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John

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  • Talulla Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Glen Duncan
    • Narrated By Penelope Rawlins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    The woman is Talulla Demetriou. She's grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake's child in secret. The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over - until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun.

    ZenMuppet says: "Worst. Narration. Ever."
    "Horrible narrator"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy poor narrators.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The infants. They hardly spoke.


    What didn’t you like about Penelope Rawlins’s performance?

    She bit off more than she could chew, so to speak. My biggest beef, besides her sounding like a twelve-year-old, was her constant mispronunciations. Here are two: "Haitian" is hi-eeshun and "reprisal" is "ruh-preezul." And she's constantly mispronouncing words, usually in really awful accents.


    What character would you cut from Talulla Rising?

    My gripe is with the narrator, not the story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cibola Burn: The Expanse, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James S. A. Corey
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    An empty apartment, a missing family, that's creepy. But this is like finding a military base with no one on it. Fighters and tanks idling on the runway with no drivers. This is bad juju. Something wrong happened here. What you should do is tell everyone to leave. The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds and the rush to colonize has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Ilus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire.

    averageconsumer says: "Bookwreck: How to Sink a Stellar Story"
    "Awful Awful Awful Reader"
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    What disappointed you about Cibola Burn?

    Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies, Erik Davies.

    That sums it up.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He's not Jefferson Mays. He doesn't have the skill and range of Jefferson Mays. Mays brought the characters and story to life. Erik Davies speaks reasonably good American English, IF he were selling mattresses. In other words: Erik Davies completely drained the characters and story of any life. And he put me to sleep. I would buy a mattress from Erik Davies. And I take it back: Davis does not speak reasonably good American English. His pronounciations are laughable and frequent. Here's a jewel: "cumin" pronounced as "come-in." This bears repeating: I will not buy another James S. A. Corey novel if Erik Davies is the reader.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, sadness, disappointment . . . and boredom. I have to say it took skill to make Corey's novel boring. I will not buy another James S. A. Corey novel if Erik Davies is the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not buy another James S. A. Corey novel if Erik Davies is the reader.

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1039)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "John Lee = William Shatner of Readers"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Ditch John Lee. And the cuts between the sections are way too short. It's often very confusing and jarring.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different reader, or a more low-key John Lee. John Lee is best when he's not chewing the scenery. His reading of this novel -- in my opinion -- is way overwrought. There's not an "r" out there that he won't roll for several seconds. Obviously he does accents well, but this reading serves John Lee, not the story. I don't know anything about him personally, but I'm willing to be he LOVES to hear his own voice.


    Was Revelation Space worth the listening time?

    Thank you, Alastair Reynolds. No thank you, John Lee.


    Any additional comments?

    I just don't get the John Lee worship.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kraken

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (305)

    With this outrageous new novel, China Miéville has written one of the strangest, funniest, and flat-out scariest books you will read this—or any other—year. The London that comes to life in Kraken is a weird metropolis awash in secret currents of myth and magic, where criminals, police, cultists, and wizards are locked in a war to bring about—or prevent—the End of All Things.

    Caveat Emptor says: "A New Favorite Author"
    "meh"
    Overall

    Mieville's stories and imagination are inevitably rich and complex.

    I also generally like John Lee . His reading of the Bernie Gunther series by P. Kerr is great. I do take a HUGE exception for Feast for Crows. Lee the Usurper cannot compete with Roy Dotrice, not at all. (Listening to Lee read Crows was a 31-hour exercise in resentment.)

    Lee's reading of Kraken was a similar experience. His reading is so far over the top as to make every single syllable distracting. Does he have to pronounce "Subby" as "Subbbbbbbbbbbbby" EVERY time? In my opinion I don't think Lee was showing much respect for Mieville's written word. I think he was loving his voice far more than the story. Lee didn't gild this lily. He shellacked it and then stomped on it.

    (Btw: anyone who thinks Mieville is a cheap version of Neil Gaiman is an idiot. Gaiman's the mockingbird; he's a hack with a gift for self-promotion).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Mysterious underground inhabitants known as the gray caps have reconquered the failed fantasy state Ambergris and put it under martial law. They are controlling the human inhabitants with strange addictive drugs, internment in camps, and random acts of terror. The rebel resistance is scattered, and the gray caps are using human labor to build two strange towers. John Finch must solve an impossible double murder for his gray cap masters while trying to make contact with the rebels.

    Pie says: "Awesome."
    "Truly horrible"
    Overall

    This was my first Jeff VanderMeer novel. I had high hopes. It was very quickly BLAH. My complaint is primarily with the narrator. He was truly horrible. He wasn't noir-sh; I think he thought he was being noir-ish, edgy & world-weary. He was instead dreary and lugubrious, a BORE. His reading completely leached the story of any color and suspense. I've listened to other things narrated by Mr. Wyman and had no complaints. In my opinion he tried something hard-boiled and failed.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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