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Oceanside, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 369 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Eifelheim

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Flynn
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical-physicist girlfriend, Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't. Why? What was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?

    Andrew says: "Poignant, Profound, Absorbing and deeply moving."
    "Almost a gem"

    Those who enjoy Umberto Eco's novels might like this combination of historical novel with science fiction. It's an intriguing idea: what would happen if scientifically advanced space aliens landed in a 14th century German village and encountered there a highly educated priest who tries to convert them to Christianity? How would the superstitious peasants respond? This really is an interesting story. It has depth, intelligence, a nice measure of pathos, and is well researched. The intellectual discussions in the novel are extensive and dense, however. Although they're well done, they won't be to the taste of those looking for escapist fare.

    If you speak even an elementary level of German, though, I suggest reading this in print instead of listening to this production. Although the narrator actually is quite good on a general level, he has no concept whatever of how to pronounce German. Worse, he makes no effort to find out until the very last sections of the book, when he marginally, sporadically improves. I don't expect perfect pronunciation of foreign languages in audiobooks, but actors and directors in professional productions at least should find out how the consonants are pronounced. This actor reads every German word as though it were written in American English, including the simple "ja" (which means "yes," and is pronounced "yah," not "jaw.") He does, however, pronounce "Herr," which in this case means "lord," close to correctly. (The "H" in German is pronounced, as in English.) I found the constant, egregious mistakes to be literally eye-rolling. It ruined my enjoyment of the book, which otherwise might have had me turning handsprings.

    I may buy a print copy and read it, without the aggravation. The book itself is worth a second look.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Marie Belloc Lowndes
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An elderly couple living in Victorian London struggle against despair as their small resources dwindle. When an eccentric and mysterious gentleman answers their advertisement for a lodger, they celebrate. But as women begin dying at the hands of "The Avenger", they start to suspect something too horrific for words.

    Pamela says: "enjoyable"
    "Fantastic Narration"

    Lorna Raver simply nails this wonderfully subtle story about a couple who begin to believe that their lodger is a serial killer. The suspicions of the couple are never actually spoken aloud, but the evidence they witness will bring the listener to harbor the same dark thoughts. Raver not only delivers living characters to our ears, she also keeps the narrative zooming along. No wonder this is a crime classic! Book and narrator: perfect!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia Lee Reneau says: "EXCELLENT!!"

    An imaginative, suspenseful and delightful story superbly performed. Lynn Redgrave not only does wonderful character voices, she keeps the narration lively as well--a feat pulled off only by the finest actors. This one fell into the "I couldn't put it down" category for me. Truly original and entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End: A Series of Unfortunate Events #13

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Lemony Snicket
    • Narrated By Tim Curry

    You are presumably looking here for clues to the shocking conclusion of this terminal audiobook, or the ending of the end. The end of the end is the best place to begin the end, because if you listen to the end from the beginning of the beginning of the end to the end of the end of the end, you will arrive at the end of the end of your rope.

    Monica says: "Really the End?"
    "Really the End?"

    Having reached the end of "The End," I can only muse that the begnning and middle of "The End, and the end of the middle, mark this book as one of ther funniest of the series, but I'm not entirely sure of my emotions regarding the end of "The End." Without giving away the end, I can only hope fervently that "The End" is not the end, but rather the end of the beginning of a series of series in which the prodigious combined ironic talents of Messrs. Handler and Curry will continue to combine. Hilarious, all the way up to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    J.M. Barrie's classic tale, completely unabridged, features a boy who refuses to grow up, Tinker Bell the fairy, and the Darling children: Wendy, John, and Michael. Their great adventure begins on the night that Peter flies into the Darling home looking for his shadow and teaches Wendy, John, and Michael how to fly with him back to Neverland, where adventures happen every day.

    Randy says: "Tim Curry, The Voice"
    "Laugh and Cry"

    I purchased this, never having read the original, simply because I am a huge fan of Tim Curry's audiobooks. I defy anyone to listen to this without laughing out loud much of the way through, and then, silently weeping at the ending. I now think that only by experiencing J. M. Barrie's original story can one fully appreciate why it is a true classic. Curry's narration combines marvelous fun with a subtle sensitivity. This is a story and a performance with enormous heart.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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