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Jack

Pastor, Student, Gardener, Hunter, Woodworker, Happily Married, Three Grown Children, enjoy History, Biography, good descriptive writing

Wickenburg, AZUnited States | Listener Since 2007

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  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    The Crusaders, led by Richard I of England, are encamped in the Holy Land, and torn by the dissensions and jealousies of the leaders, including, besides Coeur de Lion himself, Philip of France, the duke of Austria, the Marquis of Montferrat, and the Grand Master of the Templars. The army's impotence is accentuated by the illness of Richard.

    Benedict says: "Pretty good"
    "Okay Reader, But a Bit Slow"
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    Would you try another book from Sir Walter Scott and/or Robert Whitfield?

    I might buy another book read by Robert Whitfield, but probably not any more Sir Walter Scott books. The story was drawn out, plodding, and though the overall plot was good, too many words. Scott is a good writer as far as the use of the language, but he is not concise.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sir Walter Scott? Why or why not?

    I tried two, don't think I will try another. I had heard he was a good classic writer but a bit to slow and verbose for me.


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

    Robert Whitfield was a good reader, not painful to listen to, I would like to hear him read a different author and see the difference.


    Could you see The Talisman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. The main actors Viggo Mortensen should be the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexander Dumas
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, The Count of Monte Cristo recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantes, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal.

    William says: "Fabulous"
    "One of the Greatest Stories Ever Written!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    The character development, writing, and epic scope is amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Count of Monte Christo. You see him slowly change into someone else completely. He is almost a god, possessing power, nearly infinite resources, knowledge, etc.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His slow calculated vengeance on his enemies, where he puts them in the position to destroy themselves, was brilliant.


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

    It made me think.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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