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Renee Hetter

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  • Notes From a Small Island

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (66)
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    (61)
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    (62)

    Grab your umbrella and join best-selling author Bill Bryson for a grand tour through the heartland of the United Kingdom. As he wanders through tiny villages and bustling cities, his irreverent travelogue will keep you laughing out loud and eager to explore what lies just around the next corner. Before he returns to the United States after nearly two decades on British soil, Bryson decides to take a farewell jaunt through his adopted homeland. But his plans to neatly traverse the island by foot, bus, and train are soon thwarted.

    Sharon says: "Appallingly badly read"
    "Bad narration, dated stories"
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    I enjoy Bill Bryson and have his books in text. But I like to listen to audio books as I knit so I bought this. Not worth it. The essays have become dated, not the fault of Bryson or the narrator but something to be aware of. The narrator was bad enough that I actually looked him up online to see if he was a native American English speaker or trying to fake an American accent. I was amazed to find he was from Rhode Island and a famous character actor. I won't be buying any other books narrated by him.

    As those who read Bryson's books know, he can be peevish at times, Maybe it was my irritation at the narration, but the peevishness came across not as amusing, but more jerk-ish (I was going to use another word for jerk, but I don't know who is reading this review. Use your imagination).

    I cannot recommend this audio book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob T. Marley

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By R. William Bennett
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    "Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

    Ronna says: "Must read for all A CHRISTMAS CAROL fans!!"
    "Keep tissues nearby!"
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    I enjoy reading new takes on old stories, it gives me a fresh perspective to consider. I originally noticed this book because it was read by Simon Vance, a favorite narrator of audiobooks, and got it because as I mentioned, I thought the "backstory" on A Christmas Carol would be interesting.

    My only mistake was to listen to it the night before I had an important meeting. I couldn't stop listening, and the humanity of the story itself, of Marley's and Scrooge's redemption had me grabbing tissue after tissue. I woke up all puffy and red-eyed, but happy.

    The writing style itself is reminiscent of Dickens without being a parody, and Simon Vance, as always, does a great job in the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (541)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "The narrator ruined a good story."
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    I've read this book many times and was pleased to find an unabridged audio version. But the narrator chose to read Katz's dialogue in a low monotone, mispronounces common words ("willy-ness" instead of wiliness, Mackinac with a hard c) and uses a long a in Appalachian (admittedly a pet peeve -- I live near the trail in Western North Carolina and it is pronounced with a short "a" by people who live in the Appalachian mountains. Using the long "a" labels you as an outsider). I couldn't finish listening to it.

    I'll have to stick with the abridged version read by Bryson himself.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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