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Mary

Denton, TX, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Daughter of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Josephine Tey
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    Confined to a hospital bed, Scotland Yard's Inspector Alan Grant is bored. To divert his attention from his pain, a friend brings him pictures of faces. He becomes engrossed with the portrait of Richard III. How is it possible that such a sensitive-appearing soul could have been portrayed as the odious villain, the Wicked Uncle of history, responsible for the murder of his young nephews, heirs to the British throne, in order to secure the line of succession for himself?

    Sheila says: "very interesting"
    "Great Interpretation of a Classic"
    Overall

    As a reader of English history, mystery fiction, and a fan of Derek Jacobi, I thoroughly enjoyed this reading of a mystery classic. My sister, a mystery fan, was familiar with this book, but I had never read it. I'm glad I waited for the audio version. Jacobi brings just the right narrative emphasis to this classic story by a respected novelist that provides a reasoned theory as to the REAL identity of the murderer of the young English princes in the Tower of London. Overall, I found it listenable, entertaining, and satisfying!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8990)
    Performance
    (4716)
    Story
    (4786)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Satisfying Adaptation of a Sci-Fi Classic!"
    Overall

    I first read my now well-worn paperback copy of Dune in middle school and became a lifetime Frank Herbert fan. I've seen the movie and mini-series adaptations as well. This first book in his now classic series is still my favorite, and I found this multi-reader adaptation satisfying. While there were places in the narrative that I might have wished were interpreted differently, overall the characters were presented as individuals, the cultures of Caladan, Geidi Prime, and Arrakis were explicated, the rivalry between the Atriedes and the Harkonnens was developed, and the climax on Arrakis was appropriately intense. If you like Frank Herbert and love "Dune," I think you will enjoy this audio book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Leaves of Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Walt Whitman
    • Narrated By Noah Waterman
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (6)

    In writing Leaves of Grass, Whitman succeeded in his ambition: to create something uniquely American. His poems have been woven into the very fabric of the American character. From his solemn dirges "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and "O Captain! My Captain!" to the joyous freedom of "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "Song of the Open Road," Leaves of Grass lives on, providing inspiration to the people and poets of generations to come.

    Julie says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointing Interpretation of a Classic Author"
    Overall

    When I began my Audible subscription, on of my goals was to listen to more poetry. As an English major, I read my share of classic English and American poetry, but did not read a great deal of any particular author's works. Walt Whitman seemed to me an author with a "modern" voice, and I looked forward to listening to this download. The narrator, however, was very disappointing. His tone and interpretation seemed NOT TO VARY at all from selection to selection. After about an hour, I couldn't listen anymore. Overall, it seemed a very disappointing selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Assembly Such as This: A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Pamela Aidan
    • Narrated By George Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    As Darcy spends more time at Netherfield supervising Bingley and fending off Miss Bingley's persistent advances, his unwilling attraction to Elizabeth grows, as does his concern about her relationship with his nemesis, George Wickham.

    Douglas says: "The Spirit of Austen Enchanted"
    "Nice Interpretation of Mr. Darcy's Point of View"
    Overall

    I became a Jane Austen fan rather late in my reading life, and soon became a little frustrated because her short life as an author left me wanting to hear more from her. A number of authors have tried to continue the stories of her novels, as in this case, that of "Pride and Prejudice." I have sampled several of these authors in print, but found this audio book by Pamela Aidan to be one of the more gratifying exercises in the genre. Told from Mr. Darcy's point of view, the narrative is rather lengthy, and continues in two subsequent books. I found the narrator's interpretation pleasing however, and the leisurely pace of the storytelling gave significance to the author's views on the reason that Mr. Darcy befriended Mr. Bingley, his upbringing and family at Pemberley, his REAL attitude toward Miss Bingley, and his relationship with his sister Georgiana. Of course, the heart of the story is his gradual realization of the personality, character, and familial relationships of Miss Elizabeth Bennett. This series is not for the listener who is faint-of-heart. However, if you enjoy Jane Austen and her world, I recommend this audio book and the others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (220)

    The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.

    Mary says: "Takes a little getting used to"
    "Wonderful Presentation of a Classic!"
    Overall

    This was the first Tolkien story that I read, and I was captivated by it, long before I read the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy. This audio dramatization has become a classic in its own right, and I enjoy listening to it frequently. As a dramatization, I prefer it to a full-length audio presentation of the original. "The Hobbit," either in book or this audio format, is my favorite way to suggest an introduction to Tolkien to people who are unfamiliar with his work, or who say they don't like fantasy. This dramatization catches the spirit of the original and I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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