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Phillip

Newburgh, IN, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Geologist Otto Lidenbrock is perusing an ancient Icelandic manuscript when he discovers a mysterious encrypted note. The message reveals the account of a sixteenth-century explorer who claims to have found a passageway to the center of the earth.

    Phillip says: "Great book, wrong narrator"
    "Great book, wrong narrator"
    Overall

    I have always loved Journey to the Center of the Earth. Even though I understand as an adult that the center of the earth is a rotating core of molten metal, Verne's novel still captures my imagination.

    Be aware though that Audible is offering Blackstone Audiobooks's edition of Journal to the Center of the Earth with Simon Prebble as the narrator. In fact, the preview audio is indeed Prebble's narration. However, when I purchased and downloaded the audiobook, to my great surprise, I discovered that it is a version narrated by Frederick Davidson. I have nothing personal again Davidson, but I find his narration style to be supercilious and effeminate.

    I've contacted Audible support twice about this mix up, but no quick solution appears forthcoming.

    Unfortunately, Audible does not always give its older audiobook editions close scrutiny when it comes to accuracy and quality. For this reason, I have rated an audiobook that deserves 4 stars as 1 star.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Jaws

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Benchley
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (475)

    Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.

    Tracy says: ""JAWS""
    "I was pulling for the shark"
    Overall

    Erik Steele was in there pitching with some good narrative talent, but Jaws the novel is too dreadful to be saved by even the best narrator. The problem with Peter Benchley's writing is that none of the characters are even remotely likable. As I read further into the novel, I found myself rooting for the shark. Early on, Benchley takes the reader into the mind of the "fish", which is a fascinating and effective technique. I wish the entire novel had been written for the shark's point of view.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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