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William Bleuel

Los Angeles, CA United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 4 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 120 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit'

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Corey Olsen
    • Narrated By Corey Olsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    The Hobbit is one of the most widely read and best-loved books of the 20th century. Now Professor Corey Olsen takes listeners deep within the text to uncover its secrets and delights. Chapter by chapter, he reveals the stories within the story: the dark desires of dwarves and the sublime laughter of elves, the nature of evil and its hopelessness, the mystery of divine providence and human choice, and, most of all, the transformation within the life of Bilbo Baggins.

    Laura says: "Excellent book by The Tolkien Professor"
    "Good entry-level primer!"
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    Professor Olson gives a thorough, and highly-entertaining, introductory class in Tolkien's "The Hobbit." Professor Olson touches on all the major themes and history of the novel and whets the appetite for a deeper, more thorough analysis.

    4 of 4 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
    (1947)
    Performance
    (1804)
    Story
    (1795)

    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"
    "Almost perfect..."
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    Too much with the silly voices, which detracted from Ms. Hathaway's flawless narration. Otherwise this would've been perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1011)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Well It's a Start..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I almost enjoyed this audiobook. It has all the elements you'd want - an enigmatic main character, an interesting, complex plot and a compelling victim, there wasn't enough payoff in the end to warrant the investment of time. The showdown with the villain, the loathsome Junior Allen, was too brief. Also, I felt like the character was fighting with the writing towards the latter part of the book.

    The narration was fair, but it too often felt at odds with the writing. I've heard that there are earlier Darren McGavin versions, however, and those might be more compelling.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Songs of the Doomed: More Notes on the Death of the American Dream

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Hunter S. Thompson
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    With Thompson's trademark insight and passion about the state of American politics and culture, Songs of the Doomed charts the long, strange trip from Kennedy to Quayle in Thompson's freewheeling, inimitable style. Spanning four decades -- 1950 to 1990 - Thompson is at the top of his form while fleeing New York for Puerto Rico, riding with the Hell's Angels, investigating Las Vegas sleaze, grappling with the "Dukakis problem," and finally, detailing his infamous lifestyle bust.

    William Bleuel says: "Poor Production Sinks Great Material"
    "Poor Production Sinks Great Material"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    Any additional comments?

    Shoddy production (including indecipherable narration by Thompson himself) and shifting narrators (one with a distractingly thick accent) obviously unfamiliar with Thompson's work and style make this production an insult. Save your money.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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