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J. R. Staton

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MOORE, OK USA | Listener Since 2009

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  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1095)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Bookoholics Anon says: "Fabulous reading, epic story and a new chapter!"
    "Not at all what I expected"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I did not expect a comedy/fantasy. I though this was a novel. Did not finish it.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1068)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "Difficult to follow"
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    This is a complex story with frequent scene changes. Most print books use multiple line spaces to indicate scene changes, and many audio books I've listened to indicate this by extended pauses. This does not happen here. The narrator doesn't slow down at all except at chapter ends. I spent a lot of time rewinding, to pick up on changes of scene. I'm not sure I got all I could have out of this book by listening to it. Maybe, should have read a print copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17577)
    Performance
    (15629)
    Story
    (15581)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "If you could change the past, should you?"
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    This was a fun listen. I was 11 years old when JFK was assassinated, so there is a enjoyable nostalgic element in this story in the descriptions of life in the early 60's. And, that's what hooked me in the beginning. I'm, also, a science fiction fan, so the time travel element is very compelling. The narrator does an excellent job conveying just the right tone at the right time. I laughed, and yes, I cried a little, too. There are many short stories woven into the larger narrative that are in themselves compelling and enjoyable. And, in the end we are reminded that everything is intertwined, a change in something here can have a major effect on something there. And, the outcome is not always what you might hope for or expect. Recommended!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (753)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "VERY, Very, Disappointing!"
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    The recording and narration of this book are top notch. How the reader got through it is a mystery to me, though. If you want to know how I feel about the story, drop by amazon.com and read some of the 1-star reviews, they cover it better than I could here. I will say, "Shame on Jean for letting us down like this!"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3479)
    Performance
    (1419)
    Story
    (1438)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Better than a movie"
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    I have seen two movies based on this book: "Omega Man" with Charlton Heston from 1971 and "I Am Legend" with Will Smith from 2007. The book is a much better story. Yes, having been written in the 1950's and set in the '70's, it's a bit dated, but the struggles of Robert Neville as the only survivor, so far as he knows, of a plague that has rendered the remaining population zombies who attack his home by night and are hunted by him by day keep the listener engaged. The narration is first rate. And, in the end, the title makes sense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9340)
    Performance
    (5038)
    Story
    (5107)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Classic Sci-Fi - So so production"
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    I could do without the 50's sci-fi movie background music. And, why employ 15 narrators and not use them throughout. Just when you get used to the voices of the characters, the recording reverts to a single narrator doing all the characters. Get used to that, then it's back to multiple narrators. Very distracting. But, it's still a great story, and I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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