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Baton Rouge, LA, United States
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  • The Second Jungle Book

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Sequel to The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. First published in 1895, it features five stories about Mowgli and three unrelated stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm the worst ever critic for Jungle Book reading

  • By Andrea on 07-06-17

I'm the worst ever critic for Jungle Book reading

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I've cherished this story since childhood, when I fell in love (Or hate as the case may be) with the Jungle People. I clung to it in young adulthood as I began to realize it's deeper meaning, and now I'm damn near 60,and the power and magic of the telling of these stories of love and Law, revenge and wisdom have not weakened in the least. I know every word by heart. I have to have it in audio form now instead of reading it myself, but every now and then, I still have to have it!
So when I say Mr Batchelor has nailed the spirit of these tales you may believe me. His voices and inflections are spot on, and those who love Jungle Book as I do can safely trust your ears to him!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Order - Then Wait: Neville Goddard Lectures

  • By: Neville Goddard
  • Narrated by: John Edmondson
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

God and man are inseparable. We are all members of the divine Body, partakers of the divine nature. We cannot be separated. We are one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this Book is Awesome!!!

  • By Monique on 03-29-16

This is a fragment...

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

...of Neville's lecture Our Potter which can be accessed in full for free on the Web.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion

  • By: Emile Coué
  • Narrated by: Mitch Horowitz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Originally published in 1922, Self Mastery Through Conscious Autosuggestion caused a stir throughout the scientific and religious communities. Émile Coué's assertions that the repetition of certain phrases, or mantras, can have a positive effect on the health and happiness of an individual challenged the existing reliance on chemicals and clergy. However, his theories, which are laid out in straightforward detail in his work, were solidly based on his firsthand experiences with patients, including such stalwart methods as conditioning therapy and the placebo effect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Content, Narrator

  • By Andrea on 02-06-16

Excellent Content, Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

I always wanted to know more about Mr. Coue, but found the reading tiresome. The narration by Horowitz was very well done, and it was obvious he cared about the subject matter. I intened to listen to this many times, a keeper!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Creative Process in the Individual

  • By: Thomas Troward
  • Narrated by: Thomas Troward
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Without creative powers mankind would still be living in caves, without any new ideas or advancement, so it is important to understand and harness this power. There is no better person to teach us how than Thomas Troward. He was a major pioneer in the New Thought movement, which bridges the gap between the inner world of thoughts and the physical universe. With command of your creative powers you can manifest your potential and offer unique things to the world that are waiting inside of you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Gives Vital Understanding, Heals Our Beliefs

  • By Nordric on 01-06-16

Narrated by Thomas Troward (1847-1916)? Really???

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

No, we are not so fortunate as to have Judge Troward come from the Great Beyond to read this to us. This narrator sounds exactly the person who read Troward's "The Law and the Word". See my review for the former, I'm too dispirited to go over it all again. A thoroughly inappropriate direction of the reader's talent makes this a very difficult listen.
I don't know anything about Audible's vetting process as far as accepting recordings to be published, but whoever rubber-stamped this should be made to listen to it at least once, as apparently no one (except perhaps the reader's doting significant other) has bothered to do.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Law and the Word

  • By: Thomas Troward
  • Narrated by: Tony Cousins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Written in 1917, The Law and the Word is a hard-to-find work by Judge Thomas Troward, a pioneer in mental science. Troward's writings and lectures greatly influenced Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science and writer of The Science of Mind.

This book was one of the first to combine thought energy, scientific reasoning and testing, and creative power, and to see the interconnection of the three.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fingernails on a blackboard....

  • By Tammy on 07-27-13

LIsten first! I wish I had!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-15

Goodness knows I wish this young reader all the best, but Thomas Troward was NOT a good choice for his artistic style. Troward's writing is extremely deep and ponderous. It takes all you have just to keep up with the somewhat elaborate and old-fashioned vocabulary. But what he has to convey is so important, it's worth the effort.
I think a man or woman with a more mature voice, well versed in proper pronunciation at least of the English language, let alone the French and Latin quotes Troward throws around, (and without the impediment of what sounds like an occasional smack at chewing gum or perhaps a lollipop), would have been a better choice.
Mr Cousin's talent would have been better served with far, far lighter fare than this book. As a young character in any of Dicken's lighter works, or a Wodehouse-style domestic, or a even a Hobbit, he would shine. But letting him at Troward was a judgement error of epic proportions.
The fact that I must listen to this many times to get the true gist of what the author was trying to teach makes it that much more trying.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death Comes to Pemberley

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of fun for Austen lovers!

  • By Paul on 12-20-11

Attention P&P Lovers! Don't waste your Credit!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-11

If you are a Pride and Prejudice junkie, you will be horrified at seeing the P&P crew thrown into this unnecessary mess of a story. The subtle humor of the P&P tale is positioned awkwardly beside the abject horror, untouched by any possibility of laughability, of the brutal murder of a beloved, if minor character. The agony of a family watching a young man slowly dying is not exactly light reading, and the Herculean task of trying to reform Wickham from a likeable villain to a model citizen that you fervently hope will be the next victim is cruel to P&P lovers. The whole P&P crew are transformed from a cast of characters that you understand and love, into gang of empty-headed plug-uglies you would find it impossible to care less about. As for Darcy and his pleasant cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam, I promise you will not even recognize them!

If you are a mystery aficianado, your inevitable disappointment will be based on the fact that none of the heavily handled list of suspects have anything to do with the murder, and the one who did the deed had an inside story that the author did not see fit to share with you so you could have the fun of exercising your own powers of deduction.

I feel sure every P&P character, down to the lowest footman, would complain bitterly at being made a part of this affront to the memory and brilliance of Jane Austen. This story could have easily centered around any random family, the presence of the P&P crowd is not necessary in the slightest. It would not have been one bit more interesting, but at least it would not have been an abomination on top of being a deadly bore.

I took a chance on this book because it was written by a seasoned author that I was informed was a class act. This is my first experience with Ms. James, and I wanted to like this. Now all I want is my money back, but I will not pursue this option, because I deserve to pay some penalty for thinking the original Pride and Predjudice saga could be added to by anyone but J.A herself.

PS: Rosalyn Landor did a beautiful job narrating this, and I will certainly look for more of her work!!!

23 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Convenient Marriage

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Caroline Hunt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

When the most eligible Earl of Rule offers for the hand of the beauty of the Winwood family, he has no notion of the distress he causes his intended. For Miss Lizzie Winwood is promised to the excellent, but impoverished, Mr Edward Heron. Disaster can only be averted by the delightful impetuosity of her youngest sister, Horatia, who conceives her own, distinctly original plans . . .

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yeah! They fixed it!

  • By Yvette on 10-26-10

A Good, Solid Heyer

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-11

A fun story well-written! I especially loved the narrator's characterizations, and the sequence which involves not one, but two young high-bred gentlemen in their cups while trying to assist a possible murderer is priceless. Miss Heyer is the next best thing to Jane Austen, imho.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Georgette Heyer romance

  • By bebe on 06-04-10

Takes a while to get good...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-11

...but it finishes well! The hero is like those people you like, but are a little irritated with because of what appears to be simple-mindedness. But I should have known Georgette Heyer better than that! It has all the Usual Suspects, the highborn but slightly impoverished aristocrats, the beautiful daughter, the irrascible old patriarch, disappointed Second Son, and assorted dandies, caustic-tongued young men, and pink-cheeked innocents. Stir in some mysterious ghostly doings, and a nice bit of history, and this story is most palatable.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Goodbye, Mr Chips

  • By: James Hilton
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Mr Chipping, classics master at Brookfield school since 1870 - an old man - is reflecting upon his life in education. This cleverly and touchingly woven story intertwines a heart-wrenching and joyful romance with Mr Chipping's life as a teacher and the highs and lows that he has experienced in that capacity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sweet Old Story

  • By Andrea on 05-02-11

A Sweet Old Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-11

The story is achingly sweet, sad, and triumphant, and the narration is a marvel. How can such a long story be told so quickly and with so much detail that you feel as if have been in another world for days with it's short telling is done? The narration is superb and endearing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Civil Contract

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536

Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very very good

  • By bebe on 04-19-10

Not your average boy meets girl

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-11

This is a great story with a heroine who despite her obscene wealth, is someone Average Jane can relate to. Take your typical love story with beautiful people and true romance, REMOVE the "beautiful" and the "romance", and what you get is surprisingly good stuff. I applaud Georgette Heyer's mix of talented writing and historic facts, and her little nods to Jane Austen are just sweet. The narration is a treat, Ms. Nash's voices are varied, consistent, and especially in the case of the character who was the Ultimate Stage Dad long before Hollywood even existed, hilarious!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful