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Fresno, CA, United States

  • 4 reviews
  • 88 ratings
  • 173 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Ramon says: "A true Time-machine"

    What...a pleasure!

    Not only is the story magical, but the narrator John Lee was nothing short of sublime.

    This is the first time I've listened to the narration of John Lee, but it will certainly NOT be the last. It was as if someone had kidnapped his mother and told him "if you don't pour out every last ounce of your soul into these characters, you'll never see her again". Had that been the case...Lee would have had his mother returned to him without a scratch.

    To rate this experience a 5.0 is not enough.

    Don't miss this gem.

    39 of 40 people found this review helpful
  • Gai-Jin: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A sequel to Tai-pan, this is the sixth novel in Clavell's Asian saga and takes place in 1862. The gai-jin (foreigners) have arrived, intent on doing business with the Japanese. With laws against the use of the wheel in carriages or carts, the Japanese, their tradition-bound Emperor, and competing warlords detest the foreigners, who have ruined the Chinese with the Opium Wars.

    Caleb says: "Good, just not as good as the rest of Clavell"
    "Builds like an earthquake"

    I must admit, this book started slowly. At least I had a hard time getting into it. Plus, after having read some of the reviews, I ALMOST made the mistake of skipping this book. However...DON'T MAKE THAT MISTAKE. Even though it was slow during the first half, the second half more than makes up for it. I'm not sure I can say it's quite as good as Tai-Pan, but I can't rate it less than a 5 either. It ends too well. I was sorry that the end came, even though it's a LONG book. There are several loose ends that I suppose will be picked up in Noble House (at least I hope so), and it will surely be my next purchase (as soon as I recover from this Be prepared to pay close attention though, because this book requires it.
    Just a note about the narrator, John Lee does a splendid job except for his Asian accent. However, he does so well on all of the others that I still rate his performance as a "5".

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "If you listen to this one, don't miss "Tandia""

    I really enjoyed this book, but I felt that too much had been left out once I finished it. Had I not also listened to "Tandia", I would not have rated this a 5, simply because I didn't understand how the author could have left so much out.

    However, I DID listen to "Tandia" (thankfully), and in my opinion, it could almost be called "The Power of One (Part 2)" since it fills in many of the blanks that were in my mind about "The Power of One".

    That said, both the writer and the narrator did very fine work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Don't hesitate...this one is TRULY golden!"

    I hesitated when I read the subject matter for this book. I thought "mmm...nah, this sounds like soap opera material written mainly for women".

    Even with the high review scores I passed over it numerous times, but still kept an eye on it.

    Finally, I said to myself "Oh well...I'll buy it anyway. It's only a book, and if it's a piece of junk, I'll just stop if it becomes too boring".

    Well, I'm happy to say that it fully deserves all of the accolades. Both the book and the narration are superb.

    I swear, I don't think I've ever read anything that was so touching. You're either laughing your fanny off, or close to tears during the entire work.

    Strangely enough, I just finished listening to "Gone With the Wind" (also a killer listen btw) and "The Help" is, I feel, on par with that classic.

    I now know why this book has the highest avg. customer rating in the history of Audible.

    Don't miss it.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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