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Ethan Hurd


LA CA | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 129 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "If you like copyright humor (and who doesn't) then"
    If you could sum up Year Zero in three words, what would they be?

    Copyright Humor Lessig

    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is what you would get if you got Douglas Addams, Lawrence Lessig and Cory Doctorow to write a book together. It is a short but fun book to read, it has good characters, a decent plot and a solid ending. It moves right along and did make me laugh out loud a few times.

    What about John Hodgman’s performance did you like?

    Once I found out that John Hodgman did the reading for the audio book there was no way I was going to bother with the print edition. He is the perfect voice for this book, now I wish he'd go and do the audio editions for the Hitchiker's Guide series.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hope they didn't spend too much on the FX

    Any additional comments?

    I would only recommend this book to a few people. If you are an avid reader of Boing Boing then this book is for you, otherwise move on.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Good story, a bit long"
    What did you like best about Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell? What did you like least?

    The characters are great, nice story.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    When I started the book I loved the world and never wanted it to end, about half way through I thought it never would. The story needs an editor, you could cut at least 1/3 of the book out and never miss it.

    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    Easy to listen to

    Any additional comments?

    Overall good story, I'm glad I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Good story, bit of a slog"
    What made the experience of listening to Doomsday Book the most enjoyable?

    The overall story and plot are very good.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doomsday Book?

    The ending was well done.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jenny Sterlin?

    Not really, she did a fine job reading, giving each character a voice, but I found her to be intolerably slow. I set the playback to x2, which is something I never do, this made it acceptable.

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


    Any additional comments?

    This book as a good book, but it didn't really resonate with me.
    The story and plot are great, the characters are really well rounded and I really enjoyed the direction the book took. The ending was very good and Connie is clearly a good story teller, she did a great job giving you just enough information so that you are not lost while holding back enough to make you want to find out more. The descriptions of the middle ages were fun and seemed well researched.
    My biggest complaint about the book is the main character, he was just so wishy washy that I had a hard time wanting to stay with him. He constantly talks about his regrets and his angst, for that reason I found the book to be a bit of a slog and hard to want to go back to.
    The reason I picked up this book is that a good friend of mine said the second book in the series was her favorite.
    I'm still not decided on what to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Dull, some interesting imagary, no plot, mechanica"
    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?


    Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Three people read this story, one sounded like a machine, one was a little better then that and the third was good.

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

    I decided to pick this book up because I thought it might be a new take on Orwell's 1984, it's not. It mentions Orwell's book along with a lot of other books but those references only made me wish I was reading those books not this one. Over all the plot is thin and disappointing. The characters float through the plot without any real conflict or struggle. The villains seem helpless and weak and are easily forgettable. Some nice imagery and good passages but overall I found it dull and laborious to get through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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