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Smelly Ian

Yongin, South Korea | Member Since 2005

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  • Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post-9/11 World (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Noam Chomsky, David Barsamian
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Timely, urgent, and powerfully elucidating, this important volume of previously unpublished interviews conducted by award-winning radio journalist David Barsamian features Noam Chomsky discussing America's policies in an increasingly unstable world. With his famous insight, lucidity, and redoubtable grasp of history, Chomsky offers his views on the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the doctrine of "preemptive" strikes against so-called rogue states, and the prospects of the second Bush administration...

    S says: "I Must Be A Crying, Anti-American, Groupie"
    "A must-have in your listening library"
    Overall

    Noam Chomsky has important things to say about world affairs, the American government's role in them, in particular. His books, though well-researched and informative, can be a bit overwhelming to a lot of readers, myself included. This series of interviews with David Barsamian, an obvious admirer of Chomsky's, is a great introduction to what Chomsky has to say and what citizens need to do to improve the world we live in. Excluding the first interview, which is done over the phone, the sound quality is very good to excellent.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickwick Papers, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Enjoy the further adventures of the delightful Samuel Pickwick, bon vivant and chairman of the Pickwick Club, as he faces confinement in Fleet prison. Finally, learn how the Pickwick Club is disbanded and everything is settled, amazingly, to the satisfaction of everyone involved. Charles Dickens considered this classic novel to be his greatest work.

    Smelly Ian says: "Read the way it was meant to be"
    "Read the way it was meant to be"
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    Performance
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    - This is simply a repeat of what I wrote for Volume 1 -
    The Pickwick Papers is a very funny book, and it's no surprise it is loved to this day. What has made this book extra special to me is Patrick Tull's reading of it. He narrates the story and plays each character with a style and energy I think would be exhausting to imitate. I have to admit I don't love the recording quality that much (it's a little too strong in the mid-range). But the life Tull's performance gives to the book allows me to overlook this minor technicality. This is a must-have in your collection!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pickwick Papers, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (43)

    Meet Mr. Samuel Pickwick, luminous presence, general chairman and member of the Pickwick Club, an organization devoted to meeting good friends, sharing good stories and spreading good cheer. Join Mr. Pickwick and his friends Mr. Snodgrass, Mr. Jingle and all the rest in Part One of their adventures, which include: the first day's journey, an old-fashioned card party, the action of Bardell against Pickwick, and Christmas.

    Amazon Customer says: "Pickwick Papers"
    "Read the way it was meant to be"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Pickwick Papers is a very funny book, and it's no surprise it is loved to this day. What has made this book extra special to me is Patrick Tull's reading of it. He narrates the story and plays each character with a style and energy I think would be exhausting to imitate. I have to admit I don't love the recording quality that much (it's a little too strong in the mid-range). But the life Tull's performance gives to the book allows me to overlook this minor technicality. This is a must-have in your collection!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (245)

    This book is Moore's most personal to date - and will be irresistible to fans and foes alike. A sort of anti-memoir, Moore breaks the autobiographical mode while he hilariously presents 20 far-ranging, irreverant vignettes from his own life. This book is a wild, revealing, take-no-prisoners ride through the early life of Michael Moore. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, this is a book Michael Moore has been writing - and living - for a very long time.

    David says: "So that's how he got that way"
    "A great American story!"
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    If you're a fan of Michael Moore, are interested in how he became the man he is or want to hear how a seemingly unremarkable guy can do extraordinary things (a truth often forgotten in a democratic society) you'll enjoy this book. He has a very interesting story to tell and his writing lives up to it. What's moore (heh heh), he performs his story beautifully; it's just so much fun to listen to. My only complaint is the sound quality. Most of the recording sounds like it was done in his kitchen with him standing too far from his computer mic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Princess of Landover

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (174)

    Ben Holiday, High Lord of the magic kingdom of Landover, and his wife Willow have sent their 15-year-old daughter Mistaya to our world to attend a prestigious girls' boarding school. Mistaya--Misty to her friends--is not pleased with the arrangement. She is forbidden to use her magic for any reason, can't understand why other girls her own age don't revere the natural world, and is too clever for her own good in coming up with activities definitely not contained in the private school charter.

    Chris says: "Narrator ruined this book."
    "Dick Hill!"
    Overall

    Another great story from Terry Brooks. I'm downloading all the other Landover books because of Dick Hill -- a real pleasure to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Depth with Noam Chomsky

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Noam Chomsky, professor of Linguistics at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., talks about his life and career as a political activist and critic of U.S. foreign policy. Among the topics he addresses are efforts to combat terrorism, war with Iraq, and Bush administration economic and foreign policy. He also responds to questions from viewers on the telephone and submitted by fax and e-mail.

    Smelly Ian says: "A very good interview"
    "A very good interview"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of both Noam Chomsky and Brian Lamb, so I am a bit biased. On the other hand, I truly think this interview was done well. Chomsky spoke in about as clear a voice as he's going to get nowadays. Lamb is, as always, a masterful and sincere interviewer. Callers on the program ask a lot of questions I think we could imagine ourselves asking, even a couple of frivolous ones. The sound quality is also very good. Chomsky talks about many things that are crucial to our understanding of world affairs, particularly the American role in it. This interview covers a lot of ground, though one should really read his books to appreciate the extent of the knowledge and research behind what he says. People who are probably disinclined to be fans of Chomsky, but really know little about him aside from very questionable characterizations of him by right-wing pundits may also want to give this interview a listen.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John E. Smith
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Friedrich Hegel developed a profound and influential synthesis of all prior knowledge. He aimed to make philosophy an all-comprehensive science that would restate, in rational language, the truth of Christianity. In Hegel's vast speculative and idealistic philosophy, truth is found not in the part but in the whole. Nature is an organic whole shot through with rationality akin to the reason in ourselves.

    Smelly Ian says: "A great introduction to Hegel"
    "A great introduction to Hegel"
    Overall

    I suspect I will have the same thing to say about all of the books in this series, as they are all narrated by Charlton Heston and are similar in quality. These books are a lot of fun as they are concise, easy to understand, clear on the main points, and masterfully read. The recording is also excellent. Although my political leanings kept me from being excited about downloading a book read by Charlton Heston, I have to admit that he has a style and flair that make the books very listenable. The "European" accented readings of other philosophers by other actors are a little cheesy at first, but do help with the atmosphere.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Immanuel Kant: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By A. J. Mandt
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Immanuel Kant's "transcendental" philosophy transcends the question of "what" we know to ask "how" we know it. Before Kant, philosophers had debated for centuries whether knowledge is derived from experience or reason. Kant says that both views are partly right and partly wrong, that they share the same error; both believe that the mind and the world, reason and nature, are separated from one another.

    Smelly Ian says: "Well worth the download!"
    "Well worth the download!"
    Overall

    I suspect I will have the same thing to say about all of the books in this series, as they are all narrated by Charlton Heston and are similar in quality. The recording is also excellent. These books are a lot of fun as they are concise, easy to understand, clear on the main points, and masterfully read. Although my political leanings kept me from being excited about downloading a book read by Charlton Heston, I have to admit that he has a style and flair that make the books very listenable. The "European" accented readings of other philosophers by other actors are a little cheesy at first, but do help with the atmosphere.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Mulvahill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Monroe house is going mad with excitement. Pete has just won a contest, and the prize is a school visit from none other than M.T. Graves, Pete's idol and the best-selling author of the FleshCrawlers series. He's even going to stay with the Monroes while he's visiting! Harold and Howie are thrilled, but Chester the cat is suspicious. Why does Graves dress all in black? Why doesn't the beady-eyed crow perched on his shoulder say anything? Why has a threatening flock of crows invaded the backyard?

    Smelly Ian says: "Not great, but worth a listen"
    "Not great, but worth a listen"
    Overall

    I'm familiar with only the first three Bunnicula audio books and this one. The first thing to strike me as I listened to this recording was how much I wanted to hear Victor Garber's narration. I must admit that Patrick Mulvahill does a fine job as well, but it's very easy to get attached to Garber's characterizations. The recording is top-notch, of course. It seems that readers of Bunnicula have commented on the decline in the quality of the stories of Howe's latter books in the series. If this book is exemplary of the last several, I would have to agree. Though this story lacks the mastery of the first three, it is still entertaining and worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Superfudge

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Judy Blume
    • Narrated By Judy Blume
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    He knows a lot of big words, but he doesn't know where babies come from. He's never heard of a stork, but he plans to be a bird when he grows up. He's Superfudge, otherwise known as Farley Drexel Hatcher. And, according to his older brother, Peter, the biggest pain invented. Among other things.

    Lisa says: "Careful!"
    "A very entertaining listen"
    Overall

    When it comes to audio books, I tend to focus on the quality of the recording and performance, rather than on the book itself, which can simply be read. I generally dislike it when authors read their own works, as they usually don't give the same performance that actors do. When I heard a clip of Superfudge, I didn't much care for Blume's voice and narration, but I downloaded it anyway. Getting used to her as the narrator didn't take very long, and I found that she really made her book come alive in a way that only she, as the author, could have. She's a capable narrator and makes her books very enjoyable to listen to. The recording is loud and clear. I plan to download the rest of the Fudge series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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