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  • Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Gail says: "Would like the whole thing!"
    "Abridged but Otherwise a Must Have"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    -This will remain the definitive translation: It strikes a perfect balance between keeping to the old form, accuracy, and making it flexible within the that form to bring it to a modern audience. It is a joy to read and hear. The author's voice is perfect. What a gift he has given us.

    -I would dearly love an unabridged version with the author reading. Please! This is the only reason I dropped a star anywhere. I'd gladly be willing to purchase such again.

    -It would also be fun to hear some of the sections read in the original by an expert. (One can hope, wistfully, for such things.) I suggest readers at least listen to a bit of this elsewhere on the net.

    -Purchase a parallel copy in paper as a companion to this reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The March of the Ten Thousand

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Xenophon
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (105)

    Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

    Benedict says: "An intelligent leader"
    "Great History Made Dull"
    Overall

    Xenophon is a fascinating, lively author writing about very interesting times indeed. As for the reader, imagine Shakespeare being read by someone who didn't like or understand it but wanted to speak clearly. He did not convey a sense that he cared about his subject matter or wished to bother trying to convey it in a manner that would draw in the listener.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolves in the Walls: The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (48)

    Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of their house -- and, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over. Her family doesn't believe her. Then one day, the wolves come out.

    Talia says: "Gaiman score big for kids"
    "Perfect for a Child"
    Overall

    Read delightfully by the author, this belongs on any child's music player. It has the kind of addictive repeatability of a good fairy tale. If they're old enough to understand "The Three Little Pigs," they'll love this. If you're still young enough to be charmed by a good children's story along with your child, you'll love this as well. Does not require illustrations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Hair: The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Bonnie makes a friend who has hair so wild there's even a jungle inside of it! Bonnie ventures through the crazy hair, but she may need more than a comb to tame her friend's insane mane.This audio is also part of The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection.

    Amazon Customer says: ""It's the best thing you ever put on my player.""
    ""It's the best thing you ever put on my player.""
    Overall

    My little gal said that. It's read delightfully. It's worth the money. Sure, some illustrations would be fun in another format, but Neil Gaiman's voice more than makes up for it. Utterly charming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1793)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (632)

    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.

    Cynthia says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Magnificent Narrator, Forgettable Book"
    Overall

    Lynn Redgrave's reading was stunning. It's worth getting just to hear her. The book itself simply should have been better. If you want a good modern fantasy on a similar subject, read some Charles de Lint, perhaps "Memory and Dream." I disagree that "Inkheart" would make an excellent children's book simply because it dragged and the characters were forgettable. If you want something wildly imaginative and child friendly, go with something suitable by Neil Gaimon, who is himself an extraordinary reader. I wanted very much to like, and perhaps share, this book from the moment I heard Ms. Redgrave. It saddens me that I did not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2265)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1017)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Do not undertake lightly."
    Overall

    One ultimate horror is that possible moment when an act forces one to think, "Nothing will ever be the same again; I'll never be able to look at myself the same again." Who, if they truly think about it, would not choose to be the victim of evil rather than the agent? What if forced to face this? What choices, consequences? // Those are the themes underlying all four stories. The first is pure evil act and consequence. The second combines evil received with the grim results of that insult. The third in its flippantly-brutal selfishness forces the reader to judge when the protagonist does not. And the fourth *shudder* shows from a second person, the vast pit that may open beneath what was thought solid foundation. That story is both completely true and completely unimaginable. // Horror is a very particular emotion. It does not come from penny dreadfuls. It is an emotion that stuns and changes us, aghast, wounded. These are horror stories: they are not scary stories; they are not thrillers. // These stories are most definitely "Full Dark, No Stars," at times so grim that I wondered how useful such stories could be to society. The unrelentingly graphic nature of the second story is extremely disturbing, so much so that, I believe, it is flawed in that it spends too much time on not what is the heart of the story but instead on a visceral horror that is almost mindless in its savage intensity. It is one tough story to read and I would not suggest to anyone that they read it, though if they do, there's still something to be gained. Be warned. // Siskel and Ebert, long ago, had enthusiastically reviewed several depressing films. Realizing this, one of them said, "I suppose that for us, good movies make us happy, bad movies make us sad." Read it in that spirit if you like King and know what you may be getting into. I liked the book far better a few days after I'd read it. // The readers were good, though Ms. Hecht's voice is almost too lovely for its subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2996)
    Performance
    (1592)
    Story
    (1599)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Listen Here"
    Overall

    You won't be disappointed by the story or voice acting. You will be saddened by the sound quality, and absolutely appalled at the transition music. But wait, there's more: sound edits that sound...words fail me here...picture buying a book, finding words and phrases--such as "hegemon"--blackened out, and the proper text inserted at the bottom of the page on a pink sticky note. And who is the blasted fool that thought two people carrying on a conversation would sound better if one, only one, sounded as if he were speaking out of a well? Amazon--keep this book available, but you, Mr. Card, his agent, the voice actors, the original producers all deserve better post-post production. So do we. People, buy it anyway, but get indignant.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (662)
    Story
    (665)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "A Short Comment to Cheer the Narrator"
    Overall

    He's ideal for the main character, is a classic American actor (back before he was Ralph's age he was in "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly"--he was Ugly), and gets my rubber-stamp-of-honest-delight award for voice acting here. I wish he'd recorded more audio.

    The lapse-in-taste sounds ("Um, could my nephew do the sounds? I'll pay him." "Sure Fred. You pay him, he can make a little noise."--about all I can figure out for how they got in there.) are hardly enough to overcome Mr. Wallach's excellence in his role, or my enjoyment of the novel as a whole. I've listened to the thing twice now and enjoyed it thoroughly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2178)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1292)

    In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

    Darwin8u says: "Hyperion is FALLEN, am I too to fall?"
    "Necessary after You Enjoyed Hyperion"
    Overall

    Single narrator this time, but excellent. When he goes over-the-top (rarely), it's where my inner voice would have as well while reading.

    This, simply put, is Part II of a novel that wouldn't fit in one jacket. Again [See my review of Hyperion if you wish.] I've enjoyed the pace of this being read aloud immensely.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3695)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2266)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Must-have for Imaginative Fiction Fans"
    Overall

    Literate (extremely, in the best possible way), Mr. Simmons' education, intelligence, and love lf literature shine through.

    *Thank you, Mr. Simmons, for making a nod to the Canterbury Tales, and for loving poetry--you write this book with the voices of The Cannon, fading from so many, close to your heart.*

    One of my all-time favorite SF series. It has stood the time since publication, and since my first reading, extremely well. I loved the pace of hearing these books again, read aloud--read well enough that I wasn't bothered by it, and the main narrator is excellent.

    [Possible caveat: if you're offended by (What euphemism should I use? Mr. Carlin? Any ideas?) rough language, there is one character that uses it consistently, but it fits in with his character's history, and also has a nice ironic edge to it, considering the character's profession. Mr. Simmons did not use it because he's too lazy to think of something else.]

    These books inspire that "sense of wonder" I find too infrequently at my age and upon my more mature palate. (Ah, Mr. Seldon, you've grown old since I was 12.)

    Too few SF fans have discovered these, and they will not fail to delight. Wins my highest award for audio book most likely to distract me from whatever else I'm doing and set me dreaming.

    Buy some hard copies and give them to your SF-reading friends. Or an Audible if they've read it before.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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