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John

Loving long books.

Winnipeg, MB, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2382)
    Performance
    (2149)
    Story
    (2195)

    The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

    Anna says: "Thank you, Audible! Tolkien at long last!"
    "Thank goodness - finally"
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    One of my favourite books read the way I'd like to be able to. Rob Inglis does this story the justice it deserves. This book is the second of three, you'll want the other two.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nick Bilton
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (231)

    Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways.

    Ann Magor says: "A Shakespearean Drama"
    "Answers some questions regarding what Twitter is."
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    I always wondered what Twitter was supposed to do for me. Now I have, based on this book, learned that it was a pretty good question. A fascinating account of Twitter's early days, development and missteps. Well worth the listen. In addition to being relevant to today's world the book is suitable for the Audible format unlike many others I have tried.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2145)
    Performance
    (1925)
    Story
    (1964)

    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
    "Thank goodness - finally"
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    Story

    One of my favourite books read the way I'd like to be able to. Rob Inglis does this story the justice it deserves. This book is the third of three, you'll want the other two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3628)
    Performance
    (3260)
    Story
    (3319)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
    "Thank goodness - finally"
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    Performance
    Story

    One of my favourite books read the way I'd like to be able to. Rob Inglis does this story the justice it deserves. This book is the first of three, you'll want the other two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1323)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1209)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Joe says: "Great begining of the series"
    "Good story in need of an edit"
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    Performance
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    One in a five part series in need of an edit. The story is good but there is too much material related but not essential to the story. The narration is very good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold Story of English

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John McWhorter
    • Narrated By John McWhorter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (346)

    A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

    Mike says: "Great for casual linguists"
    "English grammar, with Vikings included"
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    If you could sum up Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue in three words, what would they be?

    Finally, a book about grammar that explains why we say what we say for the rest of us.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue?

    Its absolutely amazing how relatively small populations significantly influenced the English language over time, not just the Vikings.


    What does John McWhorter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    John McWorter, the author, has a passion for this subject which he brings forth in his reading. This passion brings to our English grammar a level of engagement which is infectious and carries us through two subjects, English and History, which most of us never enjoyed and leaves us wanting more.


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

    The scribe who made English english.


    Any additional comments?

    Most of us, including me, find grammar uninteresting and discussion about it pointless. It's kinda amazing as to how John McWorter makes it interesting and explains just how pointless most people using English found it oner time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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