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Gary

Sioux Falls, SD, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • Tales for a Stormy Night: A Pandora's Box of Classic Chillers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edith Wharton, and others
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It's midnight. Turn out the lights, cuddle with your true love, and shiver to fright-meisters Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, and H. P. Lovecraft. Quicken your pulse with the elegant terror of Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Guy de Maupassant. Chortle at the black glee of H. H. Munro and Ambrose Bierce.

    Kevin says: "Double AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    Outstanding collection of tales. As stated, great to listen to on a stormy night. Some of the narrators are superb, but all are at least very good. These stories are among the best you will hear on audible.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    This, the complete and unabridged original tale that provided us with the best-loved classic movie, stands on its own as a great modern fairy tale. Dorothy, her dog, Toto, and her companions, the Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion, are characters who endure in the hearts of children and adults alike. Join them on their enchanting journey as they follow the Yellow Brick Road in search of the wonderful Wizard in the enchanted Emerald City.

    Gary says: "Wondrous reading of great classic!"
    "Wondrous reading of great classic!"
    Overall

    Anna Fields does a masterly job of narrating this timeless classic. She has a wonderful voice and handles characterizations well, from the wicked witches to Dorothy, the cowardly lion, the wizard and others notable characters including the mouse queen. I look forward to hearing more titles narrated by Ms. Fields, including the sequel to Wizard of Oz.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Around the World in 80 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (295)

    Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

    Gary says: "Fabulous narration for Verne Classic"
    "Fabulous narration for Verne Classic"
    Overall

    I have other versions of Around in the World in 80 Days from Audible and all are very good to excellent narrations, but Jim Dale's narration is the best by far! What an audiobook!

    The production also enhances Mr. Dale's performance with very subtle moments of background music or locomotives that enhance the narration yet maintain this audiobook in its pure narrative form. Dale's characterizations are excellent and consistent.

    Since listening to this version, I have searched for other audiobooks by Mr. Dale as well as other book productions by Listening Library and look forward to listening to these as well, so impressed was I by this version.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • The Flight of the Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elleston Trevor
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    They are twelve men who shouldn't be alive. They have survived the sudden blinding sandstorm that crippled their air freighter. Survived a desperate crash landing in the Sahara of Central Libya. Survived to face the slow, dry, agonizing death of the desert. Twelve men with one hope: to build a new plane from the wreckage of their Skytruck and make a flight out of hell.

    Gary says: "Classic Survival Novel"
    "Classic Survival Novel"
    Overall

    Excellent novel with great narration. Elleston Trevor is a highly skilled writer. He is also famous for espionage novels under a different name but this book is a wonderful read with vivid characters.

    It is a classic and was made into a movie with James Stewart and Richard Attenborough, among others, who did it justice. There is now a recent movie with Dennis Quaid, so we are lucky to get this in audible. What a treat! Highly recommended.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Tales of Ghosts and Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony, William Dufris, Liza Ross
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Sixteen thrilling and chilling stories by some of the greatest writers of horror and the supernatural, including Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, Charles Dickens, Ambrose Bierce, R.L.Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant and John Polidori, who is held to be the creator of the first vampire tale. An audio treat for Halloween or any other night when the moon is high, these stories are rich in imagination, humor, and characterization.

    Gary says: "Horror the way it's supposed to be! Well done!!"
    "Horror the way it's supposed to be! Well done!!"
    Overall

    I was initially concerned because of the possiblitiy of music included in the narration, but thankfully, the music only sets the tone to wonderful, absolutely professional narration by some of the best narrators. This collection includes some of the best by the best horror writers, and is also narrated by the best narrators out there. William Dufris does an excellent job as always. All other narrators are equally notable. If you happen to also have Geraint Wyn Davies' narrations to compare, you will see that the narrator of Body Snatchers holds his own very well, which is no small feat with Geraint Wynn Davies. Great horror with equally great narration!!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Jack Foreman
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Gary says: "Poe's Best Horror by an Outstanding Narrator"
    "Poe's Best Horror by an Outstanding Narrator"
    Overall

    This title was one of the first in the Audible library and remains one of the best. Jack Foreman does an outstanding job providing atmosphere and character. It is surprising that this is the only audiobook narration in the audible library by Mr. Foreman. Like Geraint Wynn Davies, who is also an excellent narrator of horror, he provides just the right tone for impending doom and terror. Other narrators of Poe, including Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone do a fine job but not equal to Mr. Foreman. I highly recommend this reading of an excellent collection of Poe stories.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • Narrated By Vanessa Maroney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Living off crumbs in a dreary attic, Sara Crewe comforts herself with wondrous stories of adventure and fortune, and in the end the stories become true.

    Gary says: "Outstanding!"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    Excellent narration of this timeless classic about a young girl, cruel headmistress and enduring values of love and friendship. All characterizations were superbly performed by the narrator.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Main Street

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Widely hailed as a milestone in American literature, Sinclair Lewis' Main Street vividly describes a country on the verge of massive change, with traditional values being threatened by progress. The novel's heroine, Carol Milford, is a highly educated, ambitious woman who plans to join a newly enlightened society. But after marrying a small-town doctor, she finds herself trapped in the role of a dutiful wife. Carol's desires for social change conflict with the security of her comfortable married life, as she struggles to understand the cost of conformity...and rebellion. As relevant today as it was upon its 1920 publication, Main Street is both a masterful piece of writing and a fascinating microcosm of America's social evolution.

    Steve Bird says: "Delightful reading of an excellent book"
    "Great Classic Well Narrated"
    Overall

    This great classic by Sinclair Lewis is a mix of well drawn characters that both touches your heart and engages your mind. Although its fame lies in its depiction of the provincialism of Midwest attitudes, it far surpasses this narrow view of the book. It touches on our humanity. This also happens to be an oustanding narration with excellent audio clarity. Outstanding classic by one of America's leading literary lights.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rafael Sabatini
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (68)

    George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels, praises this hearty saga as "one of the great unrecognized novels of the 20th century." Doctor Peter Blood's quiet life is shattered when he is convicted of treason for helping a wounded nobleman in the 1685 rebellion against King James II.

    Gary says: "Outstanding rendition of classic swashbuckler"
    "Outstanding rendition of classic swashbuckler"
    Overall

    This is an outstanding audiobook on several levels. First, the narration is superb. The narrator has a broad range of characterizations that are beleivable and well maintained throughout the narration. Second, the clarity of the audio recording is excellent. Third, this happens to be one of the classic swashbucklers by Rafael Sabatini. I am hoping audible will add Sabatini's greatest work, Scaramouche, to the library, hopefully narrated by Mr. Whitfield. Until then, Captain Blood is an extremely satisfying and high quality recording.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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