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Karyn

de Lacolle, QC, Canada | Member Since 2011

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  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7505)
    Performance
    (6764)
    Story
    (6861)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "the best download this month"
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    I have read this book several times and listened to a BBC theatre performance but until now have not had such a great experience as this. The narrator brought to life all of the poetry and song contained in this epic story in such a way that I can't wait to download the rest of the Baggins story. Bilbo is such a stodgy character in the beginning but he grows and matures as the adventure continues. I truly enjoyed this book and was anxious toreview today

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (664)

    Mixing a bit of seventeenth-century French history with a great deal of invention, Alexandre Dumas tells the tale of young D'Artagnan and his musketeer comrades, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis. Together they fight to foil the schemes of the brilliant, dangerous Cardinal Richelieu, who pretends to support the king while plotting to advance his own power. Bursting with swirling swordplay, swooning romance, and unforgettable figures.

    A. A. Green says: "What Fun!"
    "great story"
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    This classic novelist does not disappoint! I have seen the many movies but this is the first time that I have "read" the book and am looking forward to listening to the many sequels. John Lee as narrator is, as always, right on in his interpretation of the characters. A satisfying purchase. thanks audible for bring me the Classics this way

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

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (1792)
    Story
    (1835)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "truly a classic"
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    Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

    I fully intend this book to become one of my "re-reads". it is an unforgettable story


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had all of the classic ideas, love thwarted, revenge, evil and good . I had never read this before but am so glad I did!!!! this is a must have in any library


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He truly made the characters come to life The superciliousness of the up jumped aristocracy is so evident that you realized who were the bad guys


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

    I tried to but with it being in six volumes I had to sleep sometime


    Any additional comments?

    The Count of Monte Cristo is a worthwhile purchase. Don't be afraid that the od world language wil be misunderstood, quite the contrary it is necessary to the story to be heard in this context

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (839)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "A truly inspirational story"
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    Where does Roots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book is one of the best that I have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the way he made the characters come alive. Everyone had hisor her own story to tell. I also felt the touched by his reaction to being welcomed into Kunte Kinte's home village. He gave us his family history with loveand devotion and I am sure that the ancestors were made proud.


    Have you listened to any of Avery Brooks’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to his audio performances before. I have always liked him on screens big and small.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The story has already reached the television in an epic mini-series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches: Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Karyn says: "A fun opening on an interesting story"
    "A fun opening on an interesting story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the first chapter and am looking forward to the rest of the story. I find themain character likeable if a bit stodgy in her beliefs. It will will be most interesting to watch her develope as the story goes along. I really found it difficult to choose beween the Fiery Cross by my Favorite author and this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1183)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (714)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    "Interesting"
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    Would you listen to The Poisoner's Handbook again? Why?

    I would listen to this again because I like to learn about the history of forensic science and the author seems to have done quite a bit of research. The writing makes the subject interesting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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