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D Jones

DP Jones

Alexandria, VA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Cetaganda: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (599)

    When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "Miles and Ivan on a mission!"
    "Miles will be Miles!"
    Overall

    If you're at all familiar with the Miles Vorkosigan saga you will be drawn into this audiobook immediately and recognize the Machiavellian intrigue and humor Lois Bujold breaths into her stories. Having read the excellent novel, this audio edition holds up extremely well. The reader, Grover Gardner, brings nuance to the characters and expression to the story to make for an enjoyable listen. This is classic adventure story telling at its best. The pace is brisk. Miles is a reluctant hero, at times arrogant, who drags himself and those close to him through near fatal scrapes and adventures. As always, he must overcome his physical handicaps, convince others to follow him, and solve some tough puzzles to win the day. Yes, he does talk to himself frequently...this insight into his psyche is both humorous and enlightening. Frankly, I think this helps endear him to his fans. Audible should make the entire Miles Vorkosigan series available so listeners can hear them in sequence and fully appreciate this fantastic universe Lois Bujold has created.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Best of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Swanwick, Adam-Troy Castro, Jerry Oltion, and others
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Analog Science Fiction & Fact Magazine has provided four edgy stories about heroism, each exploring emotional dimensions uncommon in this or any other genre.

    William T. Katz says: "Highly entertaining"
    "This is one of the best!"
    Overall

    Excellent and varied stories, great readers and audio quality, gripping science fiction. No fluff in this collection. I've found these medium length stories to be perfect for my iPod listening. I was moved and emotionally drained by the gut-wrenching 9/11 story of one man's redemption and final understanding. Perhaps because I was at the Pentagon when it was struck on the morning of 9/11. Highly recommended listening for any fan of good fiction.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In-Flight Mandarin Chinese: Learn Before You Land

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Living Language
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Wondering how to make use of all that spare time on the plane while you're flying to Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, or Shanghai? Between your in-flight meal and your in-flight movie, try some In-Flight Mandarin Chinese! This 60-minute program is the simplest way to learn just enough Mandarin Chinese to get through anything you'll run into, whether you're traveling for business or for pleasure. Short lessons make In-Flight Mandarin Chinese easy to use.

    D Jones says: "Extremely limited value."
    "Extremely limited value."
    Overall

    Having no experience with Chinese, I bought this to listen to on a flight to Beijing last week. First, I know one can't learn a language or even learn to get by listening to a tape for 60 minutes. But I'd need a photographic memory or previous Chinese instruction to get anything out of this tape. Problems abound. The tape begins with long sentences, all spoken by native speakers at full speed with no repetition. Whew, this was hard to listen to. A few minutes into the tape, you are trying to tell Customs at the airport you have nothing to declare or asking how to find a hotel. It's just too much, too fast with no repetition (except numbers). So I listened and relistened over the 17 hour flight. I did learn how to say yes, no, and thank you, and did get a feel for the overall sound of the language. I was very surprised so many Chinese spoke English and were willing to help me with my Chinese. Save your money and buy a longer Chinese course.

    48 of 48 people found this review helpful

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