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Chrystal

Jacksonville, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Hidden Oasis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Paul Sussman
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Egypt 2153 BC: 80 priests set out under cover of darkness with a mysterious object.... Albania, 1986: A plane takes off bound for the Sudan. Somewhere over the Sahara it disappears.... The present: a mummified corpse is discovered in the dunes with a roll of camera film and a clay obelisk inscribed with a hieroglyphic sign.... Three unconnected events - or so it seems.

    Matthew says: "Hot and Heavy in Egypt"
    "Adult situations"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this book. The story was good and it kept me guessing. But, the first part of the book has a lot of Adult Situations. I almost stopped listening because there was a lot of vulgarity and brutality. I can handle some violence, most mysteries and thrillers have violence but the language and violent sexual situations were off-putting. I think books need ratings like movies and tv. This is an R-rated book. I will probably listen to another of this author's books but now I know what to expect.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21446)
    Performance
    (15550)
    Story
    (15606)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Trying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Ok, I am really trying to give this a good listen but I am having a very hard time with the narration. I may have to actually read this one instead of listening to it.


    Would you recommend A Game of Thrones to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have friends who recommended it to me. I really can't rate the story right now as I am only about 2 hours into it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Roy Dotrice?

    I don't really know.


    Any additional comments?

    My issue is with the narrator. I just have to go ahead and say something even though I have not finished the book. He shortens the words. Seven is pronounced "seb'm" and the first time he said the word gown, it sounded like "gun" and he combined the words "for you" into "foyu". I know this may be nit-picking but I listen to books on my commute to and from work. I don't mind a good book that makes you think but I don't like having to try to decipher the words while I drive. The names are hard to understand because I have not seen them in print. And even though I do appreciate some of his character voices, he continues the character voice during some transitions. The first time I heard this, I thought the character was speaking about himself in third person. He speaks the character voice and then things like "he said" or "so and so mounted his horse" is still in the character voice. I may have to read the book rather than listen, then come back later and listen after I've seen the words in print.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16039)
    Performance
    (14197)
    Story
    (14144)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I do think that the audio edition would be better than the print. I almost bought the hard copy but decided to listen to it instead and I am so glad I did. The narration was great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am not one to read Stephen King, not a big fan of horror. After reading reviews here I decided I'd take the plunge and give it a listen. It is very thought provoking. What would you do in Jake's situation? What would you do if you could go back in time? I'll be thinking about this book for a while.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson's narration was fabulous! So much emotion. Had me tearing up several times or smiling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There is a lot of emotion in the book especially in the beginning and, of course, the end. But I was quite moved several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, I am not a big reader of Stephen King but this book was very enjoyable. I don't know if he will do anything like this again but if he does, I'll read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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