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Nathan

BELLEVILLE, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars': Barsoom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (665)

    Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to a dying planet, where he must elude capture by giant green barbarians to rescue a Martian princess from certain doom. In this landmark of science fiction, the myths and mystery of the red planet supply a vibrant backdrop for a swashbuckling epic.

    Robert says: "Princess of Mars, Swords & Planets HIGH Adventure!"
    "Way Ahead of it's Time"
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    What made the experience of listening to John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars' the most enjoyable?

    Just the crazy creative aspects of it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Carter in 'A Princess of Mars'?

    Probably his first experiences on Mars


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Obviously John Carter


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

    I loved it


    Any additional comments?

    This was so radical for it's time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warlord of Mars: Mars Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    John Carter, Prince of Helium, has been imprisoned for a Martian year, his wife in another cell - alive or dead, he doesn't know. In this continuation of the saga of the amazing world of Barsoom, the love story of Carter and Dejah Thoris - the red-skinned, oviparous princess - unfolds. Like all the tales in the series, fantasy and adventure combine in a style as malleable as dreams, exotic and dangerous and unending.

    Nathan says: "Fantastic"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Totally. It picks up where the previous one left off and you don't want to put it down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Carter. He's a total badass.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    He doesn't hold back.


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

    Bring it.


    Any additional comments?

    The John Carter books are all fantastic

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Mars: The Martian Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (182)

    This is the extraordinary story of John Carter, who returns to the Red Planet in search of his beloved, Dejah Thoris. John lands in the Valley Dor, which is populated by vicious plant men, and discovers the Lost Sea of Korus, guarded by the great white apes and horrifying lions of Barsoom. It is here that he finds the princess Thuvia, who is a captive of the Holy Therns, high priests who eat only human flesh slain by their plant men.

    Jena says: "Engrossing!"
    "Amazballs"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Totally. This sh*t was cliff hanger after cliff hanger. One of the best Sci-Fi stories ever written.


    What other book might you compare The Gods of Mars to and why?

    I'm not sure you can.


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

    I have not, but it was good.


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

    The end of the book. The way they left you hanging was insane.


    Any additional comments?

    This might be one of the best books I've ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (903)

    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
    "Sherlock is always awesome"
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    Where does The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    pretty high


    What other book might you compare The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 to and why?

    Volume 1. Because it's the same characters and author.


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

    nothing too unexpected


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

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    absolutely great

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (1806)
    Story
    (1822)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "C'mon, it's Sherlock Holmes"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

    yes, but only from the perspective of ease. I listened to it on a road trip.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1?

    Obviously the way Sherlock Holmes explained how he resolved the crimes.


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

    His characterization of Sherlock was a bit different than I had pictured in my head, but in a good way.


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

    spraying lead and crackin' heads


    Any additional comments?

    Best mystery writer ever

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate Latitudes

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (561)

    The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

    Eva Gannon says: "Perhaps An Early Work?"
    "Fun book"
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    What did you love best about Pirate Latitudes?

    The raunchy nature of it. It didn't give pirates this sort of glossy, romantic image; it felt more true to their the realities of the time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pirate Latitudes?

    There were a bunch. Whereas with most stories, the main goal is established and the rest of the book is spent seeking to accomplish said goal, this one achieves goal resolution in the middle of the book leaving the reader guessing for the entire remainder of the book while it covers the return journey. Most books don't cover return journeys, so that in itself was pretty fun.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the Kraken


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

    We futz ta get crunk yo ho!


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a really fun book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (4278)
    Performance
    (1965)
    Story
    (1989)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Good, but excessive"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Wicked?

    I liked the idea of switching the point of view.


    What other book might you compare Wicked to and why?

    Paradise Lost. You feel empathy for the main character, who you know is the villain in a different version of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the end of the wicked witches life, from her point of view.


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

    No, it was entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    There was some excessive parts in the book that seem like they were just done for shock value and didn't seem to add anything to the story. Some of it was just over sexual for no clear reason or just purposefully disgusting and in no one moved the story line forward. It was just strange in that aspect. Like the author was just purposefully trying to disgust or embarrass the reader, which came off just sort of silly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (1714)
    Story
    (1737)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Free Market Lovers Only"
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    What did you love best about The Fountainhead?

    I thought this was great, but I'm also a fan of the free-market. If you are not pro-capitalist or you're not familiar with the concepts of capitalism or socialism, this book will probably not be you're thing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unapologetic reverence of capitalism and pride in the individual over the collective.


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

    Um, I don't know if he brings anything different that I wouldn't have gotten from reading, but he does a really great job.


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

    Yeah. Hard on.


    Any additional comments?

    Ayn Rand is a very particular flavor and not to everyone's taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Otto Penzler (editor), Kim Newman (foreword), Neil Gaiman (preface), and others
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

    Kang says: "Fabulous!"
    "Spread this out"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Vampire Archives to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. The audio version was great though. Lots of different performers, but they all did a great job. This is ridiculously long though as a serious of short stories, so break it up. I tried to do in all together and it wore me out.


    What other book might you compare The Vampire Archives to and why?

    I can't think of anything


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    too many to name


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

    I liked it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (74)

    The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy.

    James says: "An epic in every sense of the word"
    "Not for casual reader/listeners"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm not sure I'd change anything. For the time it was written, the perspective is probably great. I just got bored with the constant donations of animal intestines and other sacrifices to the gods, the constant pouring of wine... like gallons and gallons of wine to every little thing, the melodramatic prayers... Very mythology driven. If you're into mythology, this will probably be great. If you're not, then you may want to skip over this one.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the perspective


    What three words best describe Charlton Griffin’s voice?

    nails


    Did The Aeneid inspire you to do anything?

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    Has anyone bothered to count exactly how many animals were sacrificed and how many gallons of wine were poured out to their homies?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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