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Katerina

Hamden, CT, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Little Green Men

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Mark Linn-Baker
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    After the success of his highly-acclaimed Thank You for Smoking, Buckley returns to the strange land of Washington D.C. in a millennial comedy of manners about aliens and pundits...and how much they both have in common."

    Anthony says: "Laughing Gas"
    "Good fun..."
    Overall

    and more of the same. This book is in many ways similar to Buckley's Thank You For Smoking. Except instead of big tobacco it takes on politicians, the talking heads on tv, and the Washington political establishment as a whole.
    Unfortunately, it's not nearly as clever as "Thank You..." and many of the jokes, instead of being witty, appeal to the lowest common denominator. Still, a good listen overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thank You for Smoking

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies is the hero of Christopher Buckley's wickedly funny Thank You for Smoking. Nick likes his job. In the neo-puritanical nineties, it's a challenge to defend the rights of smokers and a privilege to promote their liberty. Sure, it hurts a little when you're compared to Nazi war criminals, but Nick's just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage and put his son through Washington's elite private school St. Euthanasius. Nick can handle the pressure from the anti-smoking zealots, but he's less certain about his new boss, who questions whether Nick is worth $150,000 a year to fight a losing war. Nick seeks inspiration and solace from 2 sympathetic souls who work for the firearms and alcohol lobbies. They call themselves the Merchants of Death, and together, they bemoan their plight and argue over which of them has the most deadly job. Under pressure to produce results, Nick goes on a PR offensive, turning appearances on Oprah and Larry King Live into national events. But Nick's heightened notoriety makes him a nice target for someone who wants to prove just how hazardous smoking can be. If Nick isn't careful, he'll be stubbed out.

    Anthony says: "Verbal Judo"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    This book is a much better listen than Buckley's Little Green Men. In addition to being educational (lots of smoking facts are presented) it is deliciously evil. It's always fun to play the bad guy and this book does just that. Highly recommended.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: The Return (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By William Shatner
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    Legends never die....Old friends are reunited and ancient secrets revealed as Kirk, Spock, Picard, Riker, Data, and all of the Federation's best and brightest are enmeshed in a cosmic saga that will test their strengths and loyalties to the very limit. A personal tale of tragedy and triumph that could only have been written - and read - by William Shatner!

    John says: "A fantastic listen"
    "Kirk through Shatner's Eyes"
    Overall

    and it is wince-inducing. This is a sub-par Star Trek novel. In fact it sounds like a slightly longer version of fanfic that you can find online. The plot is thin and there is zero character development.
    It gets two stars because it's amusing to here Shatner give voice to Data.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek, The Next Generation: Crossover (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Jan Friedman
    • Narrated By Jonathan Frakes
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Continuing the mission he began in Unification, Starfleet Ambassador Spock endeavors to impart the logic of the Vulcans to a small band of Romulans. But Spock and his students are taken hostage, and the Enterprise and Jean-Luc Picard are sent to secure the hostages' release. Read by Jonathan Frakes!

    Katerina says: "It's okay"
    "It's okay"
    Overall

    It's a descent story, but not one of the best Star Trek novels I've read (or heard). Be prepared for some entertaining reading from Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker from Next Gen). This book is worth getting just to hear him do Captain Picard?s voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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