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Carol

Lawndale, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Children of Hurin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (626)

    There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

    Catherine says: "Powerful and Disturbing"
    "Get a different narrator"
    Overall

    This is the only book I have purchased from Audible that I was not able to finish listening to. The narrator sounded so enamored of his own voice that it was impossible to follow the words he was reading. Too bad, as I am a real Tolkien fan and had been looking forward to listening to this book.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6825)
    Performance
    (2128)
    Story
    (2147)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Great for adults, but definitely NOT for children!"
    Overall

    Although the download begins with "welcome to audible kids" and the themes of jealousy, sibling rivalry and cultural taboos have resonance for all ages, the story gets decidedly darker when the protagonist grows up and returns to Afghanistan. What happens from that point on would be extremely disturbing for all but the most mature of children to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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