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Listener Since 2010

  • 6 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 90 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King

    When bestselling crime writer Mike Noonan's wife dies, he suffers from writer's block. Until he is drawn from Derry to his lakeside retreat, Sara Laughs, a house once inhabited by a famous singer. It's a community run by rich, tyrannical, wheelchair-bound Devore and his terrifying, skeletal, female bookkeeper. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of his grandchild. Three-year-old Kyra and her young mother, Mattie, turn to Mike for help, and Mike, besotted by Mattie, is powerless to resist.

    Nigel says: "Great audio book"
    "Terrific reading of a great book"

    'Bag of Bones' has always been the Stephen King book that I give to people who think Stephen King's a hack horror writer: it's a great ghost story, probably my favourite King book. The characters are engaging, and the depiction of a small town - those invisible cables, unseen but felt, that run under the surface - is solid.

    It's a great surprise to discover that King does a pretty good turn as a reader as well as a writer. I've really enjoyed the reading, not just the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Singer

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Adrienne Barbeau

    Danielle says: "Horrible audio quality"
    "Terrible in so many ways"
    What disappointed you about Crystal Singer?

    First (and this is my own stupid fault for not noticing before buying), it's an abridged version. At under three hours, there's less than half the novel here.

    Second, the audio quality is truly terrible. It sounds like the reader has their head stuffed in a cotton-lined bucket. Muffled, dull and damned near unlistenable.

    What was most disappointing about Anne McCaffrey’s story?

    The way half or more of it has been edited out.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The reader might, in other projects, be quite good--but in this one, the terrible quality of the recording overrides anything she might bring to the story.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The audio is bad enough that I haven't been able to finish it, and I'd like a refund

    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money or credits.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani

    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"
    "Excellent narration"
    What does Alessandro Juliani bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance - it's more than just a narration - is exceptional. There's a review up the top of the page on Audible that makes a note of the narration's similarity to a 'pre-parody Shatner', and there's some truth in that; at least, I'm glad I'm not the only one who heard a similarity. Juliani does a remarkable job in shifting from character to character, even though there are only five characters with speaking roles: they're all distinct, nobody is a parody or stereotype. Diction is clear and precise.

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

    No. It's not that kind of book, to me. I find it one of ideas best digested slowly; if I could get this version in print, I'd be reading it slowly as well, not gulping it down.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Terrific narration"

    I loved this book the first time I read it, but Joe Barrett's narration is giving me a whole new reason to fall in love with it again. His voicing is fantastic - especially his rendition of Owen's voice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Distracting changes between narration and accents"

    Dune itself is an essential in a complete spec-fic library. It's been a classic for years, and with good reason.

    However, the switches the between narration (the majority of the audiobook) and the acted sections are quite distracting - more so because the depiction of the characters differs so wildly between narrator and actor. Case in point: the narrator "plays" Baron Harkonnen in an old English gaffer's accent so broad you expect him to be out planting potatoes in the next scene, while the actor's portrayal is full of quiet menace. When you get down to it, the narrator seems to rely more on accents than on characterisation to differentiate 'voices' - hence Stilgar and all the Fremen sound vaguely Transylvanian, like bad Draculas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery

    A man discovers an incredible talent for painting after a freak accident in which he loses an arm. He moves to a "new life" in Duma Key, off Florida's West Coast - a deserted strip, part beach, part weed-tangled reef, owned by a patroness of the arts whose twin sisters went missing in the 1920s. Here, Freemantle is inspired to paint the amazing sunsets. But soon the paintings become predictive, even dangerous.

    Graham says: "King back to best!"
    "Very enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed this; it's one of my favourites of King's, in both print and audiobook format. It took me a little bit to get into the swing of John Slattery's reading but, when I did, it was great. My one quibble is some dodgy audio quality at times during the recording - some extraneous noise. A little annoying, but nowhere near enough to make me quit listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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