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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
    (747)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (558)

    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"
    "Classic"
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    What did you love best about Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce?

    This performance is done in great style, and it makes you believe, that there is actually a man telling his own story about his adventures, not an actor performing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author/narrator, his wit and genuine emotions make him truly alive.


    What does David Hyde Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David Hyde Pierce narrates the story as genuine as a real adventurer would be telling it to his friends. Not to mention he has a great voice!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The last part of the book where Gulliver meets horse-like creatures and describes their most human way of living.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34917)
    Performance
    (25988)
    Story
    (26355)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "The greatest young adult listen!"
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    I must admit, I had bought the 'Hunger Games' audiobook before the movie came out, and for some reason now forgotten I've never listened to it! What a miss on my part! Then the movie came out, I watched and enjoyed it a lot. And suddenly remembered I have the book in my library!

    I've been putting it off for quite some time and felt somewhat nervous at first (would it be a better or worse experience? should I continue on with part 2 and 3 or wait to see the adaptation first?) At last I just began listening one day, and since then I know I'm hooked!

    It shows how faithful to the original the director was, and makes me re-live the story and meet the characters once again! I recommend it to both those who loved the movie and those who had not seen it. You'll get most of it either way! As for me, I made my mind to listen to the part 2 and 3, and I'm sure this won't spoil the upcoming movies!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2786)
    Performance
    (2492)
    Story
    (2501)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Nice story, swift action, great performance!"
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    The story isn't exactly mind-bender, but captivating and thought through well enough to grab attention and make one want to stay around for more. The performance is superb, characters do come alive, the atmosphere and the setting seems very real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Triggers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (270)

    On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories. Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience - but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not his memories.

    Ron says: "Fun Read"
    "Great idea, constantly changing action"
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    Excellent piece of really well-thought out fiction! The only thing I personally have had gripes with was the ending, but I guess this is just not the kind of ending I would prefer in any story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2520)
    Performance
    (1998)
    Story
    (1985)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Simply outstanding!"
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    Elijah Wood truly gets it! I've read the book before, I wasn't sure if I wanted to listen to it, and the only reason for me to check it out was the famous actor and his voice.

    Maybe I wasn't expecting too much, or maybe I just forgot how great Mark Twain is as a writer, but at first I was only enjoying the fact that Elijah Wood is actually doing something other than Hobbits :) However, a couple of chapters in I was already hooked to his elaborate play with accents, which naturally became characters, and began to build up the story.

    I listened to some parts of the book a few times, just to experience a scene one more time, it is that much captivating! Highly recommend, especially because this is not 'trimmed' language version, all the cultural jokes, references, and sayings are intact and are hilarious!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday Classics by O. Henry

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3665)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1168)

    When it comes to the holidays, no story brings us back to the true spirit of giving like O. Henry’s classic "The Gift of the Magi". So this year we’ve asked some of your favorite Audible narrators—Audie Award winners Katherine Kellgren, Oliver Wyman, and Jonathan Davis—to bring to life this timeless tale, plus two more of O. Henry’s gems: "The Cop and the Anthem" and "The Last Leaf", in this holiday collection.

    Sherry says: "Thank You"
    "Thank you, Audible!"
    Overall

    I've received this book as a gift for Christmas from Audible.com, and must say it's a never-get-old classics! Thank you, and Merry Christmas!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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