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warwick Ames

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  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2444)
    Performance
    (1754)
    Story
    (1763)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "Brilliantly British"
    Overall

    I am sorry but this book made me proud to be British. For all the failings of the defunct British empire the resolve of these men made be tear up. Brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3693)
    Performance
    (2604)
    Story
    (2608)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "forgotten treasure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Prayer for Owen Meany again? Why?

    I had this book sitting in my audible account for 2 years before i finally got around to listening to it. I was put off by how long it was. BUT when i got around to it, i loved it and couldnt stop listening. The narration is outstanding. The story simply enchanting. loved it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    owen


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4045)
    Performance
    (1675)
    Story
    (1725)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Warning"
    Overall

    Just a warning. If you think this is a entertaining mystery tale, think again.It is god squad at its finest. I finished listening to it, and got pulpit dialogue and a whole bunch of questions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Let Me Go

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1746)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (571)

    From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

    Christopher says: "Moving, haunting, but slow developing"
    "Good grief"
    Overall

    I brought this based on some pretty good reviews but hr 8 into it and i cannot bring myself to finish it. I adore the narrator but the story and the characters are so dull as too be beyond belief. Three characters, the boy is an idiot, the friend a b#$%h and the main character so annoyingly sensitive to every word uttered to her as to drive the reader nuts. And why be such lemmings? maybe i should battle the last hour but I can't for fear I would truely die of boredom. My first negative review of a book (out of over 100 books).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3682)
    Performance
    (1176)
    Story
    (1184)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Cheers"
    Overall

    Thank you Audible for this. Even my pre teen kids listened in quiet fascination as the stories unfolded. A nice gesture on your behalf and nice choice of stories that spoke of the kindness and good will to others, with scant reference to any particular religious festival. On that note, i read a review that bemoaned the fact that Audible had somehow been insensitive to other faiths by offering this at Christmas. This truely makes me sad. I am tired of having to wish others a 'Happy Holiday' for fear of upsetting others, when all i want to say is 'Merry Christmas'. Christmas is a festival that promotes good will and love to everyone no matter of color, faith or preferences. So screw it, Merry Christmas to all and too all a good night...

    0 of 0 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
    (13481)
    Performance
    (5887)
    Story
    (5964)

    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!!"
    "Rare report"
    Overall

    Long time audible fan, with wide ranging tastes. Have never written a review but this book was wonderful. Maybe it caught me at the right mood but it was enchanting. I simply don't want to listen to anything else for awhile but just mull over this story. Awesome narration too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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