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  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,198

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Great performance of a classic book!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

What made the experience of listening to A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry the most enjoyable?

Curry himself! The language of the book, while mostly engaging and funny, can get a bit dry and poetic. Curry's acting genius really keeps the reader engaged through the drier parts of the book and keeps the story flowing.

Any additional comments?

I think everyone has seen a version of A Christmas Carol sometime in their life, and would highly recommend that people read this version to go with. No screen version I've seen has made me care about Scrooge's relationship with Marley so much, and consider how that loss may have changed his attitude so much for the worse. The movies just portray them as business partners, and it never feels as deep as it does in the book. In the novel, Marley is obviously a close friend of Scrooge's, and at times feels almost like a mentor or older brother - someone who shares a deep affection with Scrooge, making letting go of their bond and moving on painful for both of them. Its an emotionally moving relationship that gives both characters more depth, and depth is always good.

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,406

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

More creepy than Stephen King.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

What did you love best about 1984?

This book was insanely chilling, and it really leaves an impression on you. The descriptions given of this dystopian nightmare future are so wonderfully lucid that it really puts you into the story, having the experiences with him. You feel with him the trust, the betrayals, the paranoia.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

The newspaper clipping, from beginning to end, was by far my favorite thread in this story.

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

Prebble brings a real gravitas to parts of this story. He makes sure that you're realizing just how menacing things are meant to be.

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

I won't lie, there are parts of this story that are downright boring. But the story around them is so good and so important that I barely noticed the bore. Didn't make me cry, but definitely makes you think.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen & the Homo Jock King

  • At First Sight
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Do you believe in love at first sight? Sanford Stewart sure doesn't. In fact, he pretty much believes in the exact opposite, thanks to the Homo Jock King. It seems Darren Mayne lives for nothing more than to create chaos in Sandy's perfectly ordered life, just for the hell of it. Sandy despises him, and nothing will ever change his mind. Or so he tells himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loveee it.

  • By Tina on 08-02-16

Just as fun as the first!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

I've listened to this audiobook multiple times, and loved it each time! The premise of this book is a little bit farfetched (the old "we have to fake date each other because REASONS" trope), but that's what makes it such an enjoyable comedy. The characters are usually quite likeable, and the chemistry between all of them is what makes this book really shine.

Michael Lesley narrated the first book in this series quite well, and this one was good too - sadly, the two narrations weren't consistent with character voices. Its a bit jarring to go from book 1 (Tell Me Its Real) to this one and have the voices change, but the voice acting is still good and its still an easy listen.

This is definitely more on the "comedy" side of romantic comedy, but there's still a romance there that you want to root for, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the series goes!

  • State of Fear

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,464

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did I read the same book as some of you?

  • By F on 10-05-05

The quality/controversy I'd expect of Crichton

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

What made the experience of listening to State of Fear the most enjoyable?

The story itself was engaging - it blends the mystery/thriller aspect of some of his other works (like Airframe) with the controversial science/equally controversial rejection thereof (like Malcolm in Jurassic Park). The book never got long winded, and didn't get too far ahead of itself - no "out of nowhere" twists, and the storyline seemed just off enough to be untrue, but that it COULD be true.

What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

His voice was good, the narration never got boring. HOWEVER, if you can't stand audible gum chewing, parts of this performance will drive you nuts. Also near the beginning of the book I'm pretty sure he pronounces a supporting character's name two different ways.

Any additional comments?

Beyond the idea of global warming's existence or lack thereof, what this book seems to be promoting is the idea that if you support something, you should know what you're supporting. If you believe something, it should be because you've listened to both sides, not just your own echo chamber, and have made an informed decision. Saying "of course global warming is real, everyone knows that!" with no facts to back it up is as ill informed as saying "of course it isn't real, look at this snowball!" Know why you believe the things you believe. Make sure the "facts" you're familiar with aren't just the unverified opinions of someone with a wider social reach than average people have. Don't let your critical thinking ability be swept away by the peer pressure to believe in any old socially accepted thing solely because a large number of people support it. Verify, go for the least biased sources possible, and be skeptical.

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Quasimodo was born disfigured, hunchbacked and lame, and years spent ringing the bells of the Cathedral of Notre Dame have left him deaf, but also spared him the taunts of the cruel mobs of Paris. Now Quasimodo has fallen in love with the lovely Gypsy girl Esmeralda, the only person who ever showed pity on him - but she faces a death sentence, and only Quasimodo's pure spirit can save her. Or can he?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overwhelmingly sad

  • By Tad Davis on 09-02-13

Incredible story! But needs an abridgement...

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

What made the experience of listening to The Hunchback of Notre Dame the most enjoyable?

The story itself was enjoyable! Scary, in the way that the darkness of the human soul is scarier than any paranormal thing you could dream up.

Any additional comments?

Audible chapters 7-8 are literally 80 minutes of architectural descriptions. Not only do they not effect the story in any noticeable way, they actually detracted from my enjoyment of the book, until I almost stopped reading. The strength of this book is in the characters, the feelings, the action. Skip to it and you'll be happier.

  • The Island of Dr. Moreau

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,084

Written by H.G. Wells, the great visionary author, this legendary novel is both timeless and thought provoking. Listeners will thrill to this chilling masterpiece as man boldly takes evolution into his own hands for the first time. Dr. Moreau, a scientist expelled from his homeland for his cruel experiments, continues his transplantations on a small South Pacific island, creating hideous creatures with manlike intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Oldie but a Goodie

  • By David Thomas on 01-19-15

Haunting story

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

Would you listen to The Island of Dr. Moreau again? Why?

I'd definitely listen again - its a bit too dry to be my go-to sci-fi book, but the descriptions are haunting to imagine, both of the people and the non. I actually enjoyed that no character in this story was good, redeemable, or even sympathetic, and that the author never attempts to portray them as such. The narrator does a good job with pacing and with setting the scene you're meant to be engrossed in.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be a Normal Person

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to frown like a normal person ;-)

  • By pj on 02-06-17

Disappointingly strange.

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

This book had a very weird vibe for me. I've loved a few other books from this author (The At First Sight series, specifically) and this one just doesn't stack up to those. It does have a little bit of the humor, and the side characters are as charming as the sides from either of those. A few moments were laugh out loud funny, actually.

My problem in this story is the main character. He has an almost Norman Bates-like level of obsession toward his deceased father. He runs a business he seems to hate because it was his father's. His opinions on most things are just parrots of what his father thought of them. He even begins to wear his father's clothes. I wouldn't have been surprised if the book had ended in murder.

The romance in this one is somewhat lacking as well. The main character falls in lust with the love interest right away while seemingly liking nothing about his personality. The love interest seems to genuinely like the main, though the things he says he likes about the main are all of the things that the main has done to change himself in order to win the affection of the love interest. It's uncomfortable and I honestly find myself rooting for a breakup for a good portion of the book. Overall, I made it 10 hours in and couldn't bring myself to finish. The narrator was pretty good. I just couldn't get through the book.

  • Undeclared

  • By: Maris Black
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

Liam Rush has never ventured too far outside the fences of his family farm, so college is a pretty big deal for him. Now he can finally claim his own identity - one that doesn't involve football, hunting, farm work, or four overbearing brothers. But when he finds himself falling for the androgynous dancer at Trybe, where he works as a bouncer, things get confusing. He's never been attracted to guys before. Not really. And what would the folks back home say if they knew?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Jaime_Alpha Book Club on 09-08-15

Favorite installment of my favorite gay series!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Would you listen to Undeclared again? Why?

I have already listened to it multiple times. The characters all stuck out for me, the narration is an easy listen, and I overall enjoyed the story enough to want to go back and listen.

What about Chris Patton’s performance did you like?

His voice is easy to listen to, and he puts just enough emotion into the characters and story without going overboard. He differentiates the voices, but not so much that they sound like cartoons.

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

Sammy in general moved me more than I think he was supposed to as a supporting character. Without giving any major spoilers for any book plots, I'd say that Paul's bachelor party, the aftermath, and Sammy all made me emotional.

Any additional comments?

Couldn't recommend this book more highly. There's definitely some drama, some potential overdrama, but I legitimately cared if these two people ended up together.

  • Christmas Kitsch

  • By: Amy Lane
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

Rusty Baker is a blond, rich, entitled football player in a high school full of them - just the type of oblivious jock all the bullied kids hate. And he might have stayed that way, except he develops a friendship with out-and-proud Oliver Campbell from the wrong side of the tracks. Rusty thinks the friendship is just pity - Oliver is very bright, and Rusty is very not - but then Oliver kisses him good-bye when Rusty leaves for college, and Rusty is forced to rethink everything he knows about himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5+ I-loved-every-word Stars!

  • By Belen on 12-18-15

Something felt off...

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The main couple. Rusty was likeable, Oliver was likeable, and yet I just never felt that there was a ton of chemistry between them. Rusty seemed to have a ton of chemistry with Rex, his college roommate, but at times he seemed to be going through the motions with Oliver because he loved being part of their family so much. I'd have liked to either see more care from him to Oliver, or for he and Oliver to have come to the conclusion that a first love with the only homosexual you know isn't necessarily your "forever love".

Was Christmas Kitsch worth the listening time?

In spite of my above comments, I do think it was worth a listen. Maybe just one, and I'm not sure if I'll be able to go back to it and fully enjoy it. But the side characters were funny and interesting, almost everyone was overall likeable, and the story itself is good.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tell Me It's Real

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He's thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read on a plane!

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-08-14

Funny, Goofy, Mostly Uplifting

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

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

I have recommended it to friends. Its not exactly a hard-hitting poignant story that will change your life, but it is an enjoyable romantic comedy. Its quotable, all of the characters are likeable, and it legitimately made me laugh out loud at multiple points.

What other book might you compare Tell Me It's Real to and why?

Its sequel, The Queen & The Homo Jock King, obviously has the same loveable characters, and a similar sense of humor and story flow.

Which scene was your favorite?

I most enjoyed the lead-in to the first date - it was awkward and sarcastic and involved the real standout stars of this book, Paul, Vince, and Sandy.

Any additional comments?

I think the narrator did a good job with differentiating the voices enough that you could tell who was speaking at any given point without making any of them sound cartoonish.