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Houston, TX, USA

  • 5 reviews
  • 50 ratings
  • 112 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "A tired old formula"

    I had heard of this book many years ago but didn't get around to it until the hype surrounding the movie came forward. What a disappointment! It followed the same tired MontyPythonesque British comedy formula of creating perfectly ridiculous circumstances and having the participating adults take it seriously. Hijinks ensue. OK for 15 minutes, but tiresome after that. I didn't expect depth with this comedy, but I did expect a bit more substance.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.

    Kevin says: "John Adams"
    "Reader is awful"

    I listened to 1776 read by the author, enjoyed it, and came to know the author's style which was direct and plain. However, the reader for John Adams uses so much vocal inflection, which is uncharacteristic of McCullough and incompatible with the writing style, that this audiobook sounds perfectly ridiculous. Get a reader more attuned to the writing style or buy the printed word on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cry, the Beloved Country

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Alan Paton
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

    Penny says: "Two Words"
    "Worth your time"

    I read this book when it first came out, and listened to it on audio recently. It moved me just as much now as it did then. The narrator is easily understood and makes the occasional Zulu words sound easy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919. Their daughter Francie and their son Neeley knew more than their fair share of the privations and sufferings that are the lot of a great city's poor. Primarily this is Francie's book. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child. And Francie's growing up and beginnings of wisdom are the substance of this classic tale.

    David says: "Classic Story, Must"
    "Poor audio quality"

    This is a good book, but the quality of the audio is horrible. This is not a narrator problem, it is a technical problem. I have not had any such problem with any other audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Davina Porter

    This is the story of the unhappy family of Anna Karenina. The novel contains much concerning Tolstoy's spiritual crisis and his search for the meaning of life. But it is also chiefly about marriage, and the growth and death of love.

    AnnaH says: "Even Better Aloud"
    "Go for the abridged version"

    I have always wanted to read Anna Karenina but was intimidated by the length of the book. The audible format was appealing and I thought I could take it in pieces. While I overall enjoyed the writing, and the narrator did a fine job, there were many, many sections that dragged horribly and in retrospect seemed to detract from the themes and messages of the book, such as the dreadful passages discussing the mechanics of the political process. I usually prefer unabridged, but in this case I'd make an exception.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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