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Dave

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!: Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (449)

    Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention.

    The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the king, and the peasants were without hope.

    Al says: "If you're looking for Tolkein...."
    "Great series."
    Overall

    This is just a fantastic series.

    While I had read the series as a trilogy (there is now a forth book I was not even aware existed until searching today), the narration given by Dick Hill just is amazing. At this point he is one of my favorite narrators. I had first heard him on Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper, and his voice moving to the science fiction genre was a little hard for me to get used too. That being said, I did and his narrative of Terry Brooks work is amazing.

    The series itself is a tale that will allow you to step into the shoes of Ben Holiday, the main character. I felt at times that the character was speaking about life in general in our times. Fast paced, full of life stresses, etc. Leaving to the land of Landover leaves us all with something to dream of.

    Hope you like it as much as I.

    Dave...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 21: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    In the midst of the Go-Go '90s, the culture of greed infused the MIT campus. A small blackjack club sprang up, dedicated to counting cards and beating the house at major casinos around the country. The Club grew slowly at first, but by the late 1990s, the right people had come up with the right system to take some of the world's most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth.

    Julie says: "Good Book.. HORRIBLE Narrator"
    "Yes and No."
    Overall

    I will say of all the books that I have purchased from Audible, this is certainly the worst when it comes to sound. While I think the narrator does a good job, the other noises (being swallowing, etc), can be a little distracting. That being said I also think it depends on how you listen. If you are listening to your book with headphones you will notice it a lot more. I however listen in my car on the way to work and it was not that bad.

    In the end, the book is worth the irritation of the sound. The narrator does have a good voice for the book, it's just to bad the sound engineer did not do his job. Still I highly recommend the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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