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WV Senior Skier

WV Eastern Panhandle | Member Since 2001

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  • Sabbath's Theater

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Once a scandalously inventive puppeteer, Mickey Sabbath at 64 is an aging, raging powerhouse, defiantly antagonistic and exceedingly libidinous. But after the death of his longtime mistress, Sabbath embarks on a turbulent journey into his past.

    Joshua says: "A great book by a great writer"
    "A Truly Disgusting Book"
    Overall

    This book was disgusting from start to finish. Main character has little to no redeeming qualities what-so-ever. From wallowing in self pity to wallowing in filthy habits this book is a waste of time. I had read some Roth before but based on this book and the very bad taste it left in the ear will never read or download one of his ever again.

    12 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (165)

    Where Paul of Dune picked up the saga directly after the events of Dune, The Winds of Dune begins after the events of Dune Messiah. Paul has walked off into the sand, blind, and is presumed dead. Jessica and Gurney are on Caladan; Alia is trying to hold the Imperial government together with Duncan; Mohiam is dead at the hands of Stilgar; Irulan is imprisoned. Paul's former friend, Bronso of Ix, now seems to be leading opposition to the House of Atreides.

    Virginia McCaslin says: "good, but with reservations"
    "Great Book, Great Writers - The Worst Narrator"
    Overall

    I have stopped downloading any books narrated by Scott Brick. I would rather read the hard copies than suffer though his stilted and affected version of reading. He seems to have a big following which is not shared by all the reviewers on Audible. His inflections and tonal qualities are very repetitive and annoying, seems to end most sentences with explanation points and is more concerned about the importance of his voice than the actual story line or characters in the stories. Many great authors and stories on Audible have been ruined by having Scott Brick narrate them.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle, Volume One

    • ABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Stina Nielsen
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    Don says: "Abridged, damme it"
    "Neal Stephenson or Charles Dickens ?"
    Overall

    If you are expecting the fast paced and exciting listening of the Neal Stephenson that wrote Snow Crash or Diamond Age, don't waste your time and money on this volume. This is the first audio book I have been unable to finish due to extreme boredom and wish it had been radically abridged. The narrarator and narrative immediately reminded me of Charles Dickens novels with some spicer language in rare paragraphs. However Charles Dickens is easier to follow and is more intertaining to listen to than this rambling attempt at historical fiction. The extreme detail of surroundings, internal dialoge,lack of active plot or dialoge, artifically "cut" pages is nothing like Neal's previous novels. Should have been titled "Molasses in Tar". Would hate to see other volumes in this vein.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (650)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Excellent Writer and Narrator !"
    Overall

    As a reader/listener of Stephen King's books and especially the Dark Tower series I listened to a most excellent narration by Robin Miles. I would read anything she narrates. I thought the writer Tananarive Due was kinder than King to kill off one of the main characters in chapter 1 before getting the reader to identify with and despise the sudden death. She then did a very good job of building characters you would hate to see come to harm. King's blood bath style is there in the mid to end sections.
    However this story is full of twists and turns and doesn't have the unfair Cujo ending that King first alarmed readers with. Higly reccommend this as an audible book that will keep you awake on the road.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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