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Don

DENNISON, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2583)
    Performance
    (2352)
    Story
    (2333)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Hmmm..."
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    Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. This book,although good, does not do the dark tower series justice. The story is okay, it just feels a little too different than the others in the dark tower series. Get the book, it is worth the listen, but if you have not heard any of the other books in the dark tower series, please do not make any assumptions about them based on this book. The Dark Tower series is outstanding and I think everyone should read or listen to it. One other thing, Mr. King narrated Bag of Bones, Needful Things, and other books that were just fine. However, you can not create a series like this one, have it narrated by two other men with the voices they have and then write a book to go in the middle of the series and narrate it yourself! It is not that you are a bad narrator, you are okay at it, but George Guidell and Frank Muller are seasoned narrators with deep powerful voices. I am very sorry Mr. King, your books are excellent, but the choice to read this one yourself was a mistake. If it was re-released, with George Guidell or Frank Muller reading it, I would buy the book again and see if it changed my overall rating much.

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  • Dante's Divine Comedy

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ronald B. Herzman, Professor William R. Cook
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Professors Cook and Herzman provide you with an illuminating introduction to one of the greatest works ever written. One of the most profound and satisfying of all poems, The Divine Comedy (or Commedia) of Dante Alighieri is a book for life. In a brilliantly constructed narrative of his imaginary guided pilgrimage through the three realms of the Christian afterlife, Dante accomplished a literary task of astonishing complexity. In these twenty-four lectures, as you follow Dante on his journey, you'll learn how medieval literature offers insights into fundamental questions.

    Patti says: "The Commedia for Modern Readers"
    "Excellent companion to the book itself"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dante's Divine Comedy the most enjoyable?

    These two gentlemen are very good at presenting the divine comedy in such a way that you see things in a new light.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the actual book, or read it, then listen to this book, then listen to, to read again... this adds a lot of depth to the experience of 'The Divine Comedy'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Herbert A. Kenny (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    This unique poetic translation by Herbert A. Kenny, historian and poet, is the first that incorporates the Biblical, theological and historical allusions of the greatest poem im Christendom into the text itself. It can now be appreciated without a glossary or accompanying notes. Listen as the liquid lines take you through the horrors of the "Inferno", the mysteries of "Purgatorio" and the glories of "Paradiso".

    Tad Davis says: "Built-in study guide"
    "Divine indeed!"
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    Where does The Divine Comedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Where does this one rank? Well, it is not my all time favorite, but it certainly is right up there with the top books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the way the book flows. You are on a journey and if you pay attention to Dante, you can see the transformation that takes place as he moves through the poem. He grows and he finally gets it.


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

    I have listened to many books narrated by Grover Gardner. He is outstanding. Mr Gardner is one of the few narrators that I have seen listed as the narrator on a book that I was a little 'iffy' about purchasing, that seeing him listed has made me decide to get the book anyway. I have never been anything less than delighted with his narrations.


    Any additional comments?

    GET THIS BOOK!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6251)
    Performance
    (5306)
    Story
    (5321)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "WOW"
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    What made the experience of listening to Winter of the World the most enjoyable?

    This book is amazing. It is very well written, it keeps your attention from start to finish and you become involved with the characters. John Lee, of course, does an outstanding job narrating the book.


    What other book might you compare Winter of the World to and why?

    I would compare this to World without end and pillars of the earth.


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

    John Lee is very clear and concise in his narration. He brings a life to the characters using his own style to do so. Everything about his narration compels you to listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9560)
    Performance
    (6096)
    Story
    (6085)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Awesome book!"
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    I love the books 'Pillars of the earth', and 'World without end'. I really thought he would have a tough time coming close to writing a book anywhere near as good as these. But, he did it! Fall of Giants is an excellent book and I can't wait for the others in this trilogy to come out! This, (and the other two mentioned here) are must have books for everyones library!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2300)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1291)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "I love this book!"
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    This is a delightful book that will capture you from the very beginning! The book is very well written and the narrator does an excellent job bringing the characters to life. You really, really, really should give this one a listen. You will be glad you did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3551)
    Performance
    (3108)
    Story
    (3148)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Surprisingly good book"
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    I was surprised at how good this book is. I listened to it a month or so back and have been thinking about it off and on. The characters are nicely developed and the story sticks with you. This is a very good book and the narration was well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4736)
    Performance
    (2496)
    Story
    (2496)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "You have to hear this"
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    I love this story. I have seen many versions of the play and have read the book. Of course there are a few versions of this story that appear on TV every year. This book can certainly hold its own with other versions, and other media. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Flies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Golding
    • Narrated By William Golding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1119)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (637)

    Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

    Raisa says: "Great story - bad narration"
    "Haunting"
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    This book is a classic. As a child, like most boys, I sometimes wondered about life on a deserted island. The adventures would be awesome! I think those daydreams were closer to "The Wonderful World of Disney" daydreams. This book is probably much closer to the reality of being stranded on an island. Its a good book and worth your time to listen to it. The author narrates this book and he really should stick to writing and leave narration to others, but he does okay. It takes a little to get past this, so stick with him and give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3151)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1379)

    Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

    John Robertson says: "What happened to Scott Brick?!!"
    "One of his best books!"
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    The gold coast was excellent, Wildfire was haunting, yet outstanding, the lions game was riveting, but The Lion tops them all! Nelson DeMille has become my favorite author. I have listened to seven of his books so far and they were all excellent! I highly recommend anything written by this author. The Lion is my favorite though. It can easily stand alone, but I recommend you listen to the lions game first, then the lion. The narration??? Well, Scott Brick is certainly one of the best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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