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Alison

I am always up for a good book, regardless of genre.

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  • Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Malcom Gaskill
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Witchcraft is a subject that fascinates us all. Indeed, from childhood most of us develop some mental image of a witch - usually an old woman, mysterious and malignant. But why do witches still feature so heavily in our cultures and consciousness? From Halloween superstitions to literary references such as Faust and, of course, Harry Potter, witches seem ever-present in our lives.

    Tracee says: "Interesting book"
    "A great starter for the history of witchcraft"
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    Where does Witchcraft rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a good listen. I haven't really heard a lot of audiobooks, so I really can't rank this fairly. This book was like sitting in a lecture given at college, if you like that sort of thing (and I do) you will like this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Witchcraft?

    I really liked how the argument of how the modern view of witchcraft really cannot be applied to those who lived in the time where witches were a believable phenomenon. I also liked how the author/narrator demonstrated just how wrong our preconceived notions of witchcraft in the 14-18th century Europe are historically and statistically innaccurate.


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

    He sounds a lot like the guy who narrated programs on the History Channel (way back when they actually had shows in history), but hearing him narrate about some of the atrocities of those times was heartbreaking.


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

    There were many but here are the two that stand out in my mind: all the work that past historians did to get the actual numbers of witch trials right and that while we as Westerners may think that witchcraft is a joke, there are many countries that still kill and mutilate people because of witchcraft.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that anybody who listens to/or reads this book will be surprised at how little they know about the subject. This book made me want to read more about witchcraft in a historical context. If you go into this book with an open mind the preconceived ideas that you have at the beginning of the book will seem a little ridiculous when you get to the end of it.

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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4752)
    Performance
    (4264)
    Story
    (4287)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "FANTASTIC!"
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    Where does American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    There is only one audiobook I liked better and that was Dracula with Alan Cumming and Tim Curry. This was an amazing production. Dennis Boutsikaris is the perfect narrator. I love how Neil Gaiman reads not only the introduction, but the interludes of Mr. Ibis' diary. The entire cast captured the characters perfectly. At times I felt like I was listening to a radio drama and not a book. Gaiman's writing is really beautiful and when it is read aloud, you can hear the beauty and you (well at least I was) are transported to wherever his pen takes you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)?

    honestly, I can't just pick a few moments because this is one of the rare books that is solid from start to finish. My favorite part of the book is when Shadow is in the underworld. Hearing that out loud made it more powerful and moving. The murder of Wednesday also resonated, as did the meetings of the gods.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The were all spot on. As I said Dennis Boutsikaris brings the right amount of deadpan to the narration. He is almost lackadaisical about his reading, as if he wants to be doing something else, which creates an irony in that these characters are in liife and death situations. All the narrators captured their characters. Wednesday was as rasoy as I imagined. Low Key was as oily as a snake salesman. As for Shadow? Let's just say that next time I read this book I will be hearing his dialogue in that actor's voice.


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

    Yes. There were some parts of this book that I laughed so loud, I almost woke up my sleeping family. My husband would know when I was listening to it if I was totally engaged and had a smirk on my face.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing read and if you haven't read any Neil Gaiman, this is the book you should begin with.

    The only thing that is missing is a cast listing. I knew who the narrator was (Dennis Boutsikaris has a distinctive voice) but I would have liked to know who else was involved in this audiobook, because they were all amazing and if they have done other narrations I would love to hear them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (2179)
    Story
    (2205)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "A great way to enjoy a classic"
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    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The full cast recording gave what I think is an extraordinary text a whole lot more depth. When I first read Dracula, I was sucked into the story because of how it was written, but listening to the journals being read by different people made the book much more scary and there were a few times late at night when I was listening to it and got the creeps. Listening to Lucy's diary entries were more touching and poignant and even though I knew what would happen I was very upset when Seward described her final death.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Alan Cumming's Dr. Seward. He really gave the text his all and I quite forgot that I was listening to a narrator/actor playing Dr. Seward and not Seward himself.


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

    It adds depth. All of the narrators made me forget that I was hearing a story. For Dracula this was great as Stoker wrote all these different characters who have such unique voices. To hear them acted out was something extraordinary.


    If you could take any character from Dracula [Audible Edition] out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think it would be a tie between Lucy and Dr. Seward.


    Any additional comments?

    I never realized how much of the story is actually from Seward's point of view until I heard it. I was disappointed that Van Helsing's entries were so few, but the ones that were there Tim Curry gave an outstanding performance. All the narrators did a great job and I am so glad that I decided to get this book!

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