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Gretchen

Hingham, MA, USA
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  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,884

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In love with books again

  • By Paul on 01-31-10

Unnatural writing and overmodulated narration.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-09

As read, the background on the Freemasons was too "instructive" to make it intriguing. Felt like I was listening to a lecture. Langdon's expressions and reactions to events felt unnatural to me, almost as if Brown was writing for the eventual screenplay. And I wish the narrator had read more suspense into the book. When we finally got to the suspenseful part (nearly 10 hours into the book - seriously) the pace of the reading didn't increase. All sorts of wacky and anxious things were happening and yet the author read in the same modulated tone at the same modulated pace. If I had been reading I would have skimmed the details to get to the next bit of the plot, and I was frustrated that I couldn't do this with the Audible.com version.

  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,172

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the Movie!

  • By Heather Feuerhelm on 03-31-12

Excellent narration for a fine story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-09

The narration on this is excellent - with the reader getting the voices for each of the unique characters exactly right. I loved hearing this book and I'm certain I would not have been able to slog through it were I reading it.

I'm a 40 y/o, over-educated woman who lives in a major US city.

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  • Little Green Men

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Mark Linn-Baker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

After the success of his highly-acclaimed Thank You for Smoking, Buckley returns to the strange land of Washington D.C. in a millennial comedy of manners about aliens and pundits...and how much they both have in common."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughing Gas

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 01-13-03

Beach Listening

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-08

I was actually looking for "Boomsday" when I picked up "Little Green Men." It was a quick "read" and when the sound was drowned out from ambient noise I didn't feel like I needed to go back and re-listen. There are some characters for whom the editors play background music to create "atmosphere" and it is really annoying. The voices given to some characters by Mark Linn Baker didn't work for me, although his range is incredible and he does a terrific job keeping the voices (mostly) separate from one another. I'd recommend it as fun but not meaty listening.