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BusyStix

Denton, TX United States

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Time and Again

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (345)

    Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past. A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past....

    Mark says: "Best time travel novel; my very favorite audiobook"
    "Boring, a Huge Disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jack Finney and/or Paul Hecht?

    Absolutely not.


    What was most disappointing about Jack Finney’s story?

    There is no real plot. The main character doesn't have to do anything extraordinary to time travel; he just uses hypnosis. Then, when he is in the past, he pretty much just walks around and looks at things. I kept waiting for something -- anything -- to happen. I finally gave up at the halfway point.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Hecht?

    Sure. He didn't bring any personality to the reading, but he didn't do anything wrong, either. I'd give him another try.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I love most of Stephen King's books, so I jumped on his recommendation of this book, thinking that such a talented writer would only recommend something stellar. I cannot understand what kept King's interest at all.


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I shopped for this book is because Stephen King recommended it, and I'm sure hundreds of his other fans would say the same. King had to know what a huge influence he would have on Finney's sales. Shame on him for wasting our money and our time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodhype: A Pip and Flinx Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Alan Dean Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    It caused instant addiction, followed by an excruciating slow death, and there was no known antidote. It was a killer. Supposedly the drug had been totally eradicated from the humanx galaxy years before. At least that's what everyone thought. But somehow, mysteriously, that dreadful substance was back in circulation on Repler and threatening to wreak havoc throughout the known galaxy.Someone somewhere was secretly manufacturing Bloodhype, but nobody seemed to know where or who!

    Cheyrl says: "Fantastic Listen!"
    "Great Story, Lousy Narrator"
    Overall

    The Pip and Flinx series is wonderful, and I was looking forward to revisiting my favorites in audio, but Stefan Rudnicki is absolutely the wrong narrator for these books. Bloodhype is my favorite novel in the series, definitely worth five stars, but the deep, stilted narration kept me from listening past chapter one. Since Rudnicki narrates the whole series, I will not be wasting any more credits. It's too bad that Alan Dean Foster's fantastic characters and writing are ruined in the audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Richie Tankersley Cusick
    • Narrated By Kristy Swanson
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Valley girl meets vampire? Buffy is blissfully unaware that there's trouble brewing, even though 4 teenage girls in L.A. have disappeared in the past 2 months, until she meets a stranger named Merrick. He tells her that she bears the mark of the order, which means she's the only one who can stop the vampires who are terrorizing her city.

    BusyStix says: "good story, bad narration"
    "good story, bad narration"
    Overall

    This is a rare case where the movie was better. Maybe not better than the printed book, but definitely better than the audio book. This is entirely the fault of the narrator, Kristy Swanson. She did a fine job of portraying Buffy in the original movie. Her character was upbeat and silly -- the way Buffy was intended to be before TV changed her. But as the narrator of this story, Swanson just reads with almost no inflection. Very little "acting" ability comes through. Honestly, any granny reading a bedtime story could do a better job. Swanson, herself, could have done a better job. If you can get past the boring read, the story is a good one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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