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  • The Once and Future King

  • By: T. H. White
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 33 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,216

The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book this year.

  • By Robert on 12-13-12

King Arthur legend retold

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

While I still loved the first book "The Sword in the Stone" (4.5* for that one in this audiobook edition), each succeeding book was less enjoyable and the final book "The Book of Merlin" was just a vehicle for White to expound his own philosophical ideas about why men fight wars and how, if possible, to prevent it. I had never read this 5th book of the series (it wasn't in my old paperback edition of "The Once and Future King") and while I liked the return of Arthur's adventures in the animal world, Merlin and his 'council' were tedious.

Neville Jason does a great narration.

  • The Last of the Mohicans

  • By: James Fenimore Cooper
  • Narrated by: Larry McKeever
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 297

The Last of the Mohicans has all the elements of a classic frontier adventure: massacres and raids, innocent settlers, hardened soldiers, renegade Indians, and a doomed love affair. It is a memorable portrait of fierce individualism and moral courage. But what draws readers and listeners again and again to this panoramic novel is its deep insight into the symbols of American consciousness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poor sound

  • By Margaret on 01-20-15

Movie is better

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Would you try another book from James Fenimore Cooper and/or Larry McKeever?

I might try another book narrated by McKeever even though his voice was a bit soporific for me.

Has The Last of the Mohicans turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I like historical fiction and adventure books.

Any additional comments?

This Recorded Books edition had chapter markers but they didn't bear any relation to the chapters of the text! This is annoying but I am guessing that is why this audiobook was so inexpensive...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: An All-Star Cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,594
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,344

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Plain Awesome

  • By Robert Eric Koch on 08-14-14

not a good entry to the series

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this audiobook to a friend who was already a fan of the Drizzt series. But it doesn't work well as an introduction to the series.

Was Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories worth the listening time?

Yes, despite the fact that I found myself lost at the beginning of the stories, they managed to draw me in. The narration was very good also and I liked having a different person for each story.

  • Blott on the Landscape

  • By: Tom Sharpe
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

When philandering Sir Giles Lynchwood decides it's time to wriggle free of his monumentally unattractive wife, Lady Maud, he knows divorce is out of the question. He can't leave her and keep her cash; a reversionary clause on her ancestral home, Handyman Hall, has taken care of that. Lady Maud, for her own special reasons, is also dying to see the back of Sir Giles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharpe at his best...

  • By Linda on 07-05-06

Suchet is excellent!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

Despite the fact that some of the humor is crass, I ended up laughing out loud many times during this audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp

  • By: John Payne (translator)
  • Narrated by: Bernard Cetaro Clark
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 37

The original story of Aladdin is a Middle-Eastern folk tale. It concerns an impoverished young man named Aladdin. He is recruited by a sorcerer from the Maghreb, who passes himself off as the brother of Aladdin's late father and convinces Aladdin and his mother of his goodness by making arrangements to set up the lad as a wealthy merchant. His real motive is to persuade young Aladdin to retrieve a wonderful oil lamp from a booby-trapped magic cave.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stilted translation

  • By Leslie G on 02-03-16

Stilted translation

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

I was disappointed in the Payne translation. There are other and IMO better translations available in the public domain.

Also, it would have been nice to have had a warning or explanation that the first 30 minutes or so of this recording is NOT Aladdin but a completely different story!

  • The Blue Fairy Book

  • By: Andrew Lang
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 255

Here are some of the finest fairytales from around the world - most of them old favorites: "Sleeping Beauty," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Cinderella," three from "The Arabian Nights," and many more. Andrew Lang was one of the most famous literary critics around 1900. He also edited a series of children's fable books that preserved and illustrated a host of tales which are still used extensively today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My children are spellbound

  • By Anita on 03-04-15

Angele Masters narration

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

Any additional comments?

While Masters did some very good voices & I loved her Scots accent in the final few tales, there were audible mouth sounds (mostly swallowing sounds) which I found off-putting.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,597
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,153

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really tried to like it

  • By Candy M Tuttle on 08-28-18

Too gory for me

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

What was most disappointing about Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez ’s story?

I listened to the first ~15% of this, looking at Volume 1 of the graphic novel series. The art work was good, the narration is good, it is just too graphically violent for me.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Love in the Time of Cholera

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by: Armando Durán
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,739

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless Romance, brought to life by Armando Duràn

  • By Anne on 09-05-13

Love in the Time of Cholera

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

Any additional comments?

Armando Duran was a marvelous choice of narrator for this audiobook. However, I think I might have had difficulty with the audiobook if I hadn't already read the book in print. Love in the Time of Cholera is more straightforward than One Hunderd Years of Solitude but Marquez still writes with complexity, switching from past to present and back.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 94,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81,202
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 81,138

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

Technical issues

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

Reviewed: 02-26-13

What did you like about this audiobook?

I had some technical problems with this audiobook - lines repeated, and at one point about 10 whole chapters repeated!

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Maybe - I wasn't as swept away by the book as most people seem to be, but it was a decent fantasy adventure tale.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

I thought Roy Dotrice did an excellent job. The pacing was fine, and he managed to give different inflections to each of the different characters, which is impressive considering how many characters there are in this book!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful