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Daniel

SAG-Eligible Actor, Writer, Teacher, Filmmaker, Father

Taos, NM, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 63 ratings
  • 1136 titles in library
  • 109 purchased in 2014
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  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10865)
    Performance
    (7403)
    Story
    (7425)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    Overall

    For months I put off buying the abridged version of this audiobook in hopes of buying the unabridged version. Finally, after months of waiting and an e-mail or two to Audible Customer Service, I bought the abridged version. Alas, the very next month, the unabridged version came out. As such, I've had the opportunity to listen to both.

    Admittedly, the abridged version gives the highlights, however, it can't give sufficient background info or do full justice to Gibaldon's outstanding storytelling ability. While 38 hours for the unabridged version might seem daunting, it's a delightful sojurn. Who, in the midst of a love affair is anxious for it to end? That's the journey this author offers.

    If you're new to Diana Gibaldon's "Outlander" series, start with the first book, "Outlander." Once again, I highly recommend the unabridged version. "Dragonfly in Amber" is the second of six or more books in the series.

    The narrator, Davina Porter, does a fine job of presenting Claire Randall, the story's spunky protagonist (complete with captivating British accent) as well as the other characters.

    This is an outstanding book! Please enjoy it to it's fullest--unabridged and at your leisure. It's a great way to pass hours in the car. (Handheld computer or MP3 player via FM transmitter through the car stereo). Besides, listening to the full version will allow time for audible.com to obtain the next book in the series in unabridged format.

    Thanks audible. Keep up the good work!

    60 of 63 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Titanic

    • UNABRIDGED (36 mins)
    • By David Moore
    • Narrated By David Moore
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    With the voices of the survivors this is a condensed account of the first and final voyage of RMS Titanic.

    Daniel says: "Powerful! Features RMS Titanic survivors' voices!"
    "Powerful! Features RMS Titanic survivors' voices!"
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    I don't know whether this audiobook has a printed equivalent, but this very brief (36 minute) audiobook is well worthwhile for RMS Titanic buffs and for classroom use. It tells the story in what are reportedly the recorded voices of various survivors including 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, the highest ranking officer to survive the sinking of the RMS Titanic. I purchased this to supplement a thematic unit on the RMS Titanic with my 4th Grade elementary school class. It kept my students' attention from start to finish. Since it's so concise, I wouldn't use this as the very first account of the disaster, but it's a great followup.

    The music adds to the mood but makes the introduction a bit hard to hear. After that it balances out.

    For those wanting a more thorough account of the RMS Titanic disaster, I'd recommend Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember" (unabridged) as well as "The Titanic: Disaster of the Century" by Wyn Craig Wade. Also, for historical fiction, George Korman's "Titanic Trilogy" is excellent for classroom use for 4th grade through 9th grade. (It's written at approximately a 6th grade reading level but is high-interest). I'm using it for Guided Reading for three groups in my classroom using the print version (available through Scholastic or Amazon) along with the unabridged audio from Audible.com.

    Since the Audible.com member price for "The Titanic Story" by David Moore is less than $4.00, as of 04-15-2012, I'd recommend buying the book as an additional purchase and not using a membership credit to purchase it. Simply uncheck the "credit box" on checkout and then select "update." It's also available on Amazon.com as an mp3 download.

    Enjoy. Daniel W, 4th Grade Teacher, Taos, NM

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Bryan says: "A book that draws you in"
    "This version leaves too much out! Go unabridged!"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed the unabridged version of "Outlander," the first book in the series, and was disappointed that the unabridged version of "Dragonfly in Amber" wasn't available. Finally, I purchased and downloaded this abridged version. The very next month, the unabridged version came out! As such, I've had the opportunity to listen to both.

    I highly recommend the Outlander series. Diana Gibaldon's storytelling ability is amazing! She takes the reader/listener on a rare and enchanting journey. Here's the catch--the abridged version (edited from 38+ to 6+ hours) leaves WAY too much out! As I listened to the abridged version, it seemed to just zip by. I didn't connect with it as I had with the full version of "Outlander." But, when I downloaded and listened to the unabridged version of "Dragonfly in Amber," the magic returned!

    This story is well written and narrated, but too much is lost in the abridged version. It's been overedited, leaving little more than a skeleton of the full story. The unabridged version may seem daunting at 38+ hours, but it's a delightful journey and, for me at least, well worth the time. Please enjoy the story as the author intended--unabridged and at your leisure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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