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C. Abel

Keene, NH | Member Since 2006


  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1: The Complete and Authoritative Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.

    Susan Holland says: "Not what I was expecting..."
    "Not Much Added"

    I listened to the old version. This doesn't add much. There's a free audio version out there of the old one with a better reader.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    Where does A Storm of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Nothing is as good as Patrick Tull reading Patrick O'Brian or Frank McCourt reading his own books. So, I cannot place this audiobook in the "masterpiece" category. However, being a Robert Jordan fan, I am grateful that the series ended. It was a very fitting ending for the series. The readers were very good and kept my interest. They were careful not to mispronounce the names. I will probably listen to it again.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Storm of Swords?

    Egwene's fight with Taim. She demonstrated the qualities of a true epic hero.

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

    I was moved by Logain when he stopped searching for power and acted to save the children. That choice saved his sanity in the end.

    There was a lack of certain leaders at the end of the book. I expected that the good guys would win and another Age of Legends begin right away, but they will need a lot of band-aids before that can happen. There was no real epilogue scene with Harry and Ginny sending their kids off to Hogwarts. Things are hopeful, but broken and sad.

    Any additional comments?

    At the very end of the book, I imagined hearing the theme song to the Marlboro Man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "Heinlein's worst."
    Any additional comments?

    Great writer produces mediocre plot with horrible dialog. It was torture to listen to the characters interact with each other. Nobody talks like that. Ther reader was good, I would listen to more books read by Tom Weiner.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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