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EL CERRITO, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
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  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The Safe Man

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By David W. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Like his father before him, Brian Holloway is a safe man. That is, his specialty is opening safes. Every job is a little mystery, and he has yet to encounter a lock he can't break or a box he can't crack. But the day Holloway gets called in to open a rare, antique safe in a famous author's library, his skills open a door that should have remained closed.

    Robert says: "great ghost story"
    "great ghost story"
    Where does The Safe Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it was a pleasant surprise to hear Michael Connelly, not known for this kind of thing, to spin a pretty good yarn that resonated with me. This feels like an homage of sorts, to some pulp collections I grew up on as a kid, but maybe with a little more heart. Would be pretty devastating around a campfire.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Safe Man?

    no spoilers - not exactly a moment, but more the unfolding, for the main character, and for the reader, of what the safe is all about, was comfortably thrilling. Yeah, I mean comfortably - I love curling up around a decent ghost story. The title itself has multiple meanings.

    Have you listened to any of David W. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no - good solid work, no issues. voices the annoying client almost too well - it was just slightly overdone enough to make the client more of a caricature than a character. toned back just a hair would have made the story that much stronger. the rest was really fine.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I give up. for an audible credit or two, I'll work harder and come up with a good tag line.

    Any additional comments?

    very well done short story worthy of sitting in a steven king collection. For such a quickly drawn set of characters, in broad brush strokes, connelly has done a good job of capturing a certain kind of fear - born out of love - that I can't talk about without spoilers galore. recommended - not for a credit - it's too short - but priced just right for members.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "great narration of a classic"
    If you could sum up Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry in three words, what would they be?

    well read, jules verne, adventure

    What other book might you compare Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry to and why?

    probably any other jules verne

    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim Curry added a great deal of intelligence, wit and drama to the tale. there are some potentially less interesting parts of the novel, such as the journey to (and around) Iceland, that he managed to maintain very well. Curry also did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh, both in the description of the professor, as well as in the ongoing reluctance of the main character. There are some parts of the adventure that may have been harrowing for readers of the time, but are mostly amusing now. I remember being more engaged, excited by discovery, and probably even scared in places, as a kid of 8-11. The geological speculation is pretty sketchy, and hard to take seriously - but made up for by the fun of the ride.

    Any additional comments?

    While it isn't the best of Verne's novels, go for it. Curry does a great job. It isn't a modern day thrill-ride like Jurassic Park, but I doubt something like Jurassic Park could ever have been written without Verne's influence. I think H.G. Wells is much more imaginative, and probably a better writer - there's nothing like War of the Worlds, Invisible Man, Time Machine, etc.; Verne tried to stick more closely to what he thought could be scientifically possible. But still, these novels are absolutely wonderful, and captured the imagination of the day, as well as my own imagination as a child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Micro: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton, Richard Preston
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd

    In a locked Honolulu office building, three men are found dead with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined.

    Amanda says: "Honey, I Shrunk Your I.Q."
    "Ping, ping, ping went the bat. Pom, pom, pom"
    What disappointed you about Micro?

    went the moth.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston again?

    no, no, no. well, maybe, if it is truly bad.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    hard to imagine how he could have made it worse. I'd give this narrator a pass and see how well he does with better material.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Micro?

    I wouldn't have let this out the door without a complete rewrite, and much more creativity on the part of the author. This thing drones on like a drunken docent at the botanical garden.

    Any additional comments?

    If you're expecting Jurassic Park, stay away. If you like the classic films Plan 9 from Outer Space, or Terror at Tiny Town, however, this may be for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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