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Jonathan

Columbia, MD, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Xenogenesis

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. Richard Jacobs
    • Narrated By Mark Douglas Nelson
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Xenogenesis is a tale of change; inexorable and inevitable. Human beings are always craving change but when it comes it is frightening...Sometimes to the point that we would prefer death.

    Jonathan says: "Not good"
    "Not good"
    Overall

    I have to agree with the previous review. The narrator is not good. The material does not seem very good either, but it is difficult to be sure given the handling of the narrator. Terrible voice actor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Language A to Z

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, John McWhorter
    • Narrated By Professor John McWhorter
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (474)

    Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

    Jacobus says: "A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics"
    "Great but I wanted more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This course I think is meant to be introductory to the topic of linguistics, particularly as practiced by Mr. McWhorter and those in his school of linguistics, but it was just a little facile. It seemed to skim the surface of topics that I wanted to dive into. Maybe that is unfair. I guess really it waded knee deep, But I wanted more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9819)
    Performance
    (8816)
    Story
    (8979)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator perfectly matches the tone and character of the book. I can't imagine what else a listener would want from the experience.

    A classic the stature of The Hobbit deserves excellence in production and quality of voice acting, and this audio book has it.

    Rob Inglis' characterizations are varied, nuanced and compelling. This gave me exactly the experience I was looking for, which was of a new look on a loved and familiar old friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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