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  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (487)

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Mixed Emotions"
    Overall

    I enjoy all of Mr. Eddings writings, but do not care for the narrator on Belgarath the Sorcerer. His pronunciation is so totally different from the Belgariad series that one can loose track of characters, places, etc., and it takes away from the enjoyment of the whole series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tony Hillerman
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Until the telephone call came for him on April 12, 1975, the world of Moon Mathias had settled into a predictable routine. He knew who he was. He was the disappointing son of Victoria Mathias, the brother of the brilliant, recently dead Ricky Mathias and a man who could be counted on to solve small problems. But the telephone caller was an airport security officer, and the news he delivered handed Moon a problem as large as Southeast Asia. His mother, who should be in her Florida apartment, is fighting for her life in a Los Angeles hospital - stricken while en route to the Philippines to bring home a grandchild they hadn't known existed.

    David says: "Not the Tony Hillerman I Know"
    "A Little Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Finding Moon the most enjoyable?

    Tony Hillerman is a very good writer and makes you feel that you really know the characters. His story structure is easy to stay with.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The biggest problem we found with this narrator is his lack of consistency with the pronunciation of Asian places and names. It seems that he did not research how to pronounce either and made it difficult to feel that one was in an Asian setting. It became too "Americanized" and felt out of place.


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

    We had listened to this book in the abridged version and although we prefer the unabridged version of any book we did prefer the original narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Tony Hillerman's creations are always pleasant to read (or listen to). It's just too bad that publishers feel the need to condense a book for any reason. If the author wanted the book to be short he would write it so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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