Corona, CA, United States
First place, if we're just talking about audioPLAYS (like Zorro and the recent Gaiman). It's the most sophisticated audioplay style drama I have heard. The length (7 hours!!) itself puts it in a whole other category from basic radio drama, the sound effects and the rock solid performances make it a new kinda audio high for me. I love the fact that the author wrote this himself. It's different from the book cause the book is very internal, while this is very EXTERNAL. And yet, it retains the intimacy of the story; it's like you're a fly on the wall, eavesdropping on the whole story.
They were all very solid. Of the adults, Col. Graff was the best (he was the original Ender on the audiobooks I think). Ender (Kirby?) showed astonishing range; made me cry. Valentine was very moving, too. The villains were delightfully evil: Peter and Bonzo. My kids loved the villains. I loved the new British lady character. No one has mentioned the sound effects, which are AMAZING. OMG. When that door to the Battle Room opens, and you can actually FEEL the space. (Grammy winnerJanis Ian's Valentine theme is haunting, and all the music is very moving (not that synthesized stuff.) I looked up John Rubinstein (I'm a music teacher) who did the score; he's the son of freakin' ARTHUR Rubinstein!! BTW, I downloaded this at top quality, and on headphones, the sound is stunning. We have a family date night tonight to start listening to it together as a family, episode by episode. Popcorn and Ender!
Yes, yes, yes, as others have said, there are adults and women playing kids. But I suspect Card's writing is too sophisticated to find a dozen little kids to play them. Unlike other reviewers, I had no problem with women/adult voices. I thought they sounded wonderful. Like a musical ensemble; sort of Greek chorus mode. I thought the accents were well done, especially Alai and the head honcho East Indian Admiral. Can you imagine a bunch of real 12 year olds bungling Card's amazing dialogue? Please. And it's not like Bart Simpson acting, because that's a super hyped cartoon fake voice. This is drama. Plus, how do we know what kids will sound like in the future? I felt this was story-telling at it's best. It was awesome. YMMV.
And now, for something completely different.
Don't expect this to be the book. Don't expect it to be the original audiobook (I loved and still love the original audiobooks, too). Purists may have problems with this version. I foresee that there will be mega review "trolls" who hate it. I say, throw out all the 5 stars (like mine) and throw out all the one stars, and consider this audioplay as a nice solid 4 star. And don't compare it to anything else you've ever heard. It's a different animal. And a very sleek and sexy one. When's the next one??? ;0)
If the friend likes light mystery reading, yes, strong recommendation.
It would mean spoilers.
The main character's mom. She did a very Elaine Strich attitude, and it was very funny.
Yes, in fact I did.
This is no Agatha Christie, but I found it amusing and it kept my interest. The reader improved the writing a lot; there was some repetition and a lot of "eyebrow" raising, but overall it was fun. Especially, if you like doggies and Corgis!
Very good thriller.
Yep. Loved Helm's being torn between two worlds. I enjoyed the grittiness of the writing; so far from the Hollywood Dean Martin movies as you can imagine.
Top of his game. He's always amazing. Could read my grocery list.
Book is too short! I'm on to the next in the series.
Oh my God, yes. Shirley Jackson's stories are magnificent. She nails the woman's pov of 1950s life. The detail of human emotion in the little things is heart-rending. She was an icon.
Well, we all know about the Lottery. But the other stories are just as gripping and moving.
These are pro narrators; each a bit different but amazingly able to portray all the emotional gamut of Jackson's writing.
Can't list them all. Too many delicate, emotional moments. Reminded me of Tennessee Williams exquisite writings.
The Lottery is a classic; but the other stories are gems.
Really enjoyed Stefan Rudnicki doing an amusing noir turn in the pulpy program.
The wry noir humor totally cracked me up.
If the friend enjoys hard sci-fi, yes. I enjoyed the concept that private corporate enterprise sponsored space program.
When they explore the caves and discover, well, what they discover!
Really enjoyed the scenes between the lead couple. Snappy dialogue between the Ausiie and the Russian (Accents done nicely and their contrasting ppersonalities were great)
The Journey to Space Continues ... a Private Enterprise.
Narrator is very good. Some of the sections are a bit repetitive, but author does a great job of making complicated space talk accessible; and his characers are fun. I think if you like Ben Bova type space-opera, you'd enjoy this.
Not everyone's cup of tea. I think if someone is interested in WWII set in France fiction, this is an interesting story, poetically told. It reminded me of a sad version of the film Le Chocolat. There are themes involving the ravages of the Jewish concentrations camps, the simplicity of the convent life in France, and people's diverging loyalties at that time. The writing is something between poetry and narrative; it is stark and delicate. The narration is very good.
It would be a spoiler. Let us say, there is a magnificent scene when the little girl shows her powers.
Scene in the old broken down chocolate factory. Wonderful descriptions of the now deserted factory. The narrator did a good job setting the mood for this piece.
Something about faith, and angels and chocolate!
It's a tearjerker, so be forewarned. I'm gonna go listen to something cheery now.
I came to this book cause I listen to John Joseph Adams' Lightspeed podcasts. Who did this production? As an anthology the stories I managed to listen to, are good. The editor knows what he's doing. His selections are historically dynamite. The writing is solid. But as a listening experience I don't think there was a guiding hand, it felt patched together, because the reading styles and effects are all over the place, which made it horrifyingly distracting in most cases.
Never made it to the end. I'm buying the book.
Who are these readers? I listen to lots of podcasts and short stories. And there's always inconsistencies in talent. But this is an audiobook. I'm assuming this was a new production, not a grab bag podcast. The ClarkesWorld narrators did well in this one (Kate Baker?) drawing me in, but where were the Lightspeed folks? There were tremendous inconsistencies in style and talent levels. You've got Jack Kincaid doing over-the-top Radio Style, and then You've got fake-oh FX effects of God's Voice in the middle of a woman's narrative; then what I call "Barnes and Noble" author-type-reads which are barely comprehensible. Who are these people? Genre fiction needs the best; we're picky. ;0) We get spoiled by productions like Cascadia and Ender's Game Alive, and RipOff and World War Z and V-Wars. Howey is certainly capable of demanding a certain level of production, no??? He's one of the big boys now, no? Sigler and Mur were good, but they're veteran readers. The rest? Yikes.
I don't want to be unkind here. But I jumped around, listened to the first minutes of each story; only a few pulled me in; the rest I skipped. Didn't feel I was in good story-teller hands. Didn't make it to the end. I plan to buy the book and read it. Maybe. The authors were not well served here. Variety's good when the narrator supports the story; but when they detract ... not good.
Seems from what he says in the intro that John Joseph Adams, the anthologer had a good grip on arc and concept on paper; but no follow through on the production. I was disappointed in the Hugh Howey narrator choice on a previous audio and thought I'd try this one cause of Adams does a great job on Lightspeed, but was once again let down by the casting. Makes one wonder who was in charge here. If anyone.
A. Total. Hoot.
The noir, the Raymond Chandler dialogue, it's a classic.
What doesn't he bring. He nails the noir, the tongue-in-cheek. Everything. And that pure velvet/gravaelly voice. Swoon.
Well, his conversations with "God" moved me to hysterics.
I had never heard of this author, but a friend recommended the narrator, and it was a good choice. I love mysteries of all kinds; and though this dipped into sci-fi, it was great fun. I've always loved the Chandlers, and Bogart, and this falls into that category. There's a lot of dated word use which might offend (like calling someone a "drunk") but it's historically accurate for that time period.
Disappointed in the change in narrator. I was driving a long ways so I stuck with it, but almost hurled the iPod out the window going over the Golden Gate Bridge.
Absolutely. I think the story's even better than the first one.
Uh, I don't want to be mean, cause we all have to eat, but BIG difference in audio quality, sound and acting ability. Recording seemed echoey, kinda tinny. (Wow, am I getting snobby now! Sorry!) Why the switch? You start a series with a solid narrator, and you switch? Seemed like just a reading, not a performance.
Love the sisters' relationship, they make me laugh and reminds me of my own family; but again, this reader seemed distant. Her writing is better than ever.
Terri Blackstock is the best mystery Christian writer I listen to. Go back to the other narrator or one of equal talents. Give Truth Stained Lies a listen, Otherwise, I'm buying only a hardcopy of the next installment and not the audio.
Well, sometimes the writing ran a bit long; so I think it's better on audio.
When Sly dons the Balenciaga gown that belonged to her grandmother. Magic.
Just about everything. I really enjoyed the sections where she talked about Sly's panic attacks and insecurities; the narrator is good at handling these emotional moments without going over the top, and yet she fully explores the emotions. Her accents were very good; having to juggle 5 male Boston cops was amazing; I loved the Grandmother, too. Great Brahmin attitude.
The grandmother made me laugh; as did her sidekick cop who keeps calling her "Darlin." I very much disliked "Jake" her former husband, and really think Sky should move on. But then again, a lot of us want the "bad" guy or gal.
This should be a TV series. When's the next one?!?!? ;0) So rarely do we get a strong female lead in a novel who has personal issues, too. Knocked one star off story because in the writing there were sometimes there were repetitive phrases (i..e Sly kept putting things in her pockets.) Also, I really disliked Jake. I hope she gets a new boyfirend in the next installment.
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