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  • 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 37,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,992

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

Only unabridged recording!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

I had to take off one star on the "overall" because the audible version lacks the music of the CD version. I know it is the same version because only one unabridged recording of The Hobbit exists. Otherwise, the best of the best.

While I have enjoyed some abridged and dramatized audio versions of The Hobbit, there really is no substitute for the entire text. The narrator, Rob Inglis, brings the characters and story to life splendidly. He does take some small liberties in a particular conversation, but I can forgive these.

  • The Beatles Tapes: Rare Interviews

  • By: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and others
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

This is an audio album of interviews with each of the four members of The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The wit of the Beatles shines through in these audio vignettes fromn the 1960s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fewer interviews than you might think!

  • By Erin on 09-18-13

Fewer interviews than you might think!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The title is misleading, it should more accurately be called Beatles Radio Publicity or something similar.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

There were few actual interviews. Much of the recording was descriptions of concert venues by reporters, or discussions with fans. This is not to say that there weren't some entertaining pieces of interviews with the Beatles.

Did uncredited do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

At least one of the interviews was not clarified. I presume it was Brian Epstein, but the interviewee was never identified.

Any additional comments?

The interviews and concert coverage were completely out of chronological order, the recordings began with the Beatles last American tour in 1966 and the controversy surrounding a comment by John Lennon about religion, then bounced around from year to year and country to country. Half the time it was not made clear the year or country where the segment took place.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fool Moon

  • The Dresden Files, Book 2
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,616

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've read in a long time!

  • By David Ziegler on 05-06-10

Uncommon Words

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

Reviewed: 02-05-12

Would you listen to Fool Moon again? Why?

I would probably listen to Fool Moon again, but for the pronunciations.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

  • By: J. R. R Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the first book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great dramatization, but read the book first!

  • By Lene on 10-06-13

Dramitization

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-10

For what it is, it is brilliantly done. I'm just too fond of this story (the whole story) to be fully content with an abridged rendition.

That said, I take less exception to what was cut/changed (text and content-wise) in this version than some of the things done in the 2001 film. One of my favourite moments is the Fords of Bruinen as it was written, and that spirit is kept in this dramatization.

Five stars for dramatization, but only four as 'The Fellowship of the Ring' since it is missing so very much. It seems 'Fellowship' is usually the part of the trilogy that is cut down the most for dramatization.

48 of 54 people found this review helpful

  • The Hobbit (Dramatized)

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: An Ensemble Cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614

Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many years of enjoyment

  • By Zreea on 01-12-08

Lovely rendition

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-10

A lovely story wonderfully dramatized. I only wish it were an unabridged version of the book. There are a few places where the dramatization (lack of full narrative) make the story a bit difficult to follow (but only a bit).

Unfortunately, I find this rendition of the Dwarves' song tedious though in the story it is meant to be rousing. And on purely personal preference I can't get past the pronunciation of the Dragon's name. 'Smog' has never sounded right to me, though many claim it is the correct pronunciation.

Despite nitpickings, I would absolutely recommend this version of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to anyone who enjoys being read to and likes a good story.

  • Bloodhound

  • The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 2
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 727

The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeit money from Port Caynn. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may be falling for Rowan, but she won't let anything - or anyone - jeopardize her mission. As she heads north to an abandoned silver mine, it won't be enough for Beka be her usual terrier self. She'll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals, to be a Bloodhound.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great sequel

  • By Stephanie Louie on 02-02-10

Technical difficulties

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-09

This is a five-star story but the technical glitches in the recording prevent me from giving it full marks. As of this review Audible is working on fixing the glitches in the recording. Be aware there is currently some content missing from this story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Wicked

  • The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,310
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,775

Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not easy being green

  • By Kathleen on 07-30-08

Overview

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-09

My rating is more a reflection of the story than the audio/narration. I simply could not get into the story. Every time I came close to caring about the characters the scene would shift and pull away again. I never felt we were allowed to know Elphaba enough to have any feeling as to her plight. It seemed like the story was trying to cover too much. If it had focused on one part of Elphaba's life and really given the listener a link to the characters this would have been a much more enjoyable story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful