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Andrew Hubbard

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  • The Sign of the Beaver

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George Speare
    • Narrated By Greg Schaffert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    At just 12 years old, Matt must face serious challenges in the Maine wilderness while awaiting his father's return to their cabin. When he is saved from a terrifying bee swarm attack by an Indian chief and his grandson Attean, Matt gains a valuable friend in the young Indian boy.

    Andrew Hubbard says: "Good story, dubious dialog, irritating music"
    "Good story, dubious dialog, irritating music"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sign of the Beaver the most enjoyable?

    The story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sign of the Beaver?

    When the main character encounters a bear.


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

    Annoyance.


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

    When the rifle is stolen.


    Any additional comments?

    There is music at the beginning of each section that is REALLY annoying and distracting. The sooner producers of audiobooks stop adding music at all, the better, IMHO.

    The reader sounds like an adolescent boy, and he does a competent job, but I always groan when a child does the narrating because inevitably, in terms of voices, nuance, and general acting skills, they are not up to the job. Still, it is a book for kids, and kids might connect better to another kid.

    No doubt Sign of the Beaver is a well written novel. As for the plot, it is thoroughly convincing; the voice, in the first-person of an 18th-century adolescent boy, equally so. The concept, that the narrator is stranded alone in a wilderness cabin is engaging; its resolution, that a Indian boy and his grandfather come to his rescue, is perfectly acceptable. The only aspect of the novel that is a little tough, at least for an adult reader who is aware of stereotypes, is the cliched manner of speech of the Indian characters. Of course, this can be forgiven, given the time the book was written. (Meanshile, another book, Last of the Mohicans, written almost a hundred years earlier, presents similar characters speaking English in a more convincing way.) Still, this hardly ruins the book; and, it's overall sympathetic and otherwise believable portrayal of the Native American characters more than makes up for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote: Translated by Edith Grossman

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (189)

    Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

    James says: "My Fourth Try at an Audible Quixote"
    "If you like the Three Stooges, this is for you"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A fan of the Three Stooges


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with some depth


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

    His voice is fantastic; it has a unique timbre.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I wasted a credit on such nonsense


    Any additional comments?

    This book was recently deemed the best work of fiction of all time by some bunch of supposed literary bigwigs. This just goes to show what a bunch of supposed literary bigwigs know, which when it comes to an enjoyable, readable and well-written story is, apparently, nothing. Don Quixote is essentially one long gag: A mentally ill person, deluded into believing that he is a knight and that the various people and situation he encounters are in keeping with the adventures of such a person, convinces a person of low intelligence to accompany him on a number of misadventures, all of which end in the two unfortunates being pummeled a la the Three Stooges. For me, this continued for many hours of listening until, in search of the literary depth and complexity I had been led to expect, I finally decided life is too short and there are too many good pieces of literature, classical and otherwise, to read, and I gave up. I kid you not: This is just like the Three Stooges; it involves endless scenes of people being pummeled and beaten, all of which is supposed to be humorous, all of which is essentially the same: There is no plot; there is no depth of technique or narrative; there is no depth of character; it is nonsense. How in the name of God this book has become not only a part of, but the shining beacon of the pantheon of western literature, over the likes of James Joyce, John Milton, Franz Kafka, and Fyodor Dostoevsky, just for a smattering, is a tremendous mystery. One must guess that the ghost of this hack, Cervantes, is coming back from the beyond to bribe the members of today's literary elite with free passes to Disneyland and sets of crystal martini glasses. You tell me. In my opinion, this book is not worth the 1s and 0s it was converted to. Then again, it's all subjective. If you like the Three Stooges, you'll love Don Quixote.

    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1796)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1123)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "Unreadable"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyone enjoying this book.


    What was most disappointing about Laurie R. King’s story?

    There is no story; nothing happens.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jenny Sterlin?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your precious time and money on this squit.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2969)
    Performance
    (2212)
    Story
    (2227)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "A Work of Genius"
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    Would you listen to The Magicians again? Why?

    Yes. It is brilliant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magicians?

    When the protagonist walks naked and alone to the South Pole.


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

    He is perfectly suited to the literary voice.


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

    With all due respect, I don't like movies.


    Any additional comments?

    Give this book a try; have an open mind: it is not a typical fantasy book. Be patient, you will be rewarded. 

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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