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  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (631)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    MATTHEW says: "You have got to be kidding"
    "A new perspective on a country's history!"
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    What did you love best about Shogun?

    You get a new insight into a culture that few Westerners will ever gain on the Japanese.


    What other book might you compare Shogun to and why?

    'Sarek'...again, because you gain an insight that hither to, you (more likely than not) do not have.


    What about David Case’s performance did you like?

    He gives a quite believable portrayal of the characters.


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

    When Blackthorne, and Father Alveto come to a truce...and a possible understanding of each other.


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen and learn something new...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3702)
    Performance
    (2027)
    Story
    (2077)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Revenge is a dish best served cold...remember?"
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    Where does The Count of Monte Cristo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The top 5.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The trials and tribulations of Edmond Dantes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When 'Count Monte Cristo' goes to a party of Fernand and Mecedes...mhm! And when Albert admits his fault to Monte Cristo for challenging him to a duel...excelent!


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

    Dantes's realization that Idai really does love him.


    Any additional comments?

    And we think we know what revenge is? Ha! Read or listen and find out what revenge is!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarek: Star Trek Pocket Books, Book 69

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By A. C. Crispin
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, is dying, and Spock returns to the planet Vulcan where he and Sarek enjoy a rare moment of rapprochement. But just as his wife's illness grows worse, duty calls Sarek away, once again sowing the seeds of conflict between father and son. Yet soon Sarek and Spock must put aside their differences and work together to foil a far-reaching plot to destroy the Federation, a plot that Sarek has seen in the making for nearly his entire career.

    Daniel says: "More Unabridged TOS Please"
    "And they say Vulcans are emotionless? Fools..."
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    Would you listen to Sarek again? Why?

    Oh yes. The story...the different look at the dynamic of a father and a son...delightful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    You get to learn so much about Sarek, that you hither to have no real knowledge of other than he is a prominent Vulcan.


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    He gives a depth to the characters that is very real.


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

    Most defenitely!


    Any additional comments?

    If you're ready to learn more about Vulcans, then listen to or read this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6861)
    Performance
    (1620)
    Story
    (1660)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Oh, how little we know..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Da Vinci Code to be better than the print version?

    In my opinion, no.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Robert Langdon. His thirst for truth and knowledge are just not seen much.


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

    Not so far.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book, like 'Angels and Demons', jerked a kink in what I thought I knew...I like that!


    Any additional comments?

    Do you have the courage to look at things with a new set of eyes, and an open mind?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6186)
    Performance
    (1769)
    Story
    (1793)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Take a close look at what you THINK you know."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Angels and Demons in three words, what would they be?

    Power, intrigue and sadism.


    What other book might you compare Angels and Demons to and why?

    Martin's 'A Clash of Kings'...power, intrigue, sadism...not the way you'd expect.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Robert Langdon survives jumping from a helicopter without a parachute...oh boy!


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

    Defenitely!


    Any additional comments?

    This book shows how little we actually know of what we THINK we know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11559)
    Performance
    (10060)
    Story
    (10097)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Can we say 'Watch out'?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's not what you would expect...a most delightful change.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Snow...Stark's bastard born son. Bold and more like his father than he is given credit for.


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

    Unique perspective.


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

    Yes...as with the rest of 'The Game of Thrones' saga, it doesn't like to let you go...at least, for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope you like things to go...differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8298)
    Performance
    (7603)
    Story
    (7636)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "An extra large helping of 'blood bath', plus more."
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    Where does A Feast for Crows rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 20...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Development of the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cannot choose...


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

    Not just one, but several...


    Any additional comments?

    Martin weaves an excelent yarn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last of the Breed

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (229)

    This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....

    Jim says: "Louis Lamour Fan"
    "Sit down and hang on..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Last of the Breed to be better than the print version?

    No...not to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Last of the Breed?

    When 'Mac' MacKennzie helped rescue a political presoner that had also helped him previously.


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

    Not as of yet...


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

    Mac's written staement to the Russian Colonel...nice...


    Any additional comments?

    If you like L'Amour's style of story telling, you'll like this one also.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15026)
    Performance
    (11593)
    Story
    (11656)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "'Follow on'...it's nice to see continueance..."
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does A Storm of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top 20.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aria Stark...she's an unexpected wild card.


    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?

    Varios the 'Spider'.


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

    A particular moment, no...the whole story rather held me firm. As does the whole series...so far...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16270)
    Performance
    (12479)
    Story
    (12509)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Consistency is always good..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clash of Kings to be better than the print version?

    In my opinion, no.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Broadening, deepening of the main characters, adding new main characters, furthering the twists and plots.


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

    Unique perspective.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth listening to or reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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