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Robert Whale

Member Since 2001

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  • Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Among the Indians

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Twain, Lee Nelson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In 1885, while The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was becoming one of the best-selling American classics of modern times, Mark Twain began this sequel in which Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Jim head west on the trail of two white girls kidnapped by Sioux warriors. Fifteen thousand words into the work, Twain stopped in the middle of a sentence, never to go back. The unfinished story sat on dusty shelves for more than a hundred years until author Lee Nelson decided to finish it.

    Robert Whale says: "pretty good"
    "pretty good"
    Overall

    Trying to write in another authors voice is not easy, as an example take the attempt by Robert Goldsborough to copy Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novels, they just aren't the same and leave the reader flat. So I was a little skeptical that anyone could marry up with Mark Twains writing but Lee Nelson has written a pretty good story ending and I agree that one can't really tell where Twain ends and Nelson begins. I think that one of the reasons why this has been successful is that Nelson has a good historical feel for that period of the old West and part of what made Twains work interesting was his detailed description of the times and the places where he's set his characters. One should also give credit to Nelson for being a good storyteller in his own right and while the second half of the book is not what Twain would have written it still is a plausible and interesting outcome given Twain's start. Nelson also maintains Twains style of keeping the action flowing by continuously introducing new settings and conflct. All in all very satisfying and for fans of Twains work, worth listening to just for the first 15000 words.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop Edge of Yonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rudolph Wurlitzer
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Drop Edge of Yonder begins in the mountains of Colorado and ends in the far reaches of the Northwest, a journey that includes the beginnings of a Mexican revolution, a voyage across the Gulf of Mexico to Panama, and up the coast of California to San Francisco and the gold fields. Along the trail, Zebulon becomes involved in a series of tragic love triangles, witnesses the death of his mother and father, and confronts the age-old questions of life, love, and death.

    Robert Whale says: "Not Castenada"
    "Not Castenada"
    Overall

    I thought this would be an interesting blend of Hockensmith and Carlos Castenada but instead it was weak in both parts. The mountain man scenes were clearly made by someone who'd never spent time in the woods and the spiritual parts seemed disconnected and uninteresting. Not recommended.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Life on the Mississippi

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    When Mark Twain was growing up, all he wanted to be was a steamboat man. And so Twain ran away in pursuit of his dream. Life on the mighty river for Twain consisted of paddleboats and history, poker games and gamblers, larger-than-life characters and outlandish festivals like Mardi Gras. Twain recorded it all with his keen eye for detail and biting wit.

    Kristoffer says: "Inaudible!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Mark Twain's Life on the Mississipi is excellent, one of his best works. It contains a nice blend of humor and a picture of a part of early American life. Some of the previous reviewers commented negatively on the recording quality, which kept me from getting this book up to now but I finally decided to go for it anyway. To tell the truth I can't find anything wrong with the recording quality so I'm not sure why the other reviewers complained, plus the narrator has a very clear voice and one which seems to capture my mental image of Twain. Overall highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    How do you spot a robot mimicking a human? How do you recognize and deactivate a rebel servant robot? How do you escape a murderous "smart" house, or evade a swarm of marauding robotic flies? In this dryly hilarious survival guide, roboticist Daniel H. Wilson teaches worried humans the secrets to quashing a robot mutiny.

    Gurmukh says: "Funny and Interesting Book"
    "How to survive this book"
    Overall

    I thought this would be a witty discussion of robotics and their current and projected future developments but instead it was slow, heavy handed, and intellectually weak. Even if you know nothing about robotics this would not educate you and it certainly had no snap or wit to it. Save your money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1696)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (819)

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Grade 5"
    Overall

    Possibly good for a child but not anywhere near the quality of the Pullman series or many other good YA stories. The writing tends toward descriptions of actions with poor character development. It should be of little interest to anyone over the age of 12.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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