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Naomi

Gainesville, FL, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Night Listener

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Armistead Maupin
    • Narrated By Armistead Maupin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    This unprecedented audio project is as thought-provoking as it is mesmeric. The Night Listener is a meditation on the power of voices and the faith we place in them, and an extraordinary audio experience from an American literary icon.

    Naomi says: "Wheels within wheels"
    "Wheels within wheels"
    Overall

    I almost gave up on Maupin after the bitterness of "Sure of You," but I decided to give the book a try. I'm so very happy that I did! This is classic Maupin in some ways: the bawdy humor, the soft irony, the sharply-drawn characters, some of whom will wring your heart.

    The plot device of a story about telling a story, or of a storyteller explaining why he can't tell a story, may seem hackneyed, but in Maupin's hands, it becomes so much more than a cliche.

    Maupin is a perfect narrator for this story ... something that you can't say for all authors who record their own audiobooks. DO NOT MISS THIS.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Sabriel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (854)

    Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

    TOY E. HICKS says: "Enraptured"
    "A complete world, well-presented"
    Overall

    This fantasy story is NOT just for children. Part quest, part coming-of-age story with a light touch of romance, this is a wonderfully entertaining book.

    Sabriel is a dignified young woman who is just graduating from a private school when she discovers she is also the youngest in a line of powerful necromancers whose job it is to keep the dead at rest and away from the living. With her father's tools, and her father's servant, but without her father's knowledge of the Old Kingdom and its ways, she sets off to rescue her father from death.

    Tim Curry is a perfect narrator for this audio version; he reinforces characterization, humor and dramatic tension with his versatile and alluring voice.

    Please, dear Audible rights managers, bring us the sequels (Lisrael, and Abhorsen) as quickly as you can!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Joan of Arc

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Mark Taheny
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In Joan of Arc, Mark Twain has written a riveting and remarkably accurate biography of the life and mission of one of God's great saints. Twain labored for more than 12 years bringing Joan's story to life, and the resulting book is a sparkling narrative filled with reverence and admiration. Joan of Arc follows the path of a young woman who rose from peasant surroundings to lead the armies of France to victory against England - ultimately paying for that victory with her life.

    Naomi says: "Interesting book marred by poor narration"
    "Interesting book marred by poor narration"
    Overall

    Twain's Joan of Arc is a good book, though not a great one. Twain's narrator, with his adoration for Joan and his distinctly medieval outlook, carries us along well and provides both pathos and unintentional humor.

    Alas, the audio version's narrator doesn't seeem to know French. I could have coped better with his mispronounciations if they were consistent, but they varied at different times.

    Perhaps I'll try the Blackstone version of this book later on. I don't think I'll listen to this one again!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wavedancer Benefit: A Tribute to Frank Muller

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Stephen King, John Grisham, Pat Conroy, and others
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    On February 2, 2002, Stephen King, Pat Conroy, John Grisham, and Peter Straub gathered at New York's Town Hall for a very special evening. These four best selling authors stepped up to the microphone to raise money for one of the most recognizable voices in audiobooks, Frank Muller, an actor who sustained terrible injuries from a motorcycle accident. All profits will be donated to The Wavedancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports artists who fall prey to illness or injury.

    Dionne says: "This is a Once in a Lifetime Opportunity..."
    "Good times, good cause"
    Overall

    This is a delight. John Grisham, Peter Straub, and Stephen King read from their works. Pat Conroy tells the story of his writerly beginnings.

    There is also a lovely speech by Erica Muller, Frank's wife, and an uncredited performance by one of their children...

    Don't miss this. (But don't listen over dinner!)

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Great Tales of Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By G.K. Chesterton, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, Robert Barr, and others
    • Narrated By various
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Are you prepared to confront the Invisible Man? Venture into Room 666? Investigate a pair of queer feet? If so, this collection of great short story mysteries will give you hours of unsettling pleasure. Included are stories by Edgar Allan Poe, G.K. Chesterton, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, Robert Barr, R. Austen Freeman, Catherine Louisa Pirkis, Jacques Futrelle, Abraham Lincoln, and Melville Davidson Post.

    Naomi says: "They don't write 'em like this any more"
    "They don't write 'em like this any more"
    Overall

    And there's a good reason for that.

    While there's historical interest in this collection, the quality is very uneven. There are too many observations hidden from the reader, too many passages of repetitive prose. There are ethnic and religious stereotypes that mark the stories firmly as creatures of their time.

    At least one of the two Chesterton stories is available in another collection; the Lincoln piece is interesting to history buffs, perhaps.

    Not a waste of time. But Audible offers many better mysteries.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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