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Brenda

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  • The Grand Design

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (432)

    The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

    Brandi says: "Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real"
    "Terrible as an audiobook"
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    What disappointed you about The Grand Design?

    This may be a good book to read and ponder about, but as an audiobook it just doesn't cut it. It goes way too fast and if you get distracted for a second you lose track of what they're saying. It's not like a novel or some simpler non fiction, it's not an easy listen. Do not try it if you lack perfect focus while listening to audiobooks.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13249)
    Performance
    (5581)
    Story
    (5625)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "BAD quality, fantastic story."
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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is fantastic. I've read the book (a physical book) and I fell in love with the plot, the complexity of the settings, and the various characters. The themes of the story are honor, loyalty, love, responsibility, dignity, and so on… full of chivalry.


    Any additional comments?

    The quality of the audiobook is terrible. At a low volume it's ok (but too low for comfort) and if you turn up the volume, the narrator spits into the microphone every two seconds, and the sound is a bit noisy. I couldn't bear to listen more than 5 minutes. Get the real book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2550)
    Performance
    (2376)
    Story
    (2397)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Scariest book ever"
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes regarding room 217 were creepy as creepy can be. And Campbell Scott's voice was spot on for the mood.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those horror stories that pass the test of time. Do not be discouraged by the fact that Stephen King is a very popular/mainstream writer, he is a FANTASTIC storyteller. And this audiobook edition will send shivers down your spine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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