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David

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  • Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3677)
    Performance
    (1955)
    Story
    (1981)

    The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

    Daniel F. Webster says: "Undoing the writer's block!"
    "Fair Warning: Be ready to read the next one!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if that friend was a fan of the Dark Tower books, or Stephen King in general. Start with The Gunslinger, though.


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

    He is excellent at voices and expressions, as well as pronunciation of some (somewhat) difficult words from the High Speech used in the Dark Tower books. I am very impressed with the range of emotion carried in this book, with different ranges for each character.


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

    No, not in one sitting. This book is far too long for that, and it's best to stop and digest some of it before starting again. I try to listen about an hour at a time. I did find myself eagerly anticipating the next hour, though.


    Any additional comments?

    No spoilers, but if you finish this book, you'd better have The Dark Tower, because you'll want to continue the story as soon as humanly possible.

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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4339)
    Performance
    (3784)
    Story
    (3756)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "What is this even about?"
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    Where does 1Q84 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. I liked the story and loved the narration, but I was left still not knowing what it was all about.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The female reader did a really great job. It really sounded like it was being read by the lead female character, which I love. The male reader had several parts to play, and he managed to do a good job of it, too. You could almost picture the characters talking.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2749)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1561)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "Narration is really off"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader seems like he's reading the book for the first time. He pauses at totally inappropriate times, mispronounces words, and emphasizes the wrong word many, many times, and I'm not even halfway through the book yet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Starship Troopers?

    When talking about someone being hanged until he is "dead, dead, dead" the narrator reads it as "dead (long pause) deaddead".


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lloyd James’s performances?

    No. I've read in other reviews that he is a good reader, but this one is so bad that I think I'll pass.


    Do you think Starship Troopers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Heinlein is dead and I don't think many modern writers would do justice to a sequel. I'd be glad to be proven wrong, though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12654)
    Performance
    (11776)
    Story
    (11784)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Fantastic book with the perfect narrator!"
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    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    In geek heaven.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Parzival/Wade, because of his personal drive, honor, and optimism.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Wil Wheaton was the perfect voice for this narration. He sounds exactly like you would think the main character would sound. His knowledge of the subject matter was obvious, and all of the subtle nuances of geek culture come alive for the listener.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book! I have made myself a rule that I only listen to audio books while driving, but I took this one into my home and listened while exercising. I'm really OCD about this kind of thing, but this book overcame that. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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