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wolfspyder

AKA King Caspian II of Veritasia. (507) 344-0981

Makato MN USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Adjustment Bureau

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Ed Fletcher is a real estate agent with a normal life, until one day he leaves the house for work a few minutes later than he should have. He arrives at a terrifying, grey, ash world. Ed rushes home and tells his wife, Ruth, who goes back to the office with him. When they return, everything is normal. But he soon realizes people and objects have subtly changed. Panic-stricken, he runs to a public phone to warn the police, only to have the phone booth ascend heavenward with Fletcher inside....

    Rebecca says: "Any one but a Woman"
    "Better Than The Movie!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Adjustment Bureau the most enjoyable?

    Narration was kept right at the proper pace and tension. Voicing for the different characters was also distinct and excellent.


    What other book might you compare The Adjustment Bureau to and why?

    No comparisons come to mind just now.


    Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Gigante was a pleasure to listen to. I have not found any of his other work yet, but I am looking forward to more from him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And Another Thing...: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (317)

    Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, has not been entirely without incident.Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary.

    John Williams says: "A delightful return to the H2G2 Universe"
    "A Worthy Reboot, and a Worthy Tribute!"
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    Would you listen to And Another Thing... again? Why?

    I give this book a full place alongside the other 5 in the set.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And Another Thing...?

    At first I was surprised that the book could exist at all (thinking that #5 had been "written into a corner" that it would be impossible for the characters to get out of) but then...well, let's just say my view of the zany Douglas Adams universe has been wonderfully expanded! :-)


    What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

    Getting Simon Jones to do the narration provided perfect pacing. I don't think it would have worked nearly so well without his narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is one of my perpetual favorites!


    Any additional comments?

    Rated PG-13 for mild profanity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1638)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1291)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Too Violent Even for a Police Procedural!"
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    What would have made Fallen better?

    The characters seemed cardboard and the "action" too violent, even for a police procedural. The listener was kept inside the mind of someone who was not only being tortured in graphic detail, but tortured *senselesssly* . Even characters we were supposed to sympathize with were disrespectful, amoral, and treating each other like crap.
    One of the psychopaths in the book blamed his Catholic upbringing for his conduct, and I found the charge both unrealistic and insulting.


    Has Fallen turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not my usual fare...and this book made me see why.


    What three words best describe Shannon Cochran’s performance?

    Not worth listening.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I found myself confused by the turns from bad to worse. Frankly, the forces of evil got all the saving throws and the "good cards," and way too quickly. The character hooks felt just as "wrong" as the rest of the book, and *nothing* was emphasized *except* violence and confusion


    Any additional comments?

    Rated R for excessive violence and denigration of family boundaries by *both* the "good" AND the "evil" characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (11782)
    Performance
    (10665)
    Story
    (10758)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Pure Suspenseful Excellence!"
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    What did you love best about Insurgent?

    I love the way the dramatic tension was kept up.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insurgent?

    The ending included a game-changing revelation at just the right point.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin – was your favorite?

    My sympathies were always with Tris, as no doubt the author intended.


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

    As I said before, the tension never really let up.


    Any additional comments?

    Rated PG-13 for violence and dystopian themes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi and the Tug o' War

    • UNABRIDGED (5 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this trickster tale from Africa, Anansi proves to Elephant and Killer Whale that in a battle of wits, brains definitely outdo brawn. Illustrated by Baird Hoffmire.

    wolfspyder says: "Anansi Does It Again!"
    "Anansi Does It Again!"
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    Would you listen to Anansi and the Tug o' War again? Why?

    This story is a perpetual favorite of mine.


    What other book might you compare Anansi and the Tug o' War to and why?

    Just as with Anansi and the Pot of Beans, the music and the pacing of the performance were excellent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the exchange between Anansi and the whale.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There is wonderful wry humor in this piece.


    Any additional comments?

    Rated G. 100% family friendly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi and the Pot of Beans

    • UNABRIDGED (7 mins)
    • By Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk
    • Narrated By Bobby Norfolk
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Did you ever wonder why spiders have no hair? After reading this African trickster tale, you will know. When Anansi goes to help his grandmother, he can't resist her steaming-hot pot of beans. Bobby and Sherry Norfolk take a wonderful new look at a classic story. Illustrated by Baird Hoffmire.

    wolfspyder says: "Short, But Not To Be Missed!"
    "Short, But Not To Be Missed!"
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    What did you love best about Anansi and the Pot of Beans?

    The incidental music was balanced well with the performance, which in turn was exceptionally well-paced.


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

    This one may be short, but it is a gen!


    Any additional comments?

    Rated G. 100% family-friendly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Analects of Confucius

    • NONE (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Confucius
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who lived from 551 BC – 479 BC. Although he is usually listed as the author of The Analects ( wise sayings ), it was actually a group of his followers, years after his death, who wrote down his words and descriptions of his daily life. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized morality, "the proprieties" - correctness of social relationships - as well as justice and sincerity. A major goal of his conversations was to get his disciples to think deeply for themselves by relentless study of the world.

    wolfspyder says: "Hard to Discern a Moral Code From This..."
    "Hard to Discern a Moral Code From This..."
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    What did you like best about The Analects of Confucius? What did you like least?

    What I liked least was the assumption that one was already aware of the "Rules of Propriety." have these been written down anywhere?


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I seem to have gotten hold of an entirely different translation of this work than my old mentor C.S. Lewis did. I not only found them dull and uninteresting, but many of the things referenced in the introduction did not even seem to appear in the book.


    Did Jim Roberts do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were also several points at which I felt that necessary terms had been left untranslated altogether.


    Do you think The Analects of Confucius needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    If it were possible to find a specific book on the Rules of Propriety, then this book might be brought into a deeper and more sensitive context.


    Any additional comments?

    Rated PG.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Fairy Tales: From Rip Van Winkle to the Rootabaga Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, L. Frank Baum, and others
    • Narrated By Taylor Mali
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Fairy tales have traditionally been considered a European import. Though undoubtedly influenced by the storytelling customs of their European heritage, writers such as Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and L. Frank Baum created stories that reflect America's progressive and independent spirit. This collection showcases familiar favorites by Irving, Hawthorne, Baum, Alcott, and Sandburg as well as lesser-known works. It is narrated by Taylor Mali, who succeeds in capturing the zest, homespun charm, and optimism that makes these tales uniquely American.

    Cindy says: "Terrible"
    "100% Family Friendly Fun!"
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    What made the experience of listening to American Fairy Tales the most enjoyable?

    The narration made the whole project more accessible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked each of the tales selected.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Snibuggledy-boozledum! :-)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I enjoyed the wry humor throughout the collection.


    Any additional comments?

    Rated G. 100% family friendly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Sold the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Today the moon - tomorrow the stars. The Man Who Sold the Moon: A landmark volume in Heinlein’s magnificent Future History series. D. D. Harriman is a billionaire with a dream: the dream of Space for All Mankind. The method? Anything that works. Maybe, in fact, Harriman goes too far. But he will give us the stars....

    wolfspyder says: "A Science Fiction Classic!"
    "A Science Fiction Classic!"
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    If you could sum up The Man Who Sold the Moon in three words, what would they be?

    Heinlein's Future History...


    What did you like best about this story?

    These stories have "aged" surprisingly well. I find myself just as excited by the audiobook version as I was on my first reading of the book, now many years ago.


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

    The voicing made the book stand out as even more memorable than my first experience reading it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    "Requiem" very nearly brought me to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    Rated PG 13 for mild profanity. (Single instance.)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mars, Inc.: The Billionaire's Club

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    How do you get to the Red Planet? Not via a benightedgovernment program trapped in red tape and bound by budget constrictions,that's for sure. No, what it will take is a helping of adventure, science,corporate power plays, a generous dollop of seduction - both in and out of theboardroom - and money, money, money!

    wolfspyder says: "More Space Scenes Might HAve Been Nice"
    "More Space Scenes Might HAve Been Nice"
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    Would you listen to Mars, Inc. again? Why?

    Yes, this book is worth another listen. It will probably be a year or more before I get the chance to listen again, as I have a large and backlogged library to go through before then, and by that time it will be fresh again in my mind.


    Would you recommend Mars, Inc. to your friends? Why or why not?

    The story is solid. I didn't find anything particularly predictable, which was nice in an earth-only book. I felt as if there should have been more space scenes, but that was just a personal taste.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was near the end as the central mystery began to be solved. I won't say more because I don't believe in spoilers.


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

    It would be worth staying with it that long if one wanted to. I was not in a "thrills & chills" state of mind, but certainly not bored either. A good, solid eight hours of entertaining prose. I consider my credit well spent.


    Any additional comments?

    Rated R for profanity, coarse jesting and Mature themes. Adults only please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17928)
    Performance
    (16221)
    Story
    (16347)

    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."
    "Mature Themes Sensitively Handled"
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    Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Divergent is one of those books definitely worth a second listen, as the listener will catch things not noticed the first time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    The ending struck just the right note with me, Clear character growth, drama, more to come, hope in the middle of dystopian despair. Details, of course, are left to the individual listener to find out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The book held my interest from beginning to end, not always easy to do.


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

    There was a particular intervention between Tris and one of her new friends. Again, I can't give specific details because I don't believe in leaving spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    Rated PG-13+ for mature and sometimes violent themes. Brief but respectful mention of religious practices is particularly noted in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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