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J. Miller

Berkeley, CA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The Call of the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Mike Boris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.

    Duane says: "A Heart warming story.."
    "High Adventure, very intense"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    How to survive the basic struggle of a man, but through a dog's eye's. Intense lessons with rugged poetry' done well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2173)
    Performance
    (1981)
    Story
    (2006)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Not as special as I'd hoped"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had a different version of Dracula, done quite well. I was drawn to this one for the sample of Tim Curry in my ears. The main narrator was just okay. The number of narrators doesn't equal more dramatic effect. Really absorbing story of a classic vampire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Rasmussen
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    In January 1811, five hundred slaves dressed in military uniforms and armed with guns, cane knives, and axes rose up from the plantations around New Orleans and set out to conquer the city. Ethnically diverse, politically astute, and highly organized, this self-made army challenged not only the economic system of plantation agriculture but also American expansion. Their march represented the largest act of armed resistance against slavery in the history of the United States.

    Steve says: "Nice try, but ..."
    "Just Okay"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was compelling, but the author's focus on the aftermath was quite narrow. Seemed to be that way to support his main idea, but lost me along the way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind in the Willows

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kenneth Grahame
    • Narrated By Shane Sody
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger, and Toad of Toad Hall. The Wind in the Willows appeals to both children and adults, but for different reasons. Children love the zany Toad of Toad Hall and his frantic escapades. Adults appreciate the lyrical, superlatively wistful descriptions of the rustic English landscape.

    J. Miller says: "Sweet and Dreamy Tale"
    "Sweet and Dreamy Tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sweet woodland friends in a dreamy little country lifestyle, and crazy Mister Toad to liven things up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    A shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates sentient beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. H.G. Wells at his best.

    James says: "Perhaps one of the best bargains on Audible"
    "Poor Reading of a Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Alan Munroe has a way of adding many mid-sentence pauses. I never made it near the end of a long-anticipated listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    In The Invisible Man, H. G. Wells' classic tale of sci-fi and horror, a scientist begins a reign of terror after he invents a way to become invisible. This science-fiction classic has spawned dozens of film and serial variations.

    Georgiana says: "A great story"
    "Poor Reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from H. G. Wells and/or Alan Munro?

    Not Alan Munroe--Wells, yes.


    What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

    He keeps pausing in mid-sentence. I didn't make it to the end of a great story!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10622)
    Performance
    (7540)
    Story
    (7544)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Harry Potter meets Bogart"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    Good pace,story, and Magic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I identified with Harry.


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

    Adroit handling of the dialogue nuances that I might miss.


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

    Bogart as Harry Potter.


    Any additional comments?

    First in a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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