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Stacie Nicole Yates

Listener Since 2007

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  • Night Watch: Discworld #27

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1174)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (639)

    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.

    Terry A. Austin says: "Another brilliant Pratchett"
    "Finally, audio quality matches the material"
    Overall

    What new praise can I possibly add about the wonderful source material and the reading by Stephen Briggs? The writing and story are brilliant and moving, the characters obviously as cherished by the author as they are by his fans, and Briggs, as always, brings the prose and characters to life.

    When I first purchased this title, I was totally underwhelmed by the terrible audio quality. It sounded as though the narrator was reading from the bottom of a deep well. Thankfully, Audible seems to have responded to customer concerns about the terrible echo and remedied that problem. I recently downloaded the newly available Enhanced Audio version and was pleasantly stunned by the pristine quality of this new recording.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Summer's Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Scott Blum
    • Narrated By Diane Ray
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (261)

    Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

    ArtC says: "A bad new-age after-school special"
    "Glad this was a freebie..."
    Overall

    This wasn't really worth the listen. The narration was flat, the story may have been brutally abridged to the point of ruining what realistic character interaction there was in the text. Many of the character reactions to events were completely ludicrous and the dialogue often totally wooden and laughable. Even as a fantasy, the character logic doesn't really work. The silliness factor of a character that goes on and on about being present in our *human* bodies, then turns around and, without blinking, agrees to lead a seemingly ordinary dog through a mental/spiritual exercise is pretty large, for example. She adjusts to reading the dog's mind within moments. People adjust to ideas like having committed suicide in their past lives in mere seconds. It shouldn't be hard to engage emotionally with a character that is terminally ill and contemplating suicide, but this character has all the excitement of wet cardboard. The narrator is pretty bland. The barely-there story seemed to be an excuse to have someone quote and quote and quote (in case you missed it the first ten times) from some badly written textbook on alternative spirituality/healing. It's very ham-fisted and clumsy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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