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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (6108)
    Performance
    (3674)
    Story
    (3709)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Book vs Movie"
    Overall

    Funny thing is I enjoyed the movie more than the book. The book only had a little more to offer, but the movie was more structured and made since. I often got bored in the book, the randomness gets old after a while. I just wanted it to be over. Other than that its ok, the narrator is good.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is the most famous supernatural wild chase in all of literature. One of the best known American short stories, this tale has been produced countless times for television and film. A halloween classic!

    Nothing really matters says: "Hard to believe was written almost 200 years ago"
    "Enjoyable but short, more silly than scary"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow the most enjoyable?

    The story is funny and exciting, I wish it were longer. The story is silly rather than scary. I think Hollywood has turned it into a nightmare situation when the real story is much more comedic. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was fine, average.


    If you could take any character from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character would be fun to chat with.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked it a lot, I only wish it were longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Masque of the Red Death

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This is a story from the Fall of the House of Usher collection. The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares: Premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good if you like Poe, otherwise skip it."
    "Good if you like Poe, otherwise skip it."
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    Would you try another book from Edgar Allan Poe and/or William Roberts?

    Probably not.


    Would you recommend The Masque of the Red Death to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, unless you are a Poe fan then there is no reason to read this.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by William Roberts?

    Sure.


    Could you see The Masque of the Red Death being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It probably has, but its too short to be anything other than a short tv episode, unless they take a lot of liberties.


    Any additional comments?

    It is interesting if you like Poe, if you don't then skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cask of Amontillado

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    The bloody-minded Montresor leads the pompous Fortunato deep into the catacombs, seeking the famed Amontillado wine. Here we have one of Poe’s most terrifying, and most “beloved” tales. Revenge and pomposity commingle beneath the river’s bed, leading to a delightfully sinister conclusion.

    RedMozi says: "Giggity!"
    "It's alright"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It could go either way. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't like it. It was an interesting read for class, but nothing that I ever would have read otherwise. It was more interesting than some of his other writings.


    Would you recommend The Cask of Amontillado to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure, if I had a friend that loved Poe in general then I would recommend this short.


    What aspect of B.J. Harrison’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was pretty spot on in my opinion, very animated. There are some better performances and readings (even dramatizations) on YouTube available for free.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, of course not. But I did see a funny dramatization and reading on YouTube with the actor that played the dad in the Home Alone movies. It was better than listening to this in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it if you are a Poe fan, if not then pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minister's Black Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The Minister's Black Veil was first published in the 1836 edition of The Token and Atlantic Souvenir. It later appeared in Twice-Told Tales, a collection of short stories by Hawthorne published in 1837. Hawthorne's inspiration for this story may have been a true event. A clergyman named Joseph Moody of York, Maine, nicknamed "Handkerchief Moody", accidentally killed a friend when he was a young man and wore a black veil from the man's funeral until his own death.

    Amazon Customer says: "One of those "why do I have to read this" books"
    "One of those "why do I have to read this" books"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about The Minister's Black Veil?

    There was pretty much nothing interesting in the story to me. The writing was good, but the story was not compelling. I'm not a fan of this style, why read this one when there are more interesting stories by other authors in this same genre.


    What could Nathaniel Hawthorne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Had a better conclusion.


    What didn’t you like about Walter Zimmerman’s performance?

    The performance was fine, I think he did the best possible with this source material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The quality of the writing was very high, just not a good story.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip it unless you have to read it for school.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rabbit

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (530)

    Tom Clancy returns to Jack Ryan's early days, in an extraordinary new novel of global political drama. Ryan's first days on the job at the CIA put him into a high-stakes game, playing for the life of the Pope and the stability of the Western world.

    Jerret says: "Combined review"
    "Boring, stopped reading after 8 hours"
    Overall
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    What would have made Red Rabbit better?

    A more interesting story would have been nice. The beginning was fun, but it quickly became boring. Nothing interesting happened in the first 8 hours of listening so I put it down. The other reviews calling this a slow boring book were correct. I only read it because I wanted to read all of the Jack Ryan books in order, but I just can't do this one. I read the previous books in the series and I have enjoyed all of them so far. I read Rainbow Six when I was a kid and I really enjoyed it.


    What could Tom Clancy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A more condensed version of this book might be better.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was fine, average.


    Any additional comments?

    Its just not one of the good ones, skip to the next one in the series in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6409)
    Performance
    (1983)
    Story
    (2012)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Great! Better than Code"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Angels and Demons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the better books that I've read, probably in the top ten or twenty.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is very interesting and great to follow and learn from.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Poe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This performance is good, not great, average to above average.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this novel, it was much better than The Davinci Code in my opinion, though code is very good two. The two most recent books in the series were less interesting and boring at times. This is one of my favorite books, I would recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By R.A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Mischievous and resolved, courageous to the point of recklessness, Anakin Skywalker has come of age in a time of great upheaval. The 19-year-old apprentice to Obi-Wan Kenobi is an enigma to the Jedi Council, and a challenge to his Jedi Master. Time has not dulled Anakin's ambition, nor has his Jedi training tamed his independent streak.

    rob says: "Good Book"
    "Good for a movie book, not great."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from R.A. Salvatore and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Yes, probably. This book was better than the movie as it had more details, background information, and internal thoughts, but that doesn't mean its a good book...


    Would you be willing to try another book from R.A. Salvatore? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was fine.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is alright, not bad, not great.


    Did Star Wars Episode II inspire you to do anything?

    No way.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is good if you love Star Wars, there is some additional information and detail in the novelization that makes the story a bit better, however it wasn't a particularly compelling story to begin with...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7091)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1879)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Great novel!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Da Vinci Code in three words, what would they be?

    Art,Religion, Murder


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the plot is great, very interesting and perfectly paced. The characters are fantastic.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    The readers performance was good, average.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh at a few parts, but not cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. This book is not quite as good as Angels and Demons, but it is still fantastic!!! The two sequels are not so good unfortunately, the subject matter is just not as interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4055)
    Performance
    (3517)
    Story
    (3557)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Word Nerd says: "Great Book"
    "Good, not great."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Maze Runner in three words, what would they be?

    Boys, monsters, mazes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Maze Runner?

    The night the main character was trapped in the maze.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He was a good reader, not the best, but good. The audio quality was lower than I would have liked.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Boys, mazes, and monsters!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was good and worth reading. The characters are good and the story is interesting. The sequels are not very good in my opinion. Maybe they are making authors sign a three book deal even though they only have a good idea for one book. Anyways, I liked this one, but I recommend skipping the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fight Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Jim Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1479)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1099)

    When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

    Ilana says: "The first rule about Fight Club is..."
    "Very good, not perfect."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I loved the movie, and I love the book as well. The book is harder to follow than the movie, especially the way it under describes certain things. The movie actually makes the book make more sense, I recommend reading the novel second. The movie is just more organized and easier to follow than the book. I saw the movie first so this is just my opinion, I could see the book being confusing to an unfamiliar reader. Anyways, love the characters and story, a must read!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character is very relatable to be.


    Did Jim Colby do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the reader did a good job, not the best, but not bad.


    If you could take any character from Fight Club out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Tyler would probably convince me to join his cult...


    Any additional comments?

    If you love the movie then read the book. If you have not seen the movie, then see it, then read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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