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Carl Cravens

Wichita, KS USA
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  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,426

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14

Classic story, Amazing narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

The story is a little thin by today's standards, but it's message still holds up. This narrator is amazing, with a variety of voices and a passionate reading.

  • We

  • By: Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 737

Set in the 26th century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting history, prose a little outdated

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 11-30-11

Interesting as s historical artifact

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

The story gets more and more incoherent as it goes r, to the point I wondered if the editor didn't get chapters out of order near the end. I enjoyed the first third, the rest was a slog to finish. I had a lot of trouble empathizing with the protagonist, and that made it less enjoyable.

  • The Dark Talent

  • Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921

Alcatraz Smedry doesn't seem destined for anything but disaster. On his 13th birthday, he receives a bag of sand, which is quickly stolen by the cult of evil Librarians plotting to take over the world. The sand will give the Librarians the edge they need to achieve world domination. Alcatraz must stop them...by infiltrating the local library, armed with nothing but eyeglasses and a talent for klutziness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to the end!

  • By avery on 09-09-16

Does not live up to the previous books

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

I have loved everything Sanderson has written up to this point. But this book dragged and then ended badly when it almost started getting good. Al's digressions weren't funny and just padded out an already thin plot. He was rather unlikable and really didn't do anything interesting. I spent the entire book wondering when it would get better, only to be surprised at it ending so abruptly. Even the "read this last" after the credits didn't help things.

I think, ultimately, the lack of talents broke the setting. I thought the story would involve Al working through regaining his talent, and it even steered that direction, then abruptly dropped it because the book ended before that story ended.

Give this to a ten year old? Nope. I just can't see it.

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,628

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Scott on 04-10-08

Good story, great to mediocre performance

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

Great story. Very confusing narration choice, switching between single narrator and multi-actor between scenes. Most actors were reasonably good, but I would have preferred a single narrator of the whole book couldn't be full cast.

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  • Tales of the Occult

  • By: Rudyard Kipling, H.G. Wells, Washington Irving, and others
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman, Jim Killavey, Walter Covell, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

If you have an appetite for the occult, consider this a feast. All of the authors in this collection...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring...

  • By Carl Cravens on 03-14-04

Boring...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-04

I wanted to like this, but these stories were just boring. Maybe they were exciting to the readers when the authors were alive, but only one story even came close to being spooky. The first story is very long compared to the rest and is flat predictable, *almost* reaching "spooky" but falling short every time. One of the stories isn't even about the "occult" nor is it meant to be scary. And the majority of them are read by a narrator with a noticable northeastern US accent. Not only was his accent inappropriate, but his reading was dry and dull... the stories might have had more zing if he'd read them with more enthusiasm.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: David Warner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, the lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Different, but good.

  • By Carl Cravens on 02-12-04

Different, but good.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-04

It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it. It was just a little bit creepy, and the ending was a bit surprising, though somewhat anti-climactic. Nothing is ever explained. It's more a study in character than a horror novel, I think. There were bits of horror, but they were infrequent. The conversations between the characters bordered on surreal at times, and the relationships were strangely fickle.

The narrator was adequate, but with the number of character changes without any indication in the text, his character voices weren't differentiated enough to reliably follow who was talking. I got very confused about the speaker many times. They style of his narration was well-suited to the genre, though.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart and the insular evils of small-town America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic King on audio - FINALLY

  • By Eileen on 02-16-04

A good book, though a tad predictable.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-04

An interesting tale, but it was a tad predictable. A "what if Dracula set up shop in a small American town." A fun read, but it wasn't really scary. When one of the major characters got bit, it was a bit, "Ho-hum, saw that coming" and it didn't really move me much. The characters did a couple things that didn't quite make sense, failing to destroy vampires when they could have. King has frightened me before, but he failed to do so with this one.

The narration on this book was very good, and the narrator's range of voices made it easy to tell who was speaking.

8 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Reaching for the Invisible God

  • What Can We Expect to Find?
  • By: Philip Yancey
  • Narrated by: Jay Charles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Life has a way of toppling our presumptions as Christians. Author, Philip Yancey speaks on the questions that confront us all: How does this Christian faith work? How does God work? And how does he work for me?Yancey trims away false expectations of God through Scripture and human experience. Reaching for the Invisible God helps you from tough questions to a deeper relationship with a God you can love with all your heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Christian author has the doubts I do?

  • By Carl Cravens on 08-18-03

A Christian author has the doubts I do?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-18-03

He's been where I've been. At every turn in the book, I see reflections of myself and my doubts about God. He gave me permission to doubt, and to express those doubts to other believers. Instead of undermining my belief, it's strengthened my faith! This book is a must-read for anyone struggling with doubt about the Christian faith. (Which is all of us.)

The book is well-read, and the narrator is always pleasant to listen to.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Bible: The New Testament

  • The King James Version
  • By: Phoenix Audio
  • Narrated by: Gregory Peck
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

The parables and lessons of the New Testament resonate through much of our religious, literary, and cultural history. Written by the disciples and contemporaries of Jesus Christ, this work is a source of wisdom and solace for millions around the world. It includes the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, which record the life and teachings of Christ, as well as the Book of Acts, Revelation, and other fundamental biblical writings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth The Purchase

  • By R. on 06-08-07

Excellent performance.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-03

Audiofile may think that the performance is "tired", but Peck's reading of the New Testament is exactly what I wanted. No musical score, no cast of thousands; no overblown, Shakespearean dramatization. Just God's word, read clearly and simply. Gregory Peck was a fine choice, and I never tired of hearing his voice.

My only problem has been that the Bible doesn't seem to lend itself well to the audio format. It's too slow for casual listening in the less interesting parts, and it's too fast for serious contemplation.

The only reason I rate this 4 stars instead of 5 is that I would prefer the NIV or even the NKJV over the KJV, but this is the only version that Audible carried at the time. The KJV is especially difficult in audio because the unclear language often requires some time to work through.

112 of 120 people found this review helpful

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  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

  • 1937-1999 (Unabridged Selections)
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Arte Johnson, Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

From early stories like "Breaking Strain," to classics like "The Nine Billion Names of God" and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later groundbreaking works such as "The Hammer of God" and "Transit to Earth," this volume encapsulates one of the great science fiction writing careers of all time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Know what you're getting

  • By Charles Gousha on 07-21-04

Excellent classic science fiction.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-03

A great selection of stories, read by a great selection of narrators. Well worth the time to listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful