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R. Kottke

OldGreyBob

Cross Plains, WI | Member Since 2003

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  • 452 titles in library
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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (6065)
    Performance
    (3635)
    Story
    (3671)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Stephen Fry maybe very good but"
    Overall

    Stephen Fry may be very good but I am very glad that I got it a couple of years ago narrated by Douglas Adams. The older version deserves the 5 stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • W.B. Yeats: Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By William Butler Yeats
    • Narrated By T. P. McKenna
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) was one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. Born in Dublin, a leader of the Irish Renaissance, he dreamed of creating a new cultural identity for his country. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. This compelling collection spans his career.

    R. Kottke says: "Yeats, Music to the Mind and Soul"
    "Yeats, Music to the Mind and Soul"
    Overall

    The narrator, after Down by theSalley Garden catches the spirit of Yeats and does a wonderful job of it. It could have only 2 things better. The first a downloadable list of the poems in order narrated, (I guess I will just have to do that myself.) The second, Down by the Salley Gardens seems a little stilted, but maybe that is just my ear. I have played Down by the Salley Gardens so many times on my tin whistle that the way the narrator spoke it and how I hear it in my mind clashed. Even with that, if you like Yeats, you will love this recording. I have a feeling that the CD I burnt of this will be replayed many times. It is just music to the mind and soul.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2107)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (533)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "It rings true"
    Overall

    The recording is great but I must suggest that a person also borrow or buy the book. The references in the back of the book to real studies and real research are eye openers. Some of the references were so interesting that they delayed some of my listening of the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    This gripping tale of the future anticipates Ayn Rand's later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In the dark ages of the future, individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. In this faceless world, one man dares to love the woman of his choice and to seek and find knowledge.

    Mac Dude says: "Anthem"
    "Anthem is an often re-listen"
    Overall

    Anthem is one of the most beautiful novellas that I have ever read or heard. Reading the novella, you can feel the struggle, the turmoil, and the character growth. Listening to the novella, the beauty and the near poetry come forward. I found myself backspacing often, just to re-enjoy the power and the beauty of particular sections. This novella will be an often re-listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Callahan's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (64)

    Nobody blends good science with bad puns as brilliantly as Spider Robinson. Now he's back with the latest chapter of the Callahan saga: an improbable tale of impending doom, a road trip, space, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

    Kathryn says: "Purchase Callahan's Chronicles First!"
    "The New Spider is not a new Heinlein"
    Overall

    "Callahan's Key" is about as far from a Heinlein tale is you can get. Heinlein dealt with the individualist. Spider in this book became very political and 'Green'. His characters formed committees to work on problems. Heinlein characters felt that committees were creatures with many legs and no brains. This is too bad since the early Callahan tales in Analog had such potential.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2644)
    Performance
    (1419)
    Story
    (1423)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    To see the miserable world of a child growing in extreme poverty in Ireland through a child's eye and with a child logic is a real gift. You feel the hope and see it smashed over and over again. But you also see the child grow and you cheer inside for him. This is one of the best books that I have ever found.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black House

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (733)

    Stephen King and Peter Straub reintroduce you to Jack Sawyer of The Talisman, once a precocious boy traversing the Territories to save his mother and her "twinner," now a retired homicide detective drawn back to his past.

    Jennifer says: "Magnificent Sequel -- Riveting"
    "Wisconsinite's Review"
    Overall

    Being from Wisconsin, I noticed there were a few minor differences in the way police and legal system is really organized how it is presented in the book. But these differences did not detract from the story in the slightest. Stephen King captured much of the beauty of western Wisconsin and his character development was fantastic. The tales so captured me that now I am into rereading the Talisman and the Dark Tower series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (1723)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (701)

    Stephen King's second novel, Salem's Lot, is the story of a mundane town under siege from the forces of darkness. Considered one of the most terrifying vampire novels ever written, it cunningly probes the shadows of the human heart and the insular evils of small-town America.

    Eileen says: "Classic King on audio - FINALLY"
    "Salem's Lot -- Memories revisited"
    Overall

    I read Salem's Lot when it first came out in paperback many, many years ago. Audible's reading of this book brought back all the wonder, the great character development, and just plain great storytelling of Salem's Lot. Thank you Stephen King for a great book and thank you Audible for bringing it back to me.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Time Enough for Love, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Lazarus Long, the main protagonist and Heinlein's alter ego, is so in love with life he refuses to die. Born in 1916, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love begins with his telling of his journey, lovingly detailed, through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds. His story continues with Time Enough for Love, Volume 2.

    W. Seligman says: "The capstone of Heinlein's Future History"
    "Heinlein at his best"
    Overall

    This reading of "Time Enough For Love" brought back all the wonder and beauty that I experienced when I first read it back in the seventies. Heinlein sees beauty in the love of life and in the zest for life. A must book for any science-fiction fan.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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