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Robert

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  • The Listener's Bible NIV: The Complete Bible, Genesis to Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (75 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Fellowship for the Performing Arts
    • Narrated By Max McLean
    Overall
    (771)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (428)

    Do you find the Bible hard to read? Do your thoughts wander as you try to make your way through a Bible reading program? If so then discover the joy of listening to the Bible. Now you can experience the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, wherever you are... with understanding you never thought possible. These digital recordings are a lifetime investment for your spiritual well-being. They are also the perfect gifts for senior citizens, the sight impaired and anyone who finds the Bible hard to read.

    Robert says: "Reading style matches the drama of Genesis"
    "Reading style matches the drama of Genesis"
    Overall

    At first I was a bit disappointed in the reading style presented in this audiobook, but after the part about Sodom and Gomorrah, I had to turn off my iPod for a moment and catch my breath. This is definitely worth the purchase! The language is contemporary but not in a way that detracts from the stories of the Patriarchs. Outstanding!!

    52 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13505)
    Performance
    (11856)
    Story
    (11907)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "If the gods are good, the sixth is the last"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about A Dance with Dragons?

    I can only echo the sentiments others have already expressed. Dotrice made Aria and Dany sound like old Irish women and pronounced names in later books differently than he did in earlier books. It was so distracting it almost ruined the book.


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    One word: editing. For crying out loud, this could have been done in 3 books if he'd cut out only half of the repeated comments, story lines, detailed descriptions of foods, crude references to women's body parts and Theon Grayjoy's thoughts. Too many protagonists, none of them primary.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    I must give Dotrice credit for tackling a gargantuan job of voicing hundreds of characters. But he should have at least saved some sound clips from earlier readings to make the primary characters sound the same in books four and five as in books one through three.


    What character would you cut from A Dance with Dragons?

    I wouldn't presume to cut characters in a wholesale fashion, but I would have liked to see severe cutbacks on the details of story lines for Theon Grayjoy, Brienne of Tarth and Davos Seaworth. The entirity of their contributions could have been handled with exposition, and much more briefly than it was done.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many things that feel unfinished. Gendry, the bastard son of Robert Baratheon is one. Rickon Stark disappears for two books, then is given passing mention in book 5, so why was he a character at all?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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