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  • Tarzan: The Jungle Tales

  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: David Sharp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Here are a dozen action-packed, interlinked jungle stories illustrating the early life of Tarzan of the Apes. The stories included are: "Tarzan's First Love", "The Capture of Tarzan", "The Fight for Balu", "The God of Tarzan", "Tarzan and the Black Boy", "The Witch Doctor Seeks Vengeance", "The End of Bukwai", "The Lion", "The Nightmare", "The Battle for Teeka", "A Jungle Joke", and "Tarzan Rescues the Moon".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • who knew the King of the Apes ached for a Balu

  • By RDP on 03-22-18

who knew the King of the Apes ached for a Balu

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-18

who knew the King of the Apes ached for a Balu yet that's what he wanted
well done

  • Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar

  • Tarzan Series, Book 5
  • By: Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Narrated by: David Sharp
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

This is the fifth story in the Tarzan adventure novels. Tarzan’s enemy in this book is a Belgian traitor and an Arab chieftain named Achmet Zek. Tarzan intends to "liberate" more jewels from the lost city of Opar, unaware that his enemies know of his plan and that they intend to liberate the jewels from Tarzan. The running battle becomes so intense that Tarzan is incensed to the point of losing his newly found, refined demeanor and becomes the beast of old with a terrible ferocity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • reader should stop inhaling into the microphone-

  • By RDP on 03-18-18

reader should stop inhaling into the microphone-

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-18

such a reading pattern was disturbing. the book was entertaining and enjoyable but the performance left a lot to be desired.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,925
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31,862

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

Too many cuss words to get a thought across-basal

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A little more character building...

What was most disappointing about Ernest Cline’s story?

never got there

How did the narrator detract from the book?

all the cussing

What character would you cut from Armada?

did not get far enough to evaluate

Any additional comments?

Sorry, but no.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,067

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

A must read for those who have hope in humanity

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-17

What made the experience of listening to Red Rising the most enjoyable?

The capturing nature of the tale where each character becomes well known to the reader and yet keeps surprising us with Darryl's changing of the paradigm. Unity and trust develops between enemies and loyalties are tested and sometimes broken. Add to that the masterful read Tim Gerard Reynolds (who also has a beautiful singing voice... if it was him). And now you have a masterpiece. Thank you Pierce Brown.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Rising?

There were so many... the final moment between Eo and Darryl... Darry's loyalty rising above all others and his always keeping "the eye on the ball"...Mustang saving The Reaper and their bonding... but anymore I give up the book...

What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

His impeccable accent, his multitude of voices, his almost musical way of speaking and his beautiful singing voice...nice tune too... sticks like peanut butter to the roof of your mouth.

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

Both...

Any additional comments?

Will seek out more works by these two gifted entertainers.

  • Path of the Assassin

  • A Thriller
  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,315

After rescuing the President from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out, capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points towards one man - the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal. Nidal has assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Corny

  • By Benson Bumpkin on 10-22-13

Sometimes a reach, but the ring was grasped anyway

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-16

What made the experience of listening to Path of the Assassin the most enjoyable?

the suspense... the knowing he will succeed... yet when... Mr. Thor makes you pick sides, cheer for winners, boo the loosers... masterfully done.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Path of the Assassin?

Harvath's beyond the rules approach during the hijacking situation where he met Meg makes him a HERO... and you have to love that

Which scene was your favorite?

The oasis description

If you could rename Path of the Assassin, what would you call it?

You are not paranoid if... they are really out to get you!!!

Any additional comments?

n/a

  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, the novel's influence on the popularity of vampires has been singularly responsible for many theatrical, film, and television interpretations since its publication. Required listening for any fan of the genre!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not purchase

  • By Kurt Faus on 05-20-17

Bram Stoker and Peter Batchelor-what a team A+++

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-16

Where does Dracula rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is so difficult to rank them all, but this one by Bram Stoker, as performed by Mr. Batchelor has to be one of the best

Which scene was your favorite?

The number of days that elapsed between the time that Mina was initially infected and the rest found out. How could such bright, knowledgeable individuals, aware of the potential hazard and risk, ignore all of the symptoms of the "infection" and just attribute Mina's lethargy and paleness to "exhaustion". How they never even looked at her neck...

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

No, too much.

Any additional comments?

A classic... well deservedly so.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,105

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14

What a read! Tim Robbins was spectacular

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-16

Would you listen to Fahrenheit 451 again? Why?

I will read it again soon. My wife missed the beginning and I know I missed some of the earlier passages... No effort though. What a wonderful experience. Glad to do it again.

What did you like best about this story?

I cannot help but feel that Mr. Bradbury had a looking glass and was peering into his future, our present... with the I-phones and entertainment on demand at the click of an icon. How parents no longer baby sit, they let the tablet or the computer or the TV do it... We are lazy, and getting lazier by the minute. where is the future generation going to learn how to converse, share. How will our history be passed on? Look at our libraries now... how books that are not "socially acceptable" are being removed because they have "racist" passages, because the speak of acts that are not acceptable yet actually happened. What is wrong with presenting a "complete" picture, yet clarifying that such behavior is not to be condoned? Mr Bradbury was a gifted visionary.

The constant drone of "the family" in the parlor wall of Mr. and Mrs. Montag, where only select and acceptable passages are presented, how thought or conversation is illegal. Currently today you must be either a conservative or a progressive... but never a thinker. If you turn on the news and land on a progressive station, everything is tailored to that agenda... if you go into the conservative world, Ditto! What is wrong with news being presented in an informative unbiased way that presents all sides of an issue and then allows the reader or the listener to choose what to believe? As a youth in school we were constantly being reminded of the evils of "yellow journalism". Seems like now it is almost impossible to not get such reporting.

Which character – as performed by Tim Robbins – was your favorite?

I guess it would be easy to say Montag, but Clarisse has to be it... I just kept hoping for her to reappear... that somehow Mildred was wrong and misled by her family and was really in hiding... she had the finger on the button that triggered and opened Montag's mind.

  • Around the World in 80 Days

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Patrick Tull
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

When an eccentric Englishman named Phileas Fogg makes a daring wager that he can circle the globe in just eighty days, it’s the beginning of a breathlessly-paced world tour. With his devoted servant Passepartout at his side, Fogg sets off on an adventurous journey filled with amazing encounters and wild mishaps. Pursued all the way by the bumbling Detective Fix, who believes the two travelers are bank robbers on the run, Fogg and Passepartout must use every means of transportation known to 19th-century man - including a hot-air balloon, a locomotive, and an elephant - to win the bet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We Cheered at the End!

  • By teammine on 05-09-12

Yes you can make the trip

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-16

What did you love best about Around the World in 80 Days?

Stoic British stiff upper lip and enjoyable devil may care attitude meet and make the trip.

Which scene was your favorite?

Paspartou's rescue of Aouda

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

Yes

  • The Oregon Trail

  • A New American Journey
  • By: Rinker Buck
  • Narrated by: Rinker Buck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 701

In the best-selling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the entire 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules - which hasn't been done in a century - that also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Little About The Trail - All About Him

  • By Harold Stone on 08-07-15

Was this for real?Hard to believe,but what a feat!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Where does The Oregon Trail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank it about a seven out of ten. well worth the read (or listen), but Rinkers reading style makes it tough to listen.

What other book might you compare The Oregon Trail to and why?

Totally different from all my other reading.

What three words best describe Rinker Buck’s voice?

a halting process

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

Yes, sure.

Any additional comments?

I would have really enjoyed it much more if Rinker had not delved so much in his political soap box. or in his self pity soap box. Or in his calculated judgmental viewpoint of his dislikes makes it difficult to not pay him back with his own coinage.

  • The Pickwick Papers

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 29 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

The Pickwick Club sends Mr. Pickwick and a group of friends to travel across England and to report back on the interesting things they find. In the course of their travels, they repeatedly encounter the friendly but disreputable Mr. Jingle, who becomes a continual source of trouble for all who know him. Pickwick himself is the victim of a number of misunderstandings that bring him both embarrassment and problems with the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true classic! Dicken's characters come alive.

  • By d op on 08-11-14

Almost stopped reading it at first... wow

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Almost stopped reading it at first... wow what a mistake it would have been... it took me a couple of chapters to get into the book, but once I did, I was hooked. Mr Pickwick was such a character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam Weller. Loyal to a fault and resourceful as few.

Which character – as performed by Peter Batchelor – was your favorite?

Again, Sam Weller.

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

I laughed out loud numerous times and chuckled repeatedly.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Batchelor is a gifted interpreter of all of the characters and as such I cannot imagine anyone else reading Mr. Dickens' works but h.im

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