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Phillip

Cape Town, South Africa

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  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2131)
    Performance
    (1723)
    Story
    (1741)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Definately NOT Star Wars - MUCH Better!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Really an outstanding read.

    The Narrator is top class - it will be difficult listening to many others after this - The whole performance comes across as if he is telling the story - not reading it off. Pity he has not done much else - more please.

    The story itself is not anything like Star Trek or Star wars. This is more like SCIENCE fiction as opposed to science FICTION. The story had me thinking hard about what was happening and more. It would be something like explaining how to use your credits to a mosquito. Mind boggled for certain.

    I will reread again and again and would definitely recommend to anyone who is serious about science.
    As a parting thought though, not "what’s it all for?" but "how did it start?"

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10313)
    Performance
    (5585)
    Story
    (5616)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Really a worthwhile read"
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    Story
    Would you listen to Life of Pi again? Why?

    Yes becuase the story is unusual and I like the way it was presented. An amazing situation told well and narated well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    The finding of the island.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    I almost cried at the demise of Orange Juice and did not like the demise of the Zebra.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manana Manana: One Mallorcan Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Peter Kerr
    • Narrated By James Bryce
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    However, even after the trials, tribulations and triumphs of their initiation, Spain has not yet finished with them. Embarrassing subtleties of the language, brushes with the local police, the unfortunate outcome of a drinking session... surprises are aplenty to test the resolve, stamina and, perhaps more importantly, the sense of humour of this venturesome (some would say foolhardy) émigré family.

    Phillip says: "Is it me or is it improving?"
    "Is it me or is it improving?"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed the story, and was tempted to try his other book but Mr Bryce still has the tendency to "read" and the performance lacks flow but I must say that iether I am getting ued to this or it is improved. I like the way he portrays the characters and there, there is no problem, but when reading the narrative
    and reaching the end of a line
    he goes on to the next
    instead of giving the narrative a natural flow as most narrators do so that it sounds as if the story is being told and not
    read.
    I found it to be perfect bedside listening, putting me into a good mood before falling asleep.

    There are a few hillarious sketches that had me roaring with laughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nexus: Ascension

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Boyczuk
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    After returning from a 30-year trade mission, the crew of the Ea wake from cryonic suspension to find that their home world, Bh'Haret, is dead. "Screamer" satellites have been strung around their planet, warning of a plague. A scan of the surface of Bh'Haret reveals no trace of human life - only crumbling cities. Their fuel and other supplies nearly exhausted, the crew has little choice but to make planet fall on Bh'Haret, infected with a virulent and deadly disease.

    Russell says: "Science Fiction That Packs a Punch"
    "More please"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good story well written and narrated.
    It is listed as a series but it is the only one in the series, I am hoping for more of the same.

    It is often a little difficult to get ones mind around the time and distance factors, Yes, but the plot was good and surprising, Yes.

    Well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nasa Voyager Space Sounds (Complete)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By ABN
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Although space is a virtual vacuum, this does not mean there is no sound. Sound exists as electromagnetic vibrations. The specially designed instruments aboard the space probes were designed to pick up and record electromagnetic vibrations. This information, when sent back to Earth and decoded, can be heard as intriguing and beautiful sounds from space. The real music of the spheres.

    Phillip says: "Wow! Listen to that!"
    "Wow! Listen to that!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really out of this world!
    I enjoyed listening to this and will play it/parts of it many times for relaxation and concentration.
    There is no story and no narrator but I am glad I purchased this item.

    It would have been nice to have an indication as to what you are listening to though, some sort of commentary however brief.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    He was dragged from the sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues: a frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the skin of his hip; evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face; strange things he says in his delirium, which could be code words. And a number on the film negative that leads to a bank account in Zurich, four million dollars, and a name for the amnesiac: Jason Bourne. Now he is running for his life.

    Paula says: "Histrionic performance ruined this book for me!"
    "Such a pity - but mostly excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Huh? What did he say?
    Unfortunately Mr Scott Bri has the tendency to use a soft voice with some parts so if you are listening in a noisy environment, like in a moving vehicle, you tend to lose the las par of some wo. (And possibly some sentences too?)

    The book is exceptional. The story much better than the story in the movie but I see it as a bonus (similar stories in the same vein).
    I thoroughly enjoyed the story and look forward to the next in the series (Supremacy) BUT I am going to opt for the abridged version narrated by Jeff Harding, even though it is 20 hours shorter. From the sample it sounds acceptable.

    The performance of the narrator is mostly top notch but I hate it when people do not finish their words or sentences. If a word is worth saying then say it, dont sa i.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snowball Oranges: One Mallorcan Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Peter Kerr
    • Narrated By James Bryce
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It's the stuff of dreams. A Scottish family giving up relative sanity and security to go and grow oranges for a living in a secluded valley in the mountains of the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

    A User says: "Amusing tale, poor sound quality"
    "What a pity"
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    I really enjoyed the story, similar to Driving over Lemons, and a Year in Provence, and am tempted to try his other books but ALAS the audio quality of this one is poor and Mr Bryce does not do justice to the story. He is clearly "reading" and the performance lacks flow. I like the way he portrays the characters and there, there is no problem, but when reading the narrative
    and reaching the end of a line
    he goes on to the next
    instead of giving the narrative a natural flow as most narrators do so that it sounds as if the story is being told and not
    read.
    Maybe if someone else did the narration it would be better, but for now I think I will try buying one of his books and reading it myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (755)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Not your ordinary story book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very well read - interesting subject matter - really enjoyed. Will listen to it again and again - worth its price, but not for just anyone.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Chancellor Manuscript

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Michael Moriarty
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Inver Brass, a group of high-minded and high-placed intellectuals, sees a monstrous threat to the country in Hoover's unscrupulous use of his scandal-ridden personal files from his half-century in office. They decide to discreetly eliminate him...

    Phillip says: "Chancellor Manuscript not enjoyed"
    "Chancellor Manuscript not enjoyed"
    Overall

    I had read this book years ago and enjoyed it. In this version the reader seems to have numb lips, often swallowing his words and the background music is of bad scratchy irritating quality. Compared to other audiobooks, well I am sorry I bought it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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