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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Decided Not to Finish"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Neil Gaiman is an excellent writer and I could have enjoyed this book except for the excessive swearing and graphic sex. The narration was excellent but after listening to the first part I decided not to listen to the next two parts as I suspected the swearing and graphic sexual descriptions would continue. Just preferred not to fill my mind with those words or thoughts. Unfortunately, I can't say that I felt my time was well spent listening to the first part since I couldn't make myself finish the book, plus I feel as though I've wasted a credit.

    If you’ve listened to books by Neil Gaiman before, how does this one compare?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Ender series; however, I recognize those books are written more for adolescents than middle-aged adults.

    1 of 2 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

    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."
    "Good story -- But, a lot of profanity!"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Magic the most enjoyable?

    Bronson Pinchot provided an excellent narration of this novel. At first, I thought the voices of his characters were somewhat annoying; however, as the story progressed I began to feel that they were exactly right. I was amazed at the number of different voices Mr. Pinchot managed to use to make each character unique.

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

    I can't identify one specific moment within the novel that is most memorable. After the first couple of chapters I was thoroughly captivated.

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

    There is a core group of characters that appealed to me and Mr. Pinchot gave each character a unique expression.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This was not a particularly emotional book - more an action novel. However, there were a number of times that the narrative did evoke an emotional reaction. The young girl in the novel has a humorous way of expressing herself.

    Any additional comments?

    Although I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of this book and the book's plot, I doubt that I will listen to any other books in this series. Unfortunately, there were so many instances of profanity that I began to feel guilty about filling my mind with that particular language. I am able to tune out some profanity, but it was just too prolific in this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wonderful Narration"

    I'm sure I would have enjoyed reading this book; however, I can't imagine enjoying just reading it now that I've finished listening to the narration. The readers were absolutely perfect! They didn't just read the lines; they acted them as though they were on stage. I was easily immersed in the plot and could envision each of the characters. Although the book describes a period and place in history that is shameful, it isn't a depressing novel. You will be mesmerized.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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