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J. Schafer

Mystic, CT | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 101 ratings
  • 399 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Full of rich Americana"

    This absolute classic is brilliantly narrated by Wood who uses his talent to the extreme. I was duly impressed at Wood's lingual skills in navigating the dialect and accents. For those who have written reviews detesting the use of the "N" word, that's simply how they spoke in Twain's time. This novel brings you back to the lazy days of the mid 1800s in America and all that goes with it. If you paid attention in high school or college US History class, you'll understand the language of the time. "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was on my high school reading list and I was hooked when I read it. I had read it twice more after school and was thrilled when it came out on I was not disappointed by the treatment the audio transformation gave it. Highly recommend.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Blood of Olympus: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

    Kathy says: "Great story, terrible narrator"
    "A fine ending to a great epic"

    There have been many complaints about the narrator of this book. I think he did a great job bringing this story to a close. There was not as much mythology explored in this book as in others, but there was a lot of ground to cover to complete the quest. I think the final victory was rough around the edges, but I'm glad it's over. A fun listen and a great series of books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Masterful and fun!"
    Where does Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think Inferno ranks in the top ten, out of 160+ books in my library. This was a great story with comfortable characters.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely! From the very beginning I was whip-lashed into the story in an unorthodox, or rather unexpected, way. Dan Brown had me so baffled in the first chapters that I was immediately hooked.

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

    I don't think I have.

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

    This concept was extremely thought provoking. Even after I finished, my colleagues and I talked about the plot line for weeks afterward. We also delved into the science and plausibility and concluded we are all screwed.

    Any additional comments?

    One of Dan Brown's best. Right up there with Angels and Demons. A fascinating topic, a thrilling ride, and brilliant incorporation of art history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Grammy Winning Performance"
    What did you love best about Lolita?

    Jeremy Irons made this incredibly rich and complex story come to life. Without his narration, I would have never made it 15 minutes into this book. I loved how he really brought Humbert Humberto together. His flawless delivery of each word made this an easy complex book to listen to.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lolita?

    Whenever the main character became jealous, you good feel the rage through Jeremy Irons' delivery.

    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Irons – was your favorite?

    The main character. As I said, flawless.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Jeremy Irons already portrayed the main character in the movie version. The tag line would be "You will understand at the end."

    Any additional comments?

    BEST BOOK I'VE HEARD ON AUDIBLE.COM. Unbelievable performance. Truly award winning in my opinion. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "A waste of my time this wasn't."
    "Rich in detail, well read"

    I don't typically write reviews. I usually don't have time, or the energy to do so (defined as: lazy). However, I just finished Twilight. I downloaded this book because of the movie, which I did not see, but wanted to know what the hype was about. The spirited, yet sultry voice of Ilyana Kadushin instantly hooked me. I because acutely attached to the main character, Bella, and was totally engrossed in the story. It is certainly rich in detail, well read, beautifully set, and strangely believable. I like the author's description of the vampire and the debunking of the myths. I like the Indian backdrop too. It leaves a lot of room for maneuvering in future novels. I was on edge during the last few hours of the book and could not stop listening. I was fearful for the character and thought the depth of her, and Edward was compelling and lively. I yearn for the love they have for each other. Must work on that with the wife... It is totally palpable.
    I also like how the whole story was tied together. It left only a few gaps, which can easily be tightened in future novels. But that leads me to the problem. I read on the author's website that she has put the latest addition to the saga on indefinite hold due to a security breach with the manuscript. While I understand her frustration, anger, and rage, I think it is a betrayal to the fans that have followed the story since 2005 to leave them hanging. It would be like Rowling not publishing Deathly Hallows because someone stole a few chapters and published it on the internet. I hope the author comes to her senses and finishes the saga, the right way.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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