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William

Yakima, WA, USA

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  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (191)

    This historical romance, perhaps the greatest cloak-and-sword story ever, relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling heroes who served the French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV. When the dashing young D'Artagnon arrives in Paris from Gascony, he becomes embroiled in three duels with the Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But when he proves himself by fighting not against, but with, the Three Musketeers, they form a quick and lasting friendship.

    Sharon says: "Adventure"
    "a pleasure"
    Overall

    A wonderful book that combines comedy and adventure to illuminate a slice of 17th century France. The breakfast in the "bastion" scene was pure comic genius. I was literally laughing out loud.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexander Dumas
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, The Count of Monte Cristo recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantes, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal.

    William says: "Fabulous"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall

    Superb narration of a wonderful engaging novel. Despite a length of almost 50 hours, I was sorry that the ride Dumas created had to end. The book is thought provoking on many levels particularly regarding the weakness, failures, and venality of men and "state justice", the role of spirituality, and of course a window into post-Napoleonic France and the conflict between intellecturalism and romantacism.

    Great book and great read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    "Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

    Jeremy says: "You won't be disappointed."
    "superb"
    Overall

    William Hootkins is a terrific narrator. His voice captures Ishmael's humor, wit, and terror brilliantly. I was wary of starting this audiobook. However, I soon found myself laughing out loud. I had no idea that Melville was humorous as well as deep. Terrific narration of a spectacular work of literature.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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