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Jason

North Hollywood, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Simon Pegg
    • Narrated By Simon Pegg
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    The unique life story of one of the most talented and inventive comedians, star of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Star Trek. Zombies in North London, death cults in the West Country, the engineering deck of the Enterprise: actor, comedian, writer and self-proclaimed supergeek Simon Pegg has been ploughing some bizarre furrows in recent times.

    Diana says: "WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE ABRIDGED?!"
    "Love it! So glad that he made this happen."
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    Would you listen to Nerd Do Well again? Why?

    Sure. It is a great story if not a bit disjointed at times. My only criticism of the actual structure would be that it jumps around in a way that seems to expect you to know where it is going but overall it was excellent.


    What does Simon Pegg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing it in his voice is the only way it could be done. He had to read it and you can totally see him performing it. One thing that I really appreciated about it was that it was un-apologetically written with the British reader in mind. So many references and slang that made it more authentic. There was no pandering to other parts of the world and even as an American I appreciated that.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved how he threw in bits from his movies and Spaced that referenced things but without noting that he'd referenced them. A nice little extra for those of us that have followed him throughout his career.

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  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12793)
    Performance
    (9566)
    Story
    (9567)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Good...not great."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'd recommend it but the quality of the production was a bit disappointing. I think the story and series has promise but I'm hoping the next book has a bit of a better level of production value included.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like the characters that he's building and can absolutely see where this would be a good mix of supernatural and detective works but so far it feels a little forced. I'm hoping that it improves and will give it another try.


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

    I really like Marsters as an actor so I was hoping that would translate here. I think he was directed to really sound bored and down trodden given the character so I can't fault him there. The real issue is that with all the movement and breathing and page turning it became super distracting.


    Do you think Storm Front needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one. We shall see.


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