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  • The Neverending Story

  • By: Michael Ende
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,233

In this classic fantasy novel from author Michael Ende, small and insignificant Bastian Balthazar Bux is nobody's idea of a hero, least of all his own. Then, through the pages of an ancient, mysterious book, he discovers the enchanted world of Fantastica, and only Bastian himself can save the fairy people who live there. Shy, awkward Bastian is amazed to discover that he has become a character in the mysterious book he is reading and that he has an important mission to fulfill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece of Fantasy

  • By Rain on 07-25-16

Returning as an adult to Fantastica

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

Reviewed: 06-14-14

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

I read this book many, many years ago as a youth. When I saw this title among the many titles at audible.com, I had to have it. This book, while it is most likely written with a younger audience in mind, can bring even an adult to Fantastica. I enjoyed this audio book and my only regret is that I no longer have the hardcover book and that Amazon & Audible do not currently have a COMPANION e-book for purchase to read along as you listen. Is this the GREATEST Fantasy I've ever read/listened to? No but it is fun and did rekindle a part of my younger self to come alive while listening to the whole story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

While Bastian Balthazar Bux is the main character, he's not MY favorite character of the story. I would say that Atreyu is my favorite character and is the key figure in the first 1/2 of the story.

What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

To my knowledge, I don't recall listening to a story narrated by Mr. Gerard Doyle before but I felt his performance very much fit the book. I may even consider seeing what other books he has narrated to see if any of them interest me.

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

No, not really. I suppose there were of course moments in the story that DID make me laugh but I'm not sure I'd ever go so far as to use the terminology of "having an extreme reaction" to any book.

Any additional comments?

The story itself is full of interesting characters in a fantasy realm. There are many moral lessons along the way that one might use to expound upon if / when listening to this story with a child.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)

  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: Catherine O'Brien
  • Length: 37 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children's fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor editing....

  • By Michelle on 05-07-16

My great-nieces LOVE listening to this

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

Reviewed: 05-05-14

Where does The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is truly a classic work for children and the fact that children love it today is a testament to Alcott.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)?

My great-nieces prefer the 1st book over the other works whereas I enjoy "Little Men" and "Jo's Boys" better.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Pilgrim's Progress

  • From This World to That Which Is to Come
  • By: John Bunyan
  • Narrated by: David Shaw-Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

For 300 years, The Pilgrim's Progress has remained perhaps the best-loved and most read of devotional fictions. In plain yet powerful and moving language, Bunyan tells the story of Christian's struggle to attain salvation and the Gates of Heaven. He must pass through the Slough of Despond, ward off the temptations of Vanity Fair, and fight the monstrous Apollyon. In Part II, his wife and children follow the same path, helped and protected by Great-heart, until for them, too, "the trumpets sound on the other side."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two books in one! Terrific narration!

  • By Adam on 01-16-15

Classic tale but some liberties are taken...

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

Reviewed: 05-05-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If I purchased a Shakespeare audio book, I would expect a VERBATIM reading of the written classic. My ONLY complaint with this audio book is that it IS NOT verbatim. A few words have been altered from the written text. I do not understand WHY ANYONE would tamper with a classic. Don't change EVEN A WORD.
I enjoy the narration. The story is a MUST HAVE for every Christian home. I did not & will not ask for a refund as the changes in the audio book are minor but I WOULD hope that in the future, a CLASSIC BOOK that is produced as an audio book and presented as UNABRIDGED would also carry some mark to denote the written and oral words mirror each other or that they do not.

What other book might you compare The Pilgrim's Progress to and why?

I'm not sure that you could compare this work with any other work. Perhaps Milton's great classic "Paradise Lost" would be the closest and first obvious work that comes to mind.

What about David Shaw-Parker’s performance did you like?

Mr. David Shaw-Parker, in my humble opinion, is AN EXCELLENT choice to have performed the narration of this classic tale. I would have given him MORE than 5 stars if that were an option.

Do you think The Pilgrim's Progress needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. Don't tamper with a good thing.

Any additional comments?

Keep the classics PURE...don't change EVEN A WORD in the written or oral performance of a classic.

37 of 46 people found this review helpful