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  • No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Naomi Klein
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    No Logo employs journalistic savvy and personal testament to detail the insidious practices and far-reaching effects of corporate marketing—and the powerful potential of a growing activist sect that will surely alter the course of the 21st century. First published before the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, this is an infuriating, inspiring, and altogether pioneering work of cultural criticism that investigates money, marketing, and the anti-corporate movement.

    Bryan says: "Irritating Over-Enunciated Narration"
    "Brilliant Book Over Enunciated"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Logo to be better than the print version?

    No. In fact, I had to stop listening to the audio version and revert to the print version because the performance was so stilted.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nicola Barber over enunciates every single word. Her reading has the effect of causing the listener to focus on her performance instead of what is being said. Really awful and very frustrating because this is an interesting book.


    Any additional comments?

    As always Naomi Klein has presented a well researched and fascinating report on a timely subject. She does great work. I recommend this title be read in the print version unless you can get past the reader's performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Body's Many Cries for Water

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Batmanghelidj
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    This book explains the new discovery that lack of water in the body - chronic dehydration - is the root cause of many painful degenerative diseases: asthma, allergies, hypertension, excess body weight, and some emotional problems, including depression. The book explores the damaging effects of dehydration in the fourth dimension of time.

    William says: "How important water is for good health."
    "Egomaniacal and Hyper Defensive"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it had been based on facts instead of this man's apparently gigantic shoulder chip. He spends huge amounts of time explaining why all doctors are fools for not listening to him and then lists all the times they failed to do so. The first three chapters are nothing but a defensive diatribe.


    Has Your Body's Many Cries for Water turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not. This is just one of those authors who found a forum for his complaints and it doesn't reflect negatively on other people writing for this genre. It doesn't even reflect badly on anyone writing about the importance of water. This guy just isn't a very good spokesman for water even though it is profoundly important to health. He got this fact mixed up with his whopping huge ego and failed to make his point.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Page?

    Yes. This narrator was clear and had an excellent narrating style. He shouldn't be tarred and feathered for narrating an angry man's book.


    What character would you cut from Your Body's Many Cries for Water?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this because I believe in the importance of water for a healthy life (or any life at all) and hoped that this author would provide some new insights. The only insights offered though were into the author's psyche and it was just sad.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Crystal Cave: The Arthurian Saga, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mary Stewart
    • Narrated By Nicol Williamson
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Was Merlin an otherworldly being or just an ordinary mortal with extraordinary powers? Over the centuries there have been many stories about Camelot, but the mystery of the magician who nurtured, trained, and advised King Arthur has remained unexplored. Some have called Merlin a sinister, all-powerful Prince of Darkness. Others have described him as a merely a man, heir to the secrets of the Crystal Cave, possessed of rare and remarkable gifts.

    Jessica says: "yuck"
    "Unabridged Version Would be Far Superior"
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    Would you try another book from Mary Stewart and/or Nicol Williamson?

    Absolutely! The third in this trilogy? The UNABRIDGED version of this epic and classic story by an outstanding author? I can't wait to see the complete, unabridged trilogy as a choice in Audible's catalog.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mary Stewart is an author with the ability to weave a complex, unique, engrossing story. Even with something as familiar as the Merlin/Arthur mythology she managed to find a new angle in her full length books. Abridging it was a sad choice but it's better than nothing. The reader was excellent with a rich, nuanced voice.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hollow Hills: The Arthurian Saga, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mary Stewart
    • Narrated By Nicol Williamson
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Merlin the Enchanter, prophet and visionary, adviser to kings: Here is the story of how he rears Arthur, the future Christmas King, in remote secrecy, safe from the warring kings and Saxons who plot against his father, King Uther. Told in the voice of Merlin himself, this tale bristles with all the suspense and intrigue of fifth-century Britain.

    Amazon Customer says: "Never Buy Abridged"
    "Who Abridges and Epic Trilogy?"
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    What did you like best about The Hollow Hills? What did you like least?

    The Hollow Hills was performed very well but abridged? What a stunning choice. They kept the story line but it's like a commercial for the complete story. What a waste of the talents of both the author and the performer.


    What about Nicol Williamson’s performance did you like?

    The performer has a rich, nuanced voice that is perfect for an epic saga like this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope someone decides that this classic trilogy is worth the time and money to create in an unabridged version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3168)
    Performance
    (2960)
    Story
    (2967)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "What Does That Word Mean?"
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    What did you love best about Zombie Fallout?

    The narrator and the self-deprecating humor. The action was pretty non-stop and the characters were simple and mostly likable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Zombie Apocalypse fun was the most interesting. The least interesting is his portrayal of women. Flakey, silly, inappropriately focused on frivolous detail while the world melts down. Tufo doesn't seem to appreciate women much.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    Sean Runnette is at his likably snarky best here as usual. His performance and humor brought the book up to a higher level of interest.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My most extreme reaction was to the misused words. At first I thought I was just not hearing things correctly or that the narrator had a few slip ups. But apparently Sean Runnette was reading word for word from a very flawed book. According to Amazon reviews the editor has claimed that later editions have been corrected but this audio version is clearly from the original version. There must be a mistakenly used word or phrase on every page of the book. It's jarring to say the least. But the story is fun so I would just shake my head and keep going. Editors are so very, very important.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin, Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (378)

    In a strange room in Morocco, Mary Russell is trying to solve a pressing mystery: Who am I? She has awakened with shadows in her mind, blood on her hands, and soldiers pounding on the door. Out in the hivelike streets, she discovers herself strangely adept in the skills of the underworld, escaping through alleys and rooftops, picking pockets and locks. She is clothed like a man, and armed only with her wits and a scrap of paper containing a mysterious Arabic phrase. Overhead, warplanes pass ominously north.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Be Careful What You Wish For"
    "Dual Voice? Why-oh-why?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I would recommend the series but this isn't representative of King's best work.


    If you’ve listened to books by Laurie R. King before, how does this one compare?

    The story got bogged down early on in a travel guide style of unending descriptions. The sense of place is often a powerful part of King's novels but in this case she went overboard with place and left the story hanging while we toured the city. The remnants of The Pirate King that were included just served to remind us of the previous book which was really off the beam for King.


    What didn’t you like about Jenny Sterlin and Robert Ian McKenzie ’s performance?

    I've listened to all of the Russell/Holmes books and enjoy Jenny Sterlin's performances immensely. Her voices are clear, nuanced and distinctive. McKenzie's Holmes isn't the supercilious and wonderful Holmes we've had with Sterlin. His voices are all pretty much the same. His performance seemed flat and was often irritating with the guttural sounding Arabic accents. Very disappointing. Why go to a dual narration when the original narrator is so exceptional? If it continues this way I'll be checking the book out from the library instead of listening.


    Do you think Garment of Shadows needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I barely made it through this one so a follow-up would hold zero interest. Particularly if it is then recorded with the dual narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Laurie R. King's creation of Russel and Holmes has been brilliant, diverse, engaging and addictive. Jenny Sterlin's performance brings the characters to vivid life. I have high hopes that the series will get back on track with the excellent story telling we've enjoyed in the past.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Postman
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    In this eloquent and persuasive book, Neil Postman examines the deep and broad effects of television culture on the manner in which we conduct our public affairs, and how "entertainment values" have corrupted the very way we think. As politics, news, religion, education, and commerce are given less and less expression in the form of the printed word, they are rapidly being reshaped to suit the requirements of television.

    Lonnie says: "Incredible"
    "Excellent Content Read at Warp Speed"
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    As another reviewer noted the reader on this book goes way too fast for listening comfort. It's like he had someplace he needed to be. The content is the kind the calls for careful listening and I became frustrated with the speed reading approach. Even slowing down the delivery with my ipod didn't help because he was going so fast that the slower version came across as broken and with abnormal pauses. I ended up getting the book and reading it thoughtfully.

    The content is dated only in its mention of particular shows/celebrities/current events and I would love to know what Mr. Postman would say about computers and all the new inputs. The argument is still completely relevant today and makes for fascinating study.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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