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ratings
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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Gormenghast: Volume 2 of the Gormenghast Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mervyn Peake
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    Enter the fantastical world of Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy, one of the undisputed fantasy classics of all time. Novelist C.S. Lewis called Peake's books "actual additions to life; they give, like certain rare dreams, sensations we never had before, and enlarge our conception of the range of possible experience."

    Jefferson says: "A “Supernaturally Outlandish” Masterpiece"
    "A sensory immersion"
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    If you could sum up Gormenghast in three words, what would they be?

    A sensory immersion


    What did you like best about this story?

    The vast wealth of detail.


    Have you listened to any of Robert Whitfield???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.N/A.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    A long, slow, quiet and thought-provoking submersion in a place that has a tinge of Doctor Caligari's Cabinet and yet is uniquely it's own universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Percival Keene

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frederick Marryat
    • Narrated By William Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The adventures of the mischievous young midshipman Percival Keene begin when he learns that the demanding Captain Delmar, a member of the wealthy and titled De Versely family, is actually his natural father. Stung by his father's refusal to acknowledge him, Keene sets about to win his father's love and acceptance and gain the family fortune. To do so, Keene survives shipwreck and capture by murderous pirates, fights duels of honor with his fellow officers, and battles against the French.

    Ian says: "brief comment"
    "Uproarious great fun"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Percival Keene to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the book. Certainly shall look for the book now.


    What other book might you compare Percival Keene to and why?

    Tobias Smollett - Roderick Random springs to mind.
    Obvious why - seafaring books by seafaring men in the robust style of their century.


    What about William Sutherland’s performance did you like?

    The timbor of his voice, and style and pace of his narration, perfectly matched my presumption of Hearts of Oak. Would strenously request Mr. Surherlands narration of Peregrine Pickle - perfect voice for Commodore Trunnion.


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

    Yes - but a bit lengthy for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist and the Executioness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi, Tobias S. Buckell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (342)

    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
    "Three stars for me as well"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Recommend only for current sci-fi readers.
    Puzzled I bought it actually; I usually read classics.
    So three stars for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell ? Why or why not?

    No thank you. I only make rare forays into sci-fi and then mostly
    BEM (Bug-Eyed Monsters).


    What does Jonathan Davis and Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The reading was quite well done and allowed me to carve while listening to a story.


    Could you see The Alchemist and the Executioness being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.
    I have no idea.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for your efforts to present this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Rare Recording of William Faulkner

    • ORIGINAL (48 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By William Faulkner
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    William Faulkner, a Pulitzer Prize recipient, is considered one of the finest writers in American literature. Hear his 1949 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, and excerpts from his works: As I Lay Dying, The Old Man, and A Fable.

    P&B says: "The voice of the author"
    "The voice of the author"
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    Would you listen to A Rare Recording of William Faulkner again? Why?

    Absolutely. Read as the author heard it and felt it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A - these were very short excerpts of storys read by the author.


    Which character ??? as performed by William Faulkner ??? was your favorite?

    N/A.


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

    N/A.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for this small window into the author's storys.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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