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Evangeline

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 72 titles in library
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  • Life, the Universe, and Everything: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Martin Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (751)

    The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads, so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

    Dan says: "It's my favorite of the series"
    "Douglas Adams/Martin Freeman do it again"
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    If you could sum up Life, the Universe, and Everything in three words, what would they be?

    Very well done


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the variety of characters the best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is where Arthur Dent finally learns to fly.


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

    I was particularly moved in the scene where Marvin, the manic depressive robot has an in depth discussion with a mattress in a swamp.


    Any additional comments?

    Martin Freeman does a brilliant job in performing the many different voices for the many different personalities of the very diverse characters and amazingly brings them to life as the reader listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Learn Spanish - Level 1: Introduction to Spanish, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    • Narrated By John Patrick Villanueva, Fernando Olivas
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    This Audiobook will take you through the basics of Spanish with Basic Bootcamp, All About, and Pronunciation lessons. The five Basic Bootcamp lessons each center on a practical, real-life conversation. In the fifteen All About lessons, you’ll learn all about Spanish and Spain. Our native teachers and language experts will explain everything you need to know to get started in Spanish.

    Greg says: "What you pay for"
    "Not for a beginner after all"
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    What disappointed you about Learn Spanish - Level 1: Introduction to Spanish, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25?

    This book was very poorly done. The Spanish speakers would say the words too fast for someone who is just beginning to try to learn Spanish. There was also too much joking and unprofessionalism in the book as well.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Innovative Language Learning again?

    no


    How could the performance have been better?

    Speak slowly and clearly and be more serious regarding learning


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

    Disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    • Narrated By Dr. Laura Schlessinger
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Women want to be in love, get married, and live happily ever after. Yet disrespect for men and disregard for the value, feelings, and needs of husbands has fast become the standard for male-female relations in America. Those two attitudes clash in unfortunate ways to create struggle and strife in what could be a beautiful relationship.

    Mike says: "My Husband's Happier...So am I"
    "The Book was well done."
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    Where does The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It does not rank highly for me as it was not relevant to our situation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Laura is always a favorite as she has a great personality and is very caring.


    Have you listened to any of Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to her other books.


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

    Yes it was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And Another Thing...: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (330)

    Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary.

    John Williams says: "A delightful return to the H2G2 Universe"
    "The Search For Plot"
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    What disappointed you about And Another Thing...?

    There are 2 things that actually disappointed me about this book. The first is a very weak plot line that is constantly being interrupted by Guide information, tangents, and flashbacks. Every time the story gets going again, it is interrupted and what little plot there is is lost. The other aspect of the book that I did not care for at all is the added vulgarity. I do not find vulgarity funny. "The business end of the spaceship", Zaphod's comment about "passing a stool", a reference to an alien "douching", the list goes on. Vulgarity is unnecessary. Douglas Adams did not use it nor did he need it. He had more class than that.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eoin Colfer again?

    I would not listen to anything by Eoin Colfer again. In fact, I am going to exchange this book for a different one. The other Guides, I am going to keep.


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

    I have not listened to Simon Jones before. I thought he narrated the book very well and did an excellent job with the different voices of the characters.


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

    I was angry about mid-way through this book. It was off to an excellent start. I thought Colfer had captured a future look at the principal characters very well. Once the principal characters were brought together, the story went downhill from there. Colfer spent more time creating guide notes than he did creating a good plot. I had to rewind the book several times because he lost me in all of his notes. If you cut out the notes, tangents and flashbacks, the story itself may only be about an hour. I did not find the book comical as I did the Douglas Adams stories. Colfer should not have been chosen to continue the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gentle Brush of Wings: A Free Short Story from Defining Moments

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By David Niall Wilson
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (478)

    Defining Moments is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated collection by author David Niall Wilson. The story "The Gentle Brush of Wings", first published in this collection, won the Bram Stoker Award for short fiction.

    David says: "Lepidopterists need love, too"
    "dont waste your time"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If this story had more of a story and less of a concentration on sex acts I would have enjoyed it a lot more. The author could have taken the same amount of time and space to build the characters and still have the sex scenes. There were so many very detailed sex scenes and so little story it was boring.


    Has The Gentle Brush of Wings: A Free Short Story from Defining Moments turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Every book and author is an individual.


    What three words best describe Basil Sands’s voice?

    Pleasing appropriate masculine


    What character would you cut from The Gentle Brush of Wings: A Free Short Story from Defining Moments?

    I would not cut any characters. The characters are fine. They just need more building.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Martin Freeman
    Overall
    (1783)
    Performance
    (1108)
    Story
    (1127)

    Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability, and desperately in search of a place to eat.

    J. Carpenter says: "awesome... except for the voice of Zaphod"
    "brilliantly written and narrated"
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    Where does The Restaurant at the End of the Universe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is definitely one of my favorites. I was already familiar with Douglas Adams' works but the narrator brought the story to life with his own characterizations and use of tone dynamics.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have always enjoyed the intelligence of British humorous but Douglas Adams also incorporates possible reality scenarios and history into the story.


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

    He individualizes each character in a way that well suited the character. Telling a story can sometimes bring it to life better than reading it for yourself.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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