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Scott Hill

I give every book and author a chance. I like books that grab you and evoke an emotional response.

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  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Huckleberry Finn is the original American maverick. He chooses the things that feel the most comfortable for him, regardless of what others may say. But when he is forced to flee his home, and comes into company with Jim, a runaway slave, his sound heart collides with his ill-trained conscience.

    Scott Hill says: "Masterpiece!"
    "Masterpiece!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think this book is just perfect. It is too bad that it has gotten bad press over the years. If you read this book, you will see message Mark Twain is sending and in a way that is so masterful, it is stunning. I think this is just as relevant today as it was when published.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

    The climax, which is so apparent, you will not miss it. It brought me to tears.


    Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Same as above, the climax.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor, George Eustice, Alan Munro
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (92)

    Four classic science-fiction stories: 20 hours of great listening. This collection of classic Wells tales includes The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The War of The Worlds, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.

    martie says: "good story lines, terrible narration"
    "HG Wells marathon"
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    What made the experience of listening to H.G. Wells Science Fiction Collection the most enjoyable?

    It was good to read all 4 books to get a good sense of the author. My favorite in order are The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Time Machine, The War of The Worlds, The Invisible Man


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Master and Margarita

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mikhail Bulgakov
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (310)

    The Devil comes to Moscow, but he isn't all bad; Pontius Pilate sentences a charismatic leader to his death, but yearns for redemption; and a writer tries to destroy his greatest tale, but discovers that manuscripts don't burn. Multi-layered and entrancing, blending sharp satire with glorious fantasy, The Master and Margarita is ceaselessly inventive and profoundly moving. In its imaginative freedom and raising of eternal human concerns, it is one of the world's great novels.

    beatrice says: "Baffling and original"
    "Not your typical Russian Book but...."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Master and Margarita the most enjoyable?

    It was a nice glimpse into this time in Russia, but mostly it was a fun and funny story with a satirical bent. Good read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    SATAN!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

    Niclas says: "Great story, awful narrator."
    "Long, but good."
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    Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

    No, too long.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Edmond of course.


    What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

    He is not my favorite narrator. Have heard him before. He has a very peculiar way of talking that is not easy on the ears. I had to speed up the reading to be able to get used to.


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

    Vengeance is mine.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1718)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1553)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Laugh out loud"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Very funny and kind of a history lesson to boot.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to see the movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (998)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (650)

    The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

    Gerald says: "Bravo Papa!"
    "Sorry, did not get it...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure. Someone who may want to waste some time.... Sorry about that, but if you like to read about a few lost souls who drink and eat and a story where really nothing happens, you may like this book. The only thing that was interesting was the description of the bull fights....


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure at this point.


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

    He did a good job with content...


    What character would you cut from The Sun Also Rises?

    All of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Curtis Sisco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Twain called this story a "hymn to boyhood". Loved by all ages in countless renditions in all media. A classic piece of American literature.

    Jane says: "a good classic"
    "Glad I finally read this to compare with Movie."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to and why?

    Obviously Huckleberry Finn.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Better southern accent like the narrator I heard with Huck Finn. In these books, I want the narrator in the book to sound like Mark Twain.... :)


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

    Really just a fun look at boyhood and human nature during the time period in the South.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Sawyer is a fun book, but Huck Finn is a masterpiece in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (339)

    Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful novel, mediocre translation"
    "Liked it better that 20K Leagues..."
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    What did you love best about The Mysterious Island?

    The mystery made you want to get to the end of the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jup... Just joking... Proffessor Harding


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

    He was a better than average reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily...


    Any additional comments?

    I did figure out the mystery before the reveal at the end of the book, but did not ruin the experience. If you liked 20K Leagues Under the Sea, you may like this better...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2586)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1295)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    W. Seligman says: "What more can be said?"
    "Never read Kurt Vonnegut before, but...."
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    Where does Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks at the top 3 I would say..


    What other book might you compare Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade to and why?

    No comparison....


    Which character – as performed by Ethan Hawke – was your favorite?

    Billy Pilgrim. Ethan Hawke was great in my opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Between Kurt Vonnegut's content and style and Ethan's reading performance, I was almost mesmerized. As soon as I finished the book, I started it over. Never done this before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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