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Laura

Riverview, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Corey Olsen
    • Narrated By Corey Olsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    The Hobbit is one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the 20th century. Now Professor Corey Olsen takes listeners deep within the text to uncover its secrets and delights. Chapter by chapter, he reveals the stories within the story: the dark desires of dwarves and the sublime laughter of elves, the nature of evil and its hopelessness, the mystery of divine providence and human choice, and, most of all, the transformation within the life of Bilbo Baggins.

    Laura says: "Excellent book by The Tolkien Professor"
    "Excellent book by The Tolkien Professor"
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    What did you love best about Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'?

    Corey Olsen is a medieval scholar and a professor at a bricks-and-mortar university as well as an online professor. HIs podcasts of The Tolkien Professor are in-depth discussions of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and other Tolkien works. He also founded the Mythgard Institute for online studies.


    Have you listened to any of Corey Olsen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am so pleased that Corey narrated this himself. He has a wonderful way of expressing his enthusiasm for Tolkien's work that comes across well.


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

    I rationed myself to a half hour of listening a day to make it last longer.


    Any additional comments?

    More, please!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (209)

    An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

    Striker says: "Decent Story, Lacking Good Narration"
    "Great story, not so good narrator"
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    If you could sum up Cibola Burn in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting Expanse novel


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cibola Burn?

    The small, human moments are so well written; a father giving his daughter freedom, a scientist waking up to her own emotional landscape ("it's kind of our honeymoon"), and our old friend Detective Miller with his awful hat.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Davies?

    Jefferson Mays, the narrator of the first two books. Or - best - William Dufris, the best narrator I have ever heard. I have bought some Audible books just because Dufris is the narrator, and I am never disappointed. Davies has good character voices, but his text narration. has. too. much. space. between. words. It's distracting. (Sorry, Erik.)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Come explore The Expanse. Save the world...if you can.


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