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Carol

Saint James, New York, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Hobbit (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By An Ensemble Cast
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (741)

    Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    Brianna says: "Many years of enjoyment"
    "need a new narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Hobbit (Dramatized)?

    I did not like the way some of the characters were portrayed by the narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    better dramatization


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    saddness because I loved reading the books years ago and this was not what was expected


    Any additional comments?

    more consideration needs to be given to who is chosen to narrate

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17165)
    Performance
    (13573)
    Story
    (13648)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "OMG"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely


    What other book might you compare A Storm of Swords to and why?

    no comparison


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

    A full array of voices and personalities


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

    I laughed and cried with and for the characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (669)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "All In One Excellence"
    Overall
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    Where does The Godfather rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up in the top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael because of the way he is developed in the book and how he comes into his own


    What about Joe Mantegna’s performance did you like?

    The right person for the job.


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

    When Michael meet Abalonia


    Any additional comments?

    This brought all the moves back to mind and did an excellent job of tying all together

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4022)
    Performance
    (3579)
    Story
    (3601)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "History Can Be Interesting"
    Overall
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    Where does Killing Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way in the top 10


    What other book might you compare Killing Lincoln to and why?

    Different from other books no comparison


    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    His voice and inflection was really good and easy to listen to an relate to


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

    When Lincoln gets shot the way it is depicted and the aftermath is excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Bill for showing us why you made a good History teacher

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10691)
    Performance
    (9554)
    Story
    (9530)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "this was the best of all 3"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Hounded again? Why?

    i did


    What did you like best about this story?

    the dog and the background formation


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    the main character


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

    No, but it was good


    Any additional comments?

    Should have left it as one book and not a series. subsequent books did not hold up

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7334)
    Performance
    (6657)
    Story
    (6659)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "Liked the first one"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hammered to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version so I cannot compare the two


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hammered?

    he ending was excellent and the way the story developed


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any with the dog


    Any additional comments?

    Narration quite good in this book not so in the subsequent books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hexed: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8252)
    Performance
    (7421)
    Story
    (7436)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

    Adam says: "Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing"
    "Hexed by the book"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    depends on the friend. This book would be more appealing to someone younger


    If you’ve listened to books by Kevin Hearne before, how does this one compare?

    the story was good until it got to the 2nd book


    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s voice?

    engaging; easy; good


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    this book was not as good as the first

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Pretty Girls: Taylor Jackson Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her lover, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, find themselves in a joint investigation pursuing a vicious murderer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene – the prior victim’s severed hand.

    Ed says: "Distracting subplot and uninteresting characters"
    "wanted more"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    needed a better reader to make me believe the story


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

    different dramatization


    How could the performance have been better?

    more feeling in the reading


    Was All the Pretty Girls worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i know better next time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35986)
    Performance
    (26983)
    Story
    (27368)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Good listening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Easy listening makes this a book to recommend to all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the main charaters were created and portrayed made them real


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    excellent performance with the exception of some pronouncation of pharses made it enjoyable to listen to


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

    made me want to cheer Kat on to victory


    Any additional comments?

    careful attention to who is doing the reading/performance is key to keeping or returning a book. this will also keep a listener coming back for more audible books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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