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  • The Hobbit

  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,273

Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally! Thank you Audible!

  • By Bryan J. Peterson on 10-20-12

As good as you would expect it to be.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

What did you love best about The Hobbit?

A very entertaining story that was well written and well imagined.

What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

I really don't read much in this genre. I'm more of a hard Sci-fi reader. I just felt like this was one of the books I should read and I was pleasantly surprised by how good a story it was.

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

I haven't but he has a pleasant voice and even managed to carry off the singing bits quite well.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What book did Peter Jackson read?

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,258

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had so much promise

  • By Brian G on 09-01-17

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

Not a bad story, but nothing really reached out and grabbed me either. I liked the principle character insofar as he was developed. I will say that while the narrator's range of voices for the male characters in the story was impressive, his characterisation of female voices was annoying enough to be distraction.

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  • Science Fiction: The Best of the Year 2006

  • By: Joe Haldeman, James Patrick Kelly, Stephen Leigh, and others
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Riggio, Bob Souer, Kitzie Stern
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

A collection of the best science fiction prose written in 2006 from some of the genre's greatest authors, including James Patrick Kelly, Wil McCarthy, Susan Palwick, Tom Purdom, Robert Reed, Michael Swanwick, James Van Pelt, Howard Waldrop, Alastair Reynolds, Ian McDonald, Mary Rosenblum, Stephen Leigh, and Joe Haldeman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good collection, uneven narration

  • By Chris on 12-29-10

The editing is terrible

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

The stories were okay to good but the reading mis-queues, re-read sentences, pauses in narration and one particular story where it sounded as if someone had scratched the master tape (not sure how that could happen since I'm sure this was probably a digital recording). Every two minutes the word spoken stopped in mid-sylable and then resumed 5 to 7 seconds later. Very annoying.

  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,985
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33,925

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great unless you are expecting Ready Player One

  • By Tyler J. on 02-11-18

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

It was okay. The author writes entertaining character dialogue but I kept having trouble believing in the characters. I also had trouble accepting some of the plot devices (way too many co-incidences and far too much convenience). All that said, I'll still read his next one.

  • Seveneves

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal, Will Damron
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,721

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Potential

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 06-08-17

Loved the story. Narration was a distraction.

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. I felt the book had an Interesting premise and well written and well developed characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Neal Stephenson's books hit across the spectrum with me. I loved "Cryptonomicon" and "Snow Crash", was luke-warm about "REAMDE" and hated all of "The Baroque Cycle". I'm happy to say that "Seveneves" is one his books that I definitely enjoyed.

What three words best describe Mary Robinette Kowal and Will Damron ’s voice?

Ms. Robinette Kowal has a beautiful speaking voice but when she spoke in male character or in a female character with an accent it was so bad as to be distracting. On the plus side, I thought Mr. Damron's performance was very good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

  • A George Smiley Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634

The man he knew as "Control" is dead, and the young Turks who forced him out now run the Circus. But George Smiley isn't quite ready for retirement-especially when a pretty, would-be defector surfaces with a shocking accusation: a Soviet mole has penetrated the highest level of British Intelligence. Relying only on his wits and a small, loyal cadre, Smiley recognizes the hand of Karla - his Moscow Centre nemesis - and sets a trap to catch the traitor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Le Carre remains the gold standard

  • By carl801 on 07-05-12

Nicely done.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-13

If you could sum up Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy in three words, what would they be?

Extremely well constructed.

What did you like best about this story?

The subtle intrigue. Nothing was over the top. It seemed that the author matched his method of story telling to the lives of the characters he described. Quiet, deliberate and with a great many of the details of the story implied but never written.

Which character – as performed by Michael Jayston – was your favorite?

George Smiley of course, but he did a brilliant job with all of them.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I wouldn't say extreme but it definitely made me look forward to the next opportunity to listen to the story.

Any additional comments?

The strength of Mr. Jayston's abilities will have me looking for other author's books that feature him as their narrator.