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Brett

the man with the plan

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  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (440)

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "Great book! and then..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, as long as you can deal with an abrupt and unfulfilled ending.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Heinlein? Why or why not?

    Of course! Heinlein has some great material as long as you are willing to deal with his occasional lapses


    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    Mr Weiner has a great range and is able to bring the characters to life. Even female roles which men usually have difficulty with. Making your voice high pitched doesn't always portray a sexy woman! Heinlein use's so many female roles that any performer wishing to read well is invariably going to have trouble. Weiner pulls it off nicely.


    Was The Cat Who Walks through Walls worth the listening time?

    Yes, but really? The ending was abrupt and I felt like Heinlein just got bored and ended it without much thought.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time of the Twins: Dragonlance: Legends, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    Sequestered in the blackness of the dreaded Tower of High Sorcery in Palanthas, surrounded by nameless creatures of evil, Raistlin Majere weaves a plan to conquer the darkness - to bring it under his control. Crysania, a beautiful and devoted cleric of Paladine, tries to use her faith to lead Raistlin from the darkness. She is blind to his shadowed designs, and he draws her slowly into his neatly woven trap. Made aware of Raistlin’s plan, a distraught Caramon travels back in time to the doomed city of Istar in the days before the Cataclysm.

    Matthew says: "TERRIBLE, Passionless, and Dry Narration"
    "Ax Norman killed this book for me."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not so long as the Ax is at the mic no. He butchered this book and scattered the pieces over the countryside. Seriously Audible? Was this the only voice actor that was available?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Time of the Twins?

    Any time Taaahz is mentioned. I'm into the story then Ax mispronounces the names so badly it jerks me back into how I hate this recording.


    How could the performance have been better?

    First, the narrator could go back and learn how to pronounce the names of the characters. Perhaps by reading the names a few times and listening to how it sounds before he takes artistic license and makes them sound like they are being pronounced with a foreign accent. Next, he can add some inflection to his voice, choose some different tones for different characters. Seriously, as you listen to this book it is difficult to differentiate between the characters as Ax has made no effort to make the voices different in any way. Very, very poor acting. I have over 30 books in my Audible library and 100's in my personal files. The narration in this one is by far the worst and most distracting of any I have ever heard which is unfortunate because it takes all joy and wonder from the story which it deserves.

    Who is Taaahz? Who is STRum? Who is Fist AND danteeluz? Who is Rast LAIN? I'm sure Ax is a great guy and successful in what he does but Ax should not be narrating these books. Choose an actor that can bring passion to a role, not just read the copy in a voice that sucks the life out of you.


    Could you see Time of the Twins being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would hope!


    Any additional comments?

    Ax Norman has ZERO understanding of how this story affected my generation (those that could read that is) His pronunciation is so horrific I turned the book off I don't know how many times. I always came back though because I wanted to hear the story. For example, who is Taaahz? You pronounce his name right when you say Tasslehoff, how does it mutate into Taaahz??? At one point the dull Ax even calls Sturm STRUM, Sturm Brightblade, a hero of the Lance and he calls him STRUM???! Did he actually READ the copy before he launched into his lackluster, monotone recitation of a book worthy of a full cast of actors? It is physically painful to listen to this book because of his maddening lack of intonation and basic reading skills. If I was listening to a tedious book on quantum physics? Maybe as I wouldn't know the first thing about pronunciation for physics. An adventure tale set in the Dragon lance Universe though? An absolute, unmitigated failure by the Ax.

    I'm BEGGING you Audible, re-record these books and give them a narrator that can do justice to the epic scope the authors intended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of Summer Flame: Dragonlance: Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (73)

    Summer has come to Krynn, a summer unlike any before. The sun bears down on land and sea, searing the world with relentless light and heat. Clouds and rain are nowhere to be found, and even the darkness of night brings little relief from the strange and oppressive day. Meanwhile, those who commune regularly with their gods are uneasy. Every day, their deities become more distant, more difficult to reach. Clerics' prayers go unanswered, and magic goes awry.

    Danielle says: "Great Book But it should not be called Book 4"
    "A poor ending to a great series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It depends on whether or not they had read the books that actually come between "Spring Dawning" and "Summer Flame". This book ties up a lot of loose ends and kills off a lot of characters that were alive and well in the last book. Unless you read the Legends series of books at the very least, you will be grasping for answers as to what the unending references by the characters mean. This book really should have been written so it could be the start of a new series or a one off rather than the end of a series that ended just fine with the 3rd book.


    Would you recommend Dragons of Summer Flame to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with the stipulations I pointed out above.


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

    Nothing. Performance was animated but not very engaging.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of one of the Heroes of the Lance. You'll know.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should have come with a disclaimer as it alludes to so much that the reader/listener will not understand unless they read some of the spin off series like "Legends". The book does fine with its own story and the new characters are woven into the universe well enough that they are viable but its like we get all these flashbacks from Tas and others that make no sense until you have the grounding of the other books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • War of the Twins: Dragonlance: Legends, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (96)

    One hundred years have passed since the fiery Cataclysm that changed the face of Krynn forever. For one hundred years, the people of Krynn have struggled to survive. But for some, those one hundred years have passed in the blink of an eye. Catapulted forward in time by Raistlin’s powerful magic, Caramon and Crysania find themselves aiding the mage’s unholy quest to master the Queen of Darkness. To his dismay, Raistlin discovers along the way that the annals of Time are not so easily bent to his will. Neither are the longings of his heart.

    Matthew says: "Norman has GOT to GO!"
    "Norman is the WORST narrator I have ever heard."
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    Would you try another book from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and/or Ax Norman?

    Hickman and Weis, YES, Norman? I'd have to think really hard about it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story has always captivated me as it has some epic lines in it. The Dragonlance Saga was what I read as a youth and it sparked my imagination in many areas. Some compare it to Tolkien, we don't need to go that far, but it was a great ride none the less. Always entertaining and escapist without taking itself too seriously.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ax Norman?

    Anyone. A doorknob of a Kender, a bum off the street, my dog, it was horrible.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Ax Norman has ZERO understanding of how this story affected my generation (those that could read that is) His pronunciation is so horrific I turned the book off I don't know how many times. I always came back though because I wanted to hear the story. For example, who is Taaahz? You pronounce his name right when you say Tasslehoff, how does it mutate into Taaahz??? At one point the dull Ax even calls Sturm STRUM, Sturm Brightblade, a hero of the Lance and he calls him STRUM???! Did he actually READ the copy before he launched into his lackluster, monotone recitation of a book worthy of a full cast of actors? It is physically painful to listen to this book because of his maddening lack of intonation and basic reading skills. If I was listening to a tedious book on quantum physics? Maybe as I wouldn't know the first thing about pronunciation for physics. An adventure tale set in the Dragon lance Universe though? An absolute, unmitigated failure by the Ax.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountains of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (141)

    Vannemar Morgan's dream is to link Earth to the stars with the greatest engineering feat of all time: a 24,000-mile-high space elevator. But first he must solve a million technical, political, and economic problems while allaying the wrath of God. For the only possible site on the planet for Morgans Orbital Tower is the monastery atop the Sacred Mountain of Sri Kanda.

    David Citron says: "Human-focused science fiction"
    "Truly engaging"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Arthur Clark is so adept at bringing complex science to the masses and the concepts in Fountains of Paradise is no exception. The idea seems so audacious and futuristic that a space elevator could be created that it boggles the mind yet he describes it in such detail and loving attention that I kept thinking "why hasn't this already been done!" I love Clark's fascination with India and how he weaves his own passion for that regions culture and ideals into his books. It brings a depth of flavor to the story that other writers miss telling them with more traditional Anglo-Saxon backdrops. I can feel the spray of cool water and see the splendor of the gardens through his narrative and long to see this beautiful country. Space elevators are now almost common place in science fiction and hopefully someday the idea will have become a scientific reality to bring man to orbit and then to the stars. The narrator was engaging and I loved the flow of his performance, worth listening to again and again.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (1017)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "One of the Classics"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rendezvous with Rama the most enjoyable?

    I remember reading this as a young man and loving every chapter for the wonders it brought into my mind. I went on to read the others in the series but they just never held the magic Rama 1 had. The story is epic, the narrator unfortunately did not match my mental image of the voice of Rama, no fault of the performer! I'm giving it only 4 stars for performance because the narrator through out the entire book seemed distant and uninterested in the grand scale the story tells and a more dynamic reading would have added so much more depth!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rendezvous with Rama?

    when Rama wakes up, the lights go on and the crew is stunned into almost falling off of the "stairway". I wonder what my reaction would have been?


    What does Peter Ganim and Robert J. Sawyer (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A little background, but too self promoting for my taste. This book is Clarks, don't interject your own writings however accomplished.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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