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Glenn

Assonet, MA, USA

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  • The Moonstone

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Walter Covell, cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (9)

    The story involves a huge diamond, the moonstone, originally stolen from an Indian shrine. The gem is given to an English girl on her 18th birthday but disappears that same night. What follows is a spellbinding mystery that to this day has the power to draw the listener into its world of danger, suspense, and surprise.

    Lisa says: "Excellent"
    "Wonderful Book"
    Overall

    One of the greatest mysteries ever written. I never wanted it to end. Loved the way the different sections were read by different readers.
    Some were better than others but the overall effect was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Green Mansions

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By W. H. Hudson
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman, Jim Roberts
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    W. H. Hudson was born in 1841 in Buenos Aires and seems to have been a sort of permanently displaced person. He moved to London in 1869 and wrote a series of remarkable books, most with a wilderness setting. In 1904, when he was 63, he focused on an Indian legend for Green Mansions, a memorable romance of the jungle for which he is now chiefly remembered. His epitaph reads, "He Loved Birds and Green Places and the Wind on the Heath, and Saw Brightness of the Skirts of God."

    Glenn says: "Good, escapist story"
    "Good, escapist story"
    Overall

    The type of story that transports you to a totally different place. Reader was good but had a bit of a Northern accent. This didn't bother me but I suggest you listen to the sample to make sure it's ok for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (1)

    In 1725, Jonathan Swift published Gulliver's Travels, a book universally acknowledged as one of the most fantastic adventure stories and best satires on the human condition ever written.

    Len says: "Good reader's voice"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Excellent reading of this classic tale.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (823)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (135)

    Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

    Susan says: "What a gem!"
    "Strange but Good"
    Overall

    Terrific book. Very strange but very good.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (95)

    Dostoevsky studied human nature with passion and precision. He plumbed the depths and never winced at what he found, even when it was beyond his understanding. This extraordinary novel is a recital of his findings, told in the story of four brothers: Dimitri, pleasure-seeking, impatient, unruly; Ivan, brilliant and morose; Alyosha, gentle, loving, honest; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, sly, silent, cruel. What give this story its dramatic grip is the part these brothers play in their father's murder.

    Paul Z. says: "This book is one of the reasons I joined Audible!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    This is one of those life-changing books that has a profound impact on all who read it. On one level it is the story of a murder in which the murdered man's sons share varying degrees of complicity. However, it also has a deeper level. It portrays the spiritual drama of the characters moral struggles between faith, doubt, reason, and free will. Wonderful story, though not exactly light reading. Walter Covell is one of my favorite readers and he did his usual excellent job. Five stars.

    40 of 41 people found this review helpful
  • Great Tales of Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Bret Harte, Edgar Allan Poe, G. K. Chesterton
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Are you prepared to confront the Invisible Man? Venture into Room 666? Investigate a pair of strange feet? If so, this collection of great short-story mysteries will give you hours of unsettling pleasure.

    Glenn says: "Good Stories"
    "Good Stories"
    Overall

    Good stories, well read. Not sure why it has so few stars except I gave it a five and for some reason it seems to have registered as a one. Very strange.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Our Mutual Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    John Harmon returns from exile expecting to receive an inheritance, but knows that he must marry a stranger, Bella Wilfer, in order to collect. He fakes his own death and takes on a new identity in order to observe her first. Some of the memorable characters in this, the last completed Dickens novel, include Bella who, unlike other Dickens heroines, cannot be accused of unnatural virtue; the insolent barrister Eugene Wrayburn; the amiable Boffin; and the rascal Silas Wegg.

    Louise M says: "The Usual Dickens"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    Great chacters as is always the case with Dickens and well read.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The God of His Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By John Chatty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Tales of the frozen North and the men and women who dared to challenge it, by the author of The Call of the Wild.

    Glenn says: "Good Stuff"
    "Good Stuff"
    Overall

    Typical and very good London stories. Very well read.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    John Carter, an American Civil War veteran, goes prospecting in Arizona and, when set upon by Indians, is mysteriously transported to Mars, called "Barsoom" by its inhabitants. Carter finds that he has demigod-like strength on this planet, due to its lesser gravity. He is soon captured by "Tharks", the planet's warlike, four-armed, green inhabitants, and his incredible adventures begin.

    Glenn says: "Well done"
    "Well done"
    Overall

    I thought the book was excellent, as long as you immediately "suspend your disbelief." I also thought the narration was very good - not over dramatic, but that's the way I like audio books - intelligently read but not "acted out."
    These are books, not stage plays, and I like to be able to "create" the characters in my mind, just like I do with the printed word. To each his own, I guess.

    19 of 19 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
    (13382)
    Performance
    (5799)
    Story
    (5871)

    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!!"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    Great Book. I liked both readers but the older one was incredible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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