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  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy

    Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

    meredith says: "Marred by background noise"
    "Marred by background noise"

    Glorious story read by the very actor who brought James Harriot to life in the British series, how could anyone ask for more? How about a background free of indistinct chatter loud enough to be a significant distraction? The distracting verbage waxed and waned, and could only be ignored when I turned the volume down so soft that I then lost the nuances of Timothy's wonderful performance. I was disappointed to say the least. I do not recall hearing this noise on the CDs I borrowed from the library years ago, read by the same narrator. Is this a different edition, or just poor importing into the Audible data base?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Wheaton makes the book shine"
    Where does Redshirts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fun, light story that answers the question (more or less) about the mysterious death rate of redshirts.

    Would you recommend Redshirts to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with the caveat that you will probably be driven crazy by the word 'said'. I know I started to grind my teeth after a while when the dialogue would come fast and furious (and funny, don't forget funny), but with the word 'said' punctuating each and every line. Painful.

    What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    WIl Wheaton is the true gem in this story. I've listened to other stories he's read, and while he always does a good job, in this book he elevates the material to a joyous, riotous farce that will tickle the heart of any Trekker.

    Any additional comments?

    I'm tempted to get more books by the author, but only if someone can assure me he uses something (anything!) else but the word 'said' in his dialogue writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polgara the Sorceress

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman

    Best-selling authors David and Leigh Eddings welcome readers back to the time before The Belgariad and The Malloreon series. Join them as they chronicle that fateful conflict between two mortally opposed Destinies, in a monumental war of men and kings and Gods.

    Steven says: "Good Story, Poor Narrator"
    "Give it a chance"

    RIght up front I'll admit to loving the saga of Belgarion. I greatly enjoyed Polgara the Soceress in book form and have been looking forward to the audio version. The prior reviews were more than a little off-putting, but I decided to complete my collection and am glad, for the greatest part, that I did.

    I really enjoyed Polgara's story of her life and the exploration of what happened during her sojourn in Arendia and during the centuries protecting the RIvan line. For this, the narrator's voice as Polgara is fine. On the other hand, like many other reviewers, I was displeased by her choice of how to pronounce certain words such as Mallorea (Mall-o-re-a) and resented how such incongruous pronunciations would jerk me out of 'the moment'. Even so, this is endurable.

    As cited in a prior review, the editing is poor. The breaks between chapters are all but non-existent and many transitions are so crowded as to feel like you are hearing a nonsensical run-on sentence. Thankfully, the chapters are long, and the awkward transitions infrequent.

    For me, it is the voice she uses as Ce'Nedra which is utterly cringeworthy. It is truly horrible. Ce'Nedra isn't exactly a sympathetic character to begin with, and the narrator makes her sound like as a complete monster. With that voice, I cannot see how Garion would ever look at her twice, Prophecy or no Prophecy. Additionally, the voice of Poledra is unpleasant, although not cringeworthy. Silk's voice is whiny and Belgarath's voice callow with none of the richness brought by Cameron Beierle. Gratefully, Ce'Nedra and Silk are only present at the 'bookends' of the main story, not taking more than one hour of the 30. I could not have listened to the story otherwise.

    Despite the negatives, my recommendation for those who love the series is to give this book a chance, but perhaps fast forward to the heart of the story. I know I will the next time I listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Not bad"

    The story is a fascinating exploration of the backdrop of the two prior series. The narrator is not as strong or interesting to listen to as the prior narrator, but neither is he as bad as many of the reviews state. It took approximately an hour to make the transition to this new narrator, but once done I was able to enjoy the story well enough. I well admit that his habit of ending declarative sentences on a upward pitch was annoying, but I was able to accept it as a foible and move beyond it. If a listener has enjoyed the two series, I would recommend this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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