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Donald

Fairfax, VA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • A High Wind in Jamaica

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Hughes
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Set in the 19th century against a backdrop of island life and the vast surrounding seas, A High Wind in Jamaica is the gripping story of the Bas-Thornton children, whose parents send them back to England following a hurricane in the postcolonial Caribbean they call home. Having set sail, the children quickly fall into the hands of pirates. As their voyage continues, things take an awful turn

    Donald says: "Bach gets in the way"
    "Bach gets in the way"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I do not understand why the producers of this book believe that frequent interludes of music add anything. I suppose they believe that the words can't carry the story well enough, and so must insert guitars, dramatic scores, Johann Sebastian Bach. Also, unfortunately, the narrator has a way of reading in a very condescending manner, as if he were reading to children. He likes to drop the volume of his voice to emphasize passages, invariably requiring me to back up and increase the volume. It really detracts from the enjoyment of the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (377)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "A feel good book for Christians"
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    Was Ordinary Grace worth the listening time?

    Not worth it for me. The moralizing became more intense as the book progressed. I wasn't interested in the "message."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beggar King: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translated by)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    1662: Jakob Kuisl, the hangman of a village in the Alps, receives a letter from his sister calling him to the imperial city of Regensburg, where a gruesome sight awaits him: her throat has been slit. When the city constable discovers Kuisl alongside the corpse, he locks him in a dungeon, where Kuisl will experience firsthand the torture he’s administered himself for years.

    Frank says: "Great Read!"
    "Superficial"
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    Any additional comments?

    Listening to this book is like listening to someone read a comic book. Flat, superficial, predictable, and basically not very interesting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3237)
    Performance
    (1577)
    Story
    (1576)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Too introspective, but outstanding narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shantaram to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Shantaram to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, it's too long. And the author spends too much time navel-gazing when it's really not necessary. The story should carry and deliver the key concepts without the redundancy of the author picking so much lint out of his nave.


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

    fabulous narration, tremendous character portrayal, huge range of voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13267)
    Performance
    (5695)
    Story
    (5767)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Guitar, piano, emotional narration"
    Overall

    If you like a soundtrack with your audible book, then you'll love this one. I guess the publisher felt that the author's words couldn't convey emotion well enough -- so they inserted overwhelming piano, strings, guitar in so many places in the book that I was convinced the story MUST be emotional. I couldn't count on the words, since the music took over. And the narrator was over the top.

    What's wrong with a well-read novel, leaving the chamber music for another cd?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2311)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1203)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "If you're a teenager . . ."
    Overall

    If you're a teenager, you may like this one. It was just too much like an arcade game for me. I stopped listening before the half way mark. Admittedly, for a grumpy old guy like me, it was too shallow. I hoped for more depth, less cartoon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Town Like Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Robin Bailey
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (789)

    Wanting to repay a wartime debt to the Malays, Jean Paget returns. There she hears a story which leads her to Australia.

    Barbara says: "Better still in Audio form"
    "Well done"
    Overall

    Imaginative, realistic, even the romance for an old f**t like me was just fine. Nice completion, it made my commutes in the car go by TOO fast! Excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hale
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Bruno Littlemore is quite unlike any chimpanzee in the world. Precocious, self-conscious and preternaturally gifted, young Bruno, born and raised in a habitat at the local zoo, falls under the care of a university primatologist named Lydia Littlemore. Learning of Bruno's ability to speak, Lydia takes Bruno into her home to oversee his education and nurture his passion for painting. But for all of his gifts, the chimpanzee has a rough time caging his more primal urges.

    Casey says: "Prepare To Be Dazzled!"
    "Overrated"
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    I was willing to go along with the author all the way through the first volume, and half way through the second of the three audible volumes, but that's when I put this book on ice. Not interesting enough, too repetitive, and after the novelty of the main character ran its course (well, actually it repeated the same course indefinitely), it flattened out like a pancake.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptian: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mika Waltari
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (163)

    The world of ancient Egypt springs magnificently to life in this astonishing historical novel of love, war, political intrigue, and religious revolution. Told from the first person point of view, it is the story of Sinuhe, physician to the royal court of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his successors in the middle of the tumultuous 14th century B.C.

    Fernando says: "Best historical Novel Ever written"
    "Very disappointed"
    Overall

    If you like quacking ducks with your audible book, you'll love this one. It seems the producers found it impossible not to embellish the spoken word with extraneous LOUD sounds not just in the introduction, but spaced throughout.

    I gave up on the book, consigned it to the dust bin.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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