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C. S. Carnes

Blackhorse

Woodbridge, VA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Gods of Mars: The Martian Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (160)

    This is the extraordinary story of John Carter, who returns to the Red Planet in search of his beloved, Dejah Thoris. John lands in the Valley Dor, which is populated by vicious plant men, and discovers the Lost Sea of Korus, guarded by the great white apes and horrifying lions of Barsoom. It is here that he finds the princess Thuvia, who is a captive of the Holy Therns, high priests who eat only human flesh slain by their plant men.

    Jena says: "Engrossing!"
    "Terrible Reading"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If William Dufris had just used his natural voice for John Carter. His false southern accent was too distracting to allow me to follow the reading. I had to download another version. So far, Scott Brick is the premier reader of the John Carter series. I wish Brick had read all the ERB works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing is top-notch and typical ERB.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Robert Graves first came across the name of Roger Lamb in 1914, when he was an English officer instructing his platoon in regimental history. Lamb was a British soldier who had served his king during the American War of Independent, and whose claim to a footnote in history is that he managed to escape twice from American prison camps.

    C. S. Carnes says: "Wonderful adaptation of a great Robert Graves book"
    "Wonderful adaptation of a great Robert Graves book"
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    Sean Barrett does a superb job of bringing to life this fictionalized first person account of Roger Lamb .

    This is one of the very few first person accounts of an individual fighting in the American Revolutionary War. Even more rare is that this account is from a British Soldier.

    Robert Graves has taken Roger Lamb's memoir and given it his "treatment" , turning it into excellent Historical Fiction. That said, it stays mostly true to the source material. The result is an outstanding account of the American Revolutionary War.

    This is a top-notch Audible title. I heartily recommend it to anyone not just those interested in history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3286)
    Performance
    (2246)
    Story
    (2258)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Jefferson says: "Violent, Ironic, and Absorbing Epic Fantasy Noir"
    "Fantastic Book, Even more FANTASTIC Performance!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great, great story. It is gripping from beginning to end. One of the best audio books I've ever heard.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favorite?

    Steven Pacey is THE best reader I've heard, and I have listened to some truly great ones (Scott Brick, Tom Weiner, Nadia May, etc).
    Steve bring the book to life like no other. He understands the nuances of the dialogue. It is as if he we putting on a top notch stage production. His reading of the book is incredible. He deserves an award.
    So, my favorite character is Glokta. The way Steve Pacey reads Glokta's thoughts, in the way that Glokta would have spoken if had not been so mutilated, and then the way Steve Pacey reads Glokta's spoken words with the effects of his missing teeth coming into play is brilliant.


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

    There were quite a few times where I would laugh or chuckle or even just smile as I was listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome Book, AWESOME reader. Steve Pacey...You are THE BEST! Well done!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goodbye to All That

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    A famous autobiographical account of life as a young soldier in the first World War trenches. Robert Graves, who went on to write I, Claudius, has given to posterity here one of the all-time great insights into the experience of war.

    Jefferson says: "An honest and well-written???ABRIDGED???WWI Memoir"
    "EXTREMELY ABRIDGED and RUINED"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This version of Goodbye to All That is an utter disappointment. It is severely abridged, meaning that any coherence of story or context of actions is completely obliterated.

    This book needs to be unabridged to fully appreciate its significance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Goodbye to All That?

    I would not have cut any. I would have added ALL back in. This book cannot be abridged or cut.


    Any additional comments?

    This version of Goodbye to All That is very, very disappointing. The only good thing is the reader, Martin jarvis, who does a great job reading the very limited material.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Armor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Steakley
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (600)

    The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water poisonous. It is the home of the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred.

    George Dean says: "An intense and unusual work, wonderfully performed"
    "Amazing...Simply Amazing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Armor to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition is superb and completely on-par with the printed book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire story is ripping, tense, and engrossing. I did not want this book to end.


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

    His reading brings the characters to life. He is a brilliant reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, in fact, as I stated earlier, I did not want it to end. I am now starting my second listening, having just completed the first one. It is that good!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the single best audio book I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. Aces!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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