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Steve

Issaquah, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Shadowland

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    First setting: an all-male prep school in Arizona, where two sensitive freshmen form a bond based on their interest in magic tricks. Second setting: the labyrinthine house of a weird magician uncle in New England, where the two boys spend a memorable summer being trained in the art of illusion. Or is it real magic? Third setting: an alternate world where dark forces are at play - forces that first show up at the school, but intensify their power the summer.

    James says: "Still one of my favorite books!"
    "Great performance, okay story, but too long"
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    I'm a big fan of Phil Gigante's readings, and he comes through strong in a story with many characters who can easily get muddled together. The weakness in this title, though, is a story that goes on about 100 pages more than necessary. I love a story with twists and turns, but this one seems to spiral instead. The novel could be broken into three separate narratives, and if each were told discrete and consistently, would support the others. But the way in which they are intermingled, they disrupt the narrative flow, without adding to any feeling of suspense or surprise.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3058)
    Performance
    (1533)
    Story
    (1560)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "GREAT book, mediocre production"
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    Can't say enough about the book itself. One of my all-time favorite novels--finely-crafted characters that become old friends you want to go back and revisit time and again. Beautifully crafted writing.

    The reader, Lee Horsley, does well with the character voices, wisely taking his cues from the cast of the miniseries who nailed their performances.

    The downside to this audio book is the abysmal audio engineering and sound quality. The volume varies throughout, dropping dialogue so low you can't hear it, and then the next sentence is blasting loud. Intermittent background hiss. The audio issues really detract from an outstanding book and decent performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1607)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (715)

    Science starts to get interesting when things don't make sense. Science's best-kept secret is that there are experimental results and reliable data that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. If history is any precedent, we should look to today's inexplicable results to forecast the future of science. Michael Brooks heads to the scientific frontier to meet 13 modern-day anomalies and discover tomorrow's breakthroughs.

    Stephen says: "10 interesting chapters-read epiloge first"
    "Engaging and balanced, not overwhelming."
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    The author does an excellent job of making extremely esoteric/complicated scientific theories accessible to the average reader/listener. I finally have a grasp on what dark energy/matter is believed to be (no small feat). And he provides a good balance between stating the cases both for and against for many of the unknowns.

    Don't be afraid to hit the "go back and listen to that bit again" button if something slips by you. I had to do that a few times to sort things out.

    The narrator sometimes sounds a bit pedantic/pretentious, but that could also be the subject matter. The technobabble glides off of his tongue smoothly (no small feat!) and he also projects an earnestness.

    Definitely a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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