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David Lively

Danville, CA United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (712)

    This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

    Matthew says: "Beyond the film..."
    "All the little things you never knew"
    Overall

    Bought this for my kids to listen to (and being a Star Wars fan myself). It's great to hear the same story we all know and love, but so much more detail! It's the 2 hour movie told over 6 hours, so like any good book vs. movie comparison it can go into much more detail. The dramatization makes it that much more fun to listen to. The sound effects and background music are superb. Highly recommended.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3944)
    Performance
    (1946)
    Story
    (1989)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Teddy says: "You see growth in the Author"
    "Great book, good narration"
    Overall

    The story is exceptional, I'm glad I picked this one up. The narrator does a decent job at using different voices for different characters, but sometimes tries a little too hard and falls flat. For example, to my ear, the voice of Sophira (the dragon) sounds just like one of the monsters from Sesame Street. Not exactly awe-inspiring. So, minus one star for narration that could have been better, but I would still recommend. I'm now hooked on the series, and likely won't be able to wait for the audible version of the final book, and have already pre-ordered the hardback from Amazon.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (500)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Not as funny as his show"
    Overall

    I think Colbert might benefit from the play he gets off his audience and guests. He just doesn't come across as funny in a straight-up audio book. I stopped listening / reading about halfway through, I just found myself losing interest and paying attention to other things instead of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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