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Robin Åhman

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  • The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

    christine says: "A must read"
    "Wonderful narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because the narration is so great. I always like it when the author of a autobiobraphy reads his own book, and Stephen Fry is my favorit narrator, so this was perfect in that sense.


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

    I have listened to his reading of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This was just as good as that one.


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

    No, but that is not necessary. You can take it in bits.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1713)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1581)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Jefferson says: "Fine Romantic Urban Historical Immigrant Fantasy"
    "What a performance!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would, but I would recommend the audiobook, not the print version, simply because of the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had an air about it, it is hard to put my finger on, but I liked the atmosphere. The characters were interesting, the story was good and had a nice pace.


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

    Yes I have listened to him reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods and that was also great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Russell Shorto
    • Narrated By L.J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (268)

    Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

    Pen Name says: "Loved it!"
    "Interesting but not gripping"
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    Would you try another book from Russell Shorto and/or L.J. Ganser?

    Maybe, if the subject was interesting enough.


    Would you recommend The Island at the Center of the World to your friends? Why or why not?

    If that friend was really interested in the subject I would recommend it, but for someone wanting some history of New York City I think there are other books that are more interesting.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    There was nothing special bout the narrator.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It reminded me a bit about the movie Gangs of New York.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (804)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Great narration but slow story"
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    What did you like best about Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry? What did you like least?

    The best thing was the narrator, Tim Curry. I love his voice and he is a perfect narrator. The part I liked the least was the part when they were traveling from Germany and up until they found the entrance of the cave, that felt like just a long boring wait.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was what I had expected, no surprises really.


    Which character – as performed by Tim Curry – was your favorite?

    I would say the professor. Tim Curry makes him sound crazy and excentic.


    Do you think Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really a book, but maybe some pages about other travelers following in their footsteps later on and how it went for them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (380)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "I had expected more"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, there are other Stephen King books that are better.


    Would you recommend Salem's Lot to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I think that they should listen to other Stephen King books before, like The Shining for example. I listened to this one because it is part of the Dark Tower saga in some way and I want to listen to them all.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator that you hear when you listen to the sample is not the "real" narrator who reads the rest of the book. What you hear is Stephen King himself reading the preface.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6521)
    Performance
    (4639)
    Story
    (4618)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

    pterion says: "I'm liking Harry more and more"
    "This is getting boring"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    I think that I will give the thirde Dresden book a try, because I have read in reviews that it starts getting better by the third book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jim Butcher before, how does this one compare?

    I have listened to the first Dresden book, and that one had a better story.


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

    He brings Harry Dresden to life and acts him out very well, better than I would have done in my head.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1223)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (986)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Best narration ever"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I think I would. It was relatively short and the narration was just wonderful.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part was wondering if he would ever reach his goal, finding Kurtz. The least interesting part was what he saw along the way, I kind of zoned out during those parts.


    What about Kenneth Branagh’s performance did you like?

    Everything! I have listened to over 150 books on Audible, and this was by far the best narration ever. His tone of voice, his pace, everything was perfect.


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

    Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men...


    Any additional comments?

    I could listen to anything Kenneth Branagh reads. He could read me the stock quotes and I would be riveted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5375)
    Performance
    (4714)
    Story
    (4748)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Too long"
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    What did you like best about The Stand? What did you like least?

    I thought that it was just too long. I lost interest so many times during my listen. So that is what I liked the least. I don't know what I liked the best, maybe Tom Cullen.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was expecting something like it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was OK, he didn't do anything wrong.


    Could you see The Stand being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think it already has been made into a TV-show.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1467)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Excellent storytelling"
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    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    Some scary stuff


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Danny and his ability to "shine". It is like a super power.


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

    I liked the parts where Danny had visions of how things would turn out and what horrible things would happen.


    Any additional comments?

    I had seen the Kubrik movie many times and so I thought the book would be just like it, but it wasn't. Now I want to see the movie that Stephen King made.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (2796)
    Performance
    (2489)
    Story
    (2489)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Not as interesting as previous books"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, but I don't know what. Maybe I would add some more trivia.


    Would you recommend David and Goliath to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, but I would recommend some of his earlier books, I thought that they were much more interesting.


    What three words best describe Malcolm Gladwell’s performance?

    He is OK


    Did David and Goliath inspire you to do anything?

    Not actually, but it might make me think differently about the big fish in small pond things.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8445)
    Performance
    (7678)
    Story
    (7737)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Same old story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would change a lot. It is just like the other Robert Langdon books. Robert gets chased around some city in Europe with a woman sidekick. The people chasing them are always just one step behind but somehow Robert always escapes in the last second. Always!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was not what I had expected. It was like science fiction almost. I though it was OK.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    I didn't have any particular favorite.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, but just because I like Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon.


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Brown needs to change his writing style. He constantly uses cliffhangers to end each chapter. It gets tiresome very quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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