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kd

TX, USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 14 reviews
  • 34 ratings
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  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Invisible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ralph Ellison
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (244)

    Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

    Robert says: "You've been waiting, buy it, you won't be sorry..."
    "Love Joe Morton"
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    Story

    Dense story, but it's a classic. What really made this story for me was Joe Morton's wonderful reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Volcano: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Lowry
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    On the Day of the Dead, in 1938, Geoffrey Firmin, an alcoholic and ruined man, is fatefully living out his last day, drowning himself in mescal while his former wife and half-brother look on, powerless to help him. The events of this one day unfold against a backdrop unforgettable for its evocation of a Mexico at once magical and diabolical.

    Melinda says: "Excellent...but not for everyone"
    "Someone else should read this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John Lee's odd humming reading style killed this story for me entirely. His various foreign accents, while very good, are distracting and pull one out of the story. I could not follow what he was saying at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (458)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
    "Love This"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Zora Neale Hurston was so very talented, and Ruby Dee does a fantastic job of reading the text. The dialog is priceless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (294)

    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Melinda says: "What in the heck happened?????"
    "Wierd Spanish accent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the second reading I've attempted by John Lee. His accent grates on my nerves so that he ruins the texts for me. His Spanish accent is oddly slow, and while the pronunciation is correct, it sounds stilted and invariably pulls me out of the story when he comes to a word in Spanish. His English is also punctuated by odd humming pauses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collected Fictions

    • HIGHLIGHTS (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    From his 1935 debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity", through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

    Darwin8u says: "Highlights of Collected Fictions = Uncollected"
    "Disappointed. Wanted unabridged."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My mistake, but I was looking for several stories there are not among those offered here. I should have chosen a different Borges offering. In addition, the Hurley translation differs substantially from several others I compared it with.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1132)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (869)

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Brendon says: "An American Classic!"
    "Performance was great"
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    Story

    Frank Muller was superb. I am so grateful to have him read me this long, tedious tale. He breathed life into an otherwise deadly dull story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day Boy and the Night Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By George MacDonald
    • Narrated By Paul Eggington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A witch's curse ensures that a boy can never wake at night nor sleep when the sun beams. Conversely, a girl is doomed never to sleep at night nor be awake during the daylight hours. Finally, a twist of fate unites them. MacDonald's skill and imagery and grandfatherly style deliver a remarkable story that is accessible and light, yet acutely stirring and imbued with enduring value. Your capacity for imagination is sure to grow through this story that lifts our spirits and fills our minds with joy.

    Adam says: "This book is amazing!"
    "Good though Obscure Fairytale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I needed a quick refresher on this old story for a project I was working on. Thank you for reading it to me, Paul Eggington. Hurray for multi-tasking!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1921)
    Performance
    (1760)
    Story
    (1762)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Love Neil Gaiman"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Thank you for this Halloween freebie, Neil Gaiman. My family and I enjoyed listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2260)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (446)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "Thought Provoking Excitement"
    Overall
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    I read this book several years ago. This was a good refresher as I prepare to read the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2394)
    Performance
    (1879)
    Story
    (1863)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Elijah Wood's reading was excellent!"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed Eijah Wood's reading of this classic. What an amazing range he has. Of course the story stands in a league of its own, and always has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (558)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "I enjoyed unwind"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I thought that this story was original and compelling, and Luke Daniels did a good job of reading it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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