These Chronicles of Narnia are absolutely excellent. My favorite narrator is Kenneth Branagh, who does “The Magician’s Nephew,” which is the first book in the series.
All of the stories are superbly written and well read. Listeners of all ages will enjoy them.
I listened to the books in order and recommend that you do the same. They are:
Book 1: The Magician’s Nephew
Book 2: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Book 3: The Horse and his Boy
Book 4: Prince Caspian
Book 5: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Book 6: The Silver Chair
Book 7: The Last Battle
The publisher’s summary does a good job of describing the story, so I will only add that this is an excellent book for all ages.
Louis M’s, term, “Uplifting” is the best one word summary of this story. With so many heavy, depressing books and news items surrounding us, it’s nice to escape into a story like this one.
I doubt that there ever was a child as perfect as Cedric Errol, but that’s what makes the story so good.
The narration by Donada Peters is excellent, as is the audio quality.
I enjoyed Robert Whitfield’s narration of “Scaramouche” and “Captain Blood” so much that I got this book as well.
The narration is as good as those others, but the audio quality isn’t. Added to that, I noticed some flaws with the downloaded book. Initially, chapter 16 was missing entirely. I called the problem to the attention of customer service and it seems to be repaired now, but the missing chapter detracted from the enjoyment of the story. As it turned out, that chapter is not central to the plot.
This is an enjoyable story for anyone older than 15. Children younger than that will probably have trouble with some of the words, but it’s still an easily understood story, with only a few excursions away from the main plot.
The story’s central character is Miles, a young man studying to be a knight. Honor is a central concept of the story.
I am waaaaay past childhood and enjoyed this book, but I think it would be more suited for boys in their teens. I don’t think that girls would enjoy it as much boys would, although I should leave that issue open until we get a woman’s opinion.
In spite of the technical flaws, I rate it at 4 stars.
If there was ever a “Chick Book”, this is it. I can’t believe that I listened to the whole thing. I did so only because I thought the ending would be worth it, but it wasn’t. In fact, after the long, detailed steps taken to get to the end, it was very disappointing. The ending was hurried, as if to say, “Then everybody found that they all loved each other, got married, and lived happily ever after.”
I got this book because I enjoyed the TV mini-series, “Pride and Prejudice.” I didn’t realize how much I would have to listen to what the main character, a 17-year-old young lady, thinks about the situations and people around her. A little more action and less analysis would have been welcome.
This is my first book by Jane Austen; it will be my last.
The ONLY thing that made this book worth listening to was the absolutely terrific narration by Juliet Stevenson. Her nuances with the various characters’ voices and clear speech in all of them made it a joy to hear her. Too bad the material didn’t support her talent.
First I should say that the narrator, Pamela Garelick, helps make this book very enjoyable. Her accents and performance are terrific.
The story starts immediately and moves swiftly, keeping you wondering throughout what will happen next. By the end of the first chapter you will be unable to stop.
The book seems to me to be mostly a character study of the mayor, whose character has some flaws. It would provoke some interesting conversations among Christians regarding sin and repentance.
There are enough twists and turns to the plot to keep you guessing about what will happen next, and the book provides good entertainment all the way through. Thomas Hardy’s prose is written for an accomplished reader, with longer sentences and a more extensive vocabulary than are common today. I had to look a word up occasionally, but reasoned that this was the price to pay for such great writing. There is a reason that this book has remained popular for 120 years.
I enjoyed the book, but it was the top-notch narration by Pamela Garelick that makes it truly excellent. I’ll look for more of her work.
This is the first Zane Grey book I’ve read/heard. I didn’t care for it much.
The narrator didn’t make a good impression as the book started. He does a satisfactory job with the story, but his performance with the dialog is stilted and not delivered as dialog would be.
The story was interesting, but moved a bit slowly for me. The descriptions could have been minimized, especially since I could not picture the lay of the land from the rambling verbal scenes that were presented.
I will probably not again take a book by Zane Grey, nor one narrated by John Hitchcock.
A great story, well read by Robert Whitfield. There is enough action, romance, and adventure to keep you interested, but this story is mostly about revenge.
It’s not as good a revenge story as The Count of Monte Cristo, but is excellent nonetheless.
The narration is terrific.
If you like this book, you will almost certainly also like Captain Blood by the same author and narrator.
I hesitated before ordering Captain Blood. I shouldn’t have.
This story has its share of swashbuckling adventure, but it is mostly about the trials and tribulations of one man, Peter Blood. Blood’s miseries include a false accusation, slavery and an untouchable woman.
In spite of his oppressions, Blood triumphs in the end. How he does is a great story. This unabridged version moves along so well, I don’t see how an editor could leave anything out to create an abridged version.
So well read by Robert Whitfield that I also bought Scaramouche by the same narrator and the same author, Rafael Sabatini. Audio quality is excellent.
I was disappointed with this book.
The story moves along well, flashing from the perspective of the cop to the perspective of his terrorist prey. It’s well written and well read; I just found the ending to be less than satisfying. Even so, it’s still a pretty good story.
The narration is excellent, as is the audio quality.
I have concluded that there is a reason why classic books are classics.
Beau Geste is a great story, with adventure, mystery, and a smattering of romance. I was expecting a desert war story, but got what turned out to be mostly a mystery.
This book is extremely well read and the audio quality is also excellent. I highly recommend it.
I didn’t know what to expect from this audio book, but I did expect more suspense and more horror. Perhaps I’ve been jaded by the graphic representations in films, but this book didn’t evoke any fear or dread at all.
Bram Stoker wrote this book as a series of excerpts from journals, letters, and other documents. This style helps create the illusion of fact behind the story, which is clever.
As this is the original vampire book (I think), I learned the “official rules” that apply. For example, a vampire will not make a reflection in a mirror nor cast a shadow. The book also introduced me to Van Helsing, the vampire hunter who is mentioned in later stories.
It was an interesting, but not a riveting, story.
The narrator is excellent, and easy to understand.
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