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Kristopher

I like sci-fi and fantasy as well as an occasional good mystery.

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (1769)
    Story
    (1760)

    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.

    Cheimon says: "Odd narration choices dim experience for adults"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed"
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    Where does The Wonderful Wizard of Oz rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a classic this story ranks up towards the top. I really enjoyed the spirit Ms. Hathaway brought the reading.


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

    I find that I get more out of listening to books than reading them. It allows my mind to think about what is happening while it was being read. Plus this was a great road trip book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to listen to this book all at once. Unfortunately the drive wasn't long enough.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to any listening with young children.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Time of the Twins: Dragonlance: Legends, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (141)

    Sequestered in the blackness of the dreaded Tower of High Sorcery in Palanthas, surrounded by nameless creatures of evil, Raistlin Majere weaves a plan to conquer the darkness - to bring it under his control. Crysania, a beautiful and devoted cleric of Paladine, tries to use her faith to lead Raistlin from the darkness. She is blind to his shadowed designs, and he draws her slowly into his neatly woven trap. Made aware of Raistlin’s plan, a distraught Caramon travels back in time to the doomed city of Istar in the days before the Cataclysm.

    Matthew says: "TERRIBLE, Passionless, and Dry Narration"
    "Time for Some Patience!!!"
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    What didn’t you like about Ax Norman’s performance?

    This is the reason for my review. While Ax Norman's voice is pleasant to listen to his performance is HORRIBLE. Mispronounced names, monotone reading, and whispered shouts are all part of this dismal performance. I would not recommend this reading for those who are new to the world of Dragonlance. At times I could engross myself in the story and completely forget the pitiful presentation.I know that I've been spoiled with all of the other wonderful narrators. There really are too many to mention. Ax should learn from some of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viaje al Centro de la Tierra (Journey to the Center of the Earth) (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (4)

    La aventura comienza cuando el geólogo alemán Otto Lidenbrock descubre un manuscrito escrito por Arne Saknussem, donde describe un pasaje al centro de la tierra ingresando por un volcán en Islandia. Otto organiza una expedición en compañía de su sobrino Axel y un guía para ingresar al volcán hacia el interior del globo terráqueo, donde descubren un asombroso mundo subterráneo del cual no saben si van a regresar.

    George says: "viaje al centro de la tierra"
    "Great dramatized book"
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    Would you listen to Viaje al Centro de la Tierra (Journey to the Center of the Earth) (Dramatized) again? Why?

    This was a great book for a road trip. The dramatization is different than most of my books. I enjoyed it as a change of pace. This is the type of audiobook my wife prefers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1358)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "Definitely a novelette"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to all who have been waiting for a "conclusion" to Bean's story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an interesting concept. I do not want to ruin the plot for anyone. It had me wanting to listen continuously.


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

    This is on par with all other books produced by Blackstone Audio. I haven't heard one of their narrators I did not like.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely... and with this book length I could.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it was a full novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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