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  • The Shelters of Stone: Earth's Children, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone-age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

    michelle says: "Why did Sandra Burr change the voices?"
    "shamelessly repetitive; waste of time and money"

    NOTHING NEW happens in this part of the series. I am not exaggerating: Jondalar and Ayla repeat their adventures from the previous books over and over again to every person they meet and sometimes even to each other! There is absolutely nothing going in this part that can possibly constitute a new book. There's no purpose to the book: it could never stand on its own to spark interest in those who had not read the previous installments, nor could it possibly hold any interest in those who are familiar with the story. The author should have been ashamed to cheat like this, and the editors never should have agreed to publish it.

    And yes, the newly added accent is annoying.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Wings of the Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Marvin Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This 1902 novel tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress suffering from an incurable disease, who comes to Europe in search of happiness. Through Milly's experiences in London and the new friends she makes, some with honorable motives, while others are more self-interested, James examines the collision of the emerging New World and Europe.

    Geoffrey says: "Narrative Aberration"
    "great James but horrible reading"

    Do NOT buy this version. It sounds as if the narrator is reading the book for the first time: full of awkward pauses and stumbling mistakes and misreadings. Not even a hint at characterization, very monotonous reading. There are also extraneous noises in the background: coughing, turning pages.

    Complete waste of money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Avonlea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Five years have passed since the orphan girl Anne Shirley came to live in the childless home of Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. She has returned to Avonlea to teach in the same village school where she herself was taught. Her earlier friends, Diana Barry, Jane Andrews, Priscilla Gray, and Gilbert Blyth, have also become teachers at neighboring village schools.

    Cristine says: "A Treat!"
    "not as charming"

    I have listened to the 1st book in the series with great pleasure. It was charming and enchanting. However, as the heroine grows up, in this the 2nd part, the book loses a great portion of its magic. The first part has the power to captivate the hearts and imagination of children and adults alike. The sequel does not have the same universal appeal and belongs in the realm of teenage fiction, that some (including myself) may found predictable, boring, platitudinous. While I would enthusiastically recommend the first book to a reader of any age, I think only my 12-year-old niece might be interested in the second.

    That said, it is still very good writing - sparkling style and precise language. The narrator is great.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Mr. Samuel Pickwick, luminous presence, general chairman and member of the Pickwick Club, an organization devoted to meeting good friends, sharing good stories and spreading good cheer. Join Mr. Pickwick and his friends Mr. Snodgrass, Mr. Jingle and all the rest in Part One of their adventures, which include: the first day's journey, an old-fashioned card party, the action of Bardell against Pickwick, and Christmas.

    Amazon Customer says: "Pickwick Papers"
    "great book but bad sound"

    Maybe something was wrong with my audio format, but the sound quality made it impossible for me to enjoy the book. This is the first time I am disappointed with audible. I strongly recommend listening to the sample before you make the purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Sara says: "A Wonderful Listen--Stories That Never Get Old"
    "Immensely enjoyable"

    I have read and listened to all of Herriot’s books and loved them all. Some of his stories are funny, some sad, all are deeply humane and none are boring. The characters of Herriot’s stories – gruff farmers, eccentric and unpredictable Siegfried, charming Tristan, warmhearted Helen, and of course animals and nature – are all entertaining and full of life. Herriot’s writing is humorous and sympathetic. Timothy is an excellent reader. His reading is the best illustration to the books: different voices and accents make all the characters come alive. Timothy makes the listener see as well as hear. This production is one of the best audiobooks I have come across (on the par with Cecil’s reading of Wodehouse).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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