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Chris

West Linn, OR, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Wyrd Sisters: Discworld #6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (474)

    Chris says: "Which Discworld?"
    "Which Discworld?"
    Overall

    It is funny how much I am used to Nigel Planer reading Discworld books. This one at first was a complete turn off. I got 1/3 the way and started over because I had no idea what was going on.
    I decided to throw away any expectation and assume that this was an alternate universe of the disc world... and that did make a difference.
    I had built much of my concept of the world from Nigel's reading, and the difference in reading barred me from my expectation :).
    Now, accepting the differences in narration, and allowing it to be, I am finding the book quite enjoyable.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1145)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (471)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    "Obscured by narration"
    Overall

    I wish they spent the extra money and got the narrator of Wicked.
    But alas... :(
    I think the reading of this work is a labor to listen through.
    Interesting though... having the author read his own book gives me a insight on the way he thinks it is supposed to go. Applying that insight to Wicked makes that work much less appealing.
    Hurray for John McDonough (Wicked narrator).
    Please, on the 3rd book use John.. Please!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Quantum Presents Meet the Real Creator - You!

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Fred Alan Wolf
    • Narrated By Fred Alan Wolf
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    The more you learn about quantum physics, the more you wonder: who is really creating your reality? Fear not, Dr. Quantum, superhero of spiritual science, is here to help you meet the real creator: You! Join this champion of modern thought (sometimes known by his alter ego, Dr. Fred Alan Wolf) on a quest for truth through the strange reality of quantum physics.

    John says: "Not what I expected"
    "good listen"
    Overall

    How can anything be objective when the observer is part of the system he is observing? At best only a model can be offered. You can either buy into it, or not. As for religion and science; well, they both have their own priests, don't they? And yet, are they not ultimately trying to model the same thing? Is this not one of the things that thing that baffled the quantum scientists so much... Looking down into the very fabric of reality they "saw" what the ancient Hindu writers explained? So then, some scientists ask, what is religion and what is science in relation to the data obtain at the quantum level? ("Tao of Physics" is a good example). If they (religion and science) are both trying to describe the ultimate reality; should they not at some point cross?

    Wolf is always fun to listen to, and reminds me of one of my old physics professors.
    It is a good listen.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8108)
    Performance
    (3257)
    Story
    (3318)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "If you have not read Tolkien, read him first...."
    Overall

    This author is certainly one to watch!
    However, this story is mostly borrowed from other stories. I understand that the "Hero's Journey" archetype is a classic tale; but you can *really* tell this author was influenced by Tolkein and even Lucas. I kept expecting a hobbit to pop up, or the shade to say "Eragon, I am your father..". Brom, the character has clearly been influenced Obi Wan Kenobi ... I found it a bit frustrating the similarities in names of characters and places the author used; they being too close to other author's works. (What were the names of the Nasgul like creatures?)
    I do not expect Aria and Eragon to be brother and sister... but perhaps Eragon's father is Galbetroix... and you know what that means! =)

    Anyway, I would still recommend this book... for you can get lost in the familiar grounds of a standard fantasy world.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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