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R. Davis

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  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8435)
    Performance
    (7580)
    Story
    (7703)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Zzzzzzzz..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm only at chapter 4 or so, but if I don't have it at 1.5x or 2.0x (speed) Inglis puts me to sleep. He is frustrating and annoying.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I realize it's only one person doing all the voices and that can make things difficult... but his voices sound too similar from character to character, and many of the voices are rather ridiculous. Since I listen to this with headphones, his breathing and phlegm can be rather offputting.

    He pauses for long periods between stanzas of the songs, and even longer between chapters. These are dramatic pauses, but at times it seems he pauses to catch his breath.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5454)
    Performance
    (4680)
    Story
    (4689)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "A wonderful little listen."
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    Alan Cumming is nothing short of brilliant as the narrator. He puts you into the mind of Watson as he describes this wonderful little adventure.

    A great holiday listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'll Mature When I'm Dead: Dave Barry's Amazing Tales of Adulthood

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dave Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Some people may wonder what this subject has to do with Dave Barry, since Dave's struggled hard against growing up his entire life-but the result is one of the funniest, warmest, most pitch-perfect books ever on that mystifying territory we call "adulthood".

    Karen says: "Hilarious"
    "Hysterical and thoroughly entertaining."
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    Dave Barry is a genius. Listening to this on public transportation is risky. People will stare as you become hysterical and giggly. It's a great testament that I was willing to endure the looks of distain as I rode to and from work. It's that good.

    Enough said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (817)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "Engrossing, engaging."
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    The book was very good. It was not something I will think about forever and ever. It was a bit of fluff, with all the romance and stereotypes. But I found myself getting involved with all the stories.

    Anna Fields did a very good job with the various voices, moods, and attitudes. She brought it to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (792)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Utterly brilliant."
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    What did you love best about Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    The man, Jefferson is fascinating. His words, his thoughts, his life. All just amazing. The book is extremely well written, full of perfect quotes and snippets of the mans life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history. Our history, and the creation of this country. Rich with import and bearing on today's society.


    What does Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not sure... but Herrmann did a wonderful job. Great voice; perfect for this type of historical biography.


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

    The same as the book title. Or Thomas Jefferson: Words of Freedom.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favoirte audiobooks thus far. A perfect combination of great story and the perfect narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (702)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "A good listen."
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    Where does City of Thieves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle. It's good. Not great, amazing or breathtaking... but a good, interesting listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Thieves?

    That would be a spoiler to anyone who might read this before listening to the book.


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

    This is my first time with Mr. Perlman. He did a good job.


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

    No... too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Ron has a nice melodious voice. Sometimes he can be a bit soporific. But otherwise a good story, interesting details, mostly believable. One plot point was a bit annoying and I question the authors use of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17163)
    Performance
    (13053)
    Story
    (12994)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Brilliant!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    Tina is amazing. I love the way she narrates this book. It's her voice, after all, and she is brilliant. Her intelligence and wit come through. Her humor comes through. It is funny and poignant.
    Fey is at once self-efacing and proud.


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

    It was so interesting, riviting and enjoyable, I didn't want to turn it off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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