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Emanuel

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  • Noble House

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (319)

    The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure, from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes: fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong, the heart of Asia, rich in every trade: money, flesh, opium, power.

    Lily says: "Great story, great narrator"
    "A Must Listen"
    Overall

    First list to Taipan and Gai-Jin (in this order) and get ready to be astounded with this modern version on the Noble House. John Lee is absolutely amazing. I have listen to all three of these two and three times each and I don't get tired of them.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3770)
    Performance
    (3283)
    Story
    (3329)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "AMAZING!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Inheritance again? Why?

    Yes from the beginning of the series


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the author used truth as a powerful weapon to defeat evil!


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    Murtagh


    Any additional comments?

    Best of series and Gerald Doyle was great. The one disappointment was Doyle changed Hrothgar's voice? It was perfect in the first 3 books. As an audio book fanatic, I noticed it right away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harry, a History: The True Story of a Boy Wizard, His Fans, and Life Inside the Harry Potter Phenomenon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Melissa Anelli
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    With remembrances from J. K. Rowling's editors, agents, publicists, fans, and Rowling herself, Melissa Anelli takes us on a personal journey through every aspect of the Harry Potter phenomenon - from his very first spell to his lasting impact on the way we live and dream.

    Chris says: "Immersion"
    "Interesting Historical Insight"
    Overall

    If your a Potter fan, this will give you some insight into how the series became such a phenom. Can drag on in some places, but all in all, the historical insight it worth the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tai-Pan: A Novel of Hong Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    After the British seize Hong Kong following the first Opium War, the owners of two competing trading companies seek to destroy each other, both professionally and personally.

    Cy says: "A great audio book"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    Absolutely one of the best novels of the Clavell Asian saga. John Lee is, as always, FANTASTIC. No way anyone who like audio books will not listen to this multiple time. I have listened to it 3 times this year.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shogun: A Novel of Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Clavell
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (945)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (537)

    A bold English adventuer. An invincible Japanese warlord. A beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love....An English captain and his crew are shipwrecked on the coast of feudal Japan. They must deal with two Japanese warlords who are struggling to attain the title of Shogun - and the ultimate power that comes with it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great audio book AFTER the first 2.5 hours"
    "RUN DONT WALK AWAY"
    Overall

    I love James Clavell's novels and have heard all his other Asian novels recorded by John Lee. I have over 200 audio books in my collection, so I listen to a lot of books, authored by many authors and read by various narrators.

    A good friend said Shogun was Clavell's best novel (he read it), so I bought it. I wouldn't know by this narration because it is the worst I have ever heard.

    David Case's normal narration is a very haughty British high societal tone, tempo and accent. Ever word in drawn out and has no flavor.

    His character voices are forced, uncomfortable and inconsistent. He sounds as though every word is exacting pain.

    Finally, who ever did his technical sound/editing did a horrible job. The volume is inconsistent and you can easily tell were the breaks in the recording occurred.

    John Lee -- Please record this novel.

    41 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    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.

    Emanuel says: "Inkheart"
    "Inkheart"
    Overall

    Bought this audio to refresh myself on the story after starting Inkspell. This is Listening Library at its finest. Lynn Redgrave does a superb job. If you like Harry Potter, LOR, Eragon or Chronicles of Narnia, this is a perfect addition to your library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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