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Stephen

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  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    It's the classic adventure of a madman: the "renowned Don Quixote de la Mancha". He attacks windmills, believes a peasant girl to be a lady, and fancies that he is a knight-errant, dedicated to righting wrongs and rescuing damsels in distress.

    Stephen says: "Tough, but very rewarding"
    "Tough, but very rewarding"
    Overall

    I realize that this is a tough book to get through, but be assured that you will be rewarded if you stay with it. It is quite dense, but the beauty of this piece is at least as much in its richness of language as it is in the actual adventures. In fact, the encounters with windmills, and the likes, weren't that funny in my opinion. It is the human interactions that had me laughing out loud more times than I could count. Great book and a difinite masterpiece of literature. Cervantes' style and originality is truly impressive.

    As far as the narration goes, I can see why some people don't like it, but I really grew to love it. The narrator does a fantastic job acting out the characters, adding color to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3671)
    Performance
    (2222)
    Story
    (2244)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Only the beginning...."
    Overall

    Do not be disuaded by the reviews that say to end after this book. In my opinion, all four books in the series are amazing, and none should stand alone. I actually cannot imagine having read any of them without knowing all of them. If you like Simmons style of speculative fiction, and you are a sci-fi/fantasy geek like me, you will enjoy these.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem's Eye: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1486)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (628)

    Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone.

    Richard says: "great fun"
    "Great Listen!"
    Overall

    This entire series is an excellent listen! The reader is truly a great performer and injects just the right personality into the story. I highly recommend Bartimaeus!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (530)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "Great Listen!"
    Overall

    This entire series is an excellent listen! The reader is truly a great performer and injects just the right personality into the story. I highly recommend Bartimaeus!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (2000)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (832)

    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"
    "Great listen!"
    Overall

    This entire series is an excellent listen! The reader is truly a great performer and injects just the right personality into the story. I highly recommend Bartimaeus!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Byron says: "Pompous drone"
    "As bad as it gets"
    Overall

    One of the worst. I can't listen to another minute of this guy reading. Story is mediocre at best, but the reader drags this one down to the 'pathetic' category. Sorry folks, this one is not worth your credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    The epic adventure continues! Unleash the power of your imagination and enter a world you've never dreamed existed. Best-selling author Robert Stanek delivers an epic fantasy adventure that will open your mind and your heart.

    Amy says: "Absolutely Awesome!"
    "Absolutely Horrible!!!"
    Overall

    I do not understand why this series gets such great rating from so many listeners. It is, in fact, for that reason that I gave it a chance in the first place. I understand that many people have many different interests and tastes in entertainment. However, in regards to this book, I just can't understand the masses. I do not consider myself particularly picky and generally like "a good book." This Stanek stuff, though, is some of the worst I have come across. I know that just about anything can be made to look bad by Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, and the likes, but this series is hardly worth mentioning in the same breath as those guys. Making it even more painful and nauseating, is the narrator. In fact, this aspect may be what truly ruins the story and weighs it down to the lowest depths of any audiobook I have heard. Please, whoever values their book credits and/or time, make sure you listen to the sample cuts offered by audible. I know that I should have done this myself, and take responsiblity for not doing so. If, though, I can aid any of my fellow book lovers (and for that matter lovers of simple thought and reason), from losing precious hours of their lives, I hope I can do that with this review. In my opinion, and it is only one person's opinion, this book (and the first book) of this series is an insult to my intelligence. I know that the story continues past book 2, but it stops here for me! Thank you for taking the time to read this review. I must go now and try to regenerate the brain cells I lost while listening to this book. What is society coming to? Oh well, what can ya do? (Who is John Galt?)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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