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  • Selected Shorts: Lots of Laughs!

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholson Baker, John Updike, David Schickler, and others
    • Narrated By Thomas Gibson, Charles Keating, David Rakoff
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

    Steve says: "Wonderful Radio Show"
    "Not funny! Some rude content!"
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    I might, but it would have to be a different subject and not live readings.


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

    Possibly.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Pretty much.


    What character would you cut from Selected Shorts?

    Not applicable due to this being a collection of stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this to listen to with my teenage son as we both enjoy humor. There was little humor and a moderate amount of the 'f' word in several of the stories, used as in, "and he f*d her behind the dumpster", "and they f*d..." etc. I'm not objected to rude language in many cases, but the usage in these stories was just crude. It would be good to include some sort of info in the description if the story contains crudeness.None of the stories is what I would call funny; most were pretty weird. They were all performed live, so the actual reading of them varied a bit in volume and clarity, with some live audience sounds.I would definitely recommend not purchasing this book if you are expecting funny or if you have children listening, especially teenage boys.

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  • The Ark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Boyd Morrison
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (144)

    When brilliant archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend who says that he has crucial information about her missing father, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig and rushes to Los Angeles to meet him. But at the airport, Sam speaks instead of Noah’s Ark—the artifact her father had long been searching for—and the possible death of billions. Before Sam can explain, he collapses. With his dying breath, he urges Dilara to find Tyler Locke—a man she’s never heard of.

    Veneda says: "great summer read"
    "Great book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this book. It is not a sappy love story, which I much appreciate. It is just a really good story. It is sort of science fiction but it is also sort of a thriller because the scenario could happen someday in real life. I liked it a lot and have since read both the other books based on the character Tyler Locke which although quite different in storyline have some similar elements in that their stories could really happen/have happened. Great reads!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that things in the story could happen/have happened in real life - it was fiction and a bit far-fetched, but still easily in the realm of the possible.


    What does Boyd Gaines bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Well after getting into the story I realized that I actually had read the book, but I was better able to picture the scenes and action by his reading. I did like that he changed his voice a bit for the different characters. I think that helps follow the dialogue.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I usually listen only in the car but I also listened to this one at home several times.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader was a tad slow and I enjoyed it more when played at 1.25X

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  • Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (812)
    Story
    (811)

    To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary 14-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette's syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers. Electric powers....

    Kraig says: "Your never too old to enjoy a good story"
    "Good story for teens and adults"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My son and I had this book recommended to us by a good friend who also has a son. It took us a while to start listening to it but once we did, we both were anxious to spend time in the car and see what would happen next. There are some kind of gross & mildly scary parts so I wouldn't recommend this for the 12 & under crowd, but my son and I liked it a lot. We just finished it today and yesterday I downloaded the second book in the series. I hope Mr. Evans will keep going!


    What other book might you compare Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 to and why?

    Hm...I have no idea.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

    Hatch - he is the bad guy and the voice was very distinctive and both smooth, calm, and nice and also creepy and sharp, as the character called for.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Hatch asks Michael what his mother would tell him to do.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was enjoyed by me (the mom) and my son, and anyone would enjoy it, but it is especially nice to have a book that's good for a boy, as there are so many teen books written for girls. Also, there was not a single occurrence of bad language, adult humor, adult situations, etc. The book has a rather dark story line, making it too intense for younger kids, but it is also especially nice to have a clean story for a teenager. Thanks!

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