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  • 32 reviews
  • 70 ratings
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  • 41 purchased in 2015

  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia Lee Reneau says: "EXCELLENT!!"

    Engaging story that I would recommend to anyone who needs a break from The History of Rome part one to many. The story progresses in well written prose without the suspension of disbelief being overly taxed. The good characters are quite sympathetic while the bad ones are quite despicable.

    Linn Redgrave's narration is exceptional. Her voices are easily identifiable with each character and consistent throughout. I thought her good enough to look for other titles with her which are surprisingly few.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Pilot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Gandt
    • Narrated By Thomas Block

    A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

    Matthew says: "Gives a whole new meaning to Snakes on a Plane!"
    "Good story, LOUSY narrator"

    I would try another book from Robert Gandt as long as Thomas Block was not the narrator. The story is interesting, and just plausible enough to keep me interested, but I almost stopped listening several times because of the poor narration. The narration is extremely inconsistent, the narrator slurs many words, mispronounces others and does a terrible job with characterization, escpecially with the female characters. It was painful at times to listen to.
    We have several hundred books in our Audible library, and once again, I find that the narrator can make or break a book. I wouldn't recommend this book in audio form to anyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

    • UNABRIDGED (98 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others

    This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

    Nancy says: "Majestic listening"
    "The Bat Man of Bibles"
    Would you try another book from Thomas Nelson, Inc. and/or the narrators?

    The narrators individually yes. I found the presentation extremely distasteful. I am not a fan of ensemble casts, but this is very bad. And God (tympani) said (women singing vowels -AAAAAA, OOOO, UUUU) strike them with the edge of the sword (Smack, Biff, Whap) and there will be crying and gnashing of teeth (weeping screaming) etc. etc. I kind of think the book stands on its own, or should. Most of the actors were clearly told to overact and took the direction to heart. The text is not segregated into books in a manner that could be referenced easily.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV?

    When it was blessedly over.

    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    To many, most seeming to be competing to overact the others. Michael York, one of my favorite narrators, was a refreshing exception.

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

    The text stands on its own, but it was not left alone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "Food for thought"

    I am sympathetic to Michael Pollan’s way of thinking about food so this was an interesting presentation of what I already believe. I would recommend this book to those of like minds, for example if you enjoyed The Omnivore’s Dilemma. However, I have the same criticism as I did of his previous work. It tends to be a little on the officious side, and as much as I like Scott Brick, he is the wrong narrator for this book. A little officious become downright pompous with Brick’s narration. If I did not agree with the content it would be difficult to finish the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John R. Hale
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The navy created by the people of Athens in ancient Greece was one of the finest fighting forces in the history of the world and the model for all other national navies to come. The Athenian navy built a civilization, empowered the world's first democracy, and led a band of ordinary citizens on a voyage of discovery that altered the course of history.

    Matthew says: "Sound narrative history"
    "Ramming speed"

    Obviously you are interested in the history of the period or you would not be looking at the reviews, so this book is for you. It is well researched and presented and a good read, but not a casual one. If you have no familiarity with the area or time I might suggest some primers first. It is a rather quick stroke through the Peloponnesian War and surrounding waters. I think the Athenian navy being the source of democracy is a stretch, but points are well made and the history is fascinating. A map will help.

    David Drummond does a masterful narration on a difficult script.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    D. ABIGT says: "This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric"
    "Not so great Scott."

    It is hard to recommend this. Perhaps if you are into 1960 science fiction and have a good suspension of reality ability. Character development is ok and action is suspenseful at times.

    I am normally a fan of Scott Brick, but I have to ask what happened? He drags the dialog and the voices sound enough alike to be confusing. I would caution not to disregard other books he narrates because of this one.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Well worth a damn."

    It is difficult for me to understand how I could be so interested in such a long book filled with characters that I have such little sympathy for. But there you have it; I did enjoy it and would recommend it to anyone interested in the period. Well, not anyone, if you are offended by overt racist comments, this would call for some thickening of the skin. Scarlett did strain credulity with being so scatter brained in some areas and insightful in others.
    Linda Stephens is wonderful. Character voices are clear consistent and enjoyable. I will look for more from her.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Crowner Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bernard Knight
    • Narrated By Paul Matthews

    London, 1196. At the command of Richard the Lionheart, Sir John de Wolfe has left his beloved West Country for the Palace of Westminster, where he has been appointed Coroner of the Verge. But with the king overseas, embroiled in a costly war against King Philip of France, Sir John is dismayed to discover that the English court is a hotbed of greed, corruption and petty in-fighting.

    Wadie says: "good"
    "Exceptional narration"

    If you are looking for a historical novel of this period check out The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion. For a murder mystery perhaps Medicus. I found myself wishing the author would move the plot along. There is a lack of surprises and twists that should make a book like this captivating. The characters are well developed and sympathetic.

    I did enjoy this listen I think mostly for the exceptional narration of Paul Matthews.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"

    I would highly recommend to anyone interested in angles, demons, or just a lighthearted read about death, destruction, and the end of days. I agree a taste for English humor is necessary (footnote, not British because I am sure the Welsh and Scotts are knee slapping hysterical if you could just understand them, and, well, is there humor in Ireland?).

    Mr. Jarvis does a wonderful job of narration, but the complaint that there is no separation between jumps to different settings is valid (footnote, entirely cleared up if you have a fish in your ear).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Daniel Stashower
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews

    This compelling biography examines the extraordinary life and strange contrasts of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the struggling provincial doctor who became the most popular storyteller of his age when he created Sherlock Holmes. From his youthful exploits aboard a whaling ship to his often stormy friendships with such figures as Harry Houdini and George Bernard Shaw, Conan Doyle lived a life as gripping as any of his adventures.

    GoryDetails says: "A lively, enjoyable look at Conan Doyle"
    "Sympathetic biography"

    I would recommend this to anyone interested in Conan Doyle, his work, or the history of the turn of the previous century. Well written and sympathetic. A case could be made that it is a little too sympathetic, but if it was not so Conan Doyle could easily be portrayed as a nut case. As it is, the latter portion of his life is more comfortable to listen to. His wit is well displayed which also makes for a good read.

    Richard Matthews as usual does a stellar job. It is, however, a little un-nerving to hear Felix Leiter (the American CIA agent in Casino Royal) as the voice of the American newspapers. Perhaps he borrowed the voice from Simon Vance or Robert Whitfield.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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