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Robert

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  • Frankenstein, Book Three: Dead and Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (388)

    As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator.

    William says: "Frustrating"
    "Seriously, folks, don't waste your time ..."
    Overall

    First off, let me say the narrator was just fine. If I were rating on his performance, this book would get 4 stars. But as it is ...

    Dreadful. Childish. Chaotic. Rambling. Pointless. Anticlimactic.

    This book reads like a pastiche of several authors, one in which the editor gave up on attempts to reconcile wildly different threads.

    Very disappointing. The first two volumes in the series had their problems, but the central idea, the creative treatment of the Frankenstein story was enough to bring me back, hoping for the best.

    Ah well, back to Mary Shelley.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22737)
    Performance
    (14109)
    Story
    (14255)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Perhaps most overrated sci-fi book of all time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I assume pre-teens and teenage boys would enjoy it because it may give them some feeling of grandeur or agency while they waste hours on video games.


    What was most disappointing about Orson Scott Card’s story?

    I couldn't make it past one-half the book, so this is difficult to answer. The prose was leaden, dull and "serviceable" at best. This is the third Card book I've attempted to read, and the third time I've failed to finish the title. Only the audio performances this time around (as opposed to text) allowed me to make it past 50 pages. I've read many amateur blogs that show more style and craftsmanship. As for the plot, again, yawn. I know the gist of the story, and the idea, in its time, was clever, but I felt like I was slogging through a second-rate TV series to get some payoff.


    What three words best describe Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ’s performance?

    The performance was fine, no problems there. Rudnicki and Ellison were pretty much on-target, conveying the story but not getting in the way.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ender's Game?

    I would have chopped away pretty much everything between the first and last chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    Hated it. I only attempted the Card experience again because of the hype. Not only is the man a whacked-out fascist, but he's just a bad writer, to boot.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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