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Hugh

Asheville, NC, USA

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  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (219)

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

    Sarah says: "Gripping despite the minutiae"
    "Not What I Remembered"
    Overall

    I read the entire book in high school. I remembered the long descriptions, but I thought there was a lot more action. I get what Melville tried to do, having been in the Navy. Life on board ship is monotonous. Still, I found the descriptions interesting. Modern taste, I guess, requires a lot of action. Dickens is not as interesting as I thought he would be. But Mark Twain is. Anyway, I am sure I will listen to this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Endless Knot: Song of Albion, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Picture a world intricately entwined with our own, yet separate, pulsing with the raw energy and vivid color of Celtic myth come to life. Picture Albion.

    Hugh says: "Better the second time"
    "Better the second time"
    Overall

    I found this trilogy to be fascinating. If you've read Joseph Campbell's description of the hero in mythology then you will better understand this story. Lewis is similar to Frodo, Luke Skywalker and Harry Potter; all share the same fate. In addition, check out the Celtic myth of Lugh.

    To understand Lawhead's mythology/theology I recommend reading his biography of St. Patrick, "Patrick" and note how it compares to this story.

    It was the second time I listened to this trilogy that I truly enjoyed it. Knowing what's going to happen makes it easier to understand Lawhead's symbolism. This is a bard's tale.






    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thr3e

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By Rob Lamont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    Imagine answering your cell phone one day to a male voice that gives you three minutes to confess your sin. If you don't, the madman, Slater, will blow your car to smithereens. You barely manage to exit heavy traffic and ditch the car when, precisely three minutes later, your car blows sky high. The media and police descend on the scene; your world has just changed forever.

    Tami B. says: "Brilliant!!!"
    "Decent Thriller"
    Overall

    This is my first Dekker book. It's a decent whodunnit kind of book, with a different sort of mystery. "Psychological Thriller" is a very apt discription. This book does play with the reader's mind. I didn't notice anything strange about the narration. Some copies may be bad. Call Audible and get another copy before letting the narration frustrate you. They're really good about stuff like that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard's First Rule: Sword of Truth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

    In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword - to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed...or that their time has run out.

    A User says: "Horrible Narrator"
    "Superb torture, if that's your thing."
    Overall

    Well, after reading the torture scene in Gabaldon's Outlander, I thought I reached the bottom of the barrel in torture. Goodkind is neither good nor kind: this is one author who knows how to torture. And you will suffer from the torture scenes. I really think Goodkind enjoyed the torture of Richard. I also see why this was described as it was: the reader needs to understand the nature and purpose of the torture.

    As I listened to this book I had the feeling that it was Goodkind's first effort at writing. There's a lot of stuff that could be left out and some things that should have been.

    What I really do not like is the apparent lack of an ending to the story. I see that there are seven or eight, maybe more, novels in this series. One of Harry Potter's best qualities is that Rawling had the whole story planned before she wrote the first book. And she stuck to her story line. At the end of this book I think the story is done. "And they all lived happily ever after." Or some such stuff. From a review I read that the bad guy comes back in book two. I don't care enough about the situation and characters to find that enticing.

    I will recommend the book, but with the caveat that you have a very high tolerance for pain.

    And I guess that's the problem, at least for me. I just don't care enough about the characters to read more of them.

    BTW, I think the narrator is fine. I don't need the reader to play the characters, I need the reader to read each word in a tone that I can understand. I do not want a monotone, as that puts me to sleep. This reader was just fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18447)
    Performance
    (14508)
    Story
    (14548)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Well, maybe it's better than I thought"
    Overall

    It is expensive at 2 credits, but I kept thinking about the story. One reader compared this to a soap opera...well, maybe it is. But it's the characters that keep things going. This is a study in politics, which means motives. And like life, characters you like die. Remember that Alexander the Great died prematurely. So did Julius Caesar. And note the length of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." I guess it's not really a soap opera, it's a political history, complete with all the motives of the characters. Well, maybe that is a soap opera...? Anyway, I guess I'll get the third book. I can't wait to see the dragons grow up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27187)
    Performance
    (20932)
    Story
    (21013)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "An expensive song of politics and power."
    Overall

    This is neither "The Oddesy", "LOTR" nor is it "Harry Potter" This is good old political intrigue. There is no hero. There is the story.

    Characters one really cares for die. Characters one wants to like do truly horrible things. There is incest. There is cold blooded murder. There is war. Parents should read (listen) to this with their teens. (Note: a previous reviewer objected to the multitude of sexual perversions described. Well, I don't remember much of that: certainly there is nothing to compare to Diana Gabaldon.) I would recommend "Eragon" or "Harry Potter" for most younger children. Children may like this book because there are seven and ten year olds in it, but I think most will find this a tough book. It is written for adults.

    Also, because there is no hero, there is little to make me want to read the sequels. I may, but at 2 credits per book there are many other things to read. Maybe they'll drop the price.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1983)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (783)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "What a story!"
    Overall

    I have listened to this twice now, and found it hilarious both times. Now, I must admit that the reader is not perfect. Obviously, he has no idea what "okra" is, much less how to pronounce it. But even that was funny. I know I could not begin to produce the variety of accents required to make this work. What is great is the story. I understand so much about my native language that I never knew before. This should be a High School textbook. It's no wonder that English is such a wierd language. This book explains much.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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