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Dave

Atlanta , GA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Eyes of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (621)

    A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable"
    "Enthralling juvenile lit, performed masterfully"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Some gaping holes in the plot


    What did you like best about this story?

    Though the depiction is simplistic, it's sparkling vibrance is addictive. Bronson Pinchot's narration is enchanting!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike most of King's work, this is adolescent fantasy. The plot is a little weak at times, but the style is rich and enjoyable. And Bronson Pinchot's performance is superb. I could listen to this man read the phone book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (333)

    James Wesley Rawles, founder of survivalblog.com, shares with you everything you need to know to be ready for the worst. The book includes information on proper food storage and sanitation, gardening and livestock basics, investment strategies to protect your assets, medical advice, communication techniques, home security, and how to get "outta Dodge" when, in the parlance of the movement, "the shit hits the fan".

    skyrat says: "Unsurprising"
    "Good book. Terrible as audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book contains lots of lists and reference material. Though I love audiobooks and usually prefer listening, that's just not a good way to consume this material.Also, if you're into preparedness, this End Of The World stuff can be useful. But there are many critics of this relatively extreme Mad Max approach. These TEOTWAWKI situations are unlikely and impossible to assess in advance. It seems more sensible to focus on regional and personal emergencies, which are better understood and much more likely to occur. The end result would be similar, with less focus on tactics to handle outright societal breakdown and chaos. Just one man's opinion, based on my research and understanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    J.M. Barrie's classic tale, completely unabridged, features a boy who refuses to grow up, Tinker Bell the fairy, and the Darling children: Wendy, John, and Michael. Their great adventure begins on the night that Peter flies into the Darling home looking for his shadow and teaches Wendy, John, and Michael how to fly with him back to Neverland, where adventures happen every day.

    Monica says: "Laugh and Cry"
    "Simply wonderful"
    Overall

    Tim Curry breathes life into this wonderful classic children's story. His voice gives such warm, comic expression to the snooty grown-ups, the treacherous-yet-stumbling pirates, the pouty fairy Tinkerbell, the nervous or excited children, and of course, the cheeky, indignant Peter Pan. Even if you're intimately familiar with the story, Curry's telling is memorable and well worth the listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, Full Cast
    Overall
    (3692)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1128)

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compass, the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld, Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another's, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

    Geoffrey says: "The second book in a fantastic trilogy!"
    "Stop reading after 'Compass'"
    Overall

    This is a review of the entire Dark Materials story. The first book, The Golden Compass, is actually pretty good. But since the plot doesn't wrap up at the end, readers have to continue into books 2 and 3, which are really awful. The stories are dull - instead of the mighty armored bears, mercenary aeronauts and fiery gypsies of the first, we get disenchanted scientists and angry orphans. The characters are weak, and their long-winded development typically has nothing to do with the main plot. The philosophical allegory drifts into a disjointed set of uninformed ramblings. Characters behave in contradictory ways, abandoning their nature as needed to serve the plot. In one case, an armored bear (characterized earlier as a proud, insurmountable warrior) surrenders without a fight to a boy with a knife.

    Good writing feels like a glimpse into real, living world. "His Dark Materials" feels more like a puppet show, where characters are jiggled around to dish up a story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Philip Pullman, full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5013)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1553)

    When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

    Arnold says: "A Terrific Book"
    "Good start, then downhill fast"
    Overall

    This is a review of the entire Dark Materials story. The first book, The Golden Compass, is actually pretty good. But since the plot doesn't wrap up at the end, readers have to continue into books 2 and 3, which are really awful. The stories are dull - instead of the mighty armored bears, mercenary aeronauts and fiery gypsies of the first, we get disenchanted scientists and angry orphans. The characters are weak, and their long-winded development typically has nothing to do with the main plot. The philosophical allegory drifts into a disjointed set of uninformed ramblings. Characters behave in contradictory ways, abandoning their nature as needed to serve the plot. In one case, an armored bear (characterized earlier as a proud, insurmountable warrior) surrenders without a fight to a boy with a knife.

    Good writing feels like a glimpse into real, living world. "His Dark Materials" feels more like a puppet show, where characters are jiggled around to dish up a story.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • A Fine Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (257)

    In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

    Karen P. Smith says: "Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer"
    "Wonderful!"
    Overall

    This story paints a colorful picture of India through its recent history. The characters are vibrant and interesting. The story runs like a river, gently twisting and turning through historical and fictional events. At times, it's grippingly tragic. At times, whole-heartedly joyful. All is told with an insightful, easygoing style, with lots of light comedy sprinkled throughout. And the narration is exceptional, and the telling surely adds a lot to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (323)

    Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

    D. Littman says: "A classic, classically read"
    "Brilliant novel... Awful reading!"
    Overall

    Anna Karenina is the best novel I've ever read. If you enjoy classics, this is a must. Unfortunately, this reading is truly awful. The narrator overdoes everything, frolicking through the words with a sing-songy tone, as if she's reading to a group of children. This really ruins the mature subtlety and matter-of-fact observation that I love so much in Tolstoy's work. After 15 minutes, I couldn't bear to listen any more.

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9088)
    Performance
    (4799)
    Story
    (4871)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Very good book, well read"
    Overall

    The cast of voices is mostly very good, with a few minor exceptions. Some ambient sounds and transitory music add to the experience without overdoing it.

    The book itself is a classic. The characters are a little over the top, but the story is engaging and the world is beautifully painted. This one's well worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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