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Long Island City, New York, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 189 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Chapter 3 needs to be fixed!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I own the hardcover of WWZ as well as the original audiobook on CDs. Both are incredible. I looked forward to this new edition with additional recorded content.

    Note that this version is still ABRIDGED. I confirmed this by reading along with my book. Audible needs to make that very clear, since "complete edition" can be easily interpreted as unabridged.

    I can confirm with other reviewers that there is a 4 minute segment missing from Chapter 3 of the recording. At 11:39, when the doctor arrives in the village, the line ends with "I regretted my wish". The line that follows at 11:40 begins with "One of my orderlies, the one responsible for his arms ..." This is a critical mistake. Several paragraphs about the doctor witnessing Patient Zero were omitted. They WERE recorded in the original version.

    From my understanding, this edition was supposed to be the original with extra content added, NOT a re-recording. If so, those 4 minutes should be there, especially since the flow of that chapter's story makes little sense without it. According to My Library, Part 1 of the audibook is 6 hrs and 31 minutes. My Audible Manager lists it at 6 hrs and 27 minutes, confirming that the omission is an ERROR.

    Has any listener detected other recording errors? I read that there was one later in Paris, but I cannot find that review anymore.

    I noticed that both the original version and The Lost Files are available as separate purchases on Audible. Perhaps to compensate for the erroneous recording, could those who pre-ordered be offered both of these in exchange?

    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Mark Hamill's American soldier who survived the Battle of Yonkers.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Performances are top-notch.

    Any additional comments?

    This was my second time pre-ordering. If the recording problem is not addressed I doubt I will pre-order again. I will wait for reviews next time.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Emotional follow-up to the Shining"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    I would listen to parts of it again. King writes beautiful prose, and the narration carries it well. Certain parts may be difficult to listen to - alcoholism and domestic abuse are addressed in a frank manner. Those who've read The Shining can expect to be very depressed from the beginning.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daniel Torrance of course. He went through so much horror in The Shining and I had hoped he grew up alright. Perhaps he would have ghostbusting adventures or something. Nope. It saddened me to learn he went down the path of his father, and that his mother had already passed on. The novel focuses on how he pulls himself back together, one day at a time. The descriptions of his struggles staying sober and trying to break the pattern are very true to life and struck a deep nerve. King understands the subject matter here.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The psychic spy vs psychic spy scenes with Abra and Rose the Hat. I liked how they were both so competent. Neither made stupid mistakes.

    I also liked the chapter which was one long description of how the True Knot appear - polite, harmless, modern-day nomads. It was so mundane, but the context made it creepy.

    Any additional comments?

    Full appreciation of this novel requires having read The Shining. The Kubrick movie DOESN'T count!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Pleasant way to revisit an old classic"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I read this book as a child so long ago I had forgotten how different it was from the Judy Garland movie. As an adult, I am not crazy about the book. It is too repetitive. I actually find the movie to be greatly superior, Dorothy and Toto are more active protagonists, and the plotting is better. However the book includes many detailed, whimsical places not depicted in the movie, such as the China Doll Village.

    I would recommend it to a younger reader, for an appreciation of the source material.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Most likely a George RR Martin "Dunk and Egg" story.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    At first, I found Anne Hathaway's narration irritating, but she broke her stride once Dorothy meets the Scarecrow. From this point onward, Hathaway flaunts her vocal range as she covers several different voices. Each one sounded distinct. I especially liked how the Wizard has a western accent, he sounds like he would originate from Omaha!Sometimes she was borderline sing-songy, but I can forgive that since she was narrating a modern fairy tale.

    Was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz worth the listening time?

    Yes, and I enjoyed using whispersync with it, too. It was handy for when the environment got too loud to listen comfortably.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters

    The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

    Lisa says: "Worthy Addition To The Series"
    "Turncoat is a Turning Point"
    If you could sum up Turn Coat in three words, what would they be?

    Can't say. Spoilers!

    What about James Marster’s performance did you like?

    I tried Audible for Wheel of Time. James Marster's narration of the Dresden Files convinced me to keep the subscription. I very quickly stopped thinking of him as Spike on "Buffy."

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

    Can't say. Spoilers!

    Any additional comments?

    Even though this is the 11th Dresden book, it is the second one I happened to come across. I didn't know who these characters were, or what had happened. However the story was so well-written I could still enjoy it. I backtracked through the entire series, all in audiobook form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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