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Matthew

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Dragons of Autumn Twilight: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (454)

    Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

    Cherie says: "Dissapointing Narration of a Classic Favorite"
    "Great book, sucky narration."
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    I read this series about 15 years ago and loved every second of it and was excited to see it on the audible lineup, however the narration is rather boring. There is no inflection in the readers voice. Ax Norman is a great reader, but not a very good narrator. When characters are yelling, he sounds it out like a whisper as if he doesnt want to wake anyone up. How boring is that?

    The story is great, but i feel like someone is reading me a bedtime story....it'd be nice to hear different voices for the characters.

    I hope someone makes a movie from these books someday.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15617)
    Performance
    (14130)
    Story
    (14224)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "High School Goth Clique Angst"
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    I wish it didn't talk about throwing up as much...seemed like every few minutes or so the girl is throwing up or tasting bile, or feeling sick, vomiting or tasting her own vomit. Too much vomit.

    In all, i'm glad I listened to the audio version. I've listened to a lot of bad performance audio books and this wasn't one of them. A+ I didn't care for the story much though and that is probably just because it wasn't written with my demographic in mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3075)
    Performance
    (2031)
    Story
    (2052)

    The Alliance has been fight a losing battle against the Syndicate Worlds for over a century. Now, Captain John "Black Jack" Geary, who returned to the fleet after a hundred-year suspended animation, must keep the Alliance one step ahead of its merciless foe.

    Jesse says: "Great Scifi!"
    "Fantastic Narration!!"
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    Christian Rummel is a fantastic narrator. He does great voices and has fantastic intonation. The story is pretty good but (spoiler alert) every time Geary and Victoria Rione have alone time, i want to hurl. Its just weird. haha I had to fast forward through that part because it sounded like a dapper young man and an old lady who has smoked too many Virginia slims getting it on. :) Nevertheless, this is a pretty good series and I've enjoyed it. I look forward to the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4597)
    Performance
    (3128)
    Story
    (3160)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    AudioAddict says: "A hero with a sexy voice!"
    "Great Narration!!!!"
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    The narration for this book was fantastic. Great voices, great intonation, and kept my interest. After listening to a really poorly narrated book, this was a nice audio book comeback. I loved listening to the book and look forward to part 2.

    The only complaint i have about this book is everytime they said "Ancestor". Every single time this was said, I wanted to stab myself in the eye. This is worse than saying something like "Tanj" in Larry Niven's Ringworld. If you're going to swear, just swear...people do that in daily life, why encode it? It is distracting from the story. Everytime i heard them say that, i rolled my eyes. Do we really need to be reminded once every five minutes that Geary is 100 years older than everyone else?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2628)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1362)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Good book, narrator sounded winded at times though"
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    The performance was good, however the narrator kept fading out, i feel like there was no good volume to listen to this book at. At times even when it was loud, i couldn't understand a thing he was saying. His British accent was fine, but he sounded out of breath at times.

    With that said, i liked the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2801)
    Performance
    (1480)
    Story
    (1504)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Great Book! Fantastic narration!"
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    Would you listen to Ringworld again? Why?

    No, but i'm also not the type to watch a movie twice or read a book twice. Once was good enough.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm not sure.


    What about Tom Parker’s performance did you like?

    Tom did a great job narrating. He was consistent in his voices and held my interest for many car rides.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It was great for listening to on my commute to work but not something i would be able to pay attention to long enough for the entire 11 hours.


    Any additional comments?

    My review doesn't really do the book justice. This is a high quality story told buy a great narrator. I kept coming back for more and am eager to listen to the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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