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  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "More please!"
    What did you love best about Listening Is an Act of Love?

    The warm personal relationships you could hear between the interviewees

    What could Dave Isay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Just give us more stories

    What about Dave Isay’s performance did you like?

    The obvious warmth he conveighed

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  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
    "Why do generations love this little girl?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I did not enjoy the story becasue I was so distracted by Ann's self absorbtion and total lack of ability to think before she spoke ( on and on and on). I believe we are supposed to find the poor little orphan girl endearing. I just wanted her to be quite a moment.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Lucy Maud Montgomery again?

    Yes, but I hope her characters or a bit more realistic than Ann Shirley

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end when she finally grew up and stopped to think before she gushed.

    Was Anne of Green Gables worth the listening time?

    Actually, no

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  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "Who can argue with this beloved tale?"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    Anything by Tolkien is worth every moment of time spent reading, and we have waited a very long time to have a great audio production of this beloved story. I'm just not sure I would buy the Lord of the Rings Trilogy narrated by Mr Inglis.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit?

    There are so many-we quote entire passages to one another at home. Perhaps my favorite part is little Bilbo stuffing his friends into the barrels and not realizing he needs one for himself until it is nearly too late. It is funny and a bit hair-raising and written with such affection for Bilbo it makes one smile and tear up a bit.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He seemed a bit slow and ponderous and made Thorin Oakenshield sound positively morose. In the exciting parts I wanted him to SOUND more excited. Mr Inglis' pacing was exactly the same throughout the narration as well as for each character, such that the story felt depressing and the characters all sounded detached.

    Do you think The Hobbit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has, silly, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy for starters.

    Any additional comments?

    I lissten to many of the books in my Audible Library repeatedly. I'm not sure I will listen to this version of the Hobbit often, due to the unsatisfying narration.

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  • The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy: Second World War 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska

    This volume of Churchill's history ofWorld Ward 2 recounts the dramatic months as the war drew to a close - the normandy landings, the liberation of western Europe, the bombing of hiroshima and Nagaski, and the surrender of Germany and Japan.

    John M says: "Always good, occasionally great"
    "Fitting end to a great series"
    Where does Triumph and Tragedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top of the History category.

    What other book might you compare Triumph and Tragedy to and why?

    It was written to be a comprehensive of Churchill's perspective of the war so the series is best appreciated as a whole piece.

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

    He sounds so much like Winston Churchill,from what few voice recordings we Americans are familiar with, it seems as if he were telling the story himself.

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

    I would not take this as the definative history of WWII, any more than another from perhaps, a US or USSR memoir. I do value it's perspective taken from Churchill's own personal diaries and what official papers could be revealed at the time, so it gives a very personal view of the war. Luckily, we can all appreicate Churchill's fine memory, sense of humor and a distinctive prose style .

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