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Yawn20

NYC, NY | Member Since 2008

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  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1390)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (693)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "BRILLIANT!!!"
    Overall

    This was a BRILLIANT reading of a wonderful book! You have to understand that I ENJOYED getting stuck in traffic twice a day for 2 hours EACH WAY so I could listen to this book. It was an absolute MASTERPIECE!!!!! Buy it, download it, listen and see for yourself.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (1091)
    Story
    (1104)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    C. MacMillan says: "Great story, but....."
    "Change back the narrator please"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had a hard time listening to this book. As many have already stated, the narrator change was an absolutely TERRIBLE thing to do. I read the reviews myself and though, "it can't be that bad." It was. Usually when listening to Rick Riordan's books you become almost a part of the story. The narration was a distraction from the creativity of the story. It was sometimes really hard to figure out which character was speaking because the inflection was missing from his voice and at times there was no change between characters. Sometimes the character would sound one way and further into the story, that character's voice would suddenly change. Also some of the accents - wow! It's was hard to listen to. I still don't really understand some of the accent choices - Southern accents were just weird sounding and a bit inappropriate for the characters. I don't think it was time well spent listening to this audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The House of Hades?

    Honestly, it was difficult to even HEAR the beauty of the story. Unfortunately I would not be able to recommend this audio to anyone. It's too disappointing. I kept reminding myself that he's doing his best and I should appreciate that.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Chamian?

    Joshua Swanson - I'm actually begging for his return. Give him whatever he wants to come back. I would actually appreciate it if he re-recorded this book. I would repurchase it to hear him read it properly.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a difficult review to write. I don't like bashing people or criticizing someone's best efforts. On the other hand, not everyone has the same talents and abilities. Nick Chamian many be the best narrator for another series but I don't think he's suited for this one (sorry Nick).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle Books I

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Deborah Grand says: "Okay performance of wonderful stories"
    "Absolutely TERRIBLE audio"
    Overall

    The audio quality was AWFUL!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Sumeet Bharati
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (193)

    "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", a short story from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, is about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose.

    Yawn20 says: "Very well done"
    "Very well done"
    Overall

    This was a wonderful story and an absolutely wonderful audio file. I thoroughly enjoyed the reader's voice.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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