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Jonathan

Santa Clara, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Doctor Who: Adventures In History

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Donald Cotton, John Lucarotti, Gerry Davis
    • Narrated By William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, full cast
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    This great collection contains the soundtracks of three television adventures in which the Doctor and friends travel back in Time and get caught up in events in history.

    Derek says: "Good Who"
    "Classic Who Stories"
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    A number of the older Doctor Who stories have been more-or-less lost to time, with there being no known complete copy of the video available (having been aired before either VCRs or re-runs were yet invented). Thankfully, those stories do at least have the audio recordings still remaining. This collection covers three such stories.

    The Myth Makers is a First Doctor (Hartnell) story taking place in ancient Greece
    The Massacre [of St. Bartholomew's Eve] is a First Doctor (Hartnell) story taking place in 16th-century France
    The Highlanders is a Second Doctor (Troughton) story taking place in the 18th-century Scottish highlands

    These stories are important pieces of Doctor Who history, with companions joining or leaving the Doctor. It's too bad the video isn't completely available, but the linking narration does a great job of keeping the audience engaged in what's occurring onscreen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Oli Smith
    • Narrated By Stuart Milligan
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Stuart Milligan reads this exclusive audio adventure featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory as they encounter aliens in America. November 9th, 1965. New York City is plunged into darkness, a taxi driver has bad dreams, and an invisible spacecraft hovers ominously above the skyline. As an extra-terrestrial disease sweeps the populace, Amy and Rory must sabotage the city’s water supply to slow the spread of infection, and a dying Doctor holds another man’s life in his hands.

    J.A. says: "So-so"
    "Worth a Listen"
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    New York is under attack! Not War of the Worlds style attack, but attack none-the-less. And the Doctor doesn't just want to fix problems, but needs to this time around.

    This story was a good, solid story that fit well into the Doctor Who universe. Nothing new and exciting about it, but certainly a fun story to enjoy. If you're looking for a classic or if you're looking for fun time travel paradoxes, this probably isn't the story you're looking for, but if you're looking to continue your adventures with the Doctor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4062)
    Performance
    (1870)
    Story
    (1869)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "A Masterful Story, Wonderfully Read"
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    There are so many versions of A Christmas Carol in various media formats. This one works out to be a nice, easy listen and worth the time spent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1828)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Daryl says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Turn down the lights and turn up the sound"
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    Given a free story by an amazing writer, it's impossible not to be excited about it. It's short, yes, but that's the perfect length for a quick little Halloween scare. Well worth the price and certainly an enjoyable listen, even if there's nothing unexpected or outright scary that happens. It still should manage to get your thoughts going and creep you out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2876)
    Performance
    (2184)
    Story
    (2201)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "The Start of an Enjoyable Path"
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    Pathfinder fits well into the sci-fi/fantasy genre, with lots of fantasy overtones and settings ("magic", more of a medieval feel) with scientific explanations. This setting again enables Orson Scott Card (of Ender's Game fame) to demonstrate his amazing story weaving abilities.

    Rigg is forced onto a journey by the death of his father, being told to find a sister he never knew he had, and learning throughout that he's not who he thought he was. There are lots of twists and turns throughout his journey, multiplied by the way this story plays with time.

    The reading itself was generally well done, although having different voices reading different chapters hurt my immersion at times. Overall, all of the readers had good voices, but were just different enough for me to get distracted. The story itself was worth the minor problems in reading, and made this well worth a listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27713)
    Performance
    (21505)
    Story
    (21716)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "A Sad Ending"
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    Most endings of well-loved series are sad, knowing that the characters and situations we've spent so long learning about and coming to love are at their journey's end. Mockingjay is no exception.

    This series started out wonderfully, with The Hunger Games, quickly capturing attention and interest in this universe that Suzanne Collins has created. The next two books delve more deeply into the politics of the universe, straying further from the simple competitor's point of view to get a better view of the world as a whole. For people that enjoyed the first book for the games and the micro-politics that went on with them, the next two books would be a disappointment.

    For people that left the first book wanting to see the ruling government get what's coming to them, the books only get better.

    If you already have the first two books down, there's little point to reading this review. Finish off the series and enjoy it. If you're looking for a series to catch up on, this is one worth considering. But you probably want to read reviews for the other two books to see if this is the one for you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Problem of Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (140)

    For centuries Christians have been tormented by one question above all, "If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?"

    David says: "An Extraordinary Little Book"
    "Interesting Insight into Perplexing Problems"
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    Christianity is often questioned about how, if God is good, can we live in a universe of pain. It's a difficult problem to answer, but Lewis gives some interesting insight and thoughts on this question.

    His arguments may not be correct, but do give reasonable thoughts with which to approach the problem and try to gain some understanding in the universe. It's worth considering for anyone interested in this problem of pain.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Tulip

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    When tulip-grower Cornelius van Baerle is framed for treason and sentenced to death, he is powerless against the brutal factional politics that put him in prison. But Rosa, the jailer’s daughter, is beautiful and strong-willed, and when they fall in love she determines not only to save him but also to grow the near mythical flower: the black tulip.S et in the savage turmoil of Holland’s late 17th century, this intimate novel celebrates the power of integrity over obsession, and tolerance over violence; and it creates in the black tulip a symbol of humanity’s potential.

    Ruth Jensen says: "Terrific"
    "Prison, Love, and Tulips"
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    Love and flowers may go hand-in-hand, but generally they don't come alongside a prison cell. Dumas takes a break from the political intrigue found in most of his stories, and writes a (relatively) short novel without the use of weaponry (for the most part). It's a drastically different feel from The Three Musketeers or The Count of Monte Cristo, but it's still distinctly Dumas, as he manages to work love and intrigue into a story woven around a tulip.

    The Black Tulip takes place in Holland of 1672 (not the France of most of Dumas' works), and opens describing both why the tulip is important and why the protagonist gets thrown into jail. From there it's an enjoyable journey that easily holds the audience's interest. Unlike most works by Dumas, this one comes in as a much shorter story, leaving Dumas with less time to ramble on with thoughts and descriptions, keeping the plot clean and simple.

    Peter Joyce does a great job of narration with this story, giving distinct voices to the different characters, and helping the story to flow.

    A great story for any Dumas fan, or for anyone wanting to see if they like his work without investing the time needed for the Three Musketeers or Count of Monte Cristo classics.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30105)
    Performance
    (23211)
    Story
    (23383)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "An Engaging Story"
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    In many ways, Catching Fire doesn't live up to the first book--there's a lot more that is going on, with the feel of the story changing over this book to lead into the third book of this trilogy. In the first book, it's generally pretty obvious who can be trusted and who can't (simply, trust no one), while the interplay between the characters and their relationships become more important in this book. There's also a loss of feeling of "everyone against the capitol" that the last book had, as the capitol looks less black-and-white, with the only true evil appearing to be the president himself.

    Still, with the change of feel from the first book, this is an enjoyable continuation of the story, and certainly well worth a try for anyone that enjoyed the first in the series, and will likely be preferable for anyone that finds the intrigue and politics more enjoyable that the black-and-white good vs. evil stories. McCormick continues her stellar job of narration, keeping the story flowing and engaging, and helping the audience enjoy the story thoroughly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (285)

    The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

    Jaq Greenspon says: "One of the worst performances"
    "A . . Disjointed . . Performance"
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    The story itself is a great story, classic science fiction from a master of the genre. A story worth knowing by anyone interested in science fiction. However, the performance made it difficult to enjoy the story. Munro's style pauses frequently as he reads, but his pauses are often more lengthy than they should be, and occur at someone odd places, breaking the flow of the story greatly.

    For the price, it's worth listening, but if you're really wanting to enjoy the story, look for a different narration.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2131)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1964)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Good Story, Great Narration"
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    It was good to hear the actual, original Wonderful Wizard of Oz and see just how different it is from the movie. While a better book adaptation that many more modern movies, the famous movie still missed a lot of the highlights of the book.

    The best part of this audiobook, however, was the performance. Anne Hathaway does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life, giving each of them their own unique (and as in the case of the stork, for me anyway, somewhat unexpected) voices. She helped me to be immersed in the world in a way that the movie never managed proving that while pictures may be worth a thousand words, a well-spoken word can be worth a thousand pictures.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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