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Catherine

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2062)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1899)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Fantastic"
    "a wonderful listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this audio book to anyone, young and old! It is a delight to hear Anne Hathaway's voice - she makes the classic story so much fun to listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is a great story - better than the movie in a lot of ways.


    What does Anne Hathaway bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Anny Hathaway really does a great job. She reads as if you were right there with her. She is animated and energized. Yes her pacing is perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swords of Exodus: Dead Six, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, Mike Kupari
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (617)

    On the far side of the world, deep in former Soviet Central Asia, lies a stronghold called the Crossroads. It is run with an iron fist by a brutal warlord calling himself Sala Jihan. He is far more than a petty dictator, for Jihan holds the fate of nations in his grasp. To save a world slipping into chaos, Jihan must either fall or be controlled.

    Doug D. Eigsti says: "....Valentine and Lorenzo Battle at the Crossroads"
    "If you like action this is it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely but they'd have to be ready for lots of battle, blood, war, guns and crazy fighting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Valentine - lost soul with a found heart


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    There is no favorite - ANY book narrated by Bronson Pinchot is made fabulous by his narrations. He's amazing as a reader. I wish he'd narrate classics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No - I like to draw out the listening pleasure as long as possible.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, I look for Bronson Pinchot as much as I look for specific books. A good narration can make all the difference. He reads like he's performing - with timing and character development. What kills a book is a person who simply reads the words - it always sounds bad. Bronson lives the books and it is a wonderful thing listening to him tell a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (668)

    A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable"
    "Hooray Bronson Pinchot"
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    What did you love best about The Eyes of the Dragon?

    Stephen King - the ultimate story teller has done it again and Bronson Pinchot brings it again - what a fabulous narration.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Everyone who wants to read a book aloud should study Bronson Pinchot's techniques - he brings such life and vigor to all his readings.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! but, as in all Stephen King, it's WAY too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5629)
    Performance
    (5105)
    Story
    (5118)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Fantastic Fantasy Noir Mystery Thriller"
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    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Too Much Fun!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    The character of Jake Sullivan


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Pinchot is an amazing reader - he's got all the right inflections and his pace is brilliant. I only wish he could read every book I listen to - his voice is wonderful and his ability to give us the story is really nothing short of miraculous.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz: Wizard of Oz, Book 2, Special Annotated Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By L Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Ron Knowles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    In this sequel to the original book, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman are back with a boy named Tip as well as a host of new characters, including Mr. H. M. Woggle-Bug, Princess Ozma of Oz, Dr. Nikidik, and Old Mombi. When the Scarecrow, now the ruler of the Emerald City, is driven out by General Jinjur and her all-girl army, his friends--the Tin Woodman, a boy named Tip, and Jack Pumpkinhead--try to restore peace. Dorothy isn't in this story, though she is mentioned frequently by her friends.

    Catherine says: "the story is wonderful the reader sucks."
    "the story is wonderful the reader sucks."
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    Would you try another book from L Frank Baum and/or Ron Knowles?

    Ron Knowles obviously doesn't ever read to children because he reads as though he were reading the telephone book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Frank L Baum is a genius - no matter what. So, all the stories are marvelous.


    What didn’t you like about Ron Knowles’s performance?

    He never takes his time over a scene or a character. Everything is spoken in the same rigid voice that would be better suited to reading an insurance policy. He manages to kill this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1626)
    Performance
    (1407)
    Story
    (1370)

    Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

    Richard Delman says: "Dave Robicheaux lives!"
    "Marvelous cop mystery book"
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    Would you listen to Creole Belle again? Why?

    absolutely I would listen to this book again. Will Patton gives a flavor of the deep Louisiana south that is rich with texture and sense impressions. He is a great reader. He takes his time and lingers on the images so they really come to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two main characters, Dave and Cleet, are just fantastic. Damaged, broken, funny, loving, richly drawn. Real characters of the South. Again, Will Patton gives each an identity with the sound of his voice and he doesn't hold back.


    Any additional comments?

    The author in partnership with this reader, gives a visceral sense of the air, the fog ogg the bayou, the pecan trees, the rain, the heat - and the ambience of New Orleans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Witch Walking

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3031)
    Performance
    (2113)
    Story
    (2117)

    Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

    Patti says: "wildly entertaining"
    "dumb dumb dumb"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who would enjoy this book especially if one likes the vampire/werewolf/witch kind of story - it's not very intelligent. Even the cliches are boring.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Harrison again?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance is terrible. The reader has no sense that she's being listened to by an audience. Very little animation in the voice and that makes it difficult to pay attention. In a word, monotonous.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9740)
    Performance
    (7234)
    Story
    (7272)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "not that interesting"
    Overall

    this book took forever to step off the starting line. And, when it finally did, it was so predictable and trite that it had no appeal. Extremely predictable and, frankly, dumb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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