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Ryan

I have an english degree from the University of Wisconsin River-Falls (UWRF). I read, write, and listen to stories daily.

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  • 41 titles in library
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  • The Pearl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Hector Elizondo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    In this short book illuminated by a deep understanding and love of humanity, John Steinbeck retells an old Mexican folk tale: the story of the great pearl, how it was found, and how it was lost. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to the tragedy. For Steinbeck, Kino and his wife illustrate the fall from innocence of people who believe that wealth erases all problems.

    Chris Baldwin says: "Extremely poignant; incredible listen."
    "Good Storytelling at its Best"
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    The Pearl examines what happens to Man once he's received his hearts desire. I think Steinbeck was a little hung up on this idea (it provides a thematic material for his novel The Winter of Our Discontent). The Pearl also shows how hard it is for an individual man to fight an institution (much like chapter five of The Grapes of Wrath). Hector Elizondo performs flawlessly, an excellent voice for Steinbecks' words. If you're familiar with Steinbeck, then there is great comparison and contrast value here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter of Our Discontent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    In awarding John Steinbeck the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel committee stated that with The Winter of Our Discontent, he had “resumed his position as an independent expounder of the truth, with an unbiased instinct for what is genuinely American."

    Babak says: "Closer to today's problems than his other works"
    "Classic Tragedy"
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    Where would I be without Ethan Allen Hawley? Steinbeck creates a personality and David Aaron Baker gives it life. He's the most experienced, most wise, he finds out too late, his story describes the fall of a great household, and it ends in death. A paragon for modern tragedy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust: The Gift Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (190)

    Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria Forester - even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that stone barrier, Tristran learns, lies Faerie . . . and the most exhilarating adventure of the young man's life.

    Ryan says: "An Adult Fairytale"
    "An Adult Fairytale"
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    Awesome. The gift edition with the added interview at the end is definitely worth it. One of my favorite stories of all time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10492)
    Performance
    (8771)
    Story
    (8847)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Better than the First"
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    This book is impossible to review properly. Instead I'll say that this book makes my top five along with East of Eden, David Copperfield, Kidnapped, and Name of the Wind. Nick Podehl does a nice job, but occasionally mispronounces a name.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12572)
    Performance
    (10201)
    Story
    (10316)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Simply Terrifying"
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    This book is impossible to review properly. Instead I'll say that this book makes my top five along with East of Eden, David Copperfield, Kidnapped, and A Wise Man's Fears. Nick Podehl does a nice job, but occasionally mispronounces a name.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1238)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1081)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    Suzn F says: "Epic story of Love and Loss"
    "My Favorite Novel Heard Differently"
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    This is an amazing novel and it’s my favorite. On the writing and the storytelling, I'll say it’s as close to perfection as possible. I was, however, disappointed by Richard Poe. Where Poe’s reading was clear and enjoyable, he missed the accent of Sam Hamilton. The difference between reading and hearing this story, is the magic of that Irish lilt. Steinbeck talks about how much he likes the sound of different dialects in Travels with Charley in search of America, and I believe the sounds of his characters speech merits our attention as his readers.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rip Van Winkle

    • UNABRIDGED (37 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    A man who sleeps for 20 years in the Catskill Mountains wakes to a much-changed world. This is an American classic!

    Ryan says: "Best Thirty-Seven Minute Fairy Tale on Audible"
    "Best Thirty-Seven Minute Fairy Tale on Audible"
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    Rip Van Winkle is the tale of an unhappily married man on a journey towards idleness married with impunity. Irving's a master of language whose created a lexical texture describing time and place. The narrator, Curits Sisco, achieved the appropriate meter and emphasis; however, sometimes he rushes listed sections inappropriately or slows too long for character's voices. Rip Van Winkle easily fits into the tradition of short classical fantasy. Other stories like it include: The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crimes in Connecticut by Mark Twain, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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