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Euryleia

Buena Park, CA United States | Member Since 2007

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  • MirrorMask

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Stephanie Leonidas
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (69)
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    (69)

    Raised in a family of circus performers, Helena's always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life.

    Paula says: "Doesn't translate well to audio"
    "dissapointing"
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    I love Neil Gaiman's writing, but I just can't recommend this one. It started out well, but once the 'dream' section started you couldn't really relate to any of the characters or events anymore. It just seemed too surreal and disconnected. If you have to have everything he's ever written, then by all means add this one to your collection. Otherwise, I recommend giving this one a pass.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Biology, Part 1: Darwinian Revolutions

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Allen D. MacNeill
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    With Evolutionary Psychology I and II, Allen D. MacNeill of Cornell University led a thought-provoking series of lectures on why people do the things they do. In Evolutionary Biology I, MacNeill addresses a different side of the coin by examining the biological component, from Charles Darwin’s and Gregor Mendel’s “dangerous ideas” to contemporary thought leaders and the forming of the modern synthesis of this vital field of study.

    BruceK says: "No Part 2 Audible available ?"
    "Interesting content, unfortunate delivery."
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    The information in this lecture was interesting and well organized but the lecturer delivered every quoted passage- and there were a lot of them- in cringingly bad accents which was, to say the least, distracting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Icons of the Iron Age: The Celts in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan A. Johnston
    • Narrated By Susan A. Johnston
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Among the most famous peoples in ancient times were the Celts, who lived in Europe during the Iron Age, from about 600 BCE into the early centuries CE. They left behind an intriguing record of physical remains that have been recovered by archaeologists, and they have continued to hold our attention as modern populations claim a Celtic identity.

    Greg says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    ""...Um... Uh...""
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    What disappointed you about Icons of the Iron Age?

    While the subject itself was interesting, the presentation was painfully bad. Every sentence had at least one "um" or "uh" cluttering it up, and most had several- some to the point that you couldn't follow the train of thought from beginning to end. There was also the problem that whenever she calculated timespans from B.C.E. into C.E. her math was wrong which is not only annoying but makes one wonder if there were other less obvious errors in her material as well. Over all, I would not recommend this particular lecture. To anyone.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1945)
    Performance
    (1783)
    Story
    (1785)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Shivers!"
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    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    Neil Gaiman is great at narrating his own stories and this time is no exception. While I listened to him tell this story I was taken back to those times as a kid when my friends and I would all sit around in the dark telling ghost stories and trying to scare ourselves silly :) This isn't a "horror" story, there's no blood or gore... just a good, old-fashioned spooky story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The White Dragon: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (449)

    Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything. But Jaxom knew better.

    David says: "One of my all time favorites!"
    "Best of the Dragonriders series"
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    This is my favorite story from the Dragonriders series and Dick Hill is an able narrator. The world is wonderfully fleshed out and inviting. McCaffrey does an interesting trick with the third book in this trilogy- the main characters from the first two books become supporting characters for the third which allows different aspects of their personalities to come out because you see them from a different point of view. I strongly recommend the first two books in this series, Dragonflight and Dragonquest, as well as the Harperhall trilogy (Dragonsong, Dragonsinger and Dragondrums).

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Hurin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (543)
    Story
    (550)

    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"
    "Difficult to Follow"
    Overall

    I really like Christopher Lee's voice and his pronunciation of the taxing Tolkien names and language is excellent. That said, as a purely audio version, this book is really hard to follow. It was much easier for me to actually read than to listen to (much like the Silmarilion, which I loved when I read and couldn't follow in an audio format) although it works remarkably well as a read-along!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1045)

    Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures begin in The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone.

    Anita says: "an exceptional story that's had bad press"
    "Amazing Series"
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    This is a good end to an amazing series. I won't spoil the ending, but it is within keeping of the rest of the series- no other ending would have been as true to the characters. I strongly recommend this series to everyone- even if you don't like it, it makes you think which is never a bad thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Greece, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    A History of Greece is the thrilling story of the rise to power and influence of the greatest civilization the world has ever known. As Cyril Robinson's exquisite narrative unfolds, we find ourselves plunged into mankind's greatest and most magnificent adventure. Also, listen to A History of Greece, Volume 2.

    Jeff Parent says: "To get the most out of this book..."
    "Well written"
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    I enjoyed this. The narration is good and the writing, the language itself, is beautiful. You do have to pay attention if you want to be able to follow it- it's not something you can have on in the background while you drive or do other things. Not something I'd recommend to the casual listener, but if you are interested in history- not just 'story'- I recommend giving it a try.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Barbara Mertz
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines her doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit or have visited the Nile Valley.

    Ethan M. says: "One of the best history books on Audible"
    "Should History be this much fun?"
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    This is written incredibly well and the narration is a treat. Are you supposed to laugh out loud at a history book? You will at this one. Are you supposed to stay up late because you can't wait to hear what she's got to say next? You'll do that, too. Usually I don't like to listen to history (the narrators tend to put me to sleep) but I am happy to have this in my Audible library.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Ironhand: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Charlie Fletcher
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (197)

    Now that George Chapman has upset the fragile truce between the warring statues of London, he has been drawn into a war that will test his mettle. He and Edie, a glint who can see the past, may have succeeded in their quest to find the Stoneheart, but their journey is far from over.

    Euryleia says: "Terrific!"
    "Terrific!"
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    This is the second title in the series (unfortunately, as of right now Audible doesn't have the first book, Stoneheart) but you don't have to have read the first book to understand what's going on. Mind you it's better to have read the first one, just not necessary. Jim Dale does his usual fantastic job as Narrator and the story is fast paced and exciting. I found myself wanting to go to London to see the world Fletcher describes! I was so enchanted with this story that I purchased both the audio and hardback versions of both books and am eagerly awaiting the release of the third.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (501)

    Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) to return to the land of Narnia, the land where they had ruled as kings and queens and where their help is desperately needed.

    A User says: "A hidden jewel"
    "Wonderful Story"
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    This whole series is wonderful! I was especially impressed with Redgrave's narration; her reading is clear, her voices good. There were a few minor glitches in the recording, places where there was some hiss and a few places where words were clipped, almost skipped. These problems are on the store bought disks as well, so I suspect the issue lies with the master copy. Still, I recommend buying this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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