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Michael

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  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22656)
    Performance
    (14030)
    Story
    (14176)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Great story with jumbled narration."
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    What did you love best about Ender's Game?

    It's a great "little guy" victory story mixed with awesome sci-fi. The creative genius of Orson Scott Card is amazing with this story. It does get pretty dark at times, but not too much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender was my favorite character simply for the fact that the story revolves around him.


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance?

    Disconnected, Jumbled, Distracting


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book. This is some great science fiction!! The narration could have been much better though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death From Below - Volumes 1 and 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Del Laughery
    • Narrated By Barry Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Submarines glide along on their dangerous missions, their crews performing difficult tasks under arduous conditions. The mystique associated with these boats is evidenced by the number of movies and television shows dedicated to the subject. But nowhere else will you find the lighter side of submarine operations - childish pranks, retrieving lost sailors, and even humorous episodes involving the father of the nuclear Navy, Admiral Rickover.

    Michael says: "Submarine Life - The Raw Deal"
    "Submarine Life - The Raw Deal"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Death From Below - Volumes 1 and 2 to be better than the print version?

    I can tell you that this is the book that portrays the reality of the United States Naval Submarine Force. As an ex-submariner, I found myself busting a gut while reading (and relating) to the hilarious stories in this book. Del Laughery portrayed the life of a submariner as the way it is.Note: This book is not just for ex-submariners! Del explains the details vividly enough that even NUBS (read the book for definition of word) can envision the story being told. Anyone interested in what happens at sea on a submarine should get this book. Especially if you have friends or family at sea and you want to know what their up to. Get the book and be ready for laughter!!!


    What other book might you compare Death From Below - Volumes 1 and 2 to and why?

    Nothing compares as I've never read anything that comes this close to getting it right!


    What about Barry Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Barry had a great solid performance! He even sounded a bit salty when speaking as the Captain!! Kudos!!!


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

    Yea! I laughed my butt off!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book! You'll be glad you did. Be warned though. Just like a submarine deployment, there is crude language throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Robert says: "A must for dinosaur admirers!"
    "This book was a great surprise!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lost World the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book. It's a classic for good reason. Way before Jurassic Park, there was this book. I wasn't sure if I would like it, but it turned out to be a great surprise. The narration is a bit old as the sound quality isn't crystal clear, but the narrator did an outstanding job with this performance.


    What other book might you compare The Lost World to and why?

    You could compare this to Journey to the Center of the Earth because of the time period and the dinosaurs.


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

    Getting the voices right! He really did do a great job with this book.


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

    A Jurassic Story with a classic bite!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pursuit of God

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By A. W. Tozer
    • Narrated By Mark Moseley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (206)

    During a train trip from Chicago to Texas in the late 1940s, A.W. Tozer began to write The Pursuit of God. He wrote all night, and when the train arrived at his destination, the rough draft was done. The depth of this book has made it an enduring favorite.

    Michael says: "Great classic book to include in your library!"
    "Great classic book to include in your library!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Pursuit of God the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did a great job with a great piece of literature!! This really is a timeless book for Christians. Please do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You will not regret it!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This was a theological book. The character would be God. What's not to love!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Quote: "When God breathed on clay, it became man. When God breathes on man, he becomes clay."


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

    You could. It's very inspiring!!


    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Peter Husmann
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (191)

    A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.

    John S says: "A classic that everyone should read."
    "Great classic book to include in your library!"
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    Where does Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book doesn't rank very high. The story itself is great when you take away the many tedious classifications of fish and plant life included. The book could be shortened by a quarter without of the exhaustive listings. A bit of an uphill climb if you will.


    What other book might you compare Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to and why?

    The book would be a good comparison to Journey to the Center of the Earth. Jules Verne loves to include lots of classifications! Great story writer though!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Spoilers!!!

    When the Captain was explaining the submarine functions to his captives. Even before that technology existed, much of it was prophesied by Jules Verne. Very exciting!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision of the Future: Star Wars (The Hand of Thrawn): Book II

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (446)

    The Empire's master plan is under way. The New Republic is on the verge of civil war and the rumor that the legendary Admiral Thrawn has returned from the dead is rallying the Imperial forces. Now Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and their allies face the challenge of their lives. They must infiltrate a hidden fortress filled with Imperial fanatics, rendezvous with a double-dealing Imperial commander, and journey into enemy territory to learn the identity of those responsible for an act of unthinkable genocide. But most important of all is the truth about Thrawn.

    Desmond says: "An excellent conclusion"
    "Another Great Star Wars Addition - Unabridged!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you're a Star Wars fan, this is a no-brainer. Marc Thompson does another fantastic job narrating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mara Jade. She's just too cool! She's an up and coming Jedi with an attitude.


    Which character – as performed by Marc Thompson – was your favorite?

    Luke Skywalker. Marc Thompson does a great job matching tones and vocal gestures.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass-Marketed Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ravi Zacharias
    • Narrated By Ravi Zacharias
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (149)

    The author believes that over the past forty years movements like New Age spirituality and society's obsession with human potential have combined like a "perfect storm" to redefine for popular culture what has been for centuries the classic biblical definition of the person, work, and teaching of Jesus Christ. Major new age and human potential tenets will be discussed like: the belief that we are all gods and have to discover our divinity; Jesus was only a good teacher; Christianity is but one among many ways to eternal life; reincarnation is real; Jesus was married; truth is relative; there is no sin; and perfection is possible.

    Michael says: "Serious Thinking with Penetrating Cultural Insight"
    "Great book by a great author!!"
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    Would you listen to Why Jesus? again? Why?

    This is a great book by Ravi! If you have read anything by him and liked it, this is for you as well. I loved that he narrated the book!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nothing. It was great!


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

    I have. As with any other readings or lectures from Ravi, you will love his performance.


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

    Not really. I have too much to do to listen to an entire book in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (819)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "Marc Thompson great as always!!"
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    What did you love best about Scoundrels: Star Wars?

    Marc Thompson!! He always brings the Star Wars universe to life with his narration. The story was great as well. Think of it as Oceans 11 meets Star Wars.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scoundrels: Star Wars?

    Spoiler!!!

    I liked the scene when the safe was rolling through the streets.


    What about Marc Thompson’s performance did you like?

    His first person voice impersonations are spot on! Especially when it comes to Han and Lando.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say that the book moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for Star Wars fans. As with many of the Star Wars books, there are great sound effects and music to provide the listener with a more cinematic experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (282)

    The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

    Jaq Greenspon says: "One of the worst performances"
    "Great classic book to include in your library!"
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    If you could sum up The Time Machine in three words, what would they be?

    Prelude to Sci-fi!


    What other book might you compare The Time Machine to and why?

    I might compare this to Journey to the The Lost World. The time period of this style writing is similar.


    Did Alan Munro do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narration was o.k. I've heard better. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Great short story to include into your library. Definitely worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4058)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1865)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Tim Curry is Awesome!!"
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    If you could sum up A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry in three words, what would they be?

    I could sum up Tim Curry's performance with these three words: Classy, Rich, and Smart! He did an outstanding job bringing this classic story to life.


    What other book might you compare A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to and why?

    I don't usually listen to this genre of books, so I have none to compare it to.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim was spot on throughout the read. His accent was wonderful. His vocal mannerisms added to each character.


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

    I laughed many times while listening to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Since the book was free at Christmas, it was a no-brainer. I'm glad that I took the time to listen to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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