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Iola

New York City, New York, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 10 reviews
  • 159 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 42 purchased in 2014
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  • Long After Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (122)

    Fantastic or conventional, chillingly suspenseful, or hauntingly nostalgic, each of these stories has that aura of the unexpected combined with the special ring of absolute rightness that is brilliantly, uniquely Bradbury.

    Iola says: "Another Bradbury Worth Listening To"
    "Another Bradbury Worth Listening To"
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    I enjoy Ray Bradbury short stories all ways have this collection fits the bill for me. The narrator does a very good job interpreting the individual stories and the characters in each story. The collection contain topics that range from subtle to, “that was different”, suspense also stories that are other worldly, futuristic and a twist on a 20th century character (Hitler) in Darling Adolf and the suspense of family life as a man plots against his wife in The October Game. Other stories I really liked are: The Miracles of Jamie; A Story of Love and especially Interval in Sunlight a man with a robotic wife he intended to destroy. On a whole the entire Audio is worth the listen and yes I have listened to it in its entirety more than once as I have listened to other Bradbury audible stories. Check it out you might find you like it.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8302)
    Performance
    (7199)
    Story
    (7206)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Stupid"
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    I never downloaded this audio, a waste of time I really would like my credit back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14381)
    Performance
    (11793)
    Story
    (12421)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Stupid, Stupid, Stupid"
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    I purchased this trilogy 9/12, I just got around to take a listen and did not make it through the entire audio. What was I thinking. I lost 3 credits.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Search of Enemies: A CIA Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Stockwell
    • Narrated By Tom West
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    “Secret wars” waged by CIA task-forces are usually confined to the pages of spy-thrillers. But when the storyteller is the former Section Chief in charge of planning and field operations in Angola, and his story is true, the “spy thriller” becomes chilling fact.

    DS says: "A DISILLUSIONED COLD WARRIOR"
    "My Country Tis Of Thee, Sweet Land Of Liberty?"
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    This book need to tbe listened to or read by every American. We are told that we must trust and believe in America, should we continually go blindly into that night? The US government has become more secretive than it has in the last half of the 20th century and call it national security. Have we finally lost our way and our soul in our effort to build a new world order? Many nations have tried this in the past and failed, from the Romans to the present must America learn the same leason? You want to be in charge you will pay the in charge price as all nations in the past have learned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Robert B. Stinnett
    • Narrated By Rafael Ferrer
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This great question of Pearl Harbor - what did we know and when did we know it? - has been argued for years. But no investigator has ever been able to prove that foreknowledge of the attack existed at the highest levels. Until now.

    If you like Day of Deceit, try Trapped at Pearl Harbor and vintage audio of FDR's Day of Infamy Speech.

    Carroll says: "Insightful work!"
    "Another View Of An Historic Event To Consider"
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    I know Pearl Harbor is a touchy subject for many but this audio give one something to consider when looking back at historic events. To think that governments won't distroy their own citizens or citizens of other nations to achieve an outcome or further their own ambitions is a fools game. We get only once to go around in this human life, it is so much better to question everything, least we wake up and find that we have been thrust back into the dark ages. There is not excuse for not seeking truth in an information and especially a technological age. If we continue to not get it right we will suceed in destroying ourselves and we will accomplish that by repeating Earth's history to our regret.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreaming Void: Void Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (2125)
    Performance
    (1291)
    Story
    (1311)

    AD 3580. The Intersolar Commonwealth has spread through the galaxy to over a thousand star systems. It is a culture of rich diversity with a place for everyone. A powerful navy protects it from any hostile species that may lurk among the stars. For Commonwealth citizens, even death has been overcome.

    Ethan M. says: "Solid Hamiltonian Space Opera"
    "We Nee Better Story Lines"
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    I enjoyed the Dreaming Void especially the performance by the narrator, Peter Hamilton, he handles the characters well. Overall the Dreaming Void Trilogy series is good reading for the ears it hold ones attention as the story progresses. That said the story is the same old theme and the same old lines, earthling’s tired interpretation of the future with a smattering of singularity (the long lived human machine) to give us enough time to repeat the same stupidity of the human race. I wish someone would write a truly original story of the future without the following: Earthling domination of space and other sentient beings; give us you planet’s resources or else and our all-time favorite, resist us and we will enslave you or wipe you out. Remember we only have one functioning planet in this star system and we have yet to change for the better. Would we be surprised if we came in contact with sentient beings in the multiverses that live multiple thousands of years, genetically heal their entire body; have acute five senses; they are living weapons with access to the whole multiverses and act as one. What will we do then? Please authors come up with better storylines.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Canterbury Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis, Jay Carnes, Ray Porter, and others
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    In this edition, we hear, translated into modern English, 20-some tales, told in the voices of knight and merchant, wife and miller, squire and nun, and many more. Some are bawdy, some spiritual, some romantic, some mysterious, some chivalrous. Between the stories, the travelers converse, joke, and argue, revealing much about their individual outlooks upon life as well as what life was like in late 14th-century England.

    Tad Davis says: "Many voices, at times enthralling"
    "This audio is worth the listen"
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    I once owned the Canterbury Tales but I gave it to my local library when I moved, I really liked Canterbury but I did not have the time to reread them, Audio Books makes it possible for me to enjoy this collection again. Thirty travelers, from many walks of life, on a pilgrimage to the shrine at Canterbury are invited by the Tabard Inn keeper to tell stories that he will judge in exchange for a free meal when the winner returns. The travelers tell their stories covering many topics which are narrated by Martin Jarvis and Jay Carnes both doing justice to Geoffrey Chaucer works. This version of Canterbury is worth hearing and one I will come back to in the future, it is a keeper.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bradbury 13 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Bryce Chamberlain, Coleman Creel, Tim Eisenberg, and others
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Bradbury 13 is a collection of radio dramas masterfully adapted from classic short stories by veteran science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Bradbury's stories refract our own fears and foibles through otherworldly prisms.

    Joel says: "Good story mix, well-produced."
    "Bradbury 13 is a keeper"
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    I really like this Bradbury series, I have listened to it over and over and recognize some of the books the stories are taken from. I enjoy dramatized stories and own a number of old time radio stories, if only Bradbury had more like this I would buy them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1465)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1260)

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    Douglas says: "King Grossman the Magician"
    "Did not improve over The Magician"
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    Sorry, I couldn't get into this book. I thought it would improve over The Magician, it did not maybe it's me, don't know. I will keep this book in my library for now and listen to it at a future date and see if I change my mind.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1755)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "I was not impressed"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I have to say that I was not that impressed with The Magician, I found part 1 and most of part two (which I fast forwarded to the last two hours) a little silly. The plot wasn’t that great not what I would expect from this genre it seemed that most of the book was filler material until you got to the very end of the story then it became interesting. The narrator does a great job, a presentation that helped me get to the end of The Magician and look forward to The Magician King to see how it all pan out.



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

    It saved this story


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

    No


    Did The Magicians inspire you to do anything?

    Look forward to The Magacian King to see what is on the horizon


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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