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Ray Price

A trivial man

Cincinnati, Ohio | Member Since 2008

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  • Care to Make Love in That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Judd Apatow (Introduction), Patton Oswalt (Introduction), The Believer, and others
    • Narrated By Patton Oswalt, Fred Willard, Bob Saget, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    The Believer magazine presents a compendium of advice from producers, writers, and actors of The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Late Show with David Letterman, The Hangover, and The Colbert Report, along with other musicians, cartoonists, New Yorker writers, and those similarly unqualified to offer guidance.

    Ruth says: "Beyond Horrible. Don't waste your time."
    "If only it could have been funnier..."
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    I usually listen to audible while driving. Occasionally, I will have a passenger. At these times, I feel bad having them drop in to the middle of whatever book I'm listening to at the time so I put on music. This book would be an excellent alternative for such situations. The whole thing is many short bits with few callbacks. If you don't like the narrator you're hearing now - wait a few minutes. It would be a great way to convince someone that audible ain't your grand mother's books on tape....if only it could have been funnier...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patrick Smith
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the Web's popular "Ask the Pilot" feature, separates fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know. Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.

    Simon says: "Stuck on the runway"
    "I want my time back!"
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    Any additional comments?

    A petulant, whiny author with a self serving agenda, who took time from flying around on his high horse to write an almost unreadable book. Kudos, to the narrator for breathing at least a little life into this otherwise benighted tome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (1932)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (949)

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

    Katelyn says: "One word - Awesome!"
    "A most excellent aural publication"
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    After partaking of this throughly enjoyable performance, I feel it is incumbent upon me to pen this critique, inadequate as my humble words shall be. I began neither as an admirer of the illustrious Miss Austen nor an aficionado of the dreadful awful culture which has so recently occupied the thoughts and conversations of the erudite. I shall admit to being a reader of Mr. Grahame-Smith's most wonderful volume on the Great Emancipator which I found exceedingly engrossing and was hardly even able to put down despite arriving at that most unwanted of all pages, the final one. The quality of the writing in this volume is most astoundingly different from the previous tome I have just, in this review celebrated. This is, no doubt, due to the most proper and prestigious influence of Miss Austen. Doubtless modern readers may find such prose as dreadful as Satan's Army munching on a field of cauliflower. However, when spoken by an extra ordinary narrator such as Ms. Kellgren the rhythm and beauty of these antique words shines out as a pleasant change from the more taciturn humdrum of modern day prose. Full of humor and intrigue I was totally engrossed in the story as if I had been put upon by a party of twenty and five ninjas. In the end, I found myself hoping for a most satisfactory outcome for my new friends Elizabeth, Jane and Mr. Darcy. My only regret was that the book was concluded and I was forced to leave this most excellent world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (730)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (372)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    Kirt says: "Startling, well-researched view..."
    "You kids get off my lawn!"
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    The audio book equivalent of an old man shaking his fist and yelling, "You kids get off my lawn". The author ignores the modern evidence that competition is the gateway drug to societal violence and longs for schools to return to a time when boys were real boys, girls were real girls, and ugly scary pedophile gym teachers were real ugly scary pedophile gym teachers.

    The author would have kids abandon their modern video devices and return to the good old days of throwing rocks at each other. (Though maybe even the rocks would be a bad idea, lest the kids start banging them together and discover the Douglas Adam secret to becoming intelligent life.)

    Unless you're looking for a read(listen) that will remind you why Luddites are getting increasingly hard to find in this modern world, don't waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3429)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (2995)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "What a joy"
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    Scalzi's re-imagining was awesome. I had never read the original and was tempted to listen to it before Scalzi's - DON'T DO IT. Having listened to the very enjoyable, very easy to listen to Scalzi version made the transition to the original very jarring. Granted, by the time I reached the end of the original, I was well into the stories and characters. But the whole "Grizzly Adams" in space attitude of the original did take some time to get use to.

    Wil Wheaton did a stellar narration job, and not to take away from the narrator of the originall , I wish he narrated both stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Quantum Murder: The Greg Mandel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (387)

    Dr Edward Kitchener, a brilliant researcher into quantum cosmology, lies dead with his lungs spread out on either side of his open chest. Only a mercenary or professional killer could have breached the premier-grade security system - but why would a professional waste time in ritual slaughter? Greg Mandel, psi-boosted ex-private eye, is enticed out of retirement to launch an investigation into a past which - according to Kitchener’s theories - might never have happened.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Excellent sci-fi murder mystery"
    "Early Hamilton - he got better"
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    I didn't do my research when I selected this book. I thought it was a new Peter Hamilton and jumped into it right away. It didn't take long for the dated buzz words and clumsy writing to convince me this must be an ancient book. A little research and yes, this book is more than 15 years old.

    Peter F. Hamilton has certainly grown as a writer. But knowing the proper frame of reference for this work I able was to sit back and enjoy this young work. If you listen real close you'll be able to hear the beginnings of characters, situations, and technologies that would be showcased in the Commonwealth Sagas and in the Void books.

    I downloaded this book on the day Audible made it available and there were a few technical issues with the recording (especially, part 2 of the download). Audible may find these and fix these but if they don't you'll be able to hear the narrator turn pages and hear the narrator mock the writing (don't remember the exact quote but the narrator disapproved of the author's describing a character's hair as "manes"). Unfortunate, as the reading by the narrator was excellent - he did a great jump picking "voices" that match the persona the writer had wanted each character to project.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan Wakes

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James S.A. Corey
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (1178)
    Story
    (1177)

    James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

    Ethan M. says: "Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent"
    "Good reading while you occupy wall street"
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    Space Opera with modern themes. The 2 main characters thrash out the ethics of wiki-leaks while doing battle with an amoral corporation.

    The only frustration was that 1 of the main characters is clearly schizophrenic. I kept waiting for the psychotic break that never came.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Revisionists

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas Mullen
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Zed is an agent from the future. A time when the world's problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair. His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course-especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs.

    David says: "Lit-fic + time travel? Sure!"
    "wow"
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    I didn't see that coming.

    My only complaint - the narrator constantly said 'Zee' when I think he was supposed to be saying 'Zed'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Equations of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Simon Morden
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Short-listed for the World Fantasy Award and a finalist for the Catalyst Award, bona fide rocket scientist Simon Morden has won a considerable fan base for his mind-bending brand of SF. The first in a planned trilogy, Equations of Life stars Samuil Petrovitch, a survivor of the nuclear fallout in a futuristic St. Petersburg.

    Ray Price says: "Shakespeare's Tempest Sideways"
    "Shakespeare's Tempest Sideways"
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    A quick listen.I was hoping for a little more science, but overall the book was a great story with interesting characters. When looked at sideways, the story may appear to be a retelling of Shakespeare's Tempest, or perhaps more appropriately, a re-imagining of a certain 1956 movie that was a re-imagining of the Tempest. The narration was great, very easy on the ears for this American listener. I look forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (2810)
    Story
    (2842)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Not his best"
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    I was slightly disappointed by this release from Neal Stephenson. I've been a fan of Stephenson's work since someone implored me to read "Snow Crash" back in 1993. But this novel appears to be Stephenson's attempt to go main stream, complete with pages and pages of scenes laboorious as printed words but well suited to be rendered as cinema.

    Still, overall, the book was a real page turner - what do you call an audio book so spell binding you find yourself listening every chance you get?

    Malcolm Hilgartner narration was on target and very listenable.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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