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J. Hostetter

MANDAN, ND, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Interview with Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler)

    • ORIGINAL (24 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Beth Anderson
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (181)

    Best-selling author Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler) recently spoke with Beth Anderson, Audible's publisher, about A Series of Unfortunate Events. He talked about his experience narrating audiobooks, as well as his participation in the movie. You'll hear about his favorite authors and musicians and learn more about the Baudelaire orphans. Whether you are a die-hard fan or new to this fantastically grim and gripping series, this dire dialogue will make you marvelously miserable.

    Emily says: "Very enjoyable!"
    "Fun, informative interview"
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    This interview made me want to read more books by the author - even after reading all the Serious of Unfortunate Events as they were released.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1759)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (524)

    Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends them hurtling to...somewhere else. They find their way to Narnia, newborn from the Lion's song, and encounter the evil sorceress Jadis, before they finally return home.

    Jason says: "An incredible children's series"
    "Excellent all around!"
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    Kenneth Branagh does excellent work with this book. The Chronicles of Narnia are wonderful and his reading brought this one to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Battle: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Patrick Stewart
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (346)

    The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "A bittersweet conclusion."
    "Wonderful book!"
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    This is my favorite book in the Chronicles of Narnia... it is wonderful to have it as an audible book.

    Was a bit disappointed with Patrick Stewart's reading - I think I had too high of expectations as I love his acting. Once I got used to his style, I really enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ESV Hear the Word Audio Bible: The Bible for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (74 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Crossway
    • Narrated By David Heath
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    Would you believe it took nearly 500 years to translate the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible? That's because the ESV builds on the great translations of the past - including William Tyndale's New Testament of 1526 and the King James Version (KJV) of 1611. But the ESV Bible also builds on the best Christian scholarship of the last 100 years.

    OneFederalist says: "Just the Word"
    "Very good audible Bible"
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    This edition is very good as it not dramatized nor background music. It is well-read.

    My only complaint is different sections and chapters are not well labeled, so you cannot quickly find a book and chapter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Bradley
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt's glamorous 21 year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name.

    Kent says: "Over the Top - Why did I waste my time?"
    "Overtly biased but interesting"
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    Bradley vents his hatred of Roosevelt and Christianity unabashedly in this book. It feels like he is looking for a place to vent his venom for the Pacific Theater in WWII. This period of history is much more complex than he portrays it... and the bias is so obvious as to be funny at times. He tends to portray all empire building as Aryan and/or Christian in roots, which is frankly rubbish... one almost feels like he is one step from saying Roosevelt is like Hitler and America is like Nazi Germany in its following of the leadership.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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