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MARION, NC, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 120 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Mother Night: Myths, Stories and Teachings for Learning to See in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    • Narrated By Clarissa Pinkola Estes

    Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, published in 34 languages and one of the most far-reaching artist-psychoanalyists of our time, teaches that in archetypal imagination, "Mother Night is the quintessential medial woman, the woman who can walk in two worlds... 'the one who knows' and who can reveal solid ways of living and unleashing creative life in both worlds."

    A User says: "A wise and masterful story-teller does it again."
    "Unprofessional production"

    I had high hopes this would be an enjoying listen. The subject matter is of great interest to me. And since this is the author of Women Who Run With Wolves which seems to receive great acclaim, I had high hopes. Unfortunately the message is greatly overshadowed by the entirely unprofessional audio production. You can hear the author breathe, gasp, laugh and it is entirely distracting and takes the listener out of the material. I expected more for my money, at least some degree of professional production value. While some may enjoy the intimate, conversational tone of the audio, I was sorely disappointed cause I found it annoying and a difficult listen.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Everything that makes audiobooks great..."

    I was first introduced to Watership Down as a young teen. I loved it at first reading and loved it every reading after that. Much can be read elsewhere about the plot and story line and I see no need to rehash what others can state much more eloquently. Suffice it to say, this will always be one of my favorite books. It is timeless and ageless, a beautiful and compelling allegorical novel with surprising depth and drama.

    As for the narration, Mr Cosham really delivers in this reading and it is a stellar performance. His characters are perfect and easily distinguished one from the other. In addition, he gives this story the respect and seriousness that is deserves. It may be a story about bunnies, but he treats it like the masterpiece it is.

    I cant imagine an audiobook getting any better than this. It has everything: wonderful story and superb narration.

    0 of 0 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

    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!"
    "Bless this narrator..."

    I guess since this is Audible review most will want to hear more about the narration than the story itself. The narration is quite solid. Mr. Podehl has a fine voice and does a good job with character distinction and the story as it is written. I would not call it a stand out performance but one must take into consideration the material he had to work with.

    The story is quite poor. The plot suffers from a unhealthy dose of contrivance, predictability and bland non-events. The lead character Kvothe is arrogant and apparently indestructible; therefore he is quite unlikeable. I see no reason for a reader (or listener as the case may be) to care one bit about him. The dialogue seems forced and unnatural. I am so glad I bought this on sale. If I had paid normal price for it or wasted a valuable credit, I would have been upset. After two hours of listening, waiting for something, anything to happen, I turned it off. The writing and plot style are certainly not the work of a mature, exerienced author. I do not know if this was the author's first offering, if so, he may (or perhaps already has) improved over time.

    Which brings us back to the narrator who had to suffer through this story. Bless him. I dont know how much these narrators get paid, but he didn't get paid enough.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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