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LAS VEGAS, NV, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 58 ratings
  • 242 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014

  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Wolf Hall"

    This book is great! An old story told in the clever perspective of Thomas Cromwell. As great as the book is it doesn't compare with the narrator. Simon Slater is a genius. With his voices and inflections he pulls us into 16th century England as if we were living there amidst all the drama and angst.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "Can't believe I waited this long!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to everyone. What an amazing story. The descriptive writing of Steinbeck feels like a movie playing in my head. I felt like I was living with the Joads, experiencing first hand the pain of the dust bowl, the depression and the California migration. Harkens back to my days as a Dickens fan. I didn't want it to end.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how I got to know the characters, felt for them and lived with them. I loved how Steinbeck wrote a generic, historic chapter in between the very personal trials of the Joad Family. I am grateful that Steinbeck was able to entertain and educate me at the same time. I believe I am forever changed.

    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I listened to the book and also borrowed it from my school's library. I found myself replaying the parts that I read. Mr Baker brought every character to life, it was quite impressive. I felt like more than one person was narrating the book. He brought a different tone and inflection to each character and he didn't waver. I was able to follow the narrative with the voices as much as the words.

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

    I don't think I could have. I needed to connect with my feelings often so the breaks were needed and welcome. I stretched out the last chapter because I didn't want it to end. I was not disappointed in the end or any part up to the end.

    Any additional comments?

    I liked the harmonica, not my favorite instrument, but the sometimes discordant notes fit with my feelings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Back to being a SK fan!"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Really loved the narration. Craig Wasson brought the characters to life. It has been awhile since I have read King. I forgot what an edge of your seat storyteller he is.

    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    I loved Mimi, but obviously Jake/George and Sadie were amazing. I also liked the guy and his wife who owned the pawn shop in Derry.

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

    Too long for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee

    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.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "Follett and Lee, heavenly during carpool!"

    Oh, I can not wait for books 2 and 3. Ken Follett weaves a great story into historical context once again with stunning results. Of course, John Lee is fabulous at giving just the right amount of inflection to distinguish characters without overacting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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