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Shane

Norway, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (454)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
    "A Timeless Tale For Children and Adults"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce to be better than the print version?

    I usually prefer a printed version for the books I read for a class.But when I began to read Gulliver's Travels for a class, I realized that it would most likely be amazing on audiobook, and I was right! Immediately my pronunciations and comprehension of this book increased.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    As a child I remember reading condensed and sensitized versions of this story, and now as an adult, I began to see more of the true story. Every time a somewhat inappropriate part came on, I was shocked into laughter. Don't get me wrong, the full version is still very appropriate for children in my opinion, but it creates a more enjoyable experience for more mature audiences as well.


    Any additional comments?

    This timeless story was one of the more enjoyable listens I have had. The narrator does a great job of using his voice to create a visual of the locations but the time period as well. I would most likely not listen to this again, simply because of the length and lack of the action that I prefer in a book. As for recommending this book, I would only suggest it to someone with a very patient love of classics.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Jeff Lindsay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (274)

    Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.

    Jane says: "This was fun because it was different."
    "Highly Recommended for Any Dexter Fan"
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    Any additional comments?

    To start this off, I am a big fan of watching movies and t.v. shows that were based off of books first, and then going back and reading/listening to them. This is for two reasons: First, I can listen or read at a quicker pace and with less stress of missing key points because I already know the general story line. Secondly, when you read first, the movie/show usually disappoints. But if you watch first, the book still has something new and exciting to add. After watching the first season of Dexter(the TV show), I decided to check out the books that began the hit show. This book was just different enough to keep me interested, but similar enough that I understood how everything fit together. Overall, the story was pretty fantastic.
    When I listen to books, I like to listen for "deal breakers." These could range from a terrible narration, unnecessary plot elements, or even just a boring story. To be completely honest, there were none in this book. The only possible downside is that the author narrated his own book. This usually isn't as good as a professional narrator even though the author knows how he wants the book to be read. In this instance, Dexter's voice was probably the only one that was distinguishable. Deb and Masuoka sound the same, Laguerta and Batista sound the same, and everyone else is just a blur. But as long as you pay attention, you will have no trouble understanding what is happening.

    Overall: Great plot twists, no dragging monologues, and most importantly: it's America's favorite serial killer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island 731

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (133)

    Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, is out of his element, working onboard the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by 30 miles of refuse, the ship and its high-tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm. When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awakens to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there.

    Matthew says: "Beware of your next Pacific cruise"
    "The Best Listen I Have Ever Had"
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    Would you listen to Island 731 again? Why?

    Absolutely. This book had so much action that it kept me awake almost all night. There are very few listens that I have had such a hard time stopping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bray, the high school biology teacher, was may favorite character due to his smart remarks and addition of color to the story. I also had a high school teacher by the name of Bray that acted very much like the one in the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is the moment when the crew was being chased by the BFS's.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to 12 books on audio so far, some of them 40+ hours long, and none of them have even come close to the intensity and excitement of this one. At first I wasn't so sure I liked the narration, but it soon grew on me. The narrator clearly distinguishes between voices (this hasn't been the case in many of my listens) and adds excitement to every word. This book as led me to listen to more of this author's works.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery that Holds the Secret to America's Future

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jonathan Cahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (802)

    Is it possible that there exists an ancient mystery that holds the secret of America's future? That this mystery lies behind everything from 9/11 to the collapse of the global economy? That ancient harbingers of judgment are now manifesting in America? That God is sending America a prophetic message of what is yet to come? Before its end as a nation, there appeared in ancient Israel nine specific warnings and omens of national destruction - these same Nine Harbingers are now manifesting in America with profound ramifications.

    Ryan says: "Makes you think..."
    "Great Story, Average Narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Harbinger the most enjoyable?

    The story within this book, although at some times repetitive, kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. As a college student, I have a large amount of mandatory reading. This book was a great way to spend a saturday afternoon and listen to something I actually chose myself. It's an easy listen with an excellent story and a great lesson.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Harbinger?

    Every chapter holds its own memorable moments. Every time new information was presented from history, my heart skipped a beat. I have never spent so much time pausing a book to research the topic to make sure the information was accurate. That's how "jaw-dropping" this book is.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This book is narrated by the author. This is an understandable arrangement but I would rather have had a more skilled reader to listen to. He could have done a much better job of distinguishing between the voices. There are several times where I had to think about who was talking so that I could understand what was going on.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. I knocked off this book in an afternoon while cleaning my dorm. It's amazing how glued I was tot he story that I could practically do anything but listen to music and still be able to follow along.


    12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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