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  • Seize the Night

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120

Moonlight Bay: a safe, secluded small town that is at its most picturesque in the gentle nighttimes that inspired its name. But now, somewhere in the night, children are disappearing. Christopher Snow believes that the children are still alive. He is convinced the disappearances have everything to do with the catastrophic effects of secret research conducted deep within Fort Wyvern. To keep those secrets, violent and powerful forces are willing to conceal even the most heinous crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece

  • By Chris on 07-22-07

BRILLIANT READER

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

Reviewed: 04-23-16

What did you love best about Seize the Night?

Keith Szarabejka is a terrific reader, great voice, pacing etc. Of course, Dean Koontz is a compelling writer, but the buildup went on for a very long time and then we never really found out much about the strange goings on at Wyvern. The ending was a bit of a fizzle. Still, I am judging Koontz by Koontz, he's a 5-star writer no question. Even so, I would have preferred another 50 pages to answer some very intriguing questions.

  • The Divine Comedy

  • By: Clive James (translator), Dante Alighieri
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 694

Renowned poet and critic Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation into English verse of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The Divine Comedy is the precursor of modern literature, and this translation - decades in the making - gives us the entire epic as a single, coherent and compulsively listenable lyric poem. Written in the early 14th century and completed in 1321, the year of Dante’s death, The Divine Comedy is perhaps the greatest work of epic poetry ever composed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Tad Davis on 10-18-13

BRILLIANT NARRATION

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

What did you love best about The Divine Comedy?

One has to bear in mind that this was written 700 years ago in another language, and represents a long-gone world view quite foreign to our own. This is the second time I have attempted Dante. The first time was not a great success. This time is better, due to Clive James and his narrator. In the context of this long poem, the voice of Edoardo Ballerina is quite marvelous; not American, not Italian, certainly not English, but a rounded voice with a distinctive accent unlike any other, and perfect articulation, perfect for this task. I cannot judge the quality of a translation, but what Clive James has written sounds effortlessly right as it comes out of the narrator's mouth. Dante's work is second only to Shakespeare, but accessing it is not easy due to its age and strangeness. Clive James has pulled off a great triumph, and Edorardo Ballerini has brought it to life in a way I doubt any other narrator could have.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,853

In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Divorced, beheaded, died...

  • By Tim on 09-30-11

STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD? YES, THIS BOOK DOES.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-15

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

This book is as good as it gets, and rightly raved about. And rightly made into a television series and a play, though a great book like this transcends its translation into other mediums. Fabulous performance by Simon Slater.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cromwell, of course, but Wolsey dominates whenever he appears.

Have you listened to any of Simon Slater’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Simon Slater gives an outstanding performance. I was bitterly disappointed that Simon Vance did the sequel.

Who was the most memorable character of Wolf Hall and why?

Obviously Cromwell is at the center, but Wolsey is also magnificent, and magnificently performed by Simon Slater. (Again, quite baffling that he didn't do the sequel). Virtually all the numerous characters come to life in this memorable telling.

Any additional comments?

I do not know why I should want to write a review that 'stands out from the crowd,' as the instructions tell me to do. I am quite happy to be immersed in this crowd that recognizes the quality of Hilary Mantel.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,439

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

WONDERFUL BOOK

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to be better than the print version?

I did not read it, only listened.

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderfully imagined book without a false note. For quite a while, I thought it was a true story. How the author managed it, I cannot tell. The narration was also perfect.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,962
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,960

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

SURPRISINGLY AMAZINGLY ABSORBING

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Heft to be better than the print version?

I only know the audio version.

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful novel. The narrators are perfect. I had no idea when I downloaded this that it would be so moving and compelling. The character of Arthur Opp is exquisitely rendered. Everything about this book absorbed me. I always have several books on my player, and listen to several at the same time, but when I got into this book, I just keep going. When it came to an end, I started to experience withdrawal symptoms, I wanted it to go on. This is a triumph of creative writing, and the narrators could not be any better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Moment Towards the End of the Play

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Timothy West
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Timothy West is held in high regard and great affection for his versatility and his reliability. He has played roles as diverse as Edward VII and Thomas Beecham, Falstaff and Uncle Vanya, Stalin and Churchill, and he became a household name in the TV series Brass. He has played in the West End, joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, toured the country doing the classics, performed Dickens and Dostoyevsky on television, has had a stint running the Old Vic, and married an actress called Prunella Scales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I WOULD PAY TO HEAR HIM READ THE PHONE BOOK

  • By cebepe on 03-04-13

I WOULD PAY TO HEAR HIM READ THE PHONE BOOK

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Would you listen to A Moment Towards the End of the Play again? Why?

It is pretty rare to listen twice to anything, but were Timothy West to read the phone book, I would pay to download it. I have listened to all his readings of Trollope novels, but there is one catch, which is I cannot now contemplate listening to Trollope by any other reader. As he is now in his mid-seventies, perhaps his recording days are over. Now here is his autobiography, that proves he is also an eloquent and entertaining writer as well. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Making of a Marchioness

  • By: Frances Hodgson-Burnett
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

Frances Hodgson Burnett published The Making of a Marchioness in 1901. She had written Little Lord Fauntleroy 15 years before and would write The Secret Garden in 10 years' time; it is these two books for which she is best known. Yet Marchioness was one of Nancy Mitford's favourite books, was considered 'the best novel Mrs Hodgson Burnett wrote' by Marghanita Laski, and is taught on a university course in America together with novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Daisy Miller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Romantic Tale

  • By Curatina on 11-23-11

ENJOYED IT

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

Reviewed: 08-01-12

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

Outstanding narrator. Curious story with a very well-drawn heroine. Interest in the heroine kept me reading.

What about Lucy Scott’s performance did you like?

Lucy Scott has a wonderful voice and uses it to full effect.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Framley Parsonage

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

In the fourth audiobook in Anthony Trollope's series known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, the values of a Victorian gentleman, the young clergyman Mark Robarts, are put to the test. Though he lives a comfortable life, has a doting wife, children and a patroness in Lady Lufton, his ambitions stretch beyond the little village of Framley. Through a combination of naivety and social climbing, Robarts is compromised and brought to the brink of financial and social ruin by the disreputable politician, Sowerby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Is the Game Worth the Gamble?"

  • By Joseph R on 01-08-10

WHAT IS TO BE DONE TO MAKE T WEST READ MORE A.T.?

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

Reviewed: 09-18-11

What did you love best about Framley Parsonage?

Every word written by Trollope and every word uttered by West.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh, I love them all even the bad ones, as Trollope did I'm sure.

Which character – as performed by Timothy West – was your favorite?

My only complaint about Trollope is that he only wrote 46 novels.

Any additional comments?

I am facing a very nasty situation in that I have listened to nearly all Trollope novels narrated by Timothy West. Sadly, Trollope is now deceased and will never write more, but could not West be held captive in a Venetian palacio or English country mansion until he has recorded EVERYTHING.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Phineas Finn

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

In Phineas Finn, the second of the Palliser series, Trollope balances the rival demands of public and private life. Phineas Finn, an irresistible but penniless young Irish barrister enters Parliament and comes to London leaving behind him an Irish sweetheart, Mary Flood-Jones. In London, Phineas wins friends on all sides and is admitted into high society. However, he also falls more-or-less in love, first with politically-minded Lady Laura Standish, then with Violet Effingham, and finally with wealthy widow Madame Max Goesler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timothy West Is My Homeboy

  • By Virginia Waldron on 04-27-12

TIMOTHY WEST OUTSTANDING

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-11

I see no one praises Trollope. Nor can I; he is quite beyond it. My wife could not listen to Trollope for as long as two minutes, but I am a thankful addict. I see everyone praises T West the narrator; me too, he is terrific and it is no mean feat to hold the listener's attention for thirty hours. I don't think Phineas is the most interesting character in his own book, and I really wish he had married Madam Max instead of choosing dear little Mary Flood.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, but well worth it.

  • By Nardia on 03-03-10

THE OUTSTANDING TIMOTHY WEST

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-11

As Trollope is beyond praise, it remains to be said that with audio the qualities of the narrator are as vitally important as a musician interpreting a great composer. Timothy West is a narrator whose performance does justice to the greatness of Trollope, and that is not easy for this novel is packed with male and female characters. West does a marvelous job interpreting them all, and is equally successful interpreting the novelist himself, for Trollope is an ever-present voice in all his works. I got enormous pleasure listening to this long, long novel.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful