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Kristie

SAVAGE, MN, United States

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  • 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
    (25524)
    Performance
    (19375)
    Story
    (19442)

    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"
    "Terrible editing, though..."
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    Great story and fantastic narration. I have nothing to add on that front.

    About the quality, however...once an hour a sentence repeated itself. I'm assuming they recorded from a CD where the last sentence of a disc is repeated as the first sentence of the next disc. Also, the last 40 minutes of Audible's Part 3 were repeated at the beginning of Part 4. Not at all on par with Audible's usual quality...surprising and disappointing that they would let one of their best sellers go out in this condition.

    130 of 138 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4281)
    Performance
    (2442)
    Story
    (2443)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Pinchot brings this book to life"
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    Wow. I don’t normally listen to war books, so in that respect finishing Matterhorn was a tough project for me. However, this book is a great example of why I love audiobooks. Bronson Pinchot’s narration really brought this book to life in a way that did much more than just make this book “palatable” for me…it actually sucked me in. No way would I have made it through this book if forced to read a physical copy. Despite being fiction, the story is certainly an eye-opening take on the Vietnam War, especially knowing that the book is written by a Vietnam veteran.

    Just a warning: this book probably isn’t a good choice for people with a low tolerance for swearing and vulgar language. The language didn’t feel gratuitous…you get the sense that this is just how the soldiers communicated with each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8960)
    Performance
    (8054)
    Story
    (8190)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Technical difficulties"
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    Narration is fantastic, but for me the story was only somewhat interesting, probably because it was written more as a children's story.

    Also, note that the version I purchased had a section repeat itself with about 3 hours left in the book, which was the death knell for me. I couldn't bring myself to finish it after that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (1969)
    Story
    (1957)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Great story, but narration is sub-par"
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    The narrator captures the emotions and characters well. My biggest problem with her narration is that she seems to use what I'm assuming is supposed to be a Midwestern dialect. However, for a listener from the Midwest, it just sounds like a Fargo-like parody of the Minnesota dialect. No Midwesterners I know (not even the Minnesotans I know) talk like these characters. I found it really distracting. I did notice one other similar review that commented about this...from a fellow Midwesterner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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