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Maggie

APEX, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Havana Lunar

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Arellano
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Inspired by 50 years of Cuban literary noir, from Cold Tales by Virgilio Piera to Reinaldo Arenas' Before Night Falls, Robert Arellano's Havana Lunar intertwines an insider testimony on the collapse of socialist Cuba with a psychological mystery.

    Janis says: "Gripping Dark Allegory"
    "Jonathan Davis renders it enjoyable"
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    The story is alright. Works if you can believe a doctor in his thirties can fall in love with an underage prostitute and risk his life to help smuggle his Lolita out of the Cuba.

    I'm a Cubaphile and enjoyed the narrations of the life of the common people. Arellano depictions were easily visualized.

    Davis's narration, as always, was excellent.

    I feel a little cheated as there were often sentences, important to the plot that were in Spanish. I even tried to enter them in Google Translator, but I couldn't find the translations.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ward Churchill, Ethnic Studies Professor, on 9/11 and Freedom of Speech (2/9/05)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Ward Churchill
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    At the University of Colorado in Boulder, Ethnic Studies Professor Ward Churchill addressed his comments about the victims of 9/11 and the importance of freedom of speech. He spoke to a crowd of about 1,200 students and other supporters. He is introduced by Native American activist Russell Means.

    Michael says: "15 minutes of fame"
    "Disorganized, Incomprehensible, Irrational"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Other than the passion of the two speakers there is nothing of value to be found here.
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    There's no cohesion to the thousands of random sentences he spouts. I felt I was listening to schizophrenic who hasn't been taking his medications

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2504)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Can't understand the negative reviews"
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    Based on the negative reviews, I debated whether to skip this one. I'm so glad I went ahead with the purchase.

    John Lee's style is certainly different than Dotrice's. However, contrary to many of the reviews on here, I found it very enjoyable. I especially liked his Arya chapter mannerisms. I subtracted one performance star because during a few of the conversations it was difficult to determine which of the two characters he was "speaking".

    The POVs of the smaller characters added interesting and enjoyable detail to the overall story. AFFC gave me a closer understanding/feel for the characters and the overall atmosphere of their world.



    "No man is free. Only children and fools think elsewise." Tywin Lannister

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27298)
    Performance
    (21036)
    Story
    (21119)

    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"
    "Such a pleasure."
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    I've never been fond of the fantasy genre, however A Game of Thrones has won me over. It is exhilarating. Such an enjoyable listen, addicting even. I cannot get enough.

    Roy Dotrice is brilliant, as he narrates, I live each character. I so look forward to the rest of the series.

    I'm particularly pleased that the prices on audible.com are about half of what they are on Itunes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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