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J. Miller

Berkeley, CA USA
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  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,786

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

Not as special as I'd hoped

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

I had a different version of Dracula, done quite well. I was drawn to this one for the sample of Tim Curry in my ears. The main narrator was just okay. The number of narrators doesn't equal more dramatic effect. Really absorbing story of a classic vampire.

  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Mike Boris
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Jack London's masterpiece, tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Adventure Story

  • By Georgia on 09-10-11

High Adventure, very intense

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

How to survive the basic struggle of a man, but through a dog's eye's. Intense lessons with rugged poetry' done well.

  • American Uprising

  • The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt
  • By: Daniel Rasmussen
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

In January 1811, five hundred slaves dressed in military uniforms and armed with guns, cane knives, and axes rose up from the plantations around New Orleans and set out to conquer the city. Ethnically diverse, politically astute, and highly organized, this self-made army challenged not only the economic system of plantation agriculture but also American expansion. Their march represented the largest act of armed resistance against slavery in the history of the United States.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice try, but ...

  • By Steve on 07-26-12

Just Okay

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

Reviewed: 08-07-12

The story was compelling, but the author's focus on the aftermath was quite narrow. Seemed to be that way to support his main idea, but lost me along the way.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wind in the Willows

  • By: Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by: Shane Sody
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger, and Toad of Toad Hall. The Wind in the Willows appeals to both children and adults, but for different reasons. Children love the zany Toad of Toad Hall and his frantic escapades. Adults appreciate the lyrical, superlatively wistful descriptions of the rustic English landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wind in the Willows Still Hits a Home Run

  • By Linda on 11-12-12

Sweet and Dreamy Tale

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

Sweet woodland friends in a dreamy little country lifestyle, and crazy Mister Toad to liven things up.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Island of Doctor Moreau

  • By: H.G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

A shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates sentient beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature. H.G. Wells at his best.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Classic story barely tolerable narrator Alan Munro

  • By Jpmezz on 07-25-14

Poor Reading of a Great Story

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Alan Munroe has a way of adding many mid-sentence pauses. I never made it near the end of a long-anticipated listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Man

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

In The Invisible Man, H. G. Wells' classic tale of sci-fi and horror, a scientist begins a reign of terror after he invents a way to become invisible. This science-fiction classic has spawned dozens of film and serial variations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Reading

  • By J. Miller on 07-16-12

Poor Reading

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

Reviewed: 07-16-12

Would you try another book from H. G. Wells and/or Alan Munro?

Not Alan Munroe--Wells, yes.

What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

He keeps pausing in mid-sentence. I didn't make it to the end of a great story!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,860

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen and a great start to the series

  • By Donna on 07-13-09

Harry Potter meets Bogart

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

Good pace,story, and Magic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I identified with Harry.

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

Adroit handling of the dialogue nuances that I might miss.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Bogart as Harry Potter.

Any additional comments?

First in a series.