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Sandi

Ruston, LA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Book of Mormon

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Joseph Smith, Church of the Latter-day Saints
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (88)

    Here is an audio edition of the sacred text of the Latter-Day Saint movement that followers believe contains the writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 B.C. to A.D. 421. A fascinating listen for religious scholars and denominational adherents alike.

    Jared says: "Very poor production"
    "Wonderful to have scriptures in audio."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Book of Mormon the most enjoyable?

    The Book of Mormon is very dear to my heart and I love the story very much. It is a comfort and lift in my life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As it is scripture, I love the words of admonition and encouragement it give me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The biggest distraction was the way the verses are presented. I did not like that he repeated the chapter and verse number before each verse was read. It would have been less distracting and more enjoyable for him to simply read the chapter notes then to read continuously through the chapter.


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

    There are too many moments to list even one specific one.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3348)
    Performance
    (3033)
    Story
    (3090)

    The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

    Anna says: "Thank you, Audible! Tolkien at long last!"
    "One of my favorite books"
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    What did you love best about The Two Towers?

    The Tolkien series is one of my favorite reads and to narrow down any one piece would be impossible to do. I am delighted to finally find these books performed in an unabridged manner on Audible! Rob Inglis did a wonderful job on the narration, and I found myself once again transported to the wilds of Middle Earth on a great exploration.


    What other book might you compare The Two Towers to and why?

    The Hobbit, the Fellowship of the Ring, and The Return of the King are all pieces of the same saga.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    At first I was doubtful that Rob would be able to overcome the characters that Peter Jackson created in his film renditions of the Lord of the Rings series. I was very pleasantly surprised, however, as I became fascinated with Rob's portrayal of the characters. His singing voice is lovely and he was able to really pull off the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love fantasy, you will not regret selecting this series. It will be an annual listening experience for me!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2912)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2581)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Dark, tragic, and not entertaining"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    What a disappointment! After the amazing Harry Potter series, this book was a horrible work. It was dark and disturbing without one ray of sunshine. There was no mystery, no intrigue, and the entire first half was focused on the gossip of a small town. Then when you think it might actually redeem itself, it gets worse. If you like filthy language, sick and twisted humanity, perhaps you will enjoy this. I did not find it to be an enjoyable read.

    It might have been better if there had been some kind of clear hero, but every character was disturbing in their lack of integrity. I hate to think any town would be so totally lacking in goodness.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. K. Rowling again?

    If this is the trend she is taking, absolutely not. The next book would have to be vetted by a healthy sample before I invest any of my money in it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was okay but not something to get lost in.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really; I had to force myself to read this one. There are so many good works of fiction available that I only finished reading this one out of loyalty to my opinion of Rowling's work.


    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1268)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    karen says: ""A river runs through it...""
    "Exciting read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although I had seen the movie many years ago, the book was riveting and had some unexpected twists that delighted me. Will Patton is one of my favorite readers, and with Deliverance, he did not disappoint. Action, suspense, and courage are woven into a timeless tale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deliverance?

    One of my favorite moments in this book was Ed's awakening as he blends into the mist stalking his first deer. That scene outlines the awakening courage and determination that belongs only to this quiet, determined man. From out of the mist, he becomes a warrior.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton is captivating in his ability to tell a story. His voice is pleasing to the ear and he has the story-tellers uncanny skill at making you forget that you are listening and begin only to see the tale unfold.


    Who was the most memorable character of Deliverance and why?

    Ed was my favorite character in this story. While he is not much to look upon, he has a compassionate heart, a grounded sense of self, and a raw courage that enables him to survive and lead others to safety.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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