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Howie

boston, MA, USA

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  • Londonwalks

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Anton Powell
    • Narrated By Jean Marsh
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    London, a huge and bustling metropolis, does not reveal itself to the casual visitor. To discover its hidden wonders, you must investigate its streets and squares on foot. Now with Londonwalks Audio Guide, you can put on your earphones, keep your eyes on the historic buildings, colorful shops, and hidden courtyards, while you listen to the history, scandal, and architectural curiosity of one of the most magnificent cities of Europe.

    Howie says: "Nice Walking Tour of London"
    "Nice Walking Tour of London"
    Overall

    I did the fist walking tour which starts at Embankment Tube Station near Trafalgar Square on the Thames and goes around the Strand and up through Covent Garden and I found it fascinating. Tons of little things I would never had noticed along with lots of history and hidden alleys to duck into and such. A lovely hour and half stoll. I walk fast so it could take you a little longer. And bring your camera to take pictures. Lots to see and well worth your time.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Fatherland (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser, Full Cast
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    The year is 1964, and it's a week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Nazi Germany won the Second World War, Churchill is living in exile in Canada, Joseph Kennedy is President of the United States, and King Edward and Queen Wallis are puppet monarchs of the United Kingdom. In this dimension, history took a very different turn in 1942 to the one we are familiar with.

    Howie says: "butchered beyond comprehension"
    "butchered beyond comprehension"
    Overall

    Pass this one by. I read the book a few years ago and thought it was great but this is a 2 hour hatchet job radio play. There are too many voices that come and go with no identification and the whole production is incomprehensible. Whoever did this should have listened to some old radio shows to see how it should be done. But the most annoying aspect of this production is the constant rise and fall in the audio level. If you turn up the volume to be able to hear the many whispered conversations then the normal tones that jump in are deafing. Read the book and forget about this botched attempt at dramatization.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5576)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2044)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Sets a standard for everyone else to meet"
    Overall

    These 3 Dark Materials books are not just audio books -- they are audio plays with music and actors and the kind of full production values like an old radio play. The stories are very very very dark and very very very serious and very long but they are also rich in character and dense plots with lots of action. You'll never hear anything better than these. They are marketed as kids books but they are not easy or simple books. They make Harry Potter look like Mother Goose. They deal with the soul and god and religion and moving between worlds in search of demons and "dust" and angels. The Armored Bear on the cover is one of the great fantasy characters in fantasy literature. Bravo!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3004)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (235)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Indiana Jones meets DaVinci"
    Overall

    Forget the negative reviews. I listened to this on a road trip from Boston to Buffalo and found it totally engaging and fun. I had to go hunt down a photo of the "Last Supper" so I could see for myself. I know this book has caused a lot of controversy and its obvious why when you get your little brain wrapped around the premise. I don't know about the additional info that is in the printed book but I do know that this is fun audio book to listen to. I didn't get the feeling listening to this that anything of any critical importance was omitted. It kept me alert and involved and made a 7 hour drive seem like a heartbeat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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