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Paul

ANACORTES, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Typhoon

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Typhoon is the story of a steamship and her crew beset by a tempest and of the captain whose dogged courage is tested to the limit. Captain MacWhirr was an ordinary man. However, when his steamer Nan-Shan blunders into a hurricane, he and his crew must pull together to survive. The steadfast courage of an undemonstrative captain and the imaginative readiness of his young first mate becomes a partnership vital to human survival as they are challenged from without by the elements, and from within by human doubts and fears.

    Dennis says: "A great classic, very well narrated"
    "A whale of a surprize"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would deffinately recommend this audiobook to friends -- in fact I have done so, several times over.

    There are parts in this unabridged version that I never suspected to find. I was especially happy to discover the author's kinowledge of whaling. Also his kinowloedge of sailing and sailing vessels.

    I would love tod go back 50 years and visit that dumb little Lit. 101 teacher I had my first year of college. She had no idea what this book was really about, she also had very little knowledge of the characters.

    Instead of requiring students read that pittyful little paper back -- This version should be


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of information about whaling and the life of seamen in that eara. Even though I hate the killing of marine mamalls........ this story hightened my understanding of marine mamals.


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

    no


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

    no - it was all very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this audiobook - you will listen to it many times over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13365)
    Performance
    (5784)
    Story
    (5856)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "I should have run away to join the circus"
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    What made the experience of listening to Water for Elephants the most enjoyable?

    The performance of the readers is particularly enjoyable. I always knew who was speaking and I never doubted the authenticity of the character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

    There is no doubt that the stampede of the animals and all that followed was the main happening of the book.


    Have you listened to any of David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N0 -- but I will be looking for them from now on.


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

    The final chapter is really moving to a man of my age.... 75.


    Any additional comments?

    GET THIS BOOK!!! I will be looking for other books by this author and the performers. I have listened to this book 2 times now, and I'm sure I will listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1917)
    Performance
    (1072)
    Story
    (1086)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    Marv says: "a masterpiece!"
    "Entering a different world"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Heck YES. And I have done so, several times. Pearl Buck's body of work is a world treasure. I felt as though I was living IN the book/story. It is worth several re-reads.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Earth?

    Towards the end where the family recieves it directions for life from the parents. A real triumph of life.


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

    This was my first listen of Mr. Heald. Real, honest, without any personal attitude.


    Any additional comments?

    GET THIS BOOK AND THE SEQUALS!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Question

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Jim Gallant
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Here is a story that goes beyond space and time. Isaac Asimov takes on a jouney that explores the ultimate fate of the universe, along with the question, what will become of the human race? So take a journey into the outer twilight of your mind. Turn off the light, sit back and relax, close your eyes, and enter the infinite universe of your imagination.

    Derek says: "I prefer to be read to"
    "to much music "fill""
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book is really a short story. There is way too much "fill" in an attempt to make it a dark mystery.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Isaac Asimov again?

    Sure. Asimov is the Dean of Sci-Fi and most of his work is great, and I love it. Just not this book.


    What three words best describe Jim Gallant’s voice?

    strong, interesting, valuable


    Was The Last Question worth the listening time?

    No.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    The story of Tzu Hsi is the story of the last empress in China. In this audiobook, Pearl S. Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rules during a time of intense turbulence. Tzu Hsi was born into one of the lowly ranks of the Imperial dynasty. According to custom, she moved to the Forbidden City at the age of 17 to become one of hundreds of concubines. But her singular beauty and powers of manipulation quickly moved her into the position of Second Consort.

    Paul says: "China - a new look"
    "China - a new look"
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    Would you listen to Imperial Woman again? Why?

    Certainly. It is completely enjoyable listening. You are swept along thru Chinese culture and its people.


    What other book might you compare Imperial Woman to and why?

    All Pearl Buck's books. She is the enchanter of Chinese story telling.


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

    Yes I have. Ms Potter's style and voices are so perfectly suited to cary the english speaking listener into China that it makes you feel like YOU are the "Old China Hand".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. The chapters were arranged so as to present perfect stopping points.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this book. And that goes for all of Pearl Buck's stories. With good readers, you are swept INTO the story, you become one with the story. It makes you feel as though you belong.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Column

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (215)

    The totalitarian East has triumphed in a massive invasion, and the United States has fallen to a dictatorial superpower bent on total domination. That power is consolidating its grip through concentration camps, police state tactics, and a total monopoly upon the very thoughts of the conquered populace. A tiny enclave of scientists and soldiers survives, unbeknownst to America’s new rulers. It’s six against six million - but those six happen to include a scientific genius, a master of subterfuge and disguise who learned his trade as a lawyer-turned-hobo, and a tough-minded commander....

    J says: "Childhood favorite"
    "Racist Racist"
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    What would have made Sixth Column better?

    I was surprized at the author's outlandish racist attitude. At first, I thought that I had misinterped his meaning. So I backed up 2-3-4 times, and sure enough the racist intent was there; quite bold. I kept thinking that at the end of the story there would be some clever trick that would ratify the racism and clear up everything. Nope. Did'nt happen. I did a little research on Heinlein's work and attitude. He is recognized as being quite racist, and The Sixth Column is his MOST racist novel.

    I would venture a bet that the novel would NOT be accepted by any modern day publisher. I'm sure it would be rejected. If I owned a book store -- Sixth Column would NOT be on my shelves.

    As a point of clarification; I am a white, American male.


    What was most disappointing about Robert A. Heinlein’s story?

    Racism


    Did Tom Weiner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, accents were believable and not over done.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Trail of Ninety-Eight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robert W Service
    • Narrated By Maynard Villers
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This is the story of the great stampede of gold seekers to Alaska, written from the eyewitness viewpoint of the author. Not just a spectator, the author was among the first gold seekers who took part in the initial mining activities in the northland.

    Larry says: "Love and Ice"
    "Such a powerful story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommended this book to several friends.

    The story is amazing in it's stark realalism. Man's lust for gold is amazing. The pain and suffering for a relatively worthless metal is overwhelming. The cruelty is just shocking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, the story teller, really won me over. I'd be proud to call him my friend.


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

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not really


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By Aldous Huxley, CBS Radio Workshop
    • Narrated By Aldous Huxley
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    For its premiere episodes, The CBS Radio Workshop aired a two-part adaptation of Brave New World, featuring its author, Aldous Huxley, as narrator. The musical score was created by Academy Award-winner Bernard Hermann, whose film credits included Psycho and Citizen Kane.

    Abbie Brown says: "awesome"
    "Too little, too late"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is such a large abridgement that it didnt even begin to tell the story. I was very dissapointed.


    What was most disappointing about Aldous Huxley and CBS Radio Workshop ’s story?

    It was just too short. I did not communicate the idea and meaning of the full book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    no comment


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Dissappointment. I loved reading this book many years ago - but this version just left me cold.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (79)

    One of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union, this is the story of labor camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov and his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of Communist oppression. Based on the author’s own experience in the gulags, where he spent nearly a decade as punishment for making derogatory remarks against Stalin, the novel is an unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin’s forced work camps.

    Mike McGuire says: "Most engaging book I have heard/read in months"
    "use a little expression please"
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    What did you like best about One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich? What did you like least?

    I remember my elementary teachers would always coach us to


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story it's self. The description of the gulag life is overwhelming. That humans can adjust and live under those circumstances..... amazing


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    no expression.... very boring


    Was One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich worth the listening time?

    I've read this book 4-5 times, it never looses its impact.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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