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Stewart

Black Mountain, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
  • 220 ratings
  • 592 titles in library
  • 52 purchased in 2014
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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Homer, Stephen Mitchell (translator)
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (133)

    The power and the beauty of The Iliad resound again across 2,700 years in Stephen Mitchell's exciting new translation, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flowed in every word. And we are there with them amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

    Darwin8u says: "Mitchell's Translation is Brilliant Poetry"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Read the story and leave out the commentary. There seemed to be more comment than story


    What could Homer and Stephen Mitchell (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Just translate the story


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was slow and monotone


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Thank goodness I could return this to get something better c

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time: Great Discoveries

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (227)

    A dazzling tour of the universe as Einstein saw it. How did Albert Einstein come up with the theories that changed the way we look at the world? By thinking in pictures. Michio Kaku, leading theoretical physicist (a cofounder of string theory) and best-selling science storyteller, shows how Einstein used seemingly simple images to lead a revolution in science. With originality and expertise, Kaku uncovers the surprising beauty that lies at the heart of Einstein's cosmos

    david says: "Relatively Wonderful"
    "Amazing"
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    If you could sum up Einstein's Cosmos in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was well written and easy to follow in spite of the complexity of the subject.


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

    Diane Rivers says: "Story and Narration = Epic Fun!"
    "Good but derivative"
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    What made the experience of listening to Jane Carver of Waar the most enjoyable?

    Fairly good writing


    Any additional comments?

    Seems like there are way too many parallels to John Carter of Mars. Similar name. Flip the first letter from M to W. Able to make incredible leaps. Similar humans just different color. Defeats an alien species in hand to hand combat and rescues a princess. Oh and only significant technology is in flight.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1659)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (964)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Audio sounds like a bad robot"
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or J. Charles?

    Yes but not by this reader. Quit after 5 minutes. Need to redo audio.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Yes but not by this reader. Quit after 5 minutes. Need to redo audio.


    What didn’t you like about J. Charles’s performance?

    The voice had constant hitches in it. Soundd computer generated. Awful!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Do it over

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (14373)
    Performance
    (10731)
    Story
    (10749)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "another good book by Martin"
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    If you could sum up A Clash of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    rated M, good


    Any additional comments?

    Series is excellent. Just wish the books weren't so expensive. Other good books of similar lenghts are cheaper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4802)
    Performance
    (4487)
    Story
    (4481)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "not as good as I expected"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Redshirts the most enjoyable?

    The humor of the story


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Scalzi? Why or why not?

    yes, I've enjoyed many of his books


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Begining of the book had a lot of short line dialog that became dificult to listen to with all the "He said"s thrown in. The story was a little lacking and it seemed like the last part was tacked on just to make the book long enough. Not Scalzi's best...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (476)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "good book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Garden Spells to be better than the print version?

    It was an interesting story. Pretty much a fantasy oriented toward women but I wouldn't go so far as to call it


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle-Master of Hed: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia A. McKillip
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain.Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures.

    John says: "Riddle master of Hed"
    "Great story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Riddle-Master of Hed the most enjoyable?

    McKillip is a story teller at heart with excellent character development. Although I read the book several years ago it was a joy to listen to. Many aspects of the trilogy really come out after the first reading. Love the depth of the story.


    What other book might you compare The Riddle-Master of Hed to and why?

    Lord of the Rings, Watership Down, Lord Foul's Bane


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

    no


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

    yes!


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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