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An avid reader, I was concerned that audiobooks would be more like 3rd grade reading circle and less like a performance. I was wrong. I only wish I had started sooner!

EAST PALATKA, FL, US

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  • White Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?

    Darwin8u says: "Not just for my Kids or my Youth"
    "Top-rate story and storytelling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of White Fang to be better than the print version?

    I would consider it so, yes. the narrator really brings the words to life, in a way I didn't think possible.


    What other book might you compare White Fang to and why?

    The Call of the Wild. the stories, and the point of view from which they are told, is unique and fascinating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first meeting between White Fang and the "Love Master" - no spoilers here, though


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

    I did. This is the first novel as a child that I ever read, and listening to it tok me back to third grade, and the wonder I felt as I realized that a story - jut words, mind you, no pictures - could, really could, take me to another place.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must-have in every library, and every Audible collection.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Black Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Black Hawk
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1006)

    This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis. Perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.

    Darwin8u says: "A NO HOLD BARRED and unflinching narrative"
    "Yawn"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know. A native-American history buff, perhaps?


    What was most disappointing about Black Hawk’s story?

    It was very slow and boring. It didn't make any sense.


    What didn’t you like about Brett Barry’s performance?

    He was stuck with bad material, I think.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3529)
    Performance
    (1587)
    Story
    (1595)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Different voices for the characters is helpful"
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    Performance
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    One thing: give the characters different voices. Although each character is from a geographically distinct area of the US, they all have the same rhythm, cadence, delivery, and accent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Talisman?

    Jack's meeting with the scarred guard.


    What didn’t you like about Frank Muller’s performance?

    The voices were all the same.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Talisman?

    Much of the beginning character-development was unneeded and slowed the book down a great deal.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6103)
    Performance
    (5377)
    Story
    (5422)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Poor narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I previously read "The Stand", and perhaps someone who didn't already have pictures in their mind of the characters and their voices...?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    The end.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Sadly, none; they were basically all the same.


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

    The story is wonderful


    Any additional comments?

    If only the narrator gave life to the characters, the way Raul Esparza in "Under the Dome" did. Sadly enough, though, all the characters sound the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9857)
    Performance
    (4790)
    Story
    (4818)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "An excellent story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Under the Dome?

    The narrator, Raul Esparza, brought each of the characters to life remarkably well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barbie was my favorite character, because throughout the story, he continually out-thought that antagonist(s).


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

    The voices of the players.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    While King seems to have been stricken (again, for the Constant Reader) with "literary elephantiasis" to quote SK, this book comes together very well, and I look forward to listening to it again. There seems to be a lack of desire (by the author) to resolve problems throughout the story, and often one is left doubting, no matter how bad the human being, whether or not a couple of people would really do what it is King has them doing. That's a bit wordy, I know, but my point is that in places - more so towards the end - King could have easily and satisfactorily concluded, yet he seemed to have wanted to keep the people alive (so to speak) longer than their lives should have been (again, literarily speaking).
    I am glad I bought this book, and would heartily recommend it to anyone, especially those who think that Stephen King is only monsters and ghoulies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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