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Laurel

Grey Dragon

Ukiah, ca, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 14 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 254 titles in library
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  • Peter and the Wolf

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Sergei Prokofiev
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Generations of children have been charmed by this enchanting work, and Brilliance Audio is proud to introduce its own version with multi-Grammy Award-winner Jim Dale as narrator. To delight the millions of Jim’s fans, his reading of Peter and the Wolf will include unforgettable vocal characterizations of the various animals, young Peter, and Peter’s grumpy old grandfather. The music of Peter and the Wolf, including some of the best-known classical melodies, is superbly performed by the award-winning Seattle Symphony, led by music director Gerard Schwarz.

    Jan says: "Wonderful!"
    "Grandfather is an old bassoon"
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    This concert is one of the best ways to introduce a child to the assorted parts of an orchestra. I first heard this concert in the early years of 1940. Later, I purchased the Leonard Bernstein version for my children to hear. Now, I bought this version from Audible to share with my granddaughter.
    She was delighted to know it was read by Jim Dale, the "voice of Harry Potter" and she sat beside me as we shared a pair of earphones to listen to it together. When it was over, she borrowed my ipod so she could hear it again. Later in the day I overheard her walking around, humming Peter's theme.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The History of English Poetry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Whitfield
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    English literature is a treasure trove of wonderful poetry. From Shakespeare to Milton, Keats to Shelley and Tennyson to Yeats, this accessible history (especially written for Naxos Audiobooks) introduces the listener to countless small masterpieces, including all the old favorites and some lesser-known gems. Whitfield explores this most expressive of art forms and traces the historical development of a rich and diverse canon of poetical works.

    Roger says: "Enjoyable and enlightening"
    "Not Simply a Textbook"
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    I would have never believed that Derek Jacobi could sound as dull as any college professor until I started listening to this book. It made me leave the book, then come back to it, only to leave again. Yet my love of poetry is so strong, I kept coming back.

    Then I found my mistake. It was not Mr. Jacobi who made the book hard to listen to. It was the poetry, the old 'must be translated into modern English to understand' poetry. For after Spense comes Shakespeare and then (for me) the poems begin to sing and Derek Jacobi's wondrous voice gave the poems wings.

    So I listened, and back tracked, and listened again. Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Browning, Kipling, Whitman, Longfellow ... and the list goes on. Not enough of any one poet, just a reminder of the feasts they have laid before me.

    So now I have pulled my dusty poetry books from the shelf and begun to read again.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (245)

    This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.

    Kathy says: "The Great Bridge"
    "Pssst, Buddy. Wanna buy a bridge?"
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    Any book by David McCullough lays out more material than most people want to hear. But he also tells you things you ever knew and you feel you should. Like, did you know that Brooklyn was the third largest city in the United States when this bridge was built? Or how important Brooklyn was because of it's Naval yards? Or that Brooklyn was more than a joke on radio quiz shows? And why then Yankees vs the Dodgers was such an intense rivalry?

    I had read a bit about the Roebling family and that is took the entire family to get the bridge built. Yet I did not know enough to not be surprised at what I learned about other prominent characters of that time. It took a railway man to really know how important the bridge would be.

    You will suffer with the Roeblings and the horrific death of the father. You will be astonished at their ignorance of the "bends." You will rejoice in their eventual triumph and gaze in awe at the opening day celebrations. At least, I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Hilton
    • Narrated By Michael de Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Celebrating the 70th anniversary of this magical and well-loved classic. Following a plane crash, Conway, a British consul; his deputy; a missionary; and an American financier find themselves in the enigmatic snow-capped mountains of uncharted Tibet. Here they discover a seemingly perfect hidden community where they are welcomed with gracious hospitality. Intrigued by its mystery, the travelers set about discovering the secret hidden at the shimmering heart of Shangri-La.

    Julie says: "Amazingly wonderful, a new favorite!"
    "How did I miss that?"
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    I first read this book when I was in the ninth grade and have merely contented myself and my memories with viewings of the movie since that time. But I was tempted, and I bought this recording.
    How could I possibly have forgotten how marvelous this book was, how much better than the altered movie.
    How much more meaning I receive now that I am MUCH older and have a bit more understanding of life. The book is not merely an adventure, it is a philosophy. The philosophy of moderation is a wonderful thought and a guide to living.
    About the only thing wrong with this production is that the reader is not Ronald Coleman.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (503)

    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
    "Untagged heroes"
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    I had heard of the code talkers when the news was first released about their activities but had not given it much thought until I picked up this book.
    They really WERE heroes. I had imagined them at a desk, talking into microphones. In this story I learn they were in the rot of the jungle, carrying rifles and fighting for their lives (and mine.) Most of my family were Marines that fought in that area so I thank them for their help in bringing those members of my family home.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Famous Fairy Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Adapted by Rosemary Kingston
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Here is a timeless and wonderful collection from the best sources of fairy tales: Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, and Antoine Galland.

    Roger says: "Put my kids to sleep!"
    "Short and sweet"
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    The stories in this listing are perfect length as a bedtime story. However, they are best READ by a parent, not listened to on a machine. If you lack the time or ability to read them yourself then, by all means, let this book tell the tale. The reader has a pleasant voice.
    The best thing about this listen is that it reminds us of the stories we read or heard when we were small and guides us in a selection to read to our children and grandchildren. It is a fast overview of the "Jack" stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • That's Not in My American History Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas Ayres
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Most people don't know that Benjamin Franklin almost killed himself trying to electrocute a turkey; the Wright brothers were not the first to fly an airplane; there was a 14th state that the original 13 wouldn't let join the Union; and that Benedict Arnold helped save the American Revolution. All this and more is revealed in That's Not in My American History Book.

    TR says: "A Great Book!"
    "Believe it or not"
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    The entire book has a feeling of reading the long defunct "Believe It or Not" column. In fact, the author says that he once worked on gathering information for them.
    The articles, for this book seemed to be a collection of short articles to me, are not well separated. The book could use a bit more editing. Many of the articles are trivial and if you have read much history, there are few surprises within its pages.
    However, if you want to learn a few tidbits without sitting to dine on a bit of history, this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lieutenant Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (240)

    The nineteenth century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the hissing of wet wads, the stifling heat of white-hot cannon shot and the clamour of a mutinous crew, new Lieutenant Hornblower will need all of his seafaring cunning to overcome his first challenge in independent command on the high seas.

    Jean says: "Hornblower off to the Caribbean"
    "Post Watch"
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    I grew up reading about Horatio Hornblower in the Saturday Evening Post. How I waited for a new story to arrive. Later, I purchased the books and read and re-read them.
    How delightful to be able to listen to them now. To visit scenes not well remembered and have my memories renewed. It's almost like a family reunion.
    Hornblower is the most dashing cousin a girl could have. He's brave and ruggedly good-looking and inspires the most romantic dreams. Unfortunately, he is in love with his ship ... but I have never minded playing second fiddle.
    I am in my second listening now. The first a hurry to catch the story, the second to enjoy more of the flavor and character development. The third will be just to enjoy a story well written and well told.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1065)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Amazon Customer says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Darn! It's over!"
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    I keep returning to this story ... enjoying it .. and I keep being disappointed when it is done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Country Music: Where Did Country Music Come From?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lynette Barton
    • Narrated By Hairl Hensley
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Country music grew up in the mountains of Appalachia, in the cotton fields of Georgia and Mississippi, the car and truck plants in Detroit, and in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. It was - and is - the music of the people. Hairl Hensley tells of Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family; of Bob Wills and Ernest Tubb, whose music played in honky tonks...and Roy Acuff , whose music was heard in Madison Square Garden; of the Girls of the Golden West, but also of Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire.

    Stephen Halstead - The Leptonian says: "The History of Country Music in Words"
    "Incomplete"
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    I learned more from the tour of the Grand 'Ol Opery than from listening to this. I had hoped for a few samples of music, got merely a banjo strum ...
    Not recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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