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Alex

Prospect, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Becoming an Indie Film Composer

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Scott K. Haskin
    • Narrated By Tamara McDaniel
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    So you want to get into the amazing world of film composition! Getting started is one of the biggest challenges. This audio offers many suggestions that could help you find your path to great success. Where do you start? What kind of equipment might you need? How do you meet the people that will help you? What other skills might you need to have, apart from the ability to write beautiful music? Answers to these questions as well as many other topics are offered in this audio.

    Alex says: "For the novice"
    "For the novice"
    Overall

    This audio book is a good introduction to the very basic concepts of Film Composition. Someone who has already dabbled in this area may find this title a little basic and under developed. This is for pure novices only. The narrator's voice did start to irritate after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (356)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Too many punches pulled."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am a fan of Steve Martin's previous work.

    I found the first and last hour of this book interesting, but getting through the middle was a struggle.

    I hate not finishing audiobooks, but I really had to force myself to keep listening, hoping for a payoff that never eventuated.

    Whenever the story started to become interesting, Martin pulls his punches - frustrating to say the least. I spent the first 5 hours wondering where this book was going and then how it could possibly get there in the 2.5 hours remaining.

    I imagine those in the art world may find this tale of interest, but I was left disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Contortionist's Handbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Craig Clevenger
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    John Dolan Vincent was born with an extra ring finger on one hand. He was an abnormally gifted child with a proclivity for mathematics beyond his years, but he lacked social skills. Childhood ridicule and a difficult family life led him to use his talents in adulthood for criminal acts of forgery. When he starts getting untreatable migraines, his self-medication results in overdosing which sends him repeatedly to the emergency room.

    K. Burch says: "Not for Me"
    "Great reading by Ray Porter"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A great listen and very well read by the narrator. Was not sure what to expect from this title and I was pleasantly surprised.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • UR

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Reeling from a painful break-up, English instructor and avid book lover Wesley Smith is haunted by his ex-girlfriend's parting shot: "Why can't you just read off the computer like everyone else?" He buys an e-book reader out of spite, but soon finds he can use the device to glimpse realities he had never before imagined, discovering literary riches beyond his wildest dreams...and all-too-human tragedies that surpass his most terrible nightmares.

    Alex says: "OK"
    "OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Full of product placement for Amazon's Kindle, this short story is quite poor, and this comes from a huge King fan.

    The basic premise is interesting, but it never really goes anywhere. The ending was frustrating.

    I can understand this was commissioned by Amazon to promote the Kindle (you already had to own one to download it though), but I have the feeling this was rushed by King to meet a deadline. The product placement could have at least been more subtle.

    Well read by Holter Graham.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Newspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police - the vocabulary of George Orwell's classic political satire, 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', has passed into the English language, symbolising the horrors of totalitarianism.

    Michael says: "I thought this was fiction"
    "Superb"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The most famous dystopias ever written, this book is incredibly intense. Superbly read by Samuel West. This recording now has pride of place as my favourite Audible title so far.

    Do yourself a favor, can click buy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1469)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1011)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "A must"
    Overall

    Any fan of the film owes it to themselves to hear the book. Recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    tess says: "Very typical of Dan Brown. Easy brilliance."
    "Weakest of 'The Three'"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed symbologist Robert Langdon's previous two adventures, but I found this one to be predictable and trying far too hard to be 'clever'. I was engrossed for the first third of the book, the remainder was a struggle. Brown's constant overuse of adjectives and constant 'eureka' moments really started to get on my nerves this time around. 'Angels & Demons' was a great switch-your-brain-off title. 'The Da Vinci Code' was a commendable follow-up. 'The Lost Symbol' felt like an author who had to try very hard, with limited fresh ideas. OK, but not great.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Graysmith
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (386)

    After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

    Zentaro says: "Interesting"
    "Recommended"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to this whilst on a 15 hour drive across the country. I found it interesting and very well read. I did find myself getting names mixed up and found some parts, mostly in the middle, to be a little hard to follow. That said, and whilst knowing the 'ending', I do recommend this title.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    Now in theaters, a re-release of the classic horror flick The Exorcist is promising to be scarier than ever. Restored by the film's director, William Friedkin, the new cut includes a full reel of previously unreleased footage, eliminated before the film's first release. To prepare for the frightening film, listen to the audiobook version, read by the author.

    Parusski says: "Why did I wait so long to read the book?"
    "Riveting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wonderfully read by the author. This was one of the first few audible books I listened to, and one I'll never forget.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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