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RIO RANCHO, NM, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 350 titles in library
  • 40 purchased in 2014

  • Around the World in 80 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

    Gary says: "Fabulous narration for Verne Classic"
    "Magnificent production"

    I tried to read around the world in 80 days twice and both times I found it boring and lifeless. This version though, I was caught up in the epic journey and incredible scope. Jim Dale is a flawless narrator and the sound effects and music make this one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "A beautiful story beautifully told"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alchemist to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Jeremy Iron's narration is sublime. The story itself being a fable comes to life when told to you. I would consider this the definitive version of The Alchemist.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The pacing was just outstanding. Never preachy or slow the story just flows.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene is outstanding.

    Who was the most memorable character of The Alchemist and why?

    Santiago is a perfectly realized character.

    Any additional comments?

    A perfect audiobook, it's as simple as that.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Should have been better"

    Oh, how I wanted to love this book! Everything about the cathedral and the setting was wonderfully realized. The day to day struggles were engaging and well described. Unfortunately, the actual plot revolved around characters and situations that felt like they were pulled directly from a Mexican soap opera. The story is filled with contrived situation after contrived situation that violently ejected me from the world of the book. By the final part when we suddenly had a cameo from Thomas Beckett I was about ready to strangle the author. As historical fiction epics go, this one is very much middle of the road, distinguished only by the strength of the setting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "2010's best fantasy novel"

    What Brandon Sanderson does better than any other fantasy author is combining immense scale with amazingly intimate character arcs. As much as I love The Wheel of Time one of its great failings is that epic set pieces come and go in a couple of pages. The Way of Kings revels in its set pieces, and they are magnificent! That's not to say the characters suffer in favor of battle scenes like a Joe Abercrombie novel. The three character arcs in this novel are some of the most satisfying I have ever read. Combine that with a beautifully realized world that unfolds wonderfully throughout the book and you have one of the best fantasy novels ever written.

    The narration is very well done. At first I was concerned by the narrator's slow pace but it flows well with the novel and somehow makes it feel like you are being told the story rather than read to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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