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Leanne

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  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8034)
    Performance
    (4739)
    Story
    (4727)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Mesmerizing historical overview"
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    Would you listen to Fall of Giants again? Why?

    Yes! The historical context was so detailed, I learned a tremendous amount about the events surrounding WWI. Many things I knew, but forgot. Many things I never knew. It behooves us to know our past well, as the events of the past tend to repeat themselves in our future.
    Mr. Follett has a gift of narration that gives import to the minutiae of daily life and fashion. In the hands of a less skilled author these details would quickly dull the reading experience. Through the pen of Mr. Follett and the interpretation of Mr. Lee, this historical novel comes to vibrant life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the differing viewpoints offered through the characters. The war took on entirely different understandings depending on the viewpoint of each character.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Each main character represents a different nation or culture that played a pivotal part in the events before, during, and following WWI. This diversity allows for a fascinating overview of the events.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this audiobook. Often when I read a book with many characters, I find myself forgetting who is who. Mr. Lee does such a masterful job of narration that each characters identity remains sharp and clear.
    I wanted to listen for hours at a time, so had to discipline myself to listen only at certain times. I am a jogger, so allowed myself to listen while jogging, but found myself walking in order to extend my listening time! And also extended my distance.
    I used listening as a reward for getting chores done.
    In short, I loved the first book, can't wait to start the second book, and hate that I will have to wait for Mr. Follett to complete the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3893)
    Performance
    (3423)
    Story
    (3422)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "A really fun "read"!!"
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    If you could sum up Fuzzy Nation in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, enjoyable story


    What about Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    Will Wheaton is an excellent narrator, able to differentiate characters without forcing his voice into false falsettos or basses. You can hear the humor in the man as he narrates. He seems to enjoy his job, and likes his characters.


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

    Oh yeah! I always like to see the bad guys go down!


    Any additional comments?

    Although the plot was a bit predictable, it didn't matter to me because the setting was alien, and some of the characters unusual. It was well done, and current despite the off-world setting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3019)
    Performance
    (2632)
    Story
    (2670)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Predictable plot."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would hire a new narrator and try for a less predictable story line.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    As the story stands, it is an obvious Stephen King wannabe product. I would have enjoyed a few surprises and plot twists that I did not expect. That being said, I enjoyed the story well enough that I stayed with it to the end, and finished it in a few days.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tom Stechschulte?

    I don't know, not being familiar with my options. I find it quite irritating for a narrator who is a grown man with a deep voice to attempt to imitate a woman. It is even less credible when the character is a young girl. I have no trouble following a narrative that flows believably, with no attempt to make voice changes to help me . For instance, John Lee narrates FALL OF GIANTS admirably without silly tone alterations for his female characters.
    I found this narration to be very distracting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (806)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "Sound reasoning!"
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    Where does Guns rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As this was an essay, I cannot rate it in the same manner that I would grade a "story".


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    While most opinions regarding gun control are stridently one-sided and make no effort to consider opposing view, Mr. King does attempt to be fair-minded. However, it is clear where his sympathies lie.
    Well written and cogent, the essay provides reasoned food for thought on a subject that stirs great debate.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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