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  • King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Timothy Keller
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    King's Cross is Timothy Keller's revelatory look at the life of Christ as told in the Gospel of Mark. There have been many biographies of Jesus, but few will be as anticipated as one by Keller, the man Newsweek calls "a C. S. Lewis for the 21st century." In it, Keller shows how the story of Jesus is at once cosmic, historical, and personal, calling each of us to look anew at our relationship with God. Like Keller's other books it has tremendous crossover appeal, but it is also ideal for the faithful.

    Janie Pickett says: "Narrator voice -- not quite Tim Keller"
    "Narrator voice -- not quite Tim Keller"

    The book, "King's Cross," is excellent for a compelling overview of amazing treasures that are often overlooked in the Biblical book of Mark. A particularly relevant resource as we are approaching Easter 2011.

    I am used to the author's voice through audio files of his sermons. So I had to adjust to hearing Lloyd James' voice and rhythm of narration. Once I focused on the work itself rather than the sound of the narration, I found Mr. James' version to be fine -- just not what I expected at first listen.

    A great resource -- just don't expect Tim Keller's voice.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A great read / listen for all reasons"

    One of the highest motives to "read" a book is to find out about something you may not have known you were deficient in. This book fully served to teach me something I did not know about -- the personal face of segregation and prejudice. But that sounds far too heavy a reason for selecting a book when daily life itself is so pressured.

    Another, more general purpose to pick a book is to be entertained. This book fully entertained, engaged, and sucked me into its story and characters. The setting is developed beautifully and believably.

    And the purpose of an audio book should be to enhance the message and the purposes of the print book. This audio version achieves that beautifully as well. The different narrators make the different voices of the characters come alive. Language researcher Steve Krashen talks about the "din" in one's head when one has been deeply exposed to aural input. Well, I'm walking around, still hearing Skeeter's and Aibilene's voices in my head.

    This book is a great read and an ever better listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sherlockian

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Graham Moore
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines-- anticipating the detective's next adventure-- only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning -- crowds sported black armbands in grief -- and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.

    Snoodely says: "Worth purchasing"
    "An intricate story somewhat helped by vocalization"

    Though slow to start, the story is crafted with impressive research and knowledge of all things Sherlockian.There's an interesting juxtaposition between the present day characters and Conan Doyle's era, with an intriguing glimpse of common threads and challenges.

    Different vocalizations for the various characters were more or less effective; I've listened to better, and at times I simply gave up trying to place the character by the voice. But that could be the result of the list of characters rather than the deficiencies of Mr. Langton as narrator.

    The British versus American accent distinctions were well done. I also felt I was given fuller knowledge of several of the characters because of the tone and timbre of the voices the narrator used.

    Worth the read, the time and the cost.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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