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pandanator

Bay Area, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11353)
    Performance
    (10582)
    Story
    (10590)

    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."
    "Meh"
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    Would you try another book from Ernest Cline and/or Wil Wheaton?

    I found the story fairly two-dimensional, with more importance given to pop culture references than character development. I was more bored than offended by the constant pop culture references, primarily I think because they were so in-your-face. I honestly only made it completely through the book because Wil Wheaton is such a fantastic voice actor.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I know that my next listen will be "Johannes Cabal the Necromancer" (I've already bought and downloaded it)--but I'm going to be keeping an eye out for future Wheaton-read books.


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

    He brings life to the characters and the story--you can tell that he really gets into the work, and is animated and engaging.


    Do you think Ready Player One needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No sequels needed, thank you very much.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (815)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Absolutely True Review of a Full-Time Book"
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    This was my introduction to Sherman Alexie--and a great introduction it was. This was exactly the kind of book I've been looking for in the past few months--a fictional story that felt real. The book gives an outsider's perspective, but doesn't glorify being an outsider. Being an outsider isn't treated as something 'cool' or 'rebellious.' The protagonist isn't overly angsty about his role as an outsider (considering that he's an outsider in both of his worlds), and is very frank about how weird he is.

    Definitely a book for those who like good things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (755)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Fun historical fantasy"
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    "Dodger" is a nice, fun story set in a Victorian London that feels an awful lot like Ankh-Morpork (from Pratchett's Discworld series). I kept expecting Sgt. Colon or Corporal Nobbs to show up. Stephen Briggs, of course, is brilliant. Overall, this was a decent novel, and I enjoyed the ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12053)
    Performance
    (7424)
    Story
    (7313)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "Best. Bedtime Story. Ever."
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    If you could sum up Go the F--k to Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Samuel Jackson, motherlover.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor in dealing with a child who won't go to bed--having once been that child, I can appreciate this story from that angle.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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