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Jason

Sarasota, FL, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Clifford D. Simak
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Jenkins was a robot. He was built to be the perfect worker, tireless and uncomplaining. But, quite unexpectedly, he also became a close companion to generation after generation of his owners as the human race matured, moved beyond the confines of its once tiny planet, and eventually changed beyond all recognition.

    Holly Helscher says: "Disturbing"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    Simak's Way Station is an energetic, exciting and fun novel. That's why I went directly for City.

    What a disappointment. City plods along at a sluggish pace. At the same time it jumps from era to era without giving the reader time to care about the characters.

    You do not get to find out the fate of the people who populate the book. Instead it just jumps ahead several hundred years without telling the reader what happened.

    For example the reader goes from a post WW2 atomic society to thinking robots and talking dogs in the first 3 hours of the book. This might sound interesting. It is not.

    The book clumps along at the pace of a seventy-year-old man wearing lead healed shoes.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (254)

    Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals - until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me.

    Jill says: "Entertaining story, as usual!"
    "Narrator should suffer Ahab's fate"
    Overall

    As in he should be caught around the neck by a loop in a harpoon's rope and then be dragged into the cold oblivion of the sea.

    This would really be, I think, fair and just considering how badly he damaged Moore's work. The reading is monotone, unenthusiastic and impenetrable.

    By impenetrable I mean trying to listen to so-called narrator Bill Irwin is akin to trying to chew your way through the Great Wall of China. Painful, pointless and by the time you have barely started all you have to show for your effort is a mouthful of broken bloody teeth.

    In case I have not been clear so far, the narrator utterly ruins this audio book.

    Fellow listeners I have tried no fewer than 6 times to complete this book. I did myself this harm because all of Moore's other works were fantastically enjoyable listens.

    To this point in time I am still unable to make it very far.

    Such a shame....

    Audible if you release another audio edition of this with a different narrator I'll buy it again.

    Moore fans and those just passing by should stay well away from this and pick another Moore story. The rest are all quite enjoyable and have narrations which can be enjoyed by people other than the deaf.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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