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john mercer

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  • Ubik

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (241)

    Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else dead? Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic and paranormal crimes. But when its special team tackles a big job on the moon, something goes terribly wrong, and Runciter is seemingly killed.

    Mirek says: "Ubik - the classic of sci-fi"
    "great read and well read"
    Overall

    my favorite pkd gets an excellent read by heald, who isn't afraid to stretch himself when doing the 15 or so different voices. highly recommended, when used as directed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (442)

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "never gets starry"
    Overall

    perhaps my favorite book gets a fabulous reading. highly recommended. of the 8 or so audiobooks on my player, this is the one I keep coming back to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smiley's People

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    Kristine says: "The Best of the Best"
    "no smiley from me"
    Overall

    I'm having an incredibly difficult time getting into this audiobook. I've read TTSS and Smiley's People a number of times, and of course, viewed the extraordinary Alec Guinness versions to death. Maybe that's the problem - I know the story too well. Davidson's reading is so far the worst I've heard. His character voices are unengaging and whenever a character's line is followed by "Smiley said" or "Lacon replied", Davidson throws in unnatural pauses between the end of the line and the "he said" that break up the rhythm of the narrative. This may very well be the first audible purchase I don't finish, but it simply doesn't measure up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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