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Diane

Tustin, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8970)
    Performance
    (8062)
    Story
    (8198)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Thank you Audible!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm soooo excited to finally have the unabridged version of Hobbit and Lord of the Rings available in this format!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2122)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (692)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "One of Bryson's funniest!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up In a Sunburned Country in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Made me want to visit Australia. Lots of interesting stuff about Australia told with Bryson's typical dry wit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2596)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1329)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Wonderful Trivia"
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    Would you listen to At Home again? Why?

    Yes. There's always something I hadn't heard before or forgot about. Loads of facinating trivia.


    Did Bill Bryson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There weren't distinct characters per say. However, I do find Bill's narration a bit annoying. He sounds like he has marbles in his mouth and lisps. I love his writing, his wit, his use of words, but I'd rather he let someone else read his stories.


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

    Many things made me laugh, however, the section about the bedroom where medical treatment of the time was discussed was somewhat nauseating - Bill seems to like the gory details.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocents Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    The Innocents Abroad is a keenly observant, politically incorrect and often hilarious narration of the author’s cruise to the Holy Land aboard a retired Civil War ship. First published in 1869 and the bestselling of Twain’s works in his lifetime, The Innocents Abroad will delight listeners with the celebrated author’s musings on historic landmarks, cultural differences and silly travelling companions.

    David says: "A step in the right direction."
    "Better read than listened to"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Twain’s story?

    I like the story, just couldn't listen to the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Cadence bothered me and a lot of mouth noise that was unnecessary.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4315)
    Performance
    (3767)
    Story
    (3818)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Ripping good time!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Inheritance to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Gerard Doyle does a fantastic job narrating!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Saphira because she's a dragon and Angela because she comical, mysterious and more powerful than expected.


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

    Fantastic job of acting out each character.


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

    Several - when Saphira was young, when Eragon began to learn the discipline of the elves and when Eragon made Brisingr.


    Any additional comments?

    Another epic, bound to be a classic like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter. Am astonished at how such a young man could develop such an in depth world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves: The Starcatchers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (342)

    Peter leaves the relative safety of Mollusk Island - along with his trusted companion, Tinker Bell - for the cold, damp, dangerous streets of London. On a difficult journey across the sea, he and Tink discover the dark and deadly slithering part-man/part-creature Lord Ombra, who is intent on recovering the missing starstuff.

    SciFiSurfer says: "My Kids Loved the the Starcatchers Series!"
    "A great modern day additon to the classic!"
    Overall

    Delightful! It may be a children's story, but adults can enjoy this too. If you're a fan of the Peter Pan stories you appreciate the occasional nod to the original. A bit of a modern feel in the pace an the intelligence of the dialog. Loved the narration by Jim Dale - he was perfect for this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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