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Janet

West Palm Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Glass Bead Game

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, which has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish. Since childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game).

    Michael says: "Great – but be warned"
    "Then and Now"
    Overall

    I thought this book was Classically, Epic-ly great when I read it in the 70's. YUCK! Couldn't even get through the first half on a long road trip with plenty of time to get through the over-the-hump of introduction. Philosophy 101 it isn't. Not even Philosophy for Dummies. More like -- there are no people in the world, only rules and regulations that take 99,000 pages to explain & justify.... I think I may have remembered it more fondly if I hadn't read other books addressing philosophical questions that were more interesting, more character-filled. Not available on audio - M A Foster's Gameplayers of Zan, which reminds me to mention M K Wren's Wolfe/Phoenix trilogy, Available on audio - Heinlein's Time Enough for Love or The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Okay, not strictly philosophy, but characters & ideas. Not just ideas!!

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Decider

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Dick Francis
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Architect and family man Lee Morris never gave much thought to the shares he inherited of the Stratton Park racecourse, the multi-million dollar property owned by the powerful Stratton family. His mother had first received the shares to keep her quiet about the abuse she had suffered at the hands of her first husband, Keith Stratton. Now, much to Lee's chagrin, he is being drawn into the thick of the Stratton family squabbles as they wage a furious debate over the future of the race track.

    Debbie Matsuura says: "Version (1 hr 27 minutes) is wrong"
    "if only ..."
    Overall

    If only I had read the reviews first!! I figured even an abridged Dick Francis would be fun, and maybe it would have been IF the whole book had been abridged. The recording stopped way before the end of the book, practically right in the middle. If it had been cassettes, I would have said I lost the second cassette. I enjoyed the book when I read it with my eyes -- with my ears it was a major disappointment! Don't waste your time & money!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Interlopers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Ben Browder
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    Cody Westcott, a young archeologist, returned from a dig at Apachetarimac with more than he bargained for. Seems the Chachapoyans that he had been studying had a lot to teach us all. Soon he steps through the looking glass but unlike Alice its no fairytale world that he finds. Instead it is our own world teeming with Interlopers-Those Who Abide. Unseen by the mass of humanity they are aware that Cody can now see them. They dont like it.

    Barbara says: "Thrilling-3 cheers for Alan Dean Foster"
    "question answered"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of Alan Dean Foster's books. Of course there are some I like more than others, but my only hesitation here was whether I would like Ben Browder as a narrator. I do. I was worried that I would be distracted from the story by his familiar voice. I wasn't. Browder's performance enhanced Dean's story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Taliesin: The Pendragon Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (132)

    It was a time of legend, the last shadows of the mighty Roman conqueror faded from the captured Isle of Britain. While, across a vast sea, bloody war shattered a peace that had flourished for 2,000 years in the doomed kingdom of Atlantis. This is the remarkable adventure of Charis, the courageous princess from Atlantis who escapes the terrible devastation of her land, and of the fabled seer and druid prince Taliesin, singer at the dawn of the age. It is a story of an incomparable love that joins two astonishing worlds....

    John says: "A Classic interpretation of a Classic tale"
    "good story"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this "back story" of the Arthurian legend. Less political/ethnic slant than so many retellings that try to make the legend "relevant." The people give the story heart and make the story relevant, just the way the people have always made the legend relevant.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (627)

    Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

    Euryleia says: "One of my favorites"
    "quibble/addendum"
    Overall

    I like the reader, but I have never heard N'ton pronounced as she does. The pronunciation grates, but it's not bad enough to take away a star!

    By the way, she sounds a bit like Joanne Woodward.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1841)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (863)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "read the reviews"
    Overall

    I hated this book.
    I found the main character to be so obnoxious I couldn't appreciate even the amusing parts of this book.
    I like quirky people, but I'm truly glad I've never met anyone as dysfunctional as this protagonist. (& I've hung out with some really weird people!)
    However, reading other reviews, a lot of people were able to find something in this book I didn't.
    Thank goodness, none of my lit professors ever required this book. I'd have flunked the course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shiva in Steel: A Berserker Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Fred Saberhagen
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    In a sector of the Galaxy occupied by Earth-descended people, one Berserker computer has suddenly and mysteriously developed a tactical strategy unlike anything the human opposition has seen before. Shiva, like the Hindu god of destruction after which it was named, annihilates entire colonies with the help of its fiendish subordinates. Commander Claire Normandy struggles to prepare for Shiva's attacks, while Pilot Harry Silver realizes that he must deal with his own demons in order to help her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Worst Reading of a Story Ever!"
    "only narration worse was ..."
    Overall

    After 4 tries to finish this book I have to say that the only narration I've heard that was worse ...
    couldn't think of one. Either the director or the narrator has a horrible sense of timing. There have been narrators I'd avoid but would listen to for favorite books. There is no book I'm so desperate to hear that I'd endure this reader again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3742)
    Performance
    (2043)
    Story
    (2065)

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "The Lowest Point of the Entire Series"
    "did prequels sysnopsis+cast list--still got lost"
    Overall

    Timothy & Judd, other reviewers, are right. I enjoy Jordan's prose, but Crossroads is too convoluted. The interesting characters from the first couple books in the series are lost in a miasma of spear bearers dancing about in subplots that do nothing to advance the stories. Maybe Jordan's trying to build a cast of thousands for the final confrontation between Rand and the Dark One. Maybe he's forgotten that there's a finale coming. Or what it is. Whatever, if he doesn't stop meandering I may not attend The Breaking of the World.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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