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The Hobbits

MAKANDA, IL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Bloodfire Quest: The Dark Legacy of Shannara, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (303)

    The quest for the long-lost Elfstones has drawn the leader of the Druid order and her followers into the hellish dimension known as the Forbidding, where the most dangerous creatures banished from the Four Lands are imprisoned. Now the hunt for the powerful talismans that can save their world has become a series of great challenges: a desperate search for kidnapped comrades, a relentless battle against unspeakable predators, and a grim race to escape the Forbidding alive. But though freedom is closer than they know, it may come at a terrifying price.

    Brenda says: "Best of Terry Brooks!"
    "Not too much new here..."
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    I have been reading Terry Brooks since Sword of Shannara was released. I have re-read the books and listened to all of them on audiobooks. The first book in this new series was okay. This one is an okay listen and I will still buy the next book in the series but this book seemed like several old books put together. Ellcrys is dying; go get the seed but chosen is ambushed; Ard Rhys captured in forbidding, go rescue her. Old Ard Rhys up in the far north, go save her. Presumably another Tannaquil will be needed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12072)
    Performance
    (10762)
    Story
    (10931)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "Forget about stupid movies- listen to thi BOOK!"
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    This is the book that made me love fantasy 50 years ago. I have read it more times than I can tell you and I read it to my son when he was 5 and it made him love fantasy too. Then, ten years ago or so, I listened to Rob Inglis read the book. So now I can say this is also the book that made me love recorded books. Rob Inglis is such a fantastic narrator- every hobbit, every dwarf, every elf has his own distinct voice and Inglis rich English voice adds to everything. This is one of those rare books that is actually better to listen to than it is to read. And, given how much I love this book, that's saying a lot. And the good news is- if you love the book you can then spend HOURS listening to The Lord of the Rings, which is equally good!

    One final thing- the Hobbit movie (third part recently released) is a horrid bastardization of the book. It does have a Hobbit in it but that's about where the similarity ends. Tolkien must be rolling in his grave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22548)
    Performance
    (16980)
    Story
    (17038)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "A book I will never forget."
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    As the daughter of a WWII pilot who became a career officer and ultimately gave his life for this country I can only say thank you to Laura Hillenbrand for bringing me this story. And above all, thank you Louis Zamperini and all the others like you of the greatest generation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1484)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (977)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Me and Bernie... we love these books!"
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    I can't get enough of these books. Funny, scary, even informative. A great light-hearted who-dunnit for my LOOONG daily commute. And no dog lover could resist! Great narrator; nails every character- especially Chet!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16162)
    Performance
    (14148)
    Story
    (14197)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Dianne Houston says: "OH NO ROY!!!! NOT DENARIS!!!!!!!"
    "Fantastic story, absolutely awful narration"
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    George RR Martin has written a fantastic story. Complex characters, intricate plot, excitement, suspense, fun. Superlative! And the books maintain the same quality as the story goes along. Thank goodness Martin wrote such an awesome series , because Roy Dotrice does such an awful job with the narration in this 5th book (as well as the 4th) in the series, that it is only the plot line that keeps me going. I, like many other reviewers, wonder HOW Dotrice could have done such a great job with the first 3 books and mangle the 4th and 5th SO badly?!?! As many noted in Book 4, Aria sounds like an old crone. I didn't like that but it didn't grate on my nerves nearly as much as Daenerys in Book 5. She sounds like a little old (male) leprechaun. Beautiful, sensual, strong, sexy Daenerys! It is possibly the worst narration I have ever heard. All the characters sound male; all sound like uneducated oafs, many (even big, strong knights) sound like squeaky little wimps.

    I have a sincere plea for Mr. Martin: You have two more books coming out in this series. PLEASE FIND A BETTER NARRATOR FOR THEM! I'm not sure I can stand to listen to the Mother of Dragons in her squeaky little Irish brogue much longer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1990)
    Performance
    (1723)
    Story
    (1739)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "It's cute, it's short, it's Stephanie Plum"
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    If you liked the first 18 you'll probably like this. All your favorite characters are here, Stephanie is in all her usual messes, it will make you laugh. Lorelei King is wonderful. I love her voices. However, the entire book is just a few hours long and the story line is very simplistic. But then, we don't read these books for intellectual stimulation, do we? We read them for fun and this book is fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (645)

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Sara says: "A Wonderful Listen--Stories That Never Get Old"
    "Probably the best audiobook ever"
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    I read this book years ago. Recently, I listened to it. It is one of the few books that is actually better as an audiobook than as a physical book. The stories are poignant, funny and timeless. Christopher Timothy is perfect in his narration. My only complaint is that he has not done more audiobooks. Buy this, listen to it, then buy the other books in the series. I guarantee you will have hours of pleasure and will listen to these books over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (486)

    When the world was young, and its name was Faerie, the power of magic ruled - and the Elfstones warded the race of Elves and their lands, keeping evil at bay. But when an Elven girl fell hopelessly in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, he carried away more than her heart. Thousands of years later, tumultuous times are upon the world now known as the Four Lands. Users of magic are in conflict with proponents of science. Elves have distanced their society from the other races. The Druid order is threatened.

    Paul says: "Call It A Comeback!"
    "It's good to go back to Shannara"
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    If you love Shannara; if you love Terry Brooks, you will enjoy this book. Interesting but familiar characters; good story. I wish Scott Brick was back to read the book; even Phil Gigante would be okay. Rosalyn Landor is a great narrator but she just isn't a good fit for a Shannara book. Overall, this is definitely "credit-worthy"! One caveat: this is the first of a trilogy and all sorts of things are left hanging at the end of the book. It is NOT a stand-alone book. But it's a fantasy trilogy, right? So relax and enjoy a trip back to Shannara!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J.M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (316)

    Fly away with Peter Pan to the enchanted island of Neverland! This first chapter book adaptation of the classic novel, originally published in 1911, tells the story of the boy who never grows up. And when they join Peter on his magical island, Wendy and her brothers are in for exciting encounters with mermaids, an Indian princess, and pirates! Let the amazing adventures begin!

    H. says: "This may not be the story you think you remember"
    "Jim Dale...Peter Pan... need I say more?"
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    I bought this because Jim Dale narrated it and I realized I had never actually read the book. Jim Dale does not disappoint (of course) and the story is a great story for grownups. Listen and enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8061)
    Performance
    (7306)
    Story
    (7305)

    Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

    Hallie says: "Love this series!"
    "The Iron Druid rocks on!"
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    This is a great series. Funny, exciting, different, well read. My only complaint with this particular book is that Oberon, the Irish Wolfhound, is not there much and I LOVE him! New book in this series coming out soon-- can't wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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