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Aaron

Toronto, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Travelling Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Bruce Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Maximillian Bacchus is the ringmaster, ruler, guide, and owner of what he considers the greatest show in the world. Traveling with a crocodile named Malachi, a trapeze girl named Ophelia, a strongman they call Hero (which is short for Hieronymus), and a clown named Domingo de Ybarrondo, who paints in a wagon pulled by a giant ibis bird, the troupe wanders from adventure to adventure with mythic aplomb.

    Aaron says: "A great series of connected short stories!"
    "A great series of connected short stories!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Adventures of Mr. Maximillian Bacchus and His Travelling Circus to be better than the print version?

    The narrator has a perfect voice. The stories are well told. I think this is an exceptional Audiobook! What a fun listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3504)
    Performance
    (2143)
    Story
    (2132)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Good narration, good ambiance!"
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    Would you listen to The Poet again? Why?

    I would listen to this again for sure! It is a great suspenseful story and compares well to other books by Connelly.


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

    The narrator has great pacing and intonation. His voice was well suited to the main character as well.


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

    I felt tense at time listening to the book, a fact that is telling of the quality. It was an appropriate response to this type of story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Connelly's other writing or books about fictional killers this book is for you!

    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
    (2375)
    Performance
    (2168)
    Story
    (2194)

    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"
    "A solid performance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dracula [Audible Edition] to be better than the print version?

    I think this performance is a good adjunct to the original text. The cast is strong and they bring great voices to the individual characters.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I always enjoy Simon Vance but Tim Curry was a rare treat and a fun voice for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall this was an enjoyable book. Well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29593)
    Performance
    (22735)
    Story
    (22902)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Poor narration ruins experience."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the narrator had not sounded as though she was reading from a page I would have rated this book with 4 stars. I enjoyed reading the book itself and I thought I would try the audiobook for my commute. I can't recommend this narrator at all. She just doesn't understand how to pace and lend expression to a sentence or paragraph so that it carries you on through the story. Her diction is perfect but she sounds stiff, unrehearsed and generally flat.


    Would you recommend Catching Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend reading the book. Skip the audiobook, it isn't worth the time or money.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Carolyn McCormick?

    I'm not sure who I would cast in place of the current narrator but I do think that a younger person with a younger voice would help to relate the narration more closely to the character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Catching Fire?

    I couldn't even finish listening to the book. It really put me off.


    Any additional comments?

    I made the mistake of not listening to the sample beforehand. I really should have checked it out first. This is the first Audible book that I regret buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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