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Assegai

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  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2339)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1930)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Horrible!"
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    Performance
    Story

    I have no idea what this story was about! I am a long time sci fi fan and widely read in that genre - the message in this book could (should) have been conveyed in one paragraph. Shame on Audible for even promoting this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spandau Phoenix

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (292)

    The Spandau Diary -- what was in it? Why did the secret intelligence agencies of every major power want it? Why was a brave and beautiful woman kidnapped to get it? Why did a chain of deception and violent death lash out across the globe, from survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in this new conflict about to explode? Why did the world's entire history of World War II have to be rewritten as the future hung over a nightmare abyss?

    Corinne says: "Excellent and intense"
    "Irritating"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Spandau Phoenix? What did you like least?

    The plot is very good and grabs attention but soon the story becomes dis-jointed with characters flitting about everywhere. Serious credibility situations such as secrets being discussed on an airplane where the probability of being overheard is obvious, and so on. This just gets worse and halfway through the book I was wishing for it to end. The characters, especially Hans and his wife are so pathetic one has no pity for their circumstances. The "bad guy's" - Nazis and Afrikaners - so stereotypical!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spandau Phoenix?

    Not many.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrators efforts at adopting the German, British and South African accents becomes very irritating - in fact, soon they all sound the same.


    Do you think Spandau Phoenix needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - enough already


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed. This plot had good potential - the incredible situations and "whiney" heroine faced with the stereotyped villains spoiled it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7120)
    Performance
    (6322)
    Story
    (6385)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Horrible!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Terrible! Horrific, bloody, aimless, - never got past book two - What a shame after 11-22-63!

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18699)
    Performance
    (16645)
    Story
    (16607)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Bravo!"
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    Great story and very plausible plot. Gripping, sensitive and intelligent sci-fi, and an amazing, heart warming love story! Narration spot on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Company: Book XIII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    Acclaimed as the best of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series, Sharpe's Company finds Richard Sharpe desperate to save his wife and daughter from inside the fortress of Badajoz. "Consistently exciting," says Stephen King. "These are wonderful novels."

    Jean says: "Sharpe's Company"
    "Awful!"
    Overall

    I find the Cornwell Sharpe's series to be excellent tales. However, Frederick Davidson's narrative is terrible! Nothing at all as Sharpe should be portrayed - his affected accents are patently fake - especially the Irish! Ruined what should have been a good story - no more for me!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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