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  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,410

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Tim Curry Was Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-12

I have always loved this story. It's a true classic! But listening to Tim Curry narrate it just made it that much better. This is absolutely worth the money! I will be listening to it again next Christmas!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,947

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 03-21-12

What did you like best about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children? What did you like least?

The story was very interesting and fairly well written. A bit slow at the start, but it does pick up after a short while. I greatly enjoyed listening to it...that is until it came time for Jesse Bernstein to speak with an accent. I could barely stand listening to it. The overall performance was not bad, but be prepared to cringe every time a character with an accent speaks!

Would you be willing to try another one of Jesse Bernstein’s performances?

I may be willing to Bernstein another chance, as long as I knew that no accents would be involved in the book.

Could you see Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I think this book does have potential to be a wonderful movie!

Any additional comments?

Overall, I really did enjoy this book. It kept my attention throughout, and always looked forward to listening to more. If it weren't for the terrible accents (which really distracted from the story), I would've rated this book a bit higher. Definitely worth the listen though!

33 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,709

Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Amazing Book

  • By Elizabeth on 11-01-13

Extremely Boring and Incredibly Drawn Out

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

Reviewed: 03-21-12

What could Jonathan Safran Foer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Trimmed out all of the fat. This audiobook would probably be 4 hours shorter if Foer didn't insist on repeating so many things over and over.

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

The narrators did well, but nothing spectacular or moving about their performance. To be fair though, the material they had to work with was very bland.

Any additional comments?

I started listening to this book expecting a wonderful, albeit sad, story about a boy dealing with the tragic loss of his father. What I got was a story that jumps back and forth between so many time periods and historical events (half of which have absolutely nothing to do with the main narrative) that you need a road map to remember where you were when the author finally finds his way back to the actual story. I know that many others did not like the story involving the main characters grandparents, but to me it was probably the most interesting part of the book. That being said, it was not really needed and would have been better as a short story on its own. Another major issue with this book is how mind numbingly repetative it is! If I had to listen to the letter from Stephen Hawking one more time (in parts of the book where it simply did not belong) I think I would've thrown my iPhone out of my car window! And that's only one small example of how things are repeated over and over in this book. This book had real potential to be wonderful, but it fell spectacularly short of even being readable. Honestly, if I were actually reading the book and not listening to it, I probably would've given up on it very quickly. Not worth the 1 credit it cost...and definitely not worth the hours of my life spent listening to it.

  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,111

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

Excellent Zombie Novel!!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-12

What did you love best about Patient Zero?

As a fan of zombie novels, movies, etc., I found this to be a refreshing take. It was a completely new origin of the zombie virus, and a point of view that I haven't seen before!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Patient Zero?

This book was actually able to get my husband interested in a novel, which is nothing short of amazing. The story was so interesting and performed so well that he couldn't wait to hear more!

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of Ray Porter's other performances, but I can promise I will again. He was fantastic! He transitioned seamlessly between characters (something very many audiobooks are lacking) and simply put, he WAS Joe Ledger. I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job! I've just purchased the 2nd and 3rd Joe Ledger novels and cannot wait to listen to them!

Any additional comments?

I can't say enough good things about this novel. The writing was fantastic and original. The story kept my interest for every second of its nearly 15 hour length. And Ray Porter is amazing! If you have any interest at all in zombies, please please please read/listen to this book. You will not be disappointed!