LISTENER

Biglumux

  • 27
  • reviews
  • 7
  • helpful votes
  • 28
  • ratings
  • Ben-Hur

  • A Tale of the Christ
  • By: Lew Wallace
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 23 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

A classic of faith, fortitude, and inspiration, this faithful New Testament tale combines the events of the life of Jesus with grand historical spectacle in the exciting story of Judah of the House of Hur, a man who finds extraordinary redemption for himself and his family. Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the first century. His old friend, Messala, arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Story!

  • By Scott Man on 07-09-16

Really BORING

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I felt at my age, 67, it was way past time to read not only a classic story; buy one authored by a fellow Hoosier. I was wrong.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lord of the Shadows

  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

The reign of King John means dark days for all of England. Not one man, woman, or child lived without fear. Magnifying this fear is the man they call The Lord of the Shadows - a terrifying figure who sits at the right hand of the King, manipulating the royal moves like a puppet master. The Lord of the Shadows has been known to tear men apart with his bare hands and can, with a snap of his fingers, alter the future of anyone he chooses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting Story - A Keeper For All Time On My Shelf

  • By McIn on 07-16-14

Another LeVeque winner!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I am a long time Leveque follower. I normally have read the kindle edition prior to the audio version. However, this time I chose a story I had not read. Brad Wills is my favorite LeVeque narrator. His differing voices add such richness to his narrations. That, combined with my love of her stories, was a determining factor in choosing this novel. Ms. LeVeque's stories, plots & characters are always similar, yet in their own way uniquely different! I love the epilogues that usually are at the end, such a satisfying conclusion to her tales! My only complaint? The story was over too soon!

  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,170

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

The writings of Tolkien have long been a favorite in our household. I read The Hobbit to my son when he was 6 months old. Despite the inaccuracies, even the Peter Jackson movies are a must watch series in our family movie collection. So, I can not fault the stories, however the same can not be said for the narrator. The story was completely ruined by his voices. A particularly offensive portrayal of Gollum. The vocalization of that character was like nails on a chalkboard, or the wail of a bannshee. I was looking forward to many hours of enjoyment from the audio version, what a terrible letdown.

  • Steelheart

  • de Lohr Dynasty, Book 3
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

1192 AD - David de Lohr, the younger brother of the great Christopher de Lohr (Rise of the Defender), is a man who has lived his entire life in his prestigious older brother's shadow. While his brother was nicknamed "The Lion's Claw" as the right hand of Richard the Lionheart, David was nicknamed "The Lion Cub" because of his youth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Robbin Blackmon on 03-02-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

I do not like to leave bad reviews & choose my purchases very carefully. I have been a fan of Kathryn Leveque's medieval tales since I first discovered her writings. My enjoyment has doubled by acquiring many on Audible. The narrator did a fine job with the material, sadly that could not compensate for the poor story. I felt it was more a recap of Christopher's story, than one devoted to David. It was a struggle to become involved & immersed as usually happens with this author's tales.

  • Nighthawk: Sons of de Wolfe

  • de Wolfe Pack, Book 7
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Join Patrick and Brigantia as they overcome politics, wars, prejudices, and most of all, resistance to each other. Some loves are unexpected, some are instantly realized. But their love is something that comes from a deeper place of understanding and attraction, a powerful love that cannot be denied.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 100 stars!

  • By Virginia on 05-09-17

Another Levesque winner, Highly recommended

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

I an avid LeVeque devotee. Read all of her releases, then depending on the narrator, choose an audio copy. I am rarely disappointed, this one was no exception. Narrator did really well with distinguishing various characters and the accents. Thought Brighton's was very well done. I always love the linking of characters and families from book to book. It is like coming home. I am amazed at the depth of Kathryn's backgrounds and story links, a real master storyteller!

  • The Gorgon

  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Tristan Hunt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Bose was the Captain of the Guard for King Henry III until Bose's wife's untimely death in childbirth. Blaming himself and wanting to be free of the memories, he resigns his post and joins the tournament circuit to compete for money and fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Ann on 05-03-14

A Gentler LeVeque

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

This was an earlier LeVeque novel. Despite the male heroe's name, it was not as heavy and dark as most of her novels. Thus, I considered this selection a "light" read.
The characters were relatable and well developed. I was not familiar with the narrator, but he did an excellent job with the voices. I invariably return to LeVeque, and am
always entertained by her engaging stories. I highly recommend this author to lovers of medieval romance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heaven's Net Is Wide

  • A Prequel to Tales of the Otori
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: J. Paul Boehmer, Julia Fletcher
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

Set before Tales of the Otori begins, Heaven's Net recounts the life of Lord Otori Shigeru, the series' spiritual warrior-godfather and the adoptive father of the Tales' Takeo. We learn about Shigeru's training; his relationship with the Tribe of mysteriously powerful assassins; his fateful meeting with Lady Maruyama, who would become his secret lover; the battle of Yaegahara, where his father is killed; and other turning points that shaped the Tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Satisfied

  • By Maria on 07-16-08

Highly recommended!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

I discovered Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori many years ago. It was a happy accident, while shopping at our local Deals store bargain book bin. All sizes, genres, and interest, only $1. I had found many books over the years, usually cookbooks, so I always perused the selections. There was a small soft cover volume of Across the Nightingale Floor that caught my attention. Unfortunately, the book was only the first 193 pages. I was so enthralled with the story, that it sent me searching online to secure the full book. Not only was this story available, but there was an entire trilogy and a prequel to explain the character developement! I purchased all of the books at once. Several years later, I discovered them in audio book form. This discovery was why I joined Audible. I love this format! The stories are wonderful, the narrators are perfectly suited to the stories. I can not adequately express how immersive your listening experience will be!

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,734

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

I did not think I could be anymore impressed with the talent of Harper Lee , I was wrong. I can only be thankful that this missing novel was found and released before her passing. The characters just as real and tangible as those in To Kill a Mockingbird. I am stunned by her insight into the soul of these people. I did not think them in one dimension on the pages of a book, they are real , with all their "warts" and layers laid bare. Reese Witherspoon was an excellent choice as narrator.

  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80,257
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 80,196

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of First 5 Books

  • By DCinMI on 09-12-13

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

I had thoroughly enjoyed the Game of Thrones series on HBO. At first, I was afraid having seen the series, I would be less involved with the audio version. Admittedly, I had trouble adjusting to the voice characterizations as portrayed by Mr. Dotrice, having a preconceived perception of them from the series. However, the longer I listened, the more involved I became with the ones chosen by the narrator. As the story progressed, I ceased to be aware of it. I became totally immersed in the story and amazing visualization his performance evocted. I am anxious to start the next book in the series and am thankful the same narrator will be performing throughout the rest of the books. George R.R. Martin is an amazing story teller, weaving a stunning array of plots and characters together to ensnare his readers. I love his detailed description of the varied landscapes and seasons. Some people seem to dislike this indepth detailing, but I find it enhances my ability to "step into" the story and become an eager bystander. Applause, applause! Highly recommended listening choice!

  • Walls of Babylon: De Wolfe Pack/Great Lords of le Bec

  • de Wolfe Pack, Book 5
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Sean Patrick Hopkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Lady Nicola Aubrey-Thorne is the widow of a great Edwardian supporter. When Kenton conquers her home of Babylon Castle, she offers him nothing but resistance and hatred. Kenton sees a beautiful, spoiled woman who fights him on every turn, yet the spark of attraction is there. As Kenton comes to learn the darker secrets of Babylon, he comes to understand Lady Thorne and her sorrows. And his attraction toward her grows beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Biglumux on 08-01-16

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

This was an awesome novel! LeVeque at her finest. I think the narrator did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. I felt totally immersed in their world, could visualize the characters and places as if I were there! One of my best Audible purchases. Highly recommend!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful