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Jim Klaas

Hood River | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 134 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Longitude

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dava Sobel
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Neil Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1714, England's Parliament offered a huge reward to anyone whose method of measuring longitude could be proven successful. The scientific establishment--from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton--had mapped the heavens in its certainty of a celestial answer. In stark contrast, one man, John Harrison, dared to imagine a mechanical solution--a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had been able to do on land. And the race was on....

    Jean says: "The finding of Longitude"
    "History we should but don't know!"
    Where does Longitude rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I usually listen to fiction stories but every now and then I slip in some non fiction for fun.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Longitude?

    I am "shocked" I never heard of John Harrison before! This is an incredible story that we should be teaching in our schools. One man's quest for perfection! This was an incredible time in man's history. Some of John Harrison clocks are STILL working today!! There are a lot of characters in this period of our history. A few of the "bad guys" are also mentioned in Bill Bryson's, " A Short History of Nearly Everything" <-----which I would say is a MUST LISTEN TO!!! There are a few books that "I think" would bore me to tears if I read them but are exciting to listen to....Longitude and A Short History of Nearly Everything are two examples.

    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Neil Armstrong ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope...this is my first Kate Reading book.

    Any additional comments?

    The book starts off a little slow but as the plot rolls around in your head you begin to realize how amazing it is and shocked why John Harrison isn't better known.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem's Eye: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone.

    Richard says: "great fun"

    This is probably the BEST audiobook I have ever listened to. The story is fantastic and the NARRATION by Simon Jones sets the standard for all others to be judged against. I probably have 100 audiobooks in my collection and you quickly learn to follow the NARRATOR almost as much if not more than the author. Simon Jones is the best I have heard so far. In this trilogy Jonathan Stroud gives Simon Jones a fantastic story to bring to life....I just can't say enough about the story or the narrator....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The BFG

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Natasha Richardson

    Sophie discovers that giants not only exist, but that there are a great many of them who like to guzzle and swallomp nice little chiddlers. But not the Big Friendly Giant. He and Sophie cook up an ingenious plot to free the world of troggle-humping, forever.

    Ketan says: "Family Classic Beautifully read."
    "Great Story the narration could be better."

    I think I just said all I need to say but I will explain....I did not care for the narrator at all. I am spoiled, once you listen to The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud but NARRATED by Simon Jones nothing comes close..My wife, 8 year old boy and I go to bed every night listening to stories. I was really looking forward to this based on the reviews....I was disappointed, it wasn't the story it was the narration a lot of it is just over the top.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"

    The entire series is is well read and one of those stories you wish would keep going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Paradox: Artemis Fowl, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Enn Reitel

    After disappearing for three years, Artemis Fowl has returned to a life different from the one he had. Now he's a big brother, and spends his days teaching his twin siblings the important things in life, such as how to properly summon a waiter at a French restaurant..

    Chris says: "Disappointing Narraration, buy the paper book."
    "Not as good"

    In general I think writers should avoid Time Paradoxes, I love the Artemis Fowl series but I didn't find this book nearly as good as the others. The thing that turned me off right away was that the narrator changed. The original narrator, Nathaniel Parker WAS INCREDIBLE!!! After a few books you know how each of the characters sound. This book changed narrators and it just didn't sound or feel the same. Neither the story nor the narration were up to par. I listen to lots and lots of audiobooks, after a short time there are two things you MUST have, a good story and a good narrator. The Time Paradox is neither. The narrator for this book, Enn Reite, just didn't work for me. I don't know if Eoin Colfer was trying to save a few bucks or what, but in my view it was a huge mistake. I don't know if there going to be another book in this series but at the *very least* Eoin Colfer better get Nathaniel Parker back or I'm done. The NARRATOR is THAT important to the story. Who in there right mind would switch narrators after FIVE BOOKS....

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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