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Bill

Kaysville, UT, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (321)

    When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled - and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart. Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The Druid order is threatened.

    Paul says: "Call It A Comeback!"
    "Very Good!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wards of Faerie the most enjoyable?

    The story is classic Brooks and left me wanting more. I especially enjoyed the narrator and hope she does more. Her ability to slip into different voices for different characters helped bring the story to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a fan of Terry Brooks and have read everything he has written for publication. This story has believeable characters that I came to care about and want to know more about. I'm anxious for the sequel.


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

    This the first time that I've heard her narrate a book.


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

    Yes.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2859)
    Performance
    (2511)
    Story
    (2531)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "So-So Story with liberal use of the F-Word"
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    What disappointed you about The Casual Vacancy?

    Her writing is very good, but the story isn't compelling.


    Would you recommend The Casual Vacancy to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO!!! The liberal use of the F-word is not essential to the story, but very distracting.


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the ability of his voice to change for different characters. He was very effective and believable.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I enjoyed the narrator very much.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I hadn't purchased this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elves of Cintra: Genesis of Shannara, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (297)

    Across the ruined landscape that is America - hopelessly poisoned, plague-ridden, burned, and besieged by demon armies bent on exterminating all mortal life - two pilgrims have been summoned to serve the embattled cause of good. Logan Tom has journeyed to desolate Seattle to protect a ragged band of street urchins and the being known as the gypsy morph, who is both mortal and magical, and destined to save mankind unless he is destroyed.

    Neil says: "Don't be so harsh on the narrator"
    "Great Transition Story"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Logan Tom is my favorite character. His battle with personal demons as well as the demons trying to destroy humanity is well done.


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

    I enjoyed having Phil Gigante be the narrator for all of the books that tell of the transition from our world to the world of Shanarra.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11815)
    Performance
    (7777)
    Story
    (7812)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "This was a great read."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definately!


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    This is like the Old Man and the Sea meets Indiana Jones. The action is non-stop.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many scenes. His overcoming his fear of the "Bird", the survival on the raft, being chased while buck naked as a child, the description of the air ship blotting out the stars and his wonder come quickly to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Lara Hillenbrand did a wonderful job of telling a complex story in an interesting and moving way. She is a great story teller. Ed Herman brings a wonderfulmlife to an already compelling story. I couldn't stop listening to it. I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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