you're looking for Tolkein...."
    "Very fun story, the narrator was great!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! to be better than the print version?

    I listen to audiobooks during my morning drive/commute. I can't read a book while driving so yes, for me it is better. When narrated as well as Dick Hill does, it's better anyhow. His voices for characters really adds to the story.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably the wizard. He had the difficult task of balancing what truths and secrets he must keep from the king and still maintain dignity and honor.

    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    I'm not sure who I liked better, the wizard or the pair of g'home gnomes. The wizard was the more prominent character and had a great voice but the g'home gnomes always had me laughing.

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

    It's good to be the king, unless the kingdom happens to be Landover.

    Any additional comments?

    Only negative was that the volume wasn't consistent and to hear everything I had to turn the radio louder than I would have liked, making the louder passages downright unnerving. Of course, it was also battling road noise from my car, so possibly in a quieter setting I would have heard it better. Still, a very fun book and wonderful reader.

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  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    Suzn F says: "On the Road Adventure"
    "An intimate journey with a wonderful author."
    Where does Travels with Charley in Search of America rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its not my favorite book as I don't normally read much non-fiction, but I enjoyed this as much as any other of Steinbeck's work, which is to say I loved it.

    What did you like best about this story?

    How it makes you feel like you are there on the road with the author and his dog exploring this vast and wonderful country. I often forgot that the narrator wasn't Steinbeck himself. I don't know whether that is due to the story being written in first person or that Gary Sinise did such a wonderful job of reading.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The people he meets and places he visits are the intended focus of this story, but I much more enjoyed the intimate view into the authors life, his relationship with his dog and his obsession with the over preparation of all things, including the venerable Rocinante. Knowing this, it was the scene where despite all his preparations the wheels bulge and blow out due to the entire thing being overweight that was my favorite. For in that instant, Mr John Steinbeck, author extraordinaire, Pulitzer and Nobel prize winner, joined the rest of us ordinary and humble mere mortals. I named my car Rocinante in honor, may she serve me as well as John and Don (and never blow a tire)!

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

    The entire scene around the 'cheerleaders' was the most difficult to hear and enjoy as part of an otherwise happy travel. I was born and raised in the south in 1961, possibly as Mr. Steinbeck was traveling through. I was lucky to have been too young to experience much of what went on.

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