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PEORIA, AZ, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 188 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • The Last of the Mohicans

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Last of the Mohicans has all the elements of a classic frontier adventure: massacres and raids, innocent settlers, hardened soldiers, renegade Indians, and a doomed love affair. It is a memorable portrait of fierce individualism and moral courage. But what draws readers again and again to this panoramic novel is its deep insight into the symbols of American consciousness.

    Sean says: "Not quite what I expected"
    "AIN'T like the movie"
    What disappointed you about The Last of the Mohicans?

    the book is so much worse then the movie. Even the movie was boring at the beginning so I gave it a chance. It was hard to follow. I had to go to wikipedia to read about the plot and after listening for 3 hours I didn't remember anything that went on. I actually wanted to punch the author when I was reading it, but I guess the narrator was reading the footnotes at the same time. I like to get lost in the book but the author and narrator take you outside the book. Like the 1st scene with the mohicans the narrator says I will tell translate the language of the mohicans into english so you can understand, then kept referring to hawkeye as the white man then the narrator said I will no refer to the white man as hawkeye as he is known. It felt like I was listening to a text book with a little bit of dialogue thrown in, very hard to follow what is going on.

    Would you ever listen to anything by James Fenimore Cooper again?

    probably not

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry McKeever?

    not very good narration, no changing of the voices when switching between characters.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Last of the Mohicans?

    don't have the narrator read the footnotes, perform don't huff and puff your way through it.

    Any additional comments?

    pass on this one.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • White Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?

    Darwin8u says: "Not just for my Kids or my Youth"
    "truly is a classic"
    What made the experience of listening to White Fang the most enjoyable?

    This audio has white fang and a couple other short stories. Jack London is a great writer, he picks up the story at the perfect spot and end it at the perfect spot.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of White Fang?

    When Buck first heard the "voices" from deep in the woods and you understood what the book was about. It really touched that spot in you that makes you want to get way and back to nature.

    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?


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


    Any additional comments?

    try listening to it at 1.5x the speed, I think it adds to the performance, it makes it more suspenseful and puts more an urge or eagerness in the characters to fulfill their destiny.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Whitethorn

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower

    From the author of The Power of One comes a new novel about Africa. The time is 1939. White South Africa is a deeply divided nation with many of the Afrikaner people fanatically opposed to the English. The world is also on the brink of war, and South Africa elects to fight for the Allied cause against Germany. Six-year-old Tom Fitzsaxby finds himself in The Boys Farm, an orphanage in a remote town in the high mountains, where the Afrikaners side fiercely with Hitler's Germany.

    Karin says: "Whitethorn"
    Would you listen to Whitethorn again? Why?

    Yes and I even started to, great story and awesome narration.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite character was Tom and Mattress.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    shed a little tear at the very end, but my favorite part of the book was in the beginning setting the stage and scenery.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes laughed, cried. The narration was awesome, so good it's been hard to find another audiobook I enjoy. the narrator did the voices of the different people wonders.

    Any additional comments?

    This was a unique book in the way it was written. As Tom the main character was telling it back to you, and the style was that it was like an oral story told back to you because he would say oh and I forgot to tell you this happened, or you were probably wondering why I knew this. So listening on audio is probably better then reading. It really puts you in the time and place the book took place in. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medieval Feudalism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Carl Stephenson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    Medieval feudalism is one of those subjects which most of us are familiar with, and yet have difficulty describing. Was is a political, military, economic, or social system? And how did it develop? All these questions are answered in this superb book. Carl Stephenson has done a magnificent job of paring away all extraneous subjects and focusing on just the key elements. This short book, a masterpiece of brevity, succinctly sums up medieval feudalism better than anything ever written.

    TURNER SCHAFER says: "Not an introduction to feudalism"
    "Not an introduction to feudalism"
    What disappointed you about Medieval Feudalism?

    the language was very academic and the narration was hard to pick up on words you didn't know. Vassal, Fife sounded like vessel and thief. The latter chapters were a little better once I went and did some research on feudalism and was able to follow along a little better.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Carl Stephenson again?

    probably not

    What didn’t you like about Charlton Griffin’s performance?

    the reading was dry

    What character would you cut from Medieval Feudalism?

    there were no characters

    Any additional comments?

    skip this one unless you really know what you are getting into, and if that's the case you should probably just read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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