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C. Miller

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  • Words on the Move

  • Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant "blessed"? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally A Great Listen

  • By sgonk on 10-02-16

Always a fun author!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-17

I have listened to several of the author's books (and read one of them in print).

My college training was in foreign languages and literature, classics, and linguistics.

And John McWhorter is always a delight to read. his reading voice is fun and interesting. And his content is concise, analytical, and fun, often unexpectedly so.

  • Dialects and the Fallacy of Blackboard Grammar

  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Understanding language change and how languages differ helps us see that what is often labeled "wrong" about people's speech is, in fact, a misanalysis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb -- in both content and delivery !!!

  • By C. Miller on 04-28-17

Superb -- in both content and delivery !!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-17

I have long been a fan of McWhorter, after first reading "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English".

This short lecture is equally satisfying, and thoroughly enjoyable!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Till We Have Faces

  • A Myth Retold
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,305

Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery. Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of a kind.

  • By Stephanie on 07-07-10

Eros & Psyche done justice...or is it mercy?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-17

This is by far my favourite work by C.S. Lewis. And Lewis himself thought the same.

Anyone familiar with his other works, of any and all genres, can sense the genius (and subtle, but more perfect, presence) in this one.

His reworking of the original Cupid and Psyche from the ugly sister's POV is satisfying and revealing.

Nadia May does a very good job as narrator.

  • Holy Bible in Audio - King James Version: Hebrews

  • By: King James Version
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Hebrews is about persevering in the faith. Written concerning the Jewish Christians, this letter serves as a reminder that Christ is superior to priests, angels, and the old covenant laws. His sacrifice is once for all unlike the sacrificial system.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good because not dramatized

  • By C. Miller on 02-17-17

Good because not dramatized

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

King James Version.

Solidly good performance.

Not marred by any overdramatization as some recordings are.

And reasonably priced.

  • Psalms and Proverbs for Commuters Audio Bible - King James Version, KJV

  • 31 Days of Wisdom and Praise from the King James Version Bible
  • By: Zondervan Bibles
  • Narrated by: Theodore Bikel, Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Whether you take it with you on your morning run or listen to it in your car, this audiobook provides a month's worth of inspiration and wisdom. The 31 daily installments, drawn from Psalms and Proverbs in the King James Version Bible, make for truly inspired listening - the ideal way to start your day with praise, wisdom and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Music Background Amplifies Beauty and Truths of Psalms and Proverbs

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-01-16

Bikel is best; Tabori is good but a bit "dramatic"

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

Reviewed: 02-16-17

All in all, this is a very good recording.

Generally, I don't prefer background music, but for a recording that has it, this is good.

  • A Visit from St. Nicholas

  • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • By: Clement Moore
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... First published in 1823, "A Visit From St. Nicholas" has long been a Christmas tradition for families everywhere. Now experience Clement Moore's classic poem as read by the incomparable Jim Dale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • magical

  • By Mark Brannan on 12-25-17

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-17

I would not have thought I would have enjoyed this, but I was wrong -- Jim Dale has the perfect voice for it. Nice fit.

  • A Quest of Heroes

  • The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 1
  • By: Morgan Rice
  • Narrated by: Wayne Farrell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 877

A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. The youngest of four, the least favorite of his father, Thorgrin comes to learn he has mysterious powers he does not understand, that he has a special gift, and a special destiny. An epic tale of friends and lovers, of rivals and suitors, of knights and dragons, of intrigues and political machinations, of coming of age, of broken hearts, of deception, ambition and betrayal.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hackneyed, *and* repetitive

  • By Samuel on 01-12-14

Excellent Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

Where does A Quest of Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle.

Would you be willing to try another book from Morgan Rice? Why or why not?

Yes. Although I do find that "too much" happens in "too short" a time, nevertheless there was enough to make it interesting, and the $1.99 price for the audiobook (because already owning the Kindle version free) was worth it.

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

I was skeptical about this audiobook, until I heard Wayne Farrell. He was well chosen. Does a solid job. And I was impressed with how well he could differentiate characters without resorting to any overdramatics.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If the activity allowed it, perhaps.

Any additional comments?

The marketing plan of offering a free Book #1 on Kindle, and then a $1.99 upgrade to Audiobook on Audible was a smart choice.

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  • Your First Listen

  • Length: 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34,530
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,685
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18,830

Your Audible adventures begin right here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was great

  • By aareal on 11-23-08
  • Your First Listen

Ugh !!!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Really? What were they thinking?

Truly bizarre recording.

No words can describe how awkward this was.

Terrible. Awful.

  • Holy Bible in Audio - King James Version: Romans

  • By: King James Version
  • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

The Gospel is counterintuitive to humans. We are used to earning almost everything in our lives. In the book of Romans, Paul makes it clear that we cannot earn our way to God; in fact, even the “good” deeds we do are like filthy rags before the Lord. Listen to Paul as he teaches us that we are more sinful than we could ever imagine but also more loved than we could ever imagine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, I enjoyed every minute of it.

  • By MoldMaker on 11-04-18

Good quality: No frills, No overdramatization

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-17

Obviously, the King James Version of Romans is excellent.

But the narration is also very good quality. It is solidly articulated, without silly dramatizing.

  • Pure Voice Audio Bible - King James Version, KJV: (17) Proverbs

  • By: Zondervan Bibles
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

More than a Bible you listen to, the King James Version Audio Bible is an experience that helps you enter into God's Word... so God's Word can enter into you.The book of Proverbs from the poetic, classic King James Version of the Bible has been digitally produced to bring the Bible's stories to life. Performed by actor and television-director Kristoffer Tabori, this vivid recording will help you hear God's word again... for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch Performance

  • By C. Miller on 02-02-17

Top Notch Performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-17

I love the King James Version, and the KJV Proverbs. The English is magnificent.

And the the narrator, Tabori, has a voice equal to the task.