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brett

Homemaker Dad

Member Since 2010

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Animal Fair and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By BBC Audio
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (11)

    "Listen and Play" encourages pre-school children to observe the world with theirs ears! Each audiobook contains an exciting mix of songs, nursery rhymes, sound puzzles, and tongue twisters, and finishes with a short story.

    brett says: "Fun! . The kids in the car want this one on ."
    "Fun! . The kids in the car want this one on ."
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    Fun! . The kids in the car want this one on all the time .
    I have put other audiobooks on but this is their favorite.
    Upon first listen I thought I had wasted my money but after 2 months
    repeatedly playing this one for the kindygarten and school run they still want to listen to it. even other school friends are singing along .
    I will be looking for another one of these .

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Black Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (516)

    It is January 1944 - and as Allied troops prepare for D day, Nazi scientists develop a toxic nerve gas that will repel and wipe out any invasion force. To salvage the planned assault, two vastly different but equally determined men are sent to infiltrate the secret concentration camp where the poison gas is being perfected on human subjects. Their only objective: destroy all traces of the gas and the men who created it - no matter how many lives may be lost...including their own.

    Old Hippy says: "Really good WW II yarn"
    "WW2 secret mission"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Black Cross again? Why?

    Probably not


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stern and Brigadier Smith


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Emergency tracheotomy


    Who was the most memorable character of Black Cross and why?

    Brigadier Smith . He knew what he had to get done


    Any additional comments?

    A moving tale , emotional and exciting . Love it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2519)
    Performance
    (1997)
    Story
    (1984)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "A Classic , in its day"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No , It was not an exciting story


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    You can't change it


    Have you listened to any of Elijah Wood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Great performance by Elijah


    Did Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great performance . I am trying to listen to all the old classics and I found I nearly gave up on this in the first few chapters , I should have . It was just boring , though I can imagine it would have been a great story 40 or 50 years ago when its all you had to read . These days there is so much to choose from . I may not have bothered to even start listening if I had not been roped in by the narrators famous name .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 2312

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (231)

    The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

    Tamara says: "Monotone narration"
    "Colonizing Asteroids"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No . I love KSR but I would rather bang my head on a wall than listen to this again from this narrator .


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More characters . I enjoyed the time when the small group travelled the tunnel underground on Mercury


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sarah Zimmerman’s performances?

    Very unwilling . I am really not sure ( Sorry Sarah ) if I could , Maybe this book was ot her style .


    Did 2312 inspire you to do anything?

    Think Big


    Any additional comments?

    I have read and listened and enjoyed the Mars Trilogy and understand the style of KSR but the narration for 2312 killed this book . I may try to swap this book and one day purchase a hard copy and read for myself or maybe listen again if re-narrated .

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Jamie Lee Curtis Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Jamie Lee Curtis
    • Narrated By Jamie Lee Curtis
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Seven of Jamie Lee Curtis' very popular books to grow by, available unabridged on audio!

    Rebekah says: "Love this!"
    "My kids asked me to turn it off , I agreed"
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    Performance
    Story

    There where so horrible songs in this story (sorry) .
    During a drive with the kids we listened to this and the story about how they where going to pick up a child for adoption was a little strange , I am fine with anything but I thought it was a children's story and I just was not prepared for it . Ha ha . But really , I did not find the Jamie Lee Curtis Audio Collection entertaining . I might see if I can swap this .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3938)
    Performance
    (2493)
    Story
    (2523)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Mehra says: "A must read!"
    "Not as dreadful as I thought"
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does 1984 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not in the top 20 , but memorable


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    nothing , it is what it is


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The Lead . Simon Prebble is a pleasing narrator


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I did find myself grinding my teeth and jaw in suspense toward the end ( I won't spoil it )


    Any additional comments?

    As a child of the 80's and a teenager during the emergence of the internet , I do not think
    that the fears of 1984's suggested are possible in the age of twitter and facebook .
    or are they here now ?...... wait .. who is that knocking on my door ...............

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Joshua Piven, David Bargenicht
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    If you have to leave home, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Travel helps you navigate the perils of travel. Learn what to do when you are trapped in the trunk of a car, caught in the middle of a sandstorm, or are on a runaway train. Step-by-step instructions show you how to survive these and dozens of other adventures. Plus an appendix of essential travel strategies, useful phrases, and gestures to use - and avoid - will also ensure your safe return.

    brett says: "I came to listen to Penn"
    "I came to listen to Penn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was Ok . I only got this to listen to Penn Jillette talk .
    I was saddened that this was not as funny as I thought it would be .
    This would be good as a blog or a few articles .
    I really should have thought this one through before this purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Ayn Rand’s dystopic science fiction novella takes place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned -- when it is allowed to occur at all -- and the concept of individuality has been eliminated.

    DLW says: "Scares me how real this book sounds"
    "I missed the point but Logan's Run is familiar"
    Overall
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    I am glad this was a novella and I had this on 2x speed and it still felt like a chore to get through. The narration was like listening to " How to install ink into a printer For Dummies "
    I had purchased Ayn Rand's other audio book before I had listened to this . So I have 32 hours of The Fountainhead to listen to , I hope it was not a mistake .

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flashman: Flashman, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    The story of what happened to Flashman, the caddish bully of Tom Brown's Schooldays, after he was expelled in drunken disgrace from Rugby school in the late 1830s. This is the first of George Macdonald Fraser's hilarious satires starring Harry Paget Flashman.

    ScubaTurtle says: "Flashmaniacs Rejoice!!!"
    "Flashman = Basil Faulty and Indiana Jones"
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    Performance
    Story

    Listening to this book I could imagine it a hilarious film .
    I was surprise to discover that Flashman has been made a movie star in 1975
    I think its time for a reboot

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1411)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (815)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Classic? , Yes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My introduction to Hemingway guided by Sutherland's voice was an enjoyable experience .
    I will be looking at more Hemingway , He seems to know his fishing .
    I am fairly sure I got this for around $6 during a special or a "buy on get one free"
    $11 is too much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercury: An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lesley-Ann Jones
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury's unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering facade. Now, more than 20 years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock 'n' roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, Mercury offers the definitive account of one man's legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

    Paul Sas says: "A tattler, not well-written, yet a guilty pleasure"
    "You've heard it all before"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The voices for the characters where annoying .
    There was not a great deal learnt in this book that I did not know already .
    However I could listen to stories about the Band all day long .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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