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Jeffrey

CT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Literary Theory: The Pocket Essential Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Carter
    • Narrated By Annette Rizzo
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    It sounds daunting: all those '-isms', long technical words, weird French thinkers and incomprehensible Germans. You can't read a book now a days, it seems, without being required to refer to them. From university students to the average intelligent reader, everyone is expected to justify their 'theoretical perspective'.

    Jeffrey says: "Not bad"
    "Not bad"
    Overall

    It's a good overview; covers all the relevant topics. Especially useful if you already know theory and want a refresher or an outline to keep skills sharp. Wonderful that the narrator's voice is a woman's (at least for my taste), but she talks just a beat too fast for explaining difficult material. This thing could have been about an hour longer, just a tad more engaging, and been much better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flight of the Intruder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    Experience the thrills of naval aviation during the Vietnam War and learn of the intense pressures of the profession through naval pilot, Jake Grafton, who soars off carriers, bombs from tree-top levels and makes treacherous night landings.

    Alan T Alcock says: "Authors Best ?"
    "whacky narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Flight of the Intruder again? Why?

    I wouldn't.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jake's a cool character, as many have said. Technical detail is fascinating--Coonts puts you right in the cockpit!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is a "full cast" narration, which would be fine if they'd gotten some decent actors. This bunch, however, sounds like a high-school drama class, and some of 'em are getting a C-. The guy doing Jake's voice is particularly distracting. He has this incredibly cheesy Midwestern accent that makes him sound like a slightly younger Homer Simpson. It's just too goofy for an action hero. Camille, the girlfriend, sounds wooden and you can tell she's reading the lines, not feeling them much. Surely they could have spent a bit more money on a proven seller like this one in order to bring Coonts' excellent writing to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Final scene is very cool--an epilogue would have been nice. But then there's the next book for an that. Also, the opening part, where he describes the first flight in detail, is amazing, even riveting.


    Any additional comments?

    If the only way you can do the book is to listen, then so be it. But if you can read it yourself instead, it'll be a way better experience. Keep the faith.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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