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Troy

Wichita, KS, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Arctic Incident: Artemis Fowl, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (475)

    Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he receives an urgent e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafia: his father. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by a familiar nemesis, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police. But this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.

    Ambrose says: "Right Up My Alley"
    "The Frozen Tundra"
    Overall

    The Artemis series is brilliant. Good writing, excellent story telling, and it never takes itself too seriously like so much fantasy does nowadays. Listen to them all!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds. The novel tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, shy, silent, and cruel. They are behind the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters: their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and perhaps his finest work.

    David says: "superb rendition of Dostoyevsky's greatest novel"
    "Became a regular read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Brothers Karamazov again? Why?

    I just realized that I have not reviewed this title. First, it is one of the great pieces of literature, if not the greatest. But, I was never able to finish the book in print. The characterizations of Frederick Davidson in the Audible version make the book a real treat. A first rate performance for a book that has inspired some of the greatest thinkers of our time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8318)
    Performance
    (2793)
    Story
    (2821)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Really Bad"
    Overall

    The story starts out well enough, but then the author seems to degenerate into one rape scene after another. Only one of which had any real impact to the story line. I have no idea how this book, or its follow up have gathered such a crowd. I finished the book, but it was a challenge.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12672)
    Performance
    (5137)
    Story
    (5198)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Genuine Story"
    Overall

    The use of two narrators to portray the character at different times in his life is brilliant. Warning, you will cry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowbridge

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Gregory Frost
    • Narrated By Lauren Davis, Gregory Frost
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Sprung from a timeless dream, Shadowbridge is a world of linked spans arching high above glittering seas. It is a world of parading ghosts, inscrutable gods, and dangerous magic. Most of all, it is a world of stories.

    No one knows those stories better than Leodora, a young shadow-puppeteer who travels Shadowbridge collecting the intertwining tales and myths of each place she passes through, then retells them in performances whose genius has begun to attract fame . . . and less welcome attention.

    Jake says: "A truely great story."
    "Makes No Sense"
    Overall

    I know that it is supposed to be fantasy, but the story makes no sense. It is almost like it was some exercise of the writer that they had to complete. I mean they have these wonderful water Dragons, but still need bridges? Then there is the constant telling of tales through something that must resemble "Countdown with Keith Olberman's" puppet theater, but without any real reason for them. I was bored almost the whole time I listened, I could not finish the book.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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