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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: David Case, Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 574

The year 1866 was marked by a unique incident, a mysterious and inexplicable phenomenon, and rumors agitated the maritime population and excited the public mind, especially seafaring men. Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers, both of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries, and the governments of several states on the two continents, were deeply interested in the matter.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lousy translation

  • By Tad Davis on 09-02-08

A disappointing bore

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

Given it's reputation in classic scifi, I had high hopes for this, but was greatly disappointed. The narrators voice was annoying (gravelly and pompous) and the voices of the side characters were even more annoying and laughably fake. The story plodded along at a snail's pace and got bogged down in detailed descriptions that had no bearing on the plot. It took unnecessarily long to get to the "under the sea" portion, and once there, almost every chapter contained at least one 5 minute long listing of plants or fish. You could probably condense all of the interesting portions of the book into half an hour and the story would be just as coherent.

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,710

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

Much improved from book 4

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

This book returns to the quality of the first 3 in the series after the disappointing quality of book 4. The story lines focus heavily on the people overlooked in book 4.