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Len

Catonsville, MD, USA

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  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2054)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (881)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Original and Hysterically Funny"
    Overall

    This is by far the best audio book I have ever listened to, and it's a classic case of where the narrator really makes the audio book shine above the original. Simon Jones was phenomenal...his accent, comedic timing, and fantastic voice acting added so much to this already original and captivating story. Both this book and its follow-up (Golem's Eye) are absolute musts, and I can't wait until the next one comes out.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Black: Book One, The Birth of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (299)

    Fleeing assailants through alleyways in Denver late one night, Thomas Hunter narrowly escapes to the roof of an industrial building. Then a silent bullet from the night clips his head and his world goes black. When he awakes, he finds himself in an entirely different reality, a green forest that seems more real than where he was. Every time he tries to sleep, he wakes up in the other world, and soon he truly no longer knows which reality is real.

    Curtis says: "Should be Section One, not Book One"
    "Decent Book, but the Narrator Drove Me Crazy!"
    Overall

    The book was interesting, but the narrator seemed to make lots of mistakes. One thing was his accents...many times he had the American protagonist talking in either a French accent when talking with the French characters, or the sort of Middle Eastern/Spanish sounding accent of the inhabitants of the "alternate world." Sometimes this was more than distracting...It actually made the dialog confusing. In addition, the fast and breathless pace of the narration just started wearing on me. This is one I think I would enjoy more reading.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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