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R.

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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
    (8400)
    Performance
    (7550)
    Story
    (7669)

    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!"
    "Wonderful Revisit!"
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    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    It is a classic epic setting up for one of the most impacting fantasy series of all time.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy set the genre and description of elves, dwarves, and most of the middle-earth persona.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Battle of Five Armies


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There and Back Again


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was EXCELLENT! It made the book absolutely come alive. The songs were sung! Poems read in rhythm. FANTASTIC!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starlighter: Dragons of Starlight, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bryan Davis
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Jason Masters doubted the myths that told of people taken through a portal to another realm and enslaved by dragons. But when he receives a cryptic message from his missing brother, he must uncover the truth and find the portal before it’s too late. At the same time, Koren, a slave in the dragons’ realm, discovers she has a gift that could either save or doom her people. As Jason and Koren work to rescue the enslaved humans, a mystic prophecy surrounding a black egg may make all their efforts futile.

    R. says: "Bryan AWESOMENESS Davis"
    "Bryan AWESOMENESS Davis"
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    What did you love best about Starlighter?

    I love the way the author mixes classic myth with new twists. I enjoy the fresh approach to the Middle-Earth setting.


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

    Not extreme. There are humorous moments and some more serious - no tears though. lol


    Any additional comments?

    I am so excited that this series - and more by Bryan Davis is available on Audible. I have been waiting for this series since finishing all of the others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Isle of Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wayne Thomas Batson
    • Narrated By Anthony Brawner
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Captain Declan Ross is a pirate who wants out. He is desperately searching for a treasure that will free him and his daughter from the piracy business forever. Meanwhile, his crew is starving, and his ship is falling apart in shark-infested waters. Desperate for supplies they sail into the territory of pirate Bartholomew Thorne, the black-hearted rogue who seeks to destroy anyone standing in the way of his finding the legendary treasure of Constantine.

    Rita says: "Narration is atrocious"
    "Good Story, poor narration"
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    Would you try another book from Wayne Thomas Batson and/or Anthony Brawner?

    Yes he is a good writer; hope it is a different narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cat - young, strong, mysterious


    What didn’t you like about Anthony Brawner’s performance?

    Poor accents, even the Scot sounded Jamaican.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Isle of Swords?

    n/a


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cancer-Free, Third Edition: Your Guide to Gentle, Non-Toxic Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bill Henderson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    A cancer diagnosis always causes fear. Most of us have seen relatives and friends destroyed by conventional cancer treatment. Now, thanks to a new wealth of information, you can heal cancer using natural, nontoxic substances that work. What you need is a guide to cut through the jungle of information. This book provides that guide

    Jack says: "Opens your mind to what goes on."
    "Great research study resource."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cancer-Free, Third Edition to be better than the print version?

    The printed version that I bought was the latest printing. Point being that it contained some new input and suggestions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No. His reading style was not boring though some of the material may have been.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is no one magic bullet for everyone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stephen Lawhead
    • Narrated By Simon Bubb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Kit Livingstone met his great grandfather Cosimo in a rainy alley in London where he discovered the reality of alternate realities.Now he’s on the run – and on a quest, trying to understand the impossible mission he inherited from Cosimo: to restore a map that charts the hidden dimensions of the multiverse while staying one step ahead of the savage Burley Men. The key is the Skin Map – but where it leads and what it means, Kit has no idea. The pieces have been scattered throughout this universe and beyond.

    Marvin says: "cure for insomnia"
    "Excellent book 2"
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    If you could sum up The Bone House in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderfully Intricate and Unexpected twists


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kitt - is isn't anything "great" or even a high achiever but moves ahead with boldness that amazes everyone; even himself.


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

    I have only listened to the first volume of the series. However it was excellent.


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

    Not really. Kind of a mystery adventure book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dream: Discovering God's Purpose for Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dutch Sheets
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    What happened to us? Why are so many people let down by life? We once had dreams — important dreams that gave us purpose — but somehow we got off track. It’s certainly not what God wants for us. But here we are, chasing earthly applause when we could be experiencing heaven’s approval.If you want confidence in knowing God’s will, if you want each day to count, journey with Dutch Sheets as he presents soul-stirring lessons from the Bible and godly dreamers of today.

    R. says: "Challenging and Encouraging"
    "Challenging and Encouraging"
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    If you could sum up Dream in three words, what would they be?

    "Written for me."


    What other book might you compare Dream to and why?

    It is simple in it's writing style like "Dream Giver" but MUCH more practical.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Description of definition of create/dream


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

    Description of definition of create/dream


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the audio so much that I went and got a hard copy the next day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of the Watch: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Donita K. Paul
    • Narrated By Ariadne Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Trapped in a forgotten city, bound by secrets, Ellie and Bealomondore must enlist the dragons of the watch to find freedom. Ellie knows exactly where she is going. She just wants to experience the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding, then settle into a simple life with a country husband. With too many choices, Bealomondore’s future is a tangle of possibilities. He is respected, well-known, and admired among the elite of Chiril, but Wulder demands he narrow his focus and follow his Creator, one step at a time. But, both Ellie and Bealomondore’s plans are thwarted....

    R. says: "slow and unexpected"
    "slow and unexpected"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Primary characters were missing until the end. It took a long time to get into the story. Then it ended.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    What it's over now? Huh?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    unsure


    Could you see Dragons of the Watch being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    nah


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love and War: Finding the Marriage You've Dreamed Of

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge
    • Narrated By John Eldredge, Stasi Eldredge
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    What the Eldredge best sellers Wild at Heart did for men, and Captivating did for women, Love & War will do for married couples everywhere. John and Stasi Eldredge have contributed the quintessential works on Christian spirituality through the experience of men and the experience of women, and now they turn their focus to the incredible dynamic between those two forces.

    Jeromy says: "A real Joy!"
    "pretty good"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like the Eldridge style. I was interested in seeing how this would turn out. Was good but not great. Having the couple BOTH read made it significantly better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love and War?

    Loved the chapter on "Your Spouse Is Not Your Enemy"


    Have you listened to any of John Eldredge and Stasi Eldredge ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    par for the course


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

    nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Experiencing the Spirit

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Henry Blackaby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The first Christians "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6) shaking the gates of hell even in the face of severe persecution. The result: People all around "were filled with wonder and amazement" (Acts 3:10).What can give Christians today the same impact? God's Holy Spirit is ready to answer that for us in an awesome way, as Henry Blackaby and his son Mel Blackaby make clear in Experiencing the Spirit.

    R. says: "Starts well...but"
    "Starts well...but"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. It began well. Though he urges one to enter into the book with an open mind, to what the Scripture reveals, he lapses into some very traditional (and not necessarily Biblical) perspectives.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    TO be a fresh as it claimed.


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

    n/a


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lunatic

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Kaci Hill
    • Narrated By Tim Gregory
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Separated by time and space, our heroes finally return home. But five years have passed and they find a nightmarishly changed world. The despised Horde are now in control. The healing lakes of Elyon are now blood red. And mighty Thomas Hunter and his Forest Guard have disappeared. Then the world unravels further.

    John says: "Still masterful, despite disappointing direction"
    "I was disappointed that it went to the "pop topic""
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was disappointed that it went to the "pop topic" of vampires. Seemed much darker and more evil than other books. However, the wrestling with (and sometimes loosing to) evil was well portrayed.


    Would you recommend Lunatic to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you like Dekker it is in the same vein as the others in the series. Just some darker twists.


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

    Excellent read.


    Was Lunatic worth the listening time?

    yep


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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