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Larry Hill

Minneapolis, MN USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (836)
    Story
    (842)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "History unfolded"
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    Entertaining and highly informative. The 19th century Americans overseas are well-fleshed out in these narratives. The French are laid bare to expose their worst foibles and endearing eccentricities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Curiosity Shop

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (84)

    Provoking an unprecedented outpouring of public grief when it was first published, it follows the story of Little Nell and her feckless grandfather. Forced to leave their magical shop of curiosities in London, they are pursued across the English countryside by the grotesquely evil dwarf Quilp. They escape - but at what cost?

    Rosemary says: "Outstanding Narration"
    "Anton Lesser is great."
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    What a fabulous reading of Dickens this is. Mr. Lesser is a brilliant narrator. His voice characterizations are highly evocative of the hearts, class and breeding of these Victorians. I was completely taken in from the get-go.

    2 of 3 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
    Overall
    (27897)
    Performance
    (14476)
    Story
    (14530)

    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!"
    "The female narrators are superb."
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    I enjoyed the story only slightly less than the performances by these very talented women.

    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
    (13818)
    Performance
    (6194)
    Story
    (6275)

    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!!"
    "John Randolph Jones is a terrific narrator"
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    Mr. Jones' reading of the older Jacob is very well done. I wish he might have read the entire book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shortalk Children's Shorts: Thomas and Turner

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Amanda Thomas
    • Narrated By Amanda Thomas, Andrew Littlejohn
    Overall
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    (0)
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    All human foibles can be found in these classic short stories. Great stories, simply told with fresh voices. Shortalk - moving words off the page.

    Larry Hill says: "Beware: Misleading notes"
    "Beware: Misleading notes"
    Overall

    There are no tales by Wilde, Chekhov or de Maupassant on this recording. The notes are deceiving. These are are all children's tales by Amanda Thomas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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