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Eric

Vogar, Iceland | Member Since 2011

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  • The Skinner: The Spatterjay Series: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Neal Asher
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    To the remote planet Spatterjay come three travellers with very different missions. Janer is directed there by the hornet Hive-mind; Erlin comes to find the sea captain who can teach her to live; and Keech - dead for seven hundred years - has unfinished business with a notorious criminal.Spatterjay is a watery world where the human population inhabits the safety of the Dome and only the quasi-immortal hoopers are safe outside amidst a fearful range of voracious life-forms.

    Andrew says: "A good story and reader; spacing needs edit"
    "A good mixture"
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    What did you love best about The Skinner?

    This book is a very interesting mixture of good science fiction and biological theory. The story is not easily predictable and the characters are rich. There are a lot of concepts I have not seen in other sci fi.


    What about William Gaminara’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Gaminara's range of voice and accent is wonderful. He is a great reader. I will buy other books that he has narrated without knowing much of about them because I'm sure that he improves the experience of the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6790)
    Performance
    (6296)
    Story
    (6314)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Pretty good follow-up"
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    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    I probably would not listen to Dr. Sleep again because it's not the kind of book that one gets much insight from. it's not terribly thought provoking. But it's good story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15706)
    Performance
    (13005)
    Story
    (13640)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Worst audiobook I've ever heard"
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Everything disappointed me about this production. The only thing the narrator did well was present a voice for the main character that was just as feeble, annoying, and bitchy as the character in the story. The book is so poorly written I am sure that my 13 year old son could have done a better job. The characters are 2 dimensional stereotypes. What little story exists is trite and difficult to believe. As a work of supposedly erotic fiction, the sex scenes are terribly short, worded without imagination, and lack detail.
    I knew I would dislike it from the first paragraph, but I continued in the hopes that it might get better. I only finished it out of stubbornness. I wouldn't recommend this garbage to anyone. It is the most poorly written work of fiction I've ever read.


    What could E. L. James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have written it as though she were writing for adults with some experience of the world and some level of reading proficiency. She should not have written it in the present tense. She should have written a female character with a personality rather than a collection of cliches and stereotypes. She should have thought of a story for the characters to journey through, developing along the way. She should have written sex scenes with better detail and more descriptive language. She should have included some male characters that were not 100% stereotypes. she should have done a little bit of research into the b&d world so that she could write it into a believable and exciting work of fiction.
    Basically, she did everything wrong.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    It could be that Becca Battoe's performance was incredibly good considering how poorly Anastasia Steele is written. So, I am a little bit curious to hear her read a well-written novel.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I would cut every single one, but especially Anastasia Steele.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book. If you think you want to read it, go to the library and read a few pages. You will change your mind.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    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.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "a must read"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. The story is entertaining and thought provoking. john Irving's writing style is both educated and easy to grasp. The reading by Joe Barrett could not have been better. His range in voice and accent is impressive and he truly brought the characters to life -- especially Owen Meany (whose voice will echo in my head for years). I highly recommend this book to anyone other than those who do not allow themselves to think critically about religion or nationalism. For those, it should be mandatory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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