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Nicole Livingston

Dallas, TX USA | Member Since 2014

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  • 34 titles in library
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  • The Tempest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, and others
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his performance as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is Prospero, and heads a strong cast in Shakespeare’s last great play. The wronged duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done. With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel, and Ben Owukwe as Caliban.

    Corey says: "Great Story, audio needs a little tweaking"
    "Awesome Narration"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, because I don't enjoy Shakespeare. I had to read it for a literature course.


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Shakespeare again?

    If forced.


    Any additional comments?

    This narration saved my grade! I just can't get into Shakespeare. Somehow the actors made the story flow for me. Even though I didn't care for the story, I made it through with ease. I had excellent comprehension in just one listen. Normally it would have taken me several readings to translate the Shakespearian verse into something that makes sense to me. No need with this performance. Thank you for making this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    No wonder Elias Canetti described it as "one of the few great and perfect works of the poetic imagination written". The Metamorphosis remains one of the best works of fiction in history. It is the story of a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, who wakes up to find himself being transformed to an insect-like creature. The story unfolds into one of the greatest short fiction stories ever written.

    Jeanne Nix says: "Is this really a person narrating?"
    "Tim Campbell is a computer or a terrible narrator"
    Overall
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Campbell’s performances?

    No way. I couldn't listen to this for more than 2 minutes. I had to buy another version. Either Tim Campbell is a computer, or a human being whose narration was poorly auto tuned to make him sound like a computer. Either way I couldn't pay attention to the words.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment as I had to stop it in the beginning due to horrible narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Always listen to the previews before buying. Do not rely on star rating. Lesson learned. Luckily this lesson only cost me $2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Wallpaper

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    • Narrated By Jo Myddleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (38)

    Instructed to abandon her intellectual life and avoid stimulating company, she sinks into a still-deeper depression invisible to her husband, who believes he knows what is best for her. Alone in the yellow-wallpapered nursery of a rented house, she descends into madness.

    Emily - Audible says: "A Visceral Reaction"
    "What did I just listen to?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because I want to know what their reaction is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Yellow Wallpaper?

    The end. I was creeped out and almost hypnotized by the slow descent into complete madness. I knew what happened, but at the same time was thinking "what did I just listen to?"


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

    I have never listened to her before, but she was a perfect fit for this narration in my opinion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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