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Stephanie

FLOWER MOUND, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 11 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 124 titles in library
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  • The Last Olympian: Percy Jackson, Book 5: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2494)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1475)

    All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of victory are grim. Kronos's army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan's power only grows. While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

    Anandasubramanian says: "Jesse Berstein IS Percy Jackson"
    "Narrator lost his touch."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I felt like the other installments were much better on the part of the narrator. He lost which voice was which and changed a few from the last installments. Since I listened to all five one right after the other it was easy to notice and kind of distracting. I still love the story and won't fault it for the narrators work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4355)
    Performance
    (2406)
    Story
    (2451)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Martha says: "Great Story!"
    "A good read (or listen)."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is fairly predictable, but it's engaging and the narrator does a good job conveying Percy's voice. I would suggest this book series to others and I'm looking forward to reading the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Chronicles of Narnia: The Classic BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations

    • ORIGINAL (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Maurice Denham, Full Cast
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (303)

    C.S. Lewis’s acclaimed and universally loved novels spring to life in these spellbinding full-cast BBC dramatisations. Anyone who’s visited Narnia wants to go back again, and these radio dramas make for a hugely entertaining first-time or return journey, with a cast including Bernard Cribbins, Maurice Denham, Richard Griffiths, Martin Jarvis, Sylvester McCoy, John Sessions, Fiona Shaw and Timothy Spall.

    envchemist says: "I love these books and they have come alive!"
    "Makes you want more."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My only regret was that this is a dramatization and not the actual prose. That was my fault for not knowing the difference, but I know now I do want to read the rest of the series. LWW had been the only story I knew by heart so I'm glad to finally know the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alice in Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (525)

    Alice begins her fantastic journey by following an unprecedented White Rabbit with a pocket watch. While in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland, Alice takes advice from a caterpillar and attends a mad tea party. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and participates in a ludicrous courtroom scene. Each character has its own charming voice, as B. J. Harrison delivers one of his most whimsical performances.

    Amazon Customer says: "Such a good narrator!!!"
    "A truly upside down world."
    Overall

    No doubt the general idea of the story is a good one, but if you're used to the myriad of adaptions that have been made for the big screen I suggest you stick with those. I personally find Alice's character annoying and while the characters are intriguing I don't care for the main character. The narration is excellent and perhaps that's the one redeaming quality for this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1984 (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By David Niven, The NBC University Theater
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    War Is Peace! Freedom Is Slavery! Ignorance Is Strength! Big Brother is watching and listening. Yep, we’re talking propaganda, the fabrication of “truth”, the outlawing of dissent, the distortion of reality, endless war… and of course, thought crime. No we’re not talking about the goings on on 2011, were talking about the 1949 NBC University Theater’s adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.

    Stephanie says: "Worth the buy, but get the unabridged book."
    "Worth the buy, but get the unabridged book."
    Overall

    If you've never read the book this is a good taste of what's to come. The story really gets you thinking and it's well worth the buy. I'd still settle for the book though.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Unicorn

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Peter S. Beagle
    • Narrated By Peter S. Beagle
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (360)

    A unicorn, a haphazard wizard, and a spunky scullery woman journey to the dreaded kingdom of Haggaard, an evil ruler who, with the help of a bull-shaped demon, imprisons all the unicorns of the world. This is one of the great fantasy novels of the 20th century. Since its publication in 1968 it has never been out of print, with six million-plus copies sold around the world, and it has been translated into more than 20 languages.

    mary says: "Unicorns rediscovered!"
    "A Classic Must Buy"
    Overall

    If you've only ever watched the animated movie as I had, then I sincerely suggest you purchase this book as well. Though the movie follows the story fairly accurately, the movie is no substitute for the book. You learn more of the characters and understand their psychology all the better by listening to this marvelous tale. The fact that it's narrated by the author himself is an added bonus. You can really hear how he intended the characters to sound, and that can make all the difference.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24838)
    Performance
    (11293)
    Story
    (11370)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Slow start, but otherwise awesome."
    Overall

    I'm admittedly not very interested in financial drama, so the start of the book was very slow for me. I loved Simon Vance's reading of the book and as the story progressed I started to love it more and more. Lisbeth Salander is a very interesting character and you can bet I'll be purchasing the last two books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (830)

    A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable"
    "Awesome Story, All Right Reading"
    Overall

    It was probably my own mistake to purchase this audiobook. I already own the physical book and I bought this with high expectations. I love the 'sound' of the narrators voice in my head when I physically read the book, so I was really disappointed that the audiobook didn't match that narration nor did it come close. If you've never read the book and are interested in the otherwise wonderful story then I strongly suggest purchasing it. If you have read the book and have your own idea's about what it should sound like then by all means save your money, save a credit, and find something else to spend your evenings listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5656)
    Performance
    (2500)
    Story
    (2520)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "A must have."
    Overall

    If you've never read or listened to a single Neil Gaiman novel before then this is a great start. The plot is catching, and you come to love Shadow almost from the very beginning. The vignette's are one of the best parts and only add to an already wonderfully told story. The reading is excellent and the voice articulation is superb. You can honestly believe that different characters are talking.

    I strongly suggest that this novel finds a place in your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4750)
    Performance
    (2510)
    Story
    (2508)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "If you liked the story then go ahead."
    Overall

    I've personally never enjoyed the written version of A Christmas Carol. For some reason I've just never gotten into the writing and I was hoping that as an audiobook it may finally catch my attention. Unfortunately Tim Curry's soothing voice only added to my boredom, and I found his attempts at a female voice grating. If you are however a fan of the story and a fan of Tim Curry then by all means purchase this audiobook. Otherwise I'd suggest saving your money and opting for the various movie productions of this classic tale.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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