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G.T.

Saint Cloud, FL | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 86 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Moby Dick: or the Whale

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Mark Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    Moby-Dick is widely considered to be the Great American Novel and a treasure of world literature. The story details the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whale ship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale: Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. And Ahab intends to take revenge.

    G.T. says: "Solid narration of a timeless classic"
    "Solid narration of a timeless classic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Moby Dick: or the Whale the most enjoyable?

    I listen to audiobooks on my way to/from work every morning, and this book took me almost two months to listen to, and it was worth every minute. It's one of those feelings of achievement and satisfaction you get only from finishing something worthwhile. I never read this book growing up, and I anticipated it to be hard enough to follow in print, not to mention in audio form. But Mark Nelson did a fabulous job not only managing all the various accents and voice textures, but also in how he handled all the dialects present in the text. I have an appreciation for anyone who reads a book well, and a book like this is twice as difficult to read aloud as a normal novel. Well worth the time spend listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't expect all the tertiary information Melville provided about the whaling trade and life at sea. It was an unexpected, but not unwelcome, addition to what I did expect. The narrative portions themselves were so good I listened to some chapters twice, especially the very last chapter.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes have to be when Stubb made the Cook preach to the sharks, and of course the final battle with Moby Dick.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved by Ahab's existential reflections toward the end of the book, and I was saddened by Ahab's final benevolent desire to see Starbuck make it back to his family.


    Any additional comments?

    I never read this book growing up, and I anticipated it to be hard enough to follow in print, not to mention in audio form. But Mark Nelson did a fabulous job not only managing all the various accents and voice textures, but also in how he handled all the dialects present in the text. I have an appreciation for anyone who reads a book well, and a book like this is twice as difficult to read aloud as a normal novel because of all these accents and dialects. Well worth the time spent listening.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hangman's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (1360)
    Story
    (1354)

    When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

    Margaret says: "Great but graphic"
    "Great start to a great series"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hangman's Daughter the most enjoyable?

    The historical setting and personal connection of the author to the characters are all part of what make this so enjoyable. There is something about these characters that immediately hooked me. Grover Gardner's performance is, as usual, flawless.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes; lots of little twists and turns and surprises.


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

    One thing most people will notice is his correct pronunciation of names, places and other things like herbs and weapons. If I had read this, I would have mispronounced just about every name. Gardner's voice is just awesome, though. Probably my favorite narrator out there.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "Hangmen have feelings too."


    Any additional comments?

    The series only goes up from here. Seriously, as good as this first installment is, the rest only get better and better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5697)
    Performance
    (3633)
    Story
    (3661)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Pleasantly surprised"
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    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely one of the better audiobooks I've listened to. The narration is superb and the story is captivating. The only thing I anticipate others would complain about is the fact that this story is also an immersion into objectivism, Ayn Rand's own brand of philosophy. I didn't mind it; knowing Rand's feelings on art puts her own work into perspective. It does feel a little preachy at times, and Rand does not hold punches when it comes to the antagonists, the so-called "looters." Within one paragraph of introducing a new character, you will know whether the character is "good" or not (the only possible exception being Cheryl Brooks). Yet it's amazing to see how her philosophy and the story were so intertwined to create such a complete story. Everything falls into place. The characters are extremely well developed, and the conclusion of the story was well worth the 60 hours devoted to listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense. It was very well paced, that is if you like longer stories. I can see how someone might become bored with this story after a while. It takes time and patience, but it certainly pays off.


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

    Yes, I didn't want to stop listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (794)

    Following in the footsteps of the New York Times best-selling graphic novels and the record-breaking new television show, this debut novel in a trilogy of original Walking Dead books chronicles the back story of the comic book series greatest villain, The Governor.

    David says: "Well....okay...I guess"
    "Another great way to geek out on WD"
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    If you could sum up The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, depressing, shocking


    What other book might you compare The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor to and why?

    Hard to say, though I think if Hemingway or Camus ever wrote a zombie novel, it would be a lot like this book.


    If you could rename The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor, what would you call it?

    Actually, I would rename it Road to Woodbury, which is the title of the second book in the series. Rise of the Governor isn't really appropriate, because "the Governor" doesn't ever really appear in this book unless you count the very last page or two. The titles of the two volumes should really be switched.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Narrated By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (265)

    Parenting is not about kids, it's about parents. If you're not in control, then you cannot be in charge. What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that's inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics.

    Crystal says: "CALLING ALL PARENTS: MUST READ!"
    "I was blown away by this book."
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    Would you listen to ScreamFree Parenting again? Why?

    Yes, because there is so much good information, I probably need to listen three or four more times to get it all. I will have a notebook handy next time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book deals with issues most parents face on a daily basis, and I was really looking for something to give me some kind of guidance on parenting. This is the best book I've found because it doesn't just give tips or suggest methods; it really gets to the root of the issues parents deal with and explains the source of much of the behavior we want help with.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the chapter on consequences was the most helpful, but also the most difficult to put into practice! But the author actually warns that it's difficult, and emphasizes the importance of sticking to your consequences anyway.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from ScreamFree Parenting?

    Hopefully all of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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