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Jeff

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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (335)

    First published in 1865, these endearing tales of an imaginative child's dream world by Lewis Carroll, pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, are written with charming simplicity. While delighting children with a heroine who represents their own thoughts and feelings about growing up, the tale is appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

    Steve says: "Awesome!!!!!"
    "One of my favorites"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This has always been one of my favorite stories. Being able to listen to it just makes me love it all the more, and allows me to approach it in a whole new way.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I might have just had high expectations because of how much I love this story, but I think he could have done a better job with the emotion of the characters. He has great voices (and there are a lot of those), but each character seems to be shown only by their voice, and doesn't have much personality beyond that. It makes it feel a little gimmicky. All said and done, though, this is not a big deal. The book was a joy to listen to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Unicorn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter S. Beagle
    • Narrated By Peter S. Beagle
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (242)

    A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world. This is one of the great fantasy novels of the 20th century. Since its publication in 1968 it has never been out of print, with six million-plus copies sold around the world, and it has been translated into more than 20 languages.

    Jed says: "Just couldn't get past the reader"
    "Great book, great movie, great audiobook"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Some yes and some no. It's definitely a book that only certain people will like. But the semi-awkward, upfront, candidness of the characters has a very fresh feel.


    Which character – as performed by Peter S. Beagle – was your favorite?

    Schmendrick, by far. A despondent, hopeful, anachronistic man just trying to make his way. He knows too much, but can't put his knowledge to practical use. Peter S. Beagle really brings this character to life in a good way. You don't pity him, you don't sympathize with him, but you really understand him.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a tricky one. If you liked the movie, you'll definitely like the book. It's one of the few stories that works well in both formats, like the Princess Bride. If you liked the book, the audiobook is a great buy. But if you've never seen the movie or read the book, I would do some research before buying this to make sure it's a story that's worth spending money on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (783)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "A new kind of old story"
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    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    Holter Graham does a great job of switching between voices, giving each character a distinct personality, and grunting like a self-conscious minotaur. The transitions betwen narration and dialogue were seamless. Very skillfully done.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this cold. I'd never heard of it, I just knew that Neil Gaiman recommended it and that it looked interesting. I'm so glad I took the chance on buying it! A great book about being the outsider, not knowing how to find what you want, and persisting in a time and place where you don't belong. The Minotaur's journey in this book simultaneously spans eons, and just a few weeks. If you buy this, you're in for a good listen, no matter what. I especially like how the author combined the mythical and the realistic in this story. It could easily have been heavy handed or ludicrous. Instead it was very natural.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (5536)
    Performance
    (3788)
    Story
    (3798)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Wow"
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    If you could sum up World War Z in three words, what would they be?

    Better than expected


    Any additional comments?

    This book had been recommended to me, but I've never been into the whole "zombie" thing so I never gave it much thought. Then a friend recommended it again, and I had a long drive coming up, so I figured I'd give it a try. Man am I glad I did. This is not just a story for zombie lovers; it's a story for people who have ever wondered why people can't JUST GET ALONG. Relationships, government, military, survival, conflict... it's got everything. This is a fantastic novel, not just another good zombie story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2884)
    Performance
    (2643)
    Story
    (2670)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "This is the best way to experience this story"
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    Would you listen to Dracula again? Why?

    Yes, and over and over. I love this story, and I don't know if I'll ever read it again if I have the option to listen to this reading.


    What other book might you compare Dracula to and why?

    World War Z. They are both epistolary, and have different voices for the different characters. Both are done very well, and talk about a war between the living and the dead.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    They were astounding! Each reader really captured their character, and had a large degree of variation in how they read the parts (in a good way, I'm not sure if that conveys what I'm trying to say accurately). This is probably my favorite listening experience so far.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3940)
    Performance
    (2254)
    Story
    (2307)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "A classic, both in print and audio"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to friends all the time. I don't know how it would be listening to it without having read it, though. There's a LOT going on, and the language can be a little hard to follow if you're not used to it. I would definitely recommend this listening experience to anyone who has already read the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3596)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1547)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "A rewarding listen"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Legend to be better than the print version?

    Listening to this story is different from reading it. Listening allowed me to connect to the narrator more, and feel more involved in the story. Reading it allowed me to be critical and judge the narrator more clearly. Both experiences were worthwhile.


    Any additional comments?

    The reading was great -- Robertson Dean really captures the emotion and hectic fraying of the character's identity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Overall
    (5258)
    Performance
    (4725)
    Story
    (4752)

    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"
    "I can't say enough good things"
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    What did you love best about American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)?

    The performance was amazing. I can't stress enough how much I enjoyed listening to this novel. I've read it before, but this was a whole new experience. Buy it, listen to it, love it. Thank you, Neil Gaiman, for giving us your two cents on the process. I couldn't have enjoyed this more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson Mandela (editor)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Damon, and others
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is an audiobook benefiting children orphaned and impacted by HIV/AIDS in South Africa, featuring Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, and Alan Rickman.

    Penny says: "Exotic, fun and fascinating"
    "A fantastic listen for adults and children"
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    Would you listen to Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales again? Why?

    Absolutely. Stories like these are timeless, and I enjoy them every time I hear them. They're great for when you need to kill 10-20 minutes, or when you want to half-listen to something you've already heard before. I like to put them on when I'm going to sleep. And, they're fun to listen to with kids because they are short and fun to talk about.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (2038)
    Story
    (2027)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Way better than I expected!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

    Surprising, nostalgic, entertaining


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    She blew me away! I would never have expected her to read so well, but now I just hope she'll do more recordings. She was able to change between different characters' voices and emotions almost seamlessly, and has a great pace.


    Any additional comments?

    I never read this book, but I did read some of the other Oz books. It was way more engaging than I thought it would be, and Anne Hathaway did such a great job! Pick this up, it's well worth it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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