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B. Kester

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  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (3580)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (997)

    Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit to the land of Narnia. But soon Edmund, then Peter and Susan step through the wardrobe themselves. In Narnia they find a country buried under the evil enchantment of the White Witch.

    Caitlin says: "Great audiobook!"
    "Great series!"
    Overall

    I highly recommend the whole series. The audio quality is great and the the narrators use entertaining voices for the different characters. Plus, it's cool to hear famous people like Kenneth Branaugh and Patrick Stewart reading. All the narrators in the series do a great job.

    If you're a Christian, I also recommend reading some of C.S. Lewis's theology before reading the series because you see many of his theological ideas surface throughout the series and I think it adds richness to the experience.

    If you're not a Christian, I still think the books are enormously entertaining and I remember enjoying them as a child before I knew that C.S. Lewis was a Christian and long before I was a Christian myself.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16743)
    Performance
    (12925)
    Story
    (12957)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Needs to have an "explicit content" label"
    Overall

    I try not to be a prude, but this series has been ridiculous in its detailed and gratuitous description of sexual acts. They come from no where and add almost nothing to the story. I finally got fed up in this story after a detailed narrative of a whore giving oral sex to one of the lords. In these parts its like a bad romance novel without the creativity in naming the male sexual organ. If you're into this sort of thing or at least not sensitive to it, I recommend this book because the characters and story are very compelling (i probably would have given it 5 stars)... I just think it needs some sort of a warning. I would be horrified if I bought this for my children and as it is I'm debating whether to finish it.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ender in Exile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, David Birney, Cassandra Campbell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2190)
    Performance
    (1102)
    Story
    (1108)

    Andrew Wiggin is told that he can no longer live on Earth, and he realizes that this is the truth. He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: he is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony. He is offered the choice of living in isolation on Eros, at one of the Hegemony's training facilities, but instead the 12-year-old chooses to leave his home world and begin the long relativistic journey out to the colonies.

    Joshua says: "A Change of Perspective"
    "Couldn't put my ipod down..."
    Overall

    This is a great addition to the Ender books and I highly recommend it if you have enjoyed the other Ender books. The narrator and audio quality seemed identical to the other Ender books. I highly suggest finishing the Shadow series (starting with Ender's Shadow and ending with Shadow of the Giant, I think) before reading this. It isn't required to understand Ender in Exile, but this book would contain some spoilers and some of the impact of significant minor characters would be lost without having finished the Shadow series as this functions partially as a conclusion to the series. At an absolute minimum, I would suggest reading Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Without a Country

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    One of the greatest minds in American writing, Kurt Vonnegut shares his often hilarious and always insightful reflections on America, art, politics and life in general. No matter the subject, Vonnegut will have you considering perspectives you may never have regarded. On the creative process: "If you want to really hurt your parents...the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding."

    John says: "Good but uneven collection of essays"
    "Terrible, unfunny rant"
    Overall

    I consider myself on the liberal side of political ideology, but this was WAY too much unsubstatiated liberal ranting for me. It started off interesting with a look at Vonnegut's personal history and unconventional road to writing, but after that it went downhill as it turned into a rant about why Vonnegut thinks the United States is a terrible country. I'm not easily offended, but I was at least substantially bothered by the implications that Christians only act benevolently because they think they will be rewarded in the afterlife and by the explicit equating of Christians with white supremists. Being a Christian, I found it particularly offensive and was irritated by his complete lack of understanding (or deliberate misrepresentation) of the subject he was disparaging. I felt he approached other subjects in the same way, by oversimplifying them and then offering unsupported criticism in a "witty" manner. I think the style could have been interesting if I took everything he said for granted (in this case, I think I would need to be much more liberal), but as it is, I was simply not amused and the sarcasm dripping from the narrator's voice was grating on me by the time I decided to stop listening, which was about 30 minutes or so from the end. I do not recommend the book.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful

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