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Laura

La Mesa, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4059)
    Performance
    (2484)
    Story
    (2521)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "I really gave it my best shot..."
    Overall

    I really was determined to stick with it as that is what others recommended. I found myself daydreaming, bored by the minutia of everyday life aboard this ship. I somehow made it past hour 6, but then gave up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3916)
    Performance
    (2805)
    Story
    (2811)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Enjoying"
    Overall

    Not spectacular, but very interesting book that I enjoyed. Keep with it, you will be rewarded in the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (329)

    The Fiery Cross is Diana Gabaldon's fifth novel in her award-winning Outlander series, featuring 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall.

    Debra says: "Waiting for Davina"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall

    Live and learn, since I didn't see an unabridged version, I figured this was going to be better than nothing. But then, the narrator also changed, ugg. The narrator of all the previous books was absolutely amazing, she did men's voices, women's voices, accents, everything. This new narrator plus the unabridged aspect makes this a complete looser. After spending like what 100 hours in this series, I could not make it past 20 minutes with this new book without dying to shut if off.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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