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  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (875)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "If I had to read this for school I would have quit"
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    What would have made Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose better?

    Annotated. The diatribes Hugo goes on (for hours) are goddawful painful. Several times I was trapped in my car listening without being able to reach for the fast forward button, so I'd yell at my iphone, "I DON'T FREAKIN CARE--GET BACK TO THE PLOT!!!"


    Would you ever listen to anything by Victor Hugo and Julie Rose (translator) again?

    Likely not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George Guidall’s performances?

    Maybe.


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

    The plot of the characters was wonderful. If only it was drowned put in the details (of the Paris sewer system, of every minute of the battle of waterloo...)


    Any additional comments?

    I understand how you can take a HUGE book and successfully boil it to a few hour stage production! It may be the first time I like a movie over the original book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Christopher Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (189)

    Since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and Through the Looking Glass six years later, Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical tales have delighted the world with wildly imaginative and unforgettable journeys. While charming children with a heroine who represents their own feelings about growing up, the Alice stories are also appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

    Eclectic Reader says: "Wonderful Book, Wonderful Performance"
    "Mixed feelings about this recording"
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    Would you listen to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass again? Why?

    Not this version. I loved Christopher Plummer's range of characters but all the small characters (including Alison when talking to herself) were so quiet I had to keep cranking up the volume and still couldn't understand some lines. (and I am not deaf) Then the next character would BOOM in response, deafening me. I had to give up using headphones entirely to finish the book and then bought the hardcopy so I could read the parts I couldn't hear. Perhaps a sound engineer could make it listenable?!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That a story of utter nonsense could become a classic!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Plummer?

    Only with a better sound engineer so you can hear when he whispers. I really was delighted with his range of characters--never thought he had it in him!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It was a little manic to take all at once!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3215)
    Performance
    (2858)
    Story
    (2865)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "A lovely book"
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    Where does The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, Harold, of course. If he wasn't you wouldn't enjoy the book.


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

    No, but I certainly would. He was excellent.


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

    It made me laugh and cry--but sometimes the tears were for good. It is so touching a story.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think anyone who hasn't been married or lost someone to cancer can truly get this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocents Abroad: Or, The New Pilgrim’s Progress

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.

    Cynthia Franks says: "Twain's Hidden Gem"
    "Classic Twain"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to someone who wanted to read Twain specifically or to someone about to travel to Europe and the Middle East.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It did drag on or ramble at times, but that's Twain.


    Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He didn't really try to differentiate the characters because it was written in first person. I do wish he had taken bigger pauses between subject changes though. Twain can make some big topic jumps but there was no breath between so more than a few times when I was doing something else I had to rewind to catch the transition.


    Do you think The Innocents Abroad needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (495)

    Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

    M Kaner says: "I will listen to anything Juliet Stevenson reads"
    "Best narration ever"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes--but only to those who find 19th century England a great place to visit. The characters are engaging and the narration is superb. As far as England stories set in the 1800's it is more serious than Dickens (less sarcasm) and the characters are as interesting but less annoying than in Trollope.


    What other book might you compare Middlemarch to and why?

    I recently read "Can You Forgive Her?" by Trollope so I can't help but compare since they both covered young women/men in the 19th century, touching on class differences and politics. I did enjoy Trollope but I found the characters less annoying and the narration even better. And the plot was more interesting. How can you not love lines like "He was as genuine in character as any ruminant animal." ?!


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    The best of the narrators I've come across in my 2 years with Audible. Ms Stevenson creates a unique voice for every character and you can even tell who's talking in rapid pub conversations (an Eliot favorite).


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

    The whole Garth family because they are fun, honest, and loving. Or maybe Dr Lydgate because the poor, noble man needs a break from his wretched wife. Though if I had him out for dinner I'd try to steal him away from her.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10212)
    Performance
    (9387)
    Story
    (9440)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Changing names"
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    Would you try another book from George R.R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Roy Dotrice is one of the best narrators around. Martin's plotlines are addictive although too graphically violent and he obsessed with rape.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Keeps you hanging on for the next book.


    What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance would you have changed?

    I am disappointed he has changed the pronunciation of several characters names (Petyr to Peter, Catlin to Katelin) but that may be from the unfortunate influence of television.


    Do you think A Feast for Crows needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. It has no ending otherwise. This book introduced even more characters and plotlines and took us farther from any satisfying plot conclusions.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13544)
    Performance
    (11891)
    Story
    (11942)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Changing voices"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dance with Dragons to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read any of the print editions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's great to be back with some of the characters we haven't heard from in awhile.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should have kept his accents for the characters the same as previous books... Danerys voice change is particularly disappointing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2504)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Narrator is NOT Roy Dotrice!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Only sell Roy Dotrice version. I bought before realizing it was a different narrator and it has ruined the story for me. He doesn't even bother to pronounce characters' names the same, nor vary their voices so you can't tell who's talking during conversations.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    See above


    Do you think A Feast for Crows needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Remove John Lees version from your catalogue so people don't make the mistake and waste their money. Only sell Roy 's version!


    Any additional comments?

    People who wasted money on John Lees version should get a free Roy Dotrice version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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