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Pollock Pines, CA, USA | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 78 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Name of the Rose

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel

    Virtuoso storyteller Umberto Eco conjures up a gloriously rich portrait of 14th century Franciscan Italy with such grace, ease, wit, and love that you will become utterly intoxicated with the place and time. The story is performed by Theodore Bikel who has starred in numerous Broadway hits, including The Sound of Music, Zorba, and Fiddler on the Roof.

    Geoffrey Kragen says: "And Excellent Book, A poor Audio"
    "Great for night-time listening!"

    I purchased this novel based on some vague memories of the old Sean Connery movie. I was not disappointed. A very fast, suspensful listen. Imagine Sherlock Holmes as an Italian Monk and you've got the idea. I found that listening in the car at night enhanced the feel of the creepy monastary libray and definitely made the devastating climax come to life as I listened. A great mystery, vivid characters, dry humor, and some nice historical touches round out the tale.

    The only drawback of this title is that some of the Italian character names deserve re-reading (it is a whodunit, after all). I found myself skipping backwards every so often to review what I'd heard. For the most part this is impractical. Other than that, an excellent listen!

    I highly recommend this title: it has lead me to check out other titles by the author and I will probably listen to it again every other year or so - which for me is a sure sign of a good book.

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Alagaësia (free excerpt)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Christopher Paolini

    From the author of the best sellers Eragon and Eldest, parts one and two of the Inheritance Trilogy, comes A Brief History of Alagaësia.

    Sean says: "No wonder it's free..."
    "No wonder it's free..."

    Undoubtedly a mini-marketing piece released in conjunction with the upcoming movie, this does have some mildly interesting content about the history of the various races of Alagaesia and how they got there. The work, however, takes a back seat to the discovery that the author should in no way read audio books. This has the feeling of an un-edited one-time read aloud, which could conceivably add to its charm, except that it comes off as a rush job.

    If you can get past the poor delivery, and are a big fan of the Inheritance series, this is worth the 25 minutes. Casual fans, though, should spend the time elswhere.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Karen says: "Not a King fan...BUT"
    "A Seamless Upgrade"

    I can't believe how much this version makes me want to reread the next three books. The new material whets the appetite for what is to come. Now I'm going to have to use 3 more credits on this series!

    The only negative about this recording is that the reader does not have the vocal variety of an A+ storyteller. He's good, but not great. Even so, this is a great listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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