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Steve

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  • The Voyage of the Beagle (Unabridged)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Darwin
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Charles Darwin was just 22 when he went on his first voyage around the world in 1831. Darwin's father at first refused to allow his young son to go on the voyage. Fortunately, his father relented, and Darwin's journal is now considered by many to be the greatest scientific travel narrative ever written.

    Roger says: "Interesting on several levels"
    "Good Book, Awful Reading"
    Overall

    David Case strikes again.

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Three Musketeers

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Set during the reign of Louis XIII (1610-43) and based on actual events, The Three Musketeers is perhaps the greatest "cloak and sword" story ever written. Three Musketeers, loyal servants of the King, are joined by the dashing D'Artagnan, a veritable Byronic hero. These four are pitted against the master of intrigue, Cardinal Richelieu, and the quintessential wicked woman, Lady de Winter. Dumas was quite expert in pacing and varying action while weaving historical fact with purest fiction.

    Douglas says: "Dumas is King!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    Covell does a wonderful job with this enjoyable classic.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Shape of Water

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andrea Camilleri
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Early one morning, Silvio Lupanello, a big shot in the village of Vigata, is found dead in his car with his pants around his knees. The car happens to be parked in a rough part of town frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers, and as the news of his death spreads, the rumors begin. Enter Inspector Salvo Montalbano, Vigata's most respected detective, who has his doubts about the way Silvio died.

    Lehua says: "A good beginning"
    "Meh."
    Overall

    I was mostly interested in this series because I'd recently been to Sicily. On the plus side, the author gives details about some Sicilian dishes that I'd be interested to make. On the down side, the characters are pretty flimsy and the cliches fly like bullets.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5130)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1653)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This recording of The Golden Compass is read by the author, with actors doing the characters' voices. The recording quality could've been slightly better, but the writing and performances are excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexander Dumas
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Set against the tumultuous years of the post-Napoleonic era, The Count of Monte Cristo recounts the swashbuckling adventures of Edmond Dantes, a dashing young sailor falsely accused of treason. The story of his long imprisonment, dramatic escape, and carefully wrought revenge offers up a vision of France that has become immortal.

    William says: "Fabulous"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Richard Matthews' excellent reading is only surpassed by Dumas' brilliant writing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty Years After: Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Originally published in 1845 as a sequel to The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After is a supreme creation of suspense and heroic adventure. Two decades have passed since the Three Musketeers and D'Artagnan triumphed over Cardinal Richelieu and Milady. Time has weakened their resolve, and dispersed their loyalties. But treasons and stratagems still cry out for justice: civil war endangers the throne of France, while in England Cromwell threatens to send Charles I to the scaffold. Dumas brings this immortal quartet out of retirement to cross swords with time, the malevolence of men, and the forces of history. But their greatest test is a titantic struggle with the son of Milady, who wears the face of evil.

    Steve says: "Please make it stop"
    "Please make it stop"
    Overall

    Having just enjoyed all 25+ hours of Walter Covell's reading of "The Three Musketeers," I eagerly plunked down my credit card for part 1 of the sequel, "Twenty Years After." But, a mere three chapters into this 700+ page book, I find I'm already cursing the reader, Frederick Davidson.

    Davidson's reading voice can most charitably be called foppish. And he seems to follow the same pattern of intonations, whether relating mundane events or urgent affairs. His accents, though, are the real killers. And he is incapable of keeping the characters' voices straight from one page to the next.

    In short, Davidson's reading distracts from the writing. Which is probably the worst thing that can be said about a reader.

    I'm not sure I'll continue with volumes 2 & 3 of this recording.

    Steve

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal: One Man Against Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (371)

    This is the breathtaking adventure of the great Carthaginian general who shook the foundations of Rome. In the world's first "global" conflict, Hannibal Barca marched up and down the Italian peninsula for 18 years, appearing well nigh invincible to a Rome which began to doubt itself for the first time in its history.

    Karen says: "Fascinating - not to be missed!"
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    The writing is clear and vivid, and the reading expressive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fortune of War: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    The H.M.S. Leopard pulled into the bay of Pulo Batang looking more like a shabby merchant ship that a man-of-war. The crew had endured a calamitous voyage plagued by gaol-fever, pursued by the Dutch Waakzaamheid, and struck by an iceberg. Suffice it to say, Jack Aubrey was ready for home.

    Amazon Customer says: "Alternative Entry Point"
    "Mostly Nothing Happens"
    Overall

    Having read or listened to all of the previous installments of this venerable series, I was particularly disappointed with this one. Without giving away too much, two quick and decisive naval battles book-end what I felt to be Dr. Maturin's interminable hand-wringing over Diana Villers. I found myself fast-forwarding through large portions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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