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Bill

austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (530)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "META-tabulous"
    Overall

    I was skeptical about the concept of collaborative writing after that Chopin Manuscript thing, but the BSG actors as narrators was too strong of a marketing ploy for me to resist.

    I was pleasantly surprised. Especially by Alessandro Juliani. WOW! What an incredible performance.

    Gaeta may have lost a leg, but Alessandro has gained a fan. No...seriously... He brings the author's world to life as richly as did Paul Giamatti in "A Scanner Darkly."

    The tales are engaging, and there is enough overlap between them for you to see a coherent whole.

    The other narrators do a fine job (though I'm admittedly not a big Brick fan), but Alessandro really stands out in this audio book. Which is doubly impressive when you consider he's down to one leg.

    If you likes you some Sci-Fi, this book will provide hours of entertainment. So bring a towel, 'cause at METAtropolis, it's laid out like 'dat.

    19 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5262)
    Performance
    (4455)
    Story
    (4451)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Review of reviews"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    There are plenty of reviews of this story at this point, so I don't think covering the fundamentals of the story is of much use to a savvy audiobook connoisseur such as yourself. You want to know if you should blow a credit or drop some green on this audiobook.

    Did you like the previous 12 Dresden books?

    Did you like Lionel Luthor when he became benevolent?

    Do you want the opportunity to write your own review on Audible so you can bash John Glover and/or kiss up to JB?

    If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you should indeed blow a credit or drop some green on this audiobook.

    If you want a feel good about this decision, I would suggest skipping the first 3 weeks of reviews on this audiobook (starting on July 26). Those reviews were pretty well split between the Marsters fan-boys who were bashing Glover primarily because he is not Marsters, and the Butcher fan-boys who were kissing up to JB in hopes of securing an invitation to the Butcher compound in scenic Missouri. They are pretty much only a flame war and devoid of useful content.

    Reviews after that will be of more use to you.

    This is an audiobook, so both content AND narration are important. A good narrator with a bad book can only do so much. A bad narrator with a good book can commit innumerable literary atrocities.

    This is a good story with good narrator.

    Is Glover a Marsters impersonator? No.

    Does his take on the Dresden universe make you want to claw out your eyes and fill your ears with hot glue? No.

    Glover does an excellent job of narrating the story. The continuity of character presentation is broken, and that sucks, but I think you'll survive. I don't really have the time to read at home any more, so I rely on audiobooks during the daily commute, and I don't regret buying this one.

    JB ties up a number of loose ends in this book and Glover brings it to you in a different, but not unpleasant way.

    If this is the first book of the series you are reading (something I find very unlikely), then you will love it. You wont be jonesin' for Marsters.

    If you have listened to the last 12 books, you'll muddle through. Plus, you always have the option of going old school and cracking open the book...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6110)
    Performance
    (5425)
    Story
    (5423)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Like Calgon, it will take you away..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Wow!

    That one word could suffice as the entire review, but only if you include the exclamation point. And I don't think it would meet Audible's criteria for minimum word and character count.

    Rarely do you run across a story and narrator that mesh so well, but this story and this narrator are two great things that go great together...so to speak.

    This is a fanastical romantic period piece. I believe that is how you will find it filed under Audible's browser tree. The romantic I can take or leave, but in this story it worked out well given there was little or no swooning or heaving bosoms. How can you go wrong?

    It is late in the 19th century, and there is a new circus in town that arrives and leaves only under cover of darkness. The magical ambience of this circus IS NOT just ambience. It is real. It is the venue for a contest with no rules between young and budding sorcerers who have no set objectives. Star crossed lovers bound by ancient, dastardly magicians to compete in an enigmatic competition wrapped in a conundrum and shrouded by mystery.

    And top of all that, Jim Dale is narrating. Has he ever done less than a superb job? I'm glad you asked - I think not!

    I don't believe I have ever rated a story as 5 stars across the board until now. I was entranced by this story and could barely pull myself out of the car for wont of more. Erin pens characters that you will adore, and Jim breathes life into them.

    This goes at the top of my prestigious list of "The Best Audiobooks Ever, in the History of Ever!"

    1) Night Circus
    2) American Gods
    3) Cold Dish
    4) Memory of Running

    I'd write more, but I need to go listen to this again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Resurrectionist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jack O'Connell
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Sweeney is a druggist by trade; Danny, his son, is in a persistent coma, the victim of an accident. Hoping for a miracle, they have come to the Peck Clinic, a fortress-like haven in a post-industrial city overrun by gangs. Doctors there claim to have resurrected two patients who were similarly lost in the void.

    Andrew says: "Perfect in every way."
    "Simply irresistible"
    Overall

    Wow! That's the first thing that pops to mind. After reading the synopsis for this story, I was inexplicably drawn to it, but I saw enough questionable reviews that I hesitated for quite a while and sated myself on more Dresden Files and repeat performances of American Gods and The Memory of Running.

    Then I looked at The Resurrectionist again. The comparisons to Kafka still made me cringe, but I listened to the sample again, and decided to risk it...and boy am I glad that I did. I don't really see where the allusions to Kafka come from.

    One reviewer compared this story to The Talisman by King and Straub, and I find that a much better analog. This isn't a bizaare sequence of surrealistic tableaux, but two parallel story lines. A man hoping to revive his comatose child, and a comic book that has thoroughly infiltrated American culture. The "real life" story tends to parallel the "fictitious" comic story line, and gives a hint of The Watchmen because of this.

    The story is gripping, and the characters are well developed and affable. Well, I guess they aren't ALL affable, but they are interesting. But story line is only half of the story for an audiobook.

    A narrator can make a lackluster story better, or a good story unbearable. A good narrator familiarizes himself with the story and gives everything the proper emphasis and tone. Sometimes in a way that you would not yourself pick up on the first read of a story.

    Holter Graham comes through for you. He breathes life into all of the characters, through his performance, and gives the story more depth than it would normally have.

    If you liked The Talisman, Black House, or The Watchmen, you will undoubtedly like this book. I don't know why people seem so confused by it. There are two story lines, but it is very clear which characters belong to which story.

    Pick this up - you won't be able to put it down!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13051)
    Performance
    (5500)
    Story
    (5567)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "My new Favoritist Book Audiobook...EVER!"
    Overall

    I was a huge fan of the TV Show "Carnivale" and that is the feeling I got from this (sans the supernatural). The characters were engaging and the narrators were cast perfectly.

    I never would have downloaded this book if it hadn't been #1 for 2006. Thanks to Audible to pointing this one out to me!

    I just finished it, and I may listen to it again before moving to a new book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just After Sunset: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, Geor
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (347)

    Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.

    J says: "King scores another coup"
    "Wow - Great Stories & Great Narrators!"
    Overall

    My favorite story was probably "N", but that's just because I had already downloaded "Stationary Bike" when it was released. But I also really liked "MUTE" which was narrated by Skip Sudduth. It was weird - I was convince that it was Anthony Lapaglia narrating, but the telling was just perfect.

    If you like Stephen King, you can't go wrong with this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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