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William

Modesto, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • InterstellarNet: Origins, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By J. D. Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Life changes for everyone in general - and for physicist Dean Matthews in particular - when astronomers detect a radio signal from a nearby star. First Contact forces humanity to face hard questions, and do it fast. Every answer spawns new questions. Every solution sets in motion a new and more daunting crisis to challenge Dean, his family - and an expanding number of interstellar civilizations - or generations to come.

    Scott says: "I can't even finish this book"
    "Way too many rough edges"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Origins?

    Narrator: bland, distracting number of mispronunciations.Story: poorly edited - way too many anachronisms


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Editing - often uses sci-fi convention of "such and such was developed in the 20th century", but also used "photoshop" and "Enron" as verbs within a few hundred words of each other.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator should perform, not read the text. Perhaps acting classes would help. Also look up words and pay attention to context to avoid mispronunciations. Example: - text: "suspect everyone" ... suspect is a verb - narrator: "Suspect: everyone", emphasis on 1st syllable of 'suspect', making it a noun. A dumb mistake unfortunately repeated several times


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    storyline had a lot of potential


    Any additional comments?

    purchase if discounted, otherwise give it a pass

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nox Dormienda (A Long Night for Sleeping): An Arcturus Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kelli Stanley
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Nox Dormienda is the award-winning debut novel of critically-acclaimed author Kelli Stanley (City of Dragons), and the first of a series in a new genre: Roman Noir. Featuring Arcturus, a hardboiled protagonist in the best Philip Marlowe tradition, Nox is a different kind of historical mystery, a suspense thriller that combines a classic noir style with the rich texture of the ancient past.

    William says: "Dashiell Hammett in the first century"
    "Dashiell Hammett in the first century"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    1. The story is good, with nods to the classic noir characters.2. It is very well written, the characters and scenes are vivid, style is unadorned, enough to describe but never belabored.3. The narrator complements the hard-bitten detective style perfectly.I've listened to a number of entertaining detective stories set in ancient times, but this one is a head above the rest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident: Four Masterpieces That Define Our Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (23 mins)
    • Narrated By Max McLean
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    These four inestimable works of rhetoric are meant to strengthen our understanding of what it means to be an American, and why the American political soul is so drawn to Divine Inspiration. Within these four great pronouncements of American conviction is the belief that while all people are equal, we are equal under God.

    Betsy Heilmann says: "American Pride"
    "Religious right revisionism"
    Overall

    The intro to this work trumpets the (erroneous) point of view that the United States was conceived in Christianity and dedicated to the proposition that all men are - or anyway should have been - created Christians. Anyone with more than a passing knowledge of Lincoln and the Founding Fathers knows it just ain't so. If you can ignore this distorted history then maybe you'd like it. I'll never know.

    3 of 20 people found this review helpful

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