Port St. John, FL
This was my first audiobook, I choose it since it was a classic I had never read and looked forward to the entertainment value of having a story read to me. As far as the production was concerned - it was great. The narrator, Oliver Wyman, has quickly become one of my favorites. However, the story...well...not so much. The premise is good enough, the dialog between the main protagonist and his computer-psychiatrist is good enough, but the story just drags on longer than I would have liked. Don't get me wrong, the book is amazing, Pohl does a great job with putting the real science into science fiction, it's just that it's too long winded.
I really wanted to like this book - it had the sense of something new and different - unfortunately, I was left wanting.
Although the story is interesting and puts a sci fi twist to the biblical "Fall", it just didn't really grab my attention or keep me even mildly interested. The narrator was certainly good, but had one of those voices that I just couldn't get used too - it started to grate on me. Thankfully, I finished the book before I had to give up on it.
After hearing for years how good of a story Ender's Game was, and with the impending release of the movie, I decided to give this a try - I walked away a bit "meh."
The story is fantastical in that it involves children of special abilities, and one in particular is being groomed to save the human race. It's just that it takes *forever* for Card to get to the point.
The tag-team of Rudnicki, Ellison, and de Cuir do a great job of acting out the characters and scenes, which made the getting through the story bearable.
McDevitt provides a good story for Khristine Hvam and the great Oliver Wyman to narrate. As with all McDevitt's stories they are set in the far future and have the air mystery about them. This one doesn't disappoint, even though it might not be one of the better of his works. But, with Oliver Wyman around to narrate - he can turn a bland story into something special.
Maybe it's because I came of age during the great and awesome 1980s, maybe it's because I am a Star Trek TNG fan (and loved hating on Ensign Crusher), or maybe it's because I was one of those Dungeons & Dragons geek referred to in the book...I don't know. But what I do know is that this is one extremely well researched, well written, well thought out, and just plain well executed story. There are references of just about everything you can (and cannot) remember of the 1980s - from the clothing, the games, and the music, you call it, Ernest Cline covers it. Cline does a great job of building a cast of characters to truly root for and villains to really hate against. This was the first audio book in quite some time I had a very difficult time unplugging from. Get the book, listen to it, you won't be disappointed!
And what can I say about Wil Wheaton - well, I have to apologize for being one of those Ensign Crusher haters - the guy was phenomenal as a narrator, second only to the great Oliver Wyman.
Wild Ride was certainly one of the more eccentric fantasy novels I have read. The story is similar to others where we have a group of people brought together for a common calling or cause, but what makes this different is the setting - a slightly run-down amusement park. The protagonists were all characters you started cheering for, but the villans were more comical than diabolical. Overall, I did enjoy this very much and do recommend it, just don't expect to be overly "wowed". It's a good "lazy weekend" listen.
Angela Dawe, the narrator, was exceptional - she has a very wide range of voices and played out the scenes in an entertaining fashion.
I've read other Sawyer books and I was always impressed with his imagination of other star systems and species. Unfortunately, this book just doesn't delivery on either. It's mostly based here on Earth, and it's a really interesting idea but only in the academic sense. Try as he did to make a good story out of it, but it left me a bit disappointed overall.
The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, did a fabulous job with the material she was given. She has a good range of voices and does a nice job of acting out the scenes. Kudos to her.
I was apprehensive in purchasing this audiobook since I wasn't sure if I would like a Full Cast Production. To date, I have listed to several books, all either narrated by one or in one case two narrators. Was I glad I downloaded this version of "American Gods." The main narrator, Dennis Boutsikaris, is absolutely amazing. He has great voice inflection at just the right time and simply made the story better than it would have been if I had read it myself. That much I am sure. The other narrators were excellent as well - and even my favorite, Oliver Wyman - has a credit to boot!
As far as the story is concerned, it is a mystery, sci-fi, crime novel all rolled into one. And although I think Gaiman does a decent job of tying it all together, looking back it seems just a little disjointed. Nonetheless, it was a incredible attempt of pulling disparate stories and ideas together in one monumental book. "American Gods," I can see why some people hated it and others loved it. I'm certainly in the love it category.
First a grip with audible - Until recently they've done a poor job of identifying which book is first or second or whatever in a series. I purchased this audiobook thinking it was a standalone novel, then realized it was the second book in a two-part series. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a try - see what would happen - and it wasn't overly disappointed .
The saving grace on my grip above was that the audiobooks starts off with a pretty decent review of what happened in the first book - enough so that it made me decided to give the audiobook a try. The story is actually well thought out, all the twists and turns are answered in the end, and even though I didn't know the characters from the first audio, I was able to connect with some of them.
The shortcomings? Well, it is an intricate story with pillars, and vertices, and locations all over the Earth. Also, the descriptions of these places and the mazes the characters have to deal with are very detailed and at times detracts from the story. The narrator was not at the same level of quality I have been used to with other audios - I belive he's British, and does a good Australian and Irish accents - but his female voices need some work. I couldn't follow if a female character was talking unless it was explicitly stated who spoke the words.
Overall, a pretty decent book - and it looks like Audible is doing a better job of identifying books in a series.
Anyone interested in learning about Sanderson's writing style or Wyman's narrating skills should pick up this audio book. Sanderson has a very easy going style that makes it seem easy to write, while Wyman continues to prove himself as the best in the business when it comes to voices and narration (a true master at his craft.) The story itself is thought-provoking - it will leave you wondering about it for days afterwards. Get the audio-book, find yourself two hours of free time, sit back, and then be amazed...
Monster Hunter Vendetta is the second book in the Monster Hunter Series and much like the first it's filled with monsters, guns, violence, bloodshed, more guns, creepy creatures, heroes, more guns, villains, weird supernatural phenomena...and did I mention guns? Seriously though, I am officially hooked on this series. Correia does a great job of taking the monster genre to a whole new level. Although the second book in the series is not as riveting as the first - it was still a good story and I'm looking forward to listening to the third installment.
What I'm most impressed with is the narrator, Oliver Wyman. I am his new fan. Mr. Wyman in my opinion is by far the best narrator in the audible stable. He has a wide-range of voices - I'm not sure I've heard him repeat one from another story yet - it's quite amazing. He does a great job of not only reading the story - but as a good narrator should - acting it out. (The guy must have had some thespian training along the way.)
Overall Vendetta is good - it gets bogged down in the middle but then picks back up - and of course I was kept interested along the way with Mr. Wyman's expert narration.
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