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Jacob

Jacobenz

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35906)
    Performance
    (26910)
    Story
    (27294)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Far fetched, but entertaining"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My sister wanted me to read this before the movie came out so we could appreciate it in the same way. I'm hopeful that the movie does a good job with the costumes, especially the girl-who-was-on-fire outfit.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I felt unresolved, but based on what I heard about the subsequent books I'd prefer to imagine my own progression.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The voices were a little awkward, especially male voice imitations.


    Could you see The Hunger Games being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The story seems to have a number of elements that'd be interesting in the movie medium.


    Any additional comments?

    I finished listening to Dune just before this book, so I was a little spoiled. Dune is a far better narrative than the Hunger Games, so much so that it makes HG seem like an infant's book. I thought the story would have been more believable if it hadn't been set on our planet; the idea the majority of people could throw off their naturally instilled empathy for other humans is very difficult to swallow.

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  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10189)
    Performance
    (5830)
    Story
    (5912)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Truely amazing and groundbreaking story"
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    What did you love best about Dune?

    I loved how well the story flowed and how deeply vivid the characters were.


    What other book might you compare Dune to and why?

    Dune stands alone. I've never read a book that begins to compare.


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

    I have not, but he did a great job along with the other character voice talents.


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

    I think Dune needs no tagline, it can hold its own.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot recommend this audibook enough, it is timeless and mind stretching. It will challenge your sense of reality and notions of life and destiny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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