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Andrea

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  • A Chakra Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (134)

    A superb, high-quality hypnosis audio program combining skilled hypnotherapy techniques with state of the art digital recording technology. This empowering audio will help the listener feel energized and uplifted by guiding you on a powerful healing journey through the seven main energy centers of the body called the Chakras. You will hear angelic vocals and sounds tuned to the frequency of each chakra, while you visualize a healing process through each stage of the meditation.

    Andrea says: "Really good to relax and meditate!"
    "Really good to relax and meditate!"
    Overall

    I bought this one after having bought, from the same author, "A Guided Meditation for Relaxation, Well-being and Healing". As for the other title, I?m really happy with the content. The author is accompanying you to discover the 7 chakras of your body, and I find both his voice and the sound effects very relaxing and soothing. The only reason why I rated it 4 star rather than 5 is it that there are two meditations, as in the other title, but in this case they are almost identical, one just slightly shorter than the other. I think it would have been nice having two different meditations, to enable the listener to alternate between the two.

    56 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Madeleine L'Engle
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (182)

    Father is missing! His top-secret job as a physicist for the government has taken him away, but where? And how? Meg and her younger brother, Charles Wallace, set out with their friend Calvin on an exciting adventure through time and space to search for him. With the help of the mysterious Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the youngsters learn to expect the unexpected as they move in the fifth dimension known as the "tesseract."

    Leroy says: "Best Book for a Kid"
    "Nice book, horrible narration."
    Overall

    Nice story, but what a horrible narration! The author-reader clearly has a speech impediment with words with "s" and "th", which makes listening to the book a painful activity. It would have much 10 times better with a professional actor reading it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6810)
    Performance
    (4032)
    Story
    (4056)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "Such a waste of time..."
    Overall

    I listened to the first book of the saga, and I thought it has been a real waste of time.
    Given the hype around the Wheel of Time, I decided to try book number 2, and I must say it has been an even bigger waste of time: void story, uninteresting characters, repetitions over repetitions, not to talk about the 'blood and ashes' mantra, which one of the characters repeats ad nauseam. I am sure it is my limitation, but I really cannot understand what's so good in these books, and my adventure with the 'Wheel of Time' ends here.
    The only positive note I can think of is the narration, which is really well done.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • NIV Audio Bible (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (75 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Zondervan
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (314)

    The NIV Audio Bible is more than a Bible you listen to. It's an experience that helps you enter into God's Word...so God's Word can enter into you.

    Dave says: "Best Version By Far"
    "A masterpiece"
    Overall

    Exceptionally well done, and many thanks to Audible for making it available to us. The only criticism I can make is that the background music which is accompanying the whole of the recording is great at first, but it tends to distract the listener after a while: at least, I find sometimes myself drifting my attention from the spoken word to the music. However, this doesn’t take anything away from the great value of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (875)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "Plain great!"
    Overall

    If you like Stephen King, you will like this book. I loved it from the first until the last page. I wish I could tell you more, but that would spoil the fun of reading it, and take away most of it! I also wished a different ending, even if I knew way before being done what would have happened. In short: a really sad story, which is talking directly to the heart.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (86)

    The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's prophetic nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia", a startlingly original and powerful novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words.

    Erik says: "Good narrator, great book"
    "A great classic."
    Overall

    I always knew about this book (who never heard about "Big Brother"?), but I never read it. Now that I did, I understand why it is so famous worldwide. A great story, perfectly written and perfectly read. The narrator did really a great job, and after the first few minutes, when you have the weird feeling that somebody is reading the book to you over the phone, the narration really gets you into the story. Definitely, a 5 stars book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

    Will says: "Excellent -- one of the best!"
    "I'm afraid I missed the point on this one..."
    Overall

    Given the high number of 5 stars reviews, I have no doubt believing that it is me who missed the point with this book. However, it is the first time that I listen to an audio book and my mind keeps wandering around all the time, I found very difficult staying focused and I had to listen to several portions over and over again. I didn't find anything special in the story, and the characters didn't inspire any particular feeling in me.
    Even the narration was not that great: the narrator's voice is nice and soothing, but I think a voice like that would be more appropriate for a meditation tape than for a fantasy book.
    In short: no doubts the book deserves 5 stars, but for what I'm concerned, my adventure with the Kingdoms and the Elves ends here!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Private Prayers of Pope John Paul II: Words of Inspiration

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pope John Paul II
    • Narrated By Frank Pellegrino
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Published under the authority of the Vatican, this remarkable volume brings together Pope John Paul II's inspiring reflections and illuminating words of hope, peace, love, compassion, and spirituality, in a beautiful edition to treasure.

    Lisa says: "The Private Prayers"
    "We will miss you so much..."
    Overall

    A wonderful book and a great tribute to Pope John Paul II: many thanks to Audible for having made it available in audio format.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8496)
    Performance
    (4926)
    Story
    (4983)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Just plain wonderful!"
    Overall

    I loved "Ender?s Game", but I loved "Speaker for the Dead" even more. I particularly liked the fact that, from a certain standpoint, the story is completely different from the one of "Ender?s Game", and I loved all the psychology hidden in the book.
    The narration is really good, the only criticism I could make is that "Little Miss Drama" (adopting the nickname invented by another reviewer) is really overly dramatic most of the times, and therefore she tends to get annoying.
    All in all, a book not to be missed that makes me looking forward to the next one in the saga!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2625)
    Performance
    (1216)
    Story
    (1223)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "This time, definitely a 5 stars!"
    Overall

    After "It", I think this is the best book I have read so far by Stephen King. It is a wonderful and unpredictable ghost story, the characters are so real you could almost "touch" them, and the storyline evolves really swiftly.

    This would have been a 4 stars (great book, but not a masterpiece), the 5th star is coming from the narration (the value of having the book read by the Author is out of doubt: whilst not a trained actor, he is clearly the one in the best position to catch and transmit all the nuances of the story) and from the interview at the end of the book, which is really interesting and helpful in getting into the story even more. Great job, mister King!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (979)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nicholas says: "Finally Unabridged!"
    "Not that enthusiastic..."
    Overall

    I did the mistake of listening to this book after having read (probably for the 10th time) the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I couldn't help but notice that the Author has been drawing a little bit too much from Tolkien: the frail man, the druid appearing and disappearing, the elf stones (replacing the ring) and so on and so forth. The plot is pretty weak and the story is really predictable. However, there are some nice intuitions that, together with the fact that the story unfolds reasonably well, make the book a nice one-off reading. I also think the narrator did a very good job: it?s not easy to read something not particularly exciting for 26 hours, I guess...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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