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Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 60 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014

  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, John Ormsby (translated by)
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan

    The most influential work of the entire Spanish literary canon and a founding work of modern Western literature, Don Quixote is also one of the greatest works ever written. Hugely entertaining but also moving at times, this episodic novel is built on the fantasy life of one Alonso Quixano, who lives with his niece and housekeeper in La Mancha. Quixano, obsessed by tales of knight errantry, renames himself ‘Don Quixote’ and with his faithful servant Sancho Panza, goes on a series of quests.

    Colin says: "More than funny"
    "Long but Entertaining Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Don Quixote to be better than the print version?

    No, the story was read superbly. The subtle changes in narrators intonation for each of the characters in the book made it very easy to follow who was talking at all times.

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

    No, this is a long story and, although very entertaining, not always fast paced.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "Mildly entertaining but not very insightful"
    What disappointed you about The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)?

    This is a compilation of crude generalizations and definitions delivered with a good dose of Jon Stewart's humor that wears out in the first chapter.

    What was most disappointing about Jon Stewart’s story?

    There is not much to learn from it.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was read by Jon Stewart

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The monumental statues of Easter Island, both so magisterial and so forlorn, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island’s barren landscape, have been the source of great mystery ever since the island was first discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday 1722. How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land, the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific islands, have built such monumental works?

    C. Telfair says: "Love Those Mysterious Islands!"
    "Fascinating story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Statues That Walked the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable were the clear and convincing arguments for what really transpired on the island, and the realization that the island's history is vastly different than what was believed until very recent times.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The most enjoyable part of the story was the authors reasoning for purpose of statue building and how that played an important role in the island's delicate ecosystem.

    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Very clear and well read. Excellent preformance.

    Any additional comments?

    Also fascinating were the lessons that can be drawn from the island's history, which can provide valuable insight into present day global issues of diminishing resources.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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