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J. Rawlins

Shaken never Stirred

Ohio United States | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 150 titles in library
  • 36 purchased in 2014

  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Great American Novel"
    What did you like best about The Great Gatsby? What did you like least?

    Best: It was not to long, Least: Even though its an old book this story premiss was tired from the beginning.

    Has The Great Gatsby turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Naw I like classics.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jake Gyllenhaal?


    Do you think The Great Gatsby needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO! The tragic ending won't allow it.

    Any additional comments?

    Never really understood what was so GREAT about Gatsby. I know people will be annoyed by that statement. If he was great cause he was a self made man, that's really lost in this weak plot. It just feels like some took a movie script and made a book outta it. I have never watched and of the previous Great Gatsby movies but maybe i should watch the new one with Leonardo in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trafalgar Gambit: Ark Royal, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christopher G. Nuttall
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Humanity is losing the war. The once-mighty space navies have been crippled, officers and crew have been stretched to the limit and Earth herself has come under heavy attack. The end cannot be long delayed. For Admiral Smith and the crew of HMS Ark Royal, the stakes have never been so high. The one hope is to make contact with alien factions that might oppose the war.

    Dave says: "Heart of Oak - Ready, Aye, Ready"
    "That was a chore"
    What would have made The Trafalgar Gambit better?

    cut out half the book.

    What was most disappointing about Christopher G. Nuttall’s story?

    The repetitiveness of it. Over and over and over!

    What didn’t you like about Ralph Lister’s performance?

    Same gravely made up male voice for a 19 year old pilot, middle aged pilot, and elderly admiral. If your going to do voices, do voices, not voice.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked the underling story but did not believe the reason the aliens started the war. They attacked cause one alien was mistakenly shot. BUT.. after that they don't seem to give a fig on individuals getting killed. They even blatantly kill each other in disagreements.

    Any additional comments?

    I finished it. Not sorry i listened to it but if i new how it was going to be after the first book i would not have read it and put my time and money into something else. They can't be best sellers though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Princess of Landover

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ben Holiday, High Lord of the magic kingdom of Landover, and his wife Willow have sent their 15-year-old daughter Mistaya to our world to attend a prestigious girls' boarding school. Mistaya--Misty to her friends--is not pleased with the arrangement. She is forbidden to use her magic for any reason, can't understand why other girls her own age don't revere the natural world, and is too clever for her own good in coming up with activities definitely not contained in the private school charter.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "I liked it."
    "The narrator is awesome"
    Would you listen to A Princess of Landover again? Why?

    Yeah but in a few years when i redo the series. I love it.

    What other book might you compare A Princess of Landover to and why?

    Any of the previous landover books. Has a little mystery, intrigue, and suspense.

    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Dick was great, He's done all the Landover books and has it it down pat. I originally read these in print and he really brought the characters to life. Well done voices for all the characters. Made it enjoyable.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No not really.

    Any additional comments?

    A previous reviewer stated that the narrator ruined this book. It couldn't be farther from the truth. This was one of the best narrators I've had the pleasure of listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Soulforge: Dragonlance: Raistlin Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A mage's soul is forged in the crucible of magic. Raistlin Majere is six years old when he is introduced to the archmage who enrolls him in a school for the study of magic. There the gifted and talented but tormented boy comes to see magic as his salvation. Mages in the magical Tower of High Sorcery watch him in secret, for they see shadows darkening over Raistlin even as the same shadows lengthen over all Ansalon. Finally, Raistlin draws near his goal of becoming a wizard. But first he must take the drea Test in the Tower of High Sorcery. It will change his life forever - if he survives.

    Maggie McMeekin says: "Fantastic story"
    "So begins Raistlin the 1st really cool anti-hero!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Soulforge to be better than the print version?

    Depends on your personal tastes

    What did you like best about this story?


    Have you listened to any of Chris Sorensen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Better than most

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

    To long for one sitting

    Any additional comments?

    A must for any fan of Dragonlance. This chronicles Raistlin's first steps into magic and his first steps to becoming the Black Wizard everyone fears.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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