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Jennifer

I'm a bibliophile, obviously! My specific interests are historical fiction and sci-fi fantasy. I love to escape with a book!

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  • The Lion in Winter

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 36 mins)
    • By James Goldman
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina, Kathleen Chalfant, Full Cast
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Insecure siblings fighting for their parents' attention; bickering spouses who can't stand to be together or apart; adultery and sexual experimentation; even the struggle to balance work and family: These are themes as much at home in our time as they were in the twelfth century. In James Goldman's classic play The Lion in Winter, domestic turmoil rises to an art form.

    Helen says: "Falls flat"
    "Clever and Witty"
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    Where does The Lion in Winter (Dramatized) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This dramatization of the play was well done, made me wish I were seeing it rather than just hearing it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lion in Winter (Dramatized)?

    There were several witty quotes, my favorite being "I'm villifying you for God's sake, pay attention."


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The different actors helped to give each character depth, and brought some of the history into the story.


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

    And you thought your family was bad!


    Any additional comments?

    Dramatization is not my favorite medium, but this was well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4065)
    Performance
    (2574)
    Story
    (2616)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Well Written"
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    Where does Elantris rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great book, and very well written. It's one of the books that stays with you. I recommend Brandon Sanderson to all Sci-Fi Fantasy readers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The prince was my favorite character, he was upbeat and positive even in the worst of times.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved watching the prince and his lady fall in love in Elantris, and traditionally I'm not the love story type.


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

    Something is wrong with the world....


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great read, well worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6160)
    Performance
    (5430)
    Story
    (5477)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "I wish I read this years ago!"
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    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books, but I always need a "palate cleanser" after a King novel. They can be dark.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    M-o-o-n That Spells Moon! I love the simplicity of a good human.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    That's a really hard call, I enjoy the depth and reality given to the characters.


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

    I cried throughout the book, and laughed out loud in others.


    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book. I do wish they hadn't made him cut 400 pages out to begin with, but this restored version was wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (304)

    Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

    Marcus Vorwaller says: "Beautiful story, amazing narration"
    "A Classic Read"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to my literary friends, it's fairly dark and wandering for the casual reader.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have worked to make it, somehow, less depressing.


    What does David Horovitch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the depth of feeling, that I may not have attributed to the characters on my own.


    Was Anna Karenina worth the listening time?

    Yes, I love long books.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose this was a pretty good look at how selfish, and unaccountable people can be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11437)
    Performance
    (9131)
    Story
    (9236)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "A New Look at Familiar Themes"
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    Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?

    I would, I can't wait for the third book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have liked more information, but as the story teller is limited by time in the book, I just got the taste to make me listen to the second book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nick Podehl?

    I would, depending on the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, I would, I'd like to see it on screen.


    Any additional comments?

    I am spoiled for narrators due to Jim Dale, but Nick is pretty good too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9567)
    Performance
    (7903)
    Story
    (7974)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "A New Twist on an Old Friend"
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    Would you try another book from Patrick Rothfuss and/or Nick Podehl?

    I would, I found the book to be well written and absorbing. I found the characters to be sympathetic, and I felt like I had known them as old friends.


    Would you recommend The Wise Man's Fear to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to new Fantasy readers. The themes are prevelant throughout fantasy, and one can't help but compare them.


    What three words best describe Nick Podehl’s performance?

    Consistant, clear, engaging


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, especially if it were given the depth it deserves.


    Any additional comments?

    Like a lot of fantasy, this story tends to the tragic, but it is marked with clever witticisms and outright humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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