James Swanson has not only meticulously researched the events surrounding the assassination of President Lincoln and Booth’s subsequent 12-day flee from Union authorities, but he presents a detailed account of one of the most intriguing stories in the annals of American history in a riveting novel-esque manner that kept me on the edge of my seat almost from the outset. The narration is flawless, as is the audio quality. Definitely recommended.
The story is of course a classic tale, and Jasper Britton delivers a masterful performance of this timeless classic. I sampled other versions, and there are several nice narrations out there, but I cannot imagine this intriguing, imaginative tale being delivered any better than Britton does here. He flows easily between the characters, painting vivid pictures and providing a delightful listening experience. Britton keeps the story moving at a good pace with joyful exuberance.
I listened to this with my children, and we were riveted to the speakers with great anticipation. There may be theatrical versions and movies of this timeless classic which do the story some justice, but classics like this should be experienced as the author provided it, in its unabridged form, and this version is vivid, imagination-rich theatre for your ears and mind. Very Highly Recommended!
First, the good: This is a terrific bargain for a single credit. For readability, I have most recently relied either upon the NIV or New Living Translations, but I was pleased with the NKJV translation. It is accurate and easily understandable; this translation was suited perfectly for an Audio book. The readers were outstanding, and there was just enough dramatization, music and background effects to keep the stories moving without being annoying or overly-distracting. The sound quality was flawless.
Now, the bad: As other reviewers have detailed, dividing the Bible into 17 tracks is puzzling. Finding any particular passage is laborious and frustrating.
If you are seeking an Audio presentation of the Bible to listen to and experience a cover-to-cover read, you will find this production very much to your liking. If, on the other hand, you are looking for an Audio Bible to add to your library to listen to various individual scriptures, this format is not well suited for such an endeavor; other audio renditions may be more navigable for such a purpose.
Tell No One is full of twists and turns (although I must agree with a previous reviewer that the ending was a bit odd). This is an entertaining listen. Coben keeps the story moving with enough intrigue to keep you listening, yet the story has just the right amount of technical detail and character development to draw the reader/listener in.
Steven Weber is a good choice for the narration. His pace is good, and his voice is easy to listen to.
If you are looking for a high-action mystery that is easy to listen to, enjoyable and will keep you guessing, then Tell No One is just what the Doctor ordered.
When I downloaded this, I thought I was downloading a historical account of John Surratt. Instead, what I discovered this to be is a Novel -- a fictional account of John Surratt reminiscing over his friendship with President Lincoln's assassin which wanders far from the actual truth.
My two-star rating is more a low rating of Audible, as they fail to alert the listener that this is a work of fiction rather than a work of historical value. BUYER BEWARE!
The character development is weak, although the storyline, as a Novel, is somewhat intriguing.
Edward Herrmann is, as always, extremely good.
If Unbroken had been a work of Fiction, it would undoubtedly have been too fantastic a yarn to remain within the boundaries of imagination. Rather, Hillenbrand provides a vivid account of the real life story of Louis Zamperini. Hillenbrand masterfully weaves this harrowing tale of survival adrift a lifeboat in the shark-laden waters of the Pacific and in Japan’s most brutal World War II Prison Camps with a heart-tugging story of perseverance, forgiveness and the determination of the human spirit. Herrmann brilliantly delivers the story, lending his award-winning narration with perfect pitch and pace. Unbroken is a must listen for anyone facing adversity or unforgiveness. Highly recommended.
While I would offer a word of caution to readers regarding the author's questionable theology, as a work of fiction, The Shack is a splendid tale that will have you laughing and crying and confronting your own issues of grief and forgiveness. William P. Young has written this story from his heart, and I discovered some healing through listening to it.
The New Age Theology offered in The Shack will undoubtedly stir some excitement amongst Biblical Scholars.
I did find the story grindingly slow in the middle chapters, and some of the author's dialogue's and descriptions could have been eliminated, but the Narrator did an outstanding job of keeping the story moving.
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