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  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Transported back in time to the regal days of chivalry, the quick-witted, sharp-tongued Connecticut Yankee introduces the legendary King Arthur and his court to some "magic" even the wizard Merlin never dreamed of: the destructive power of gunpowder, and the ability to eclipse the sun itself!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Smart, and Timely

  • By Randy on 08-21-04

over and over

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

Reviewed: 12-27-16

over and over, I can listen to this over and over... it's fantastic.

wit and wisdom, tremendous and commonplace, as it is to be expected with Twain, is no surprise and hence not outstanding. yes, as is usual with his mature novels, Yankee is a pleasure for the humors, an expose of the natures.

what is truly exceptional here is the performance.

I have dozens of Twain audiobooks, lots of experience. I believe no one delivers him as well as Norman Dietz. his timing and timbre capture the soul of the story perfectly. and that is a necessity for Twain's works because his writing has a soul, a personality that delivers the meaning as much as the prose.

here Dietz delivers, more than on any other, with Sandy's monologues. she yammers train wreck worthy sentences, and Dietz nails them. everytime is a riot.

this book is a brilliantly delivered comic gem written with wisdom and stirred with emotion.

NOTE: not the best recording, sadly. for me all that is wonderful and entertaining in this novel outshine the sound quality. I hope that will be your experience as well.

cheers

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whaleship Essex

  • By: Owen Chase
  • Narrated by: Andre Stojka
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

"I saw the whale ahead of us, coming with twice his ordinary speed, and with tenfold fury and vengeance in his aspect. The surf flew in all directions about him and his course toward us was marked by a white foam which he made with continual violent thrashing of his tail; his head was about half out of water and in that way he came upon and again struck the ship." An angry whale rams and destroys a whale ship in 1820.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great reader, Unforgettable Tale

  • By Eva on 04-17-15

ok maybe not five star...

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

it may not be a five star book (like Moby dick or #middlemarch) but it would be a shame to cause someone to over look due to mediocre rate.

the book is short and straight to the point. a memoir of a fateful voyage.

the compelling part is not the prose but the story. what they went through... what happened along the way... it's amazing. and to consider the technology of the time, it's almost unbelievable they survived. it may have been terrifying.

really the worst part of the book is the prose. it is dry and blunt. it is a shame that the author was not a fancy lyricists that could bring the eloquence to the situation. however a poet would probably not have been first mate and possibly not survived.

I recommend the story as an amazing memoir of an incredible experience

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Audley's Secret

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

A fast-paced Victorian thriller that will delight audiences today as it did 100 years ago, Lady Audley's Secret has subterfuge, kidnapping, jealousy, and fraud, all thrown into the mix and shaken up for good measure.

A mystery which keeps a listener guessing until the last moments, this production is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys playing detective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very well done

  • By Martin on 05-23-10

sure it's great but...

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

Reviewed: 12-03-15

yeah it's a great tale: classic, eloquent, rich... but it's Juliet's reading, is always Juliet's reading, that makes novels exceptional.

she reads so passionately, so richly intoxicating. her meter, her timing, her voices, her delivery, her characters... it's all perfect.

the recording, the sound, it's spot on.

This is a good story, professionally read. This is what audiobook should be.

a pleasure to listen to. again and again.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mark Twain: Selected Stories

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Ran Alan Ricard, Jim Roberts, Walter Zimmerman, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

This collecton features some of Twain's best known stories as well as some lesser-known gems, such as "A Mysterious Visit", "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut", and "The Loves Of Alonzo Fitz-Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • five stars, ten stars, FIFTY stars!

  • By Maynard on 11-30-15

five stars, ten stars, FIFTY stars!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

the best readings of the best shorts of Twain's. thie readings have so much personally, character, pizzazz! I've listened and relistened and listened again. can't give enough praise.

the recording sounds just a little tinny tiny sorta kinda dated, but just so to give it vintage feel. doesn't degrade the listen. however there is a lot of base in all the vocals. I enjoy it (i am a bass player coincidentally), but I could see how it may bother some as it is exaggerated.

there's really are the best of his shorts. I have all his books, all his shorts available on audible, and I'm sure this is the best collection.

if you're just starting with twain this is the book you need. if you have others and aren't sure if you need it- you need it. discard all doubt and get this book!

fifty stars!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter International

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,409

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My second Monster Hunter book

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

can 5000+ people be wrong?

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14


Can 5000+ppl be wrong? Well, george bush got elected…

this book is a meld of Saturday morning cartoons and pop vomit that you might find on the OC. Way too good guys always win. Way too see everything coming. Way too much of a waste of time for me to finish.

I'm such a sucker for advertising; I fell for the onslaught of praise. I was wrong. This is a goof, a joke, a silly story.

Try American Elsewhere or the Rook. They've got monsters and they've got material with some meat to it. And you don't feel stupider when you finished

6 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Stephen Crane's Other 13 Favorite Short Stories

  • George's Mother, The Monster & 11 Others
  • By: Stephen Crane
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

These are the 13 best known and respected short works of Stephen Crane. George's "Mother and The Monster" are particularly highly regarded but rarely read and almost never listened to. In addition, this audiobook includes "A Dark Brown Dog", "A Great Mistake", "An Experiment in Luxury", "An Experiment in Misery", "An Ominous Baby", "Flanagan", "His New Mittens", "The Five White Mice", "The Knife", "The Men in the Storm", and "The Veteran".

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad production values

  • By Michael on 10-05-13

reader is terrible

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14


The reader is terrible. He’s plunging through the prose, mulling it into a mess.

He has no personality. No presence. No timbre. No timing.

It’s always like he’s falling forward, but without reaction.

He stole the life from the stories.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ulysses

  • By: James Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 27 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ulysses (Unabridged)

  • By Peter Deane on 01-22-09

there is no better book on audible

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13


this is #1.

Ulysses is the single best book on audible.

One of the most incredible books of all time. Stream of consciousness… pure thought coming out in words. Simple and complex at once. A masterpiece. The masterpiece.

I thought nothing could make it better. I was wrong.

This reading brought the novel to life in no way I could have imagined. Any other reading pales in comparison. And it’s not just Jim Norton that gives a stellar performance. No no… Marcella Riordan … is amazing. absolutely amazing. She gives the end monologue so much sensuality that i get chills when I hear it.

I truly believe there is no better audiobook on audible.

i hope you get the pleasure

-m

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,193

A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • it's the singer not the song*

  • By Maynard on 11-09-13

it's the singer not the song*

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13


tale of 2 cities is tale of 2 cities. it's a landmark novel. it's my favorite Dickens. and this is the best of the versions. i have several versions and this is the one.

it is Simon Vance that makes the difference. he's perfect in this narration. he's better than any other. perfect articulation. perfect cadence. perfect tone. perfect meter. a perfect version.

in fact, i believe, this is one of the best of the audiobooks on audible. i have listened to this one over and over. maybe i've put it on a dozen times. why? this reading is poetry of sound and story. this is a pleasure to hear.

i hope you enjoy it.

-m

* Mick Jagger

86 of 92 people found this review helpful

  • LT's Theory of Pets

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

LT has a theory about pets, particularly his Siamese cat. It had been their cat, not just his cat, but that was until he came home one day to find a note on the fridge from his wife saying she had left him. Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in London, this story demonstrates yet again that no one can tell a tale like Stephen King. Available only in audio!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A+++

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

dig it, and dig it well

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13

King’s narration is not always well received. He’s bland, at times; he doesn't pull punches. He is unique. & some ppl hate his readings. when King reads he’s a hit or miss. Here he hits. He nails it.

This is a live reading. he is happy. He's wicked. You can hear a smirk on his face if you listen closely. he reads it right.

The story floored me. More wit than rotten; more homestead humor than horror. This is one of those real stories of real ppl in real places facing real problems. You see that here and there with a King short; this is one.

Now I like my King to have horror. Like in the Library Policeman (one of my favorites), great horror is what I expect. So when he tosses out a real story, and I love it, it catches me off guard. But even in the absence of the horror it is fantastic.

This is a great story. If your'e a King fan, as I am, you’ll probably dig it...

well...

-m

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars

  • Death Troopers
  • By: Joe Schreiber
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,674

When the Imperial prison barge Purge - temporary home to 500 of the galaxy's most ruthless killers, rebels, scoundrels, and thieves - breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope appears to lie with a star destroyer found drifting, derelict, and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party from the Purge is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back - bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours nearly all aboard the Purge die in ways too hideous to imagine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome atmospheric Star Wars horror

  • By Morelos on 10-16-09

this is not a zombie story for star wars fans...

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

Reviewed: 11-09-13

this is a star wars story for zombie fans.

Most of the reviews are rite- this is a good and gory book. more so than star wars. Much more since star wars wasn't gory at all… no, this is a zombie story with all the gore that any other zombie story has.

There’s a great part where a guy is dying from the lung virus; he tries to talk through the coughing that is killing him. The scene is graphic with just the onomatopoeia(s?) of the suffering in the grueling monologue. But the narrator just nails the scene. His retching while gasping for words… came off real. Really hard to believe that he could narrate it so well.

Anyway, it’s a gory book for fans of gory books much more than for star wars fans. With all the star wars stuff: references, sound effects & creatures, it may not appeal to the true zombie fans either.
Really this is for the ppl that like zombies and star wars.

Any other buys it will do so at their own risk…

-m

0 of 2 people found this review helpful