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  • My Man Jeeves and Right Ho, Jeeves - Unabridged

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Enjoy My Man Jeeves and Right Ho, Jeeves, two classic stories by the master of 20th-century humorist, P. G. Wodehouse, in one complete set. The perpetually befuddled Bertie Wooster and his knight-in-shining-tuxedo Jeeves have long been hailed as the greatest literary creations of P. G. Wodehouse. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doubly Delightful

  • By IndiaC on 10-16-18

Doubly Delightful

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

Two Wodehouses (Wodehice? Wodehae?) in one. What could be better? Well, three, but let’s not get greedy.

“Right Ho, Jeeves” was released earlier this year as a standalone, and I reviewed it then, so you can pop over there and read … Eh? What say? … Oh, well, if you put it that way … Here ’tis:
The way Gussie feels about newts? (Which, if you don’t know already, you will happily discover before many pages have flown by.) That’s how I feel about Wodehouse, and the Jeeves stories are the cream of the C, the tip of the T, the knees of the B. I’ve read them on paper, seen them on PBS, and heard them by other readers. This version is particularly enjoyable, thanks to narrator Kevin Theis, who is having a contagiously good time. Bertie and Jeeves proved delightful companions on my morning constitutionals, putting an extra bounce in my step and generating yelps of laughter that entertained, or at least puzzled, several handsful of passersby. Sparkling musical bridges could have been better only by being longer. I’ll be coming back to this audiobook whenever my sagging spirits need a lift.

Despite the title, Bertie and Jeeves appear in only half of the “My Man Jeeves” stories. The others feature the meddlesome, well-intentioned self-admitted chump Reggie Pepper, and to my own surprise I liked them even better—especially “Helping Freddie.”

LOL, dontcha know.

  • The Fall of the House of Usher - Unabridged

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

"The Fall of the House of Usher" tells the tale of Roderick and Madeline Usher, ailing siblings who inhabit a gigantic mansion that is, as they are, slowly deteriorating.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic story with a great narrator

  • By Spooky Mike on 09-18-18

Elegant, effective

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

A first-rate version of Poe at his creepiest (well, there’s “Annabel Lee,” but I digress). I’m not usually fond of audio-enhanced books, but this is an exception—the enhancements actually enhance. This story is all about atmosphere, and the music and sound effects provide strong support for Kevin Theis’s surefooted narration; bonus, they carry us smoothly past now-obscure names of artists and thinkers we might otherwise stumble over. Well done, Fort Raphael Publishing (from whom I requested a review copy).

  • Right Ho, Jeeves

  • By: P.G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The infamous Bertie Wooster, rebuffing the assistance of his trusty manservant Jeeves, attempts to help his old chum and newt-fancier Gussie Fink-Nottle win the affections of the goofy but adorable Madeline Bassett. But without Jeeves to lend a hand, chaos ensues, and Bertie finds himself accidentally - and horribly - engaged to Madeline himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By HeatherY on 08-23-18

Yoicks! What fun.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The way Gussie feels about newts? (Which, if you don’t know already, you will happily discover before many pages have flown by.) That’s how I feel about Wodehouse, and the Jeeves stories are the cream of the C, the tip of the T, the knees of the B. I’ve read them on paper, seen them on PBS, and heard them by other readers. This version is particularly enjoyable, thanks to narrator Kevin Theis, who is having a contagiously good time. Bertie and Jeeves proved delightful companions on my morning constitutionals, putting an extra bounce in my step and generating yelps of laughter that entertained, or at least puzzled, several handsful of passersby. Sparkling musical bridges could have been better only by being longer. I’ll be coming back to this audiobook whenever my sagging spirits need a lift.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

This is an audio-enhanced version of Washington Irving's classic tale of horror and suspense, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" - complete with sound effects and a musical soundtrack. It relates the story of Ichabod Crane, the lanky Tarrytown schoolmaster who is vying for the hand of the local beauty Katrina Van Tassel, along with local strongman and bully Brom Bones. After attending a party at the Van Tassels' one fall night, Crane learns of the legend of the mysterious and spectral Headless Horseman, who rides by night and terrorizes those who dare to travel Tarrytown by night. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sly, savvy, scary

  • By IndiaC on 09-07-18

Sly, savvy, scary

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This cleverly produced audiobook teases out all the threads in this classic American story and weaves them together to deliver plenty more than its VERY SCARY (even when you know how it turns out) ENDING.

Always hungry, and not just for food, Ichabod Crane and his testosterone-unbalanced rivalry with “Brom Bones” had me laughing out loud, to my surprise, more than once. At least Five of the Seven Deadlies (greed, lust, gluttony envy, pride; arguably wrath and sloth) jostle for position; thematically, the use and abuse of power—physical, economic, sexual, political—provides strong narrative support without intruding on the story, and contemporary relevance as well.

Oh, and those descriptions of scenery you skip because they make your eyes glaze over? (C’mon, admit it.) Narrator Kevin Theis turns them into gold-framed Hudson River landscapes you want to stand in front of juuuuuust a little longer … And did I mention IT’S SCARY!?!

Especially recommended as an introduction to Irving, and for anyone looking for an engaging companion on your commute.

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  • Beowulf (Fort Raphael Publishing Company Edition - Unabridged)

  • An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem
  • By: Francis B. Gummere - translator, Kevin Theis
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Beowulf, a sprawling, fantastical tale of bravery, heroism, and Anglo-Saxon heraldry, is the most celebrated epic poem in the English language. The story of the great Geatish fighter Beowulf, who comes to the aid of the beleagued Hrothgar and his men, relates three epic battles: Beowulf's fight with the monster Grendel, his face-off with Grendel's vengeful mother and, after serving as King for 50 years, Beowulf's fateful clash with a fire-breathing dragon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweeps you into the story

  • By IndiaC on 08-03-18

Sweeps you into the story

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

Stirring, sturdy reading that sweeps you into the story. Music and sound effects provide effective punctuation. I listened in one sitting, while driving a notoriously bland stretch of road, and it made the miles zip by. Very entertaining—and I would recommend this version for students working with the poem, as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Fort Raphael Publishing Company Edition)

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Murders in the Rue Morgue was first published in 1841 in Graham's Magazine and is the first of three stories to center around Dupin, who here explains his theory of "ratiocination", where a precise, logical, and unemotional examination of the facts will lead to the solution of a mystery...no matter how bizarre the conclusion.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really brought to life

  • By Julie Garrett on 09-11-18

Lively performance, interesting bonus essay

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

A lively reading of this classic—maybe the first—detective story. "The Death of Edgar A. Poe,” a eulogy by his friend and literary colleague N. P. Willis, is an interesting and surprisingly touching bonus.

  • Seventh Extinction: The Genesis Project

  • By: Eric Donaldson Ph.D, Tim Harmon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Dr. Victor Kraus labored tirelessly as a wildlife ecologist, passionately striving to use science and reformed policies to curtail the human activities driving global warming and fueling the sixth mass extinction. When Victor realized that nothing would stop the number of species being lost to human greed and overconsumption, he resorted to using the only weapon left in his arsenal: the first mass human extinction. A highly lethal engineered virus was developed and disseminated around the world to reduce the human population to one billion people. As the viral apocalypse detonated across the globe, the virus destroyed billions of lives and delivered fear and chaos to every corner of the earth. With the pandemic running rampant, a Montana virologist working on a vaccine, recruited an unlikely group of friends to help him hunt down an increasingly brazen Victor, stop the virus, and save what is left of humankind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Today a novel, tomorrow a headline?

  • By IndiaC on 02-13-18

Today a novel, tomorrow a headline?

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

A sturdy thriller with a frightening premise that would have raised my heart rate even if I hadn’t been listening to it on the treadmill. Kevin Theis delivers well-paced, energetic narration and engaging characterization, as always. This is a first novel, and that sometimes shows through, but wanting to know what happens next will keep you going … and probably coming back for the sequel this ending demands. Recommended for fans of The Andromeda Strain (Michael Crichton) and The Hot Zone (Richard Preston).

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  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra

  • By: Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Written in the mid 1880's by Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a critically-acclaimed work centered around the "death of God" and the rise of a superhuman. A philosophical and moral examination of good versus evil, divine versus mortal, and power versus submission are all encapsulated in the musings of Zarathustra. Zarathustra's doctrine is the idea of eternal recurrence, which claims that all events repeat themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Spoke Zarathustra

  • By IndiaC on 01-25-18

Well Spoke Zarathustra

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Challenging, frustrating, sometimes enraging, but an unavoidable foundation document of modern thought. So like it or not, the 'story' has to get a 5. Over the years I’ve read it in shards and chunks and fits and starts, on paper and Kindle, but was never able to sustain the journey from beginning to end. This time I could, largely thanks to this sure-footed, energetic Sherpa of a narrator.

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  • Floor Four

  • By: A. Lopez Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The old, abandoned Saint Vincent Hospital is said to be haunted by the ghost of David Henry Coleman, the notorious serial killer, known as The Mangler. Coleman died on the fourth floor after being shot by police. For the three junior high boys, their curiosity gets the best of them as they explore the old hospital, despite "Old Man" Jake's warning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spooooky

  • By IndiaC on 01-07-18

Spooooky

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

A flashlight-under-the-chin story like we scared each other with around the campfire. Very well read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of War

  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Sun Tzu said, "The art of war is of vital importance to the state". It is a matter of life and death, a road either to safety or to ruin. Hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected. The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when seeking to determine the conditions obtaining in the field. These are: the moral law, Heaven, Earth, the commander, and method and discipline.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How You Make War...

  • By Reg on 05-17-17

Great way to read a classic

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

This had been on my "I've got to read this" for years, and I decided it was time to check it off. Glad I chose this way to do it. Thought-provoking and energizing. Narrator's steady, confident delivery makes this an excellent workout companion.