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Clyde

Portland, OR, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Sets a standard!"
    Overall

    The narrator made this book come alive for me. He sets a very high bar for me now when it comes to audio books. Read this book when it came out and loved it but enjoyed it so much more this time simply due to the narrator's ability to be different characters and consistant with his voices. I found myself wanting to purchase anything read by Joe Barrett simply because of how amazing of a job he did with this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2797)
    Performance
    (2513)
    Story
    (2527)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Not my cup of tea..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Ex-Heroes better?

    Different narrators. Interesting characters. Written as a novel not a screenplay. Nothing in this book was engaging for me.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unsure


    What didn’t you like about Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s performance?

    Over the top without good dramatizations.


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

    Not really...story was just hashed out from other books without anything original. Characters were boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Had higher hopes for this...disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6433)
    Performance
    (5648)
    Story
    (5648)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "I want more!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I am hooked...I just loved this whole series. Although perhaps not the greatest novel to be written it grabbed me right away and I just held on for the ride. This is a FUN journey and I want to sign up with MHI today! Good job Larry!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nine Princes in Amber: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (1452)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1318)

    Amber is the one real world, of which all others including our own Earth are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin's blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne.

    Robert says: "Great book, lame deal!"
    "Great story but very unfortunate narration."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Nine Princes in Amber? What did you like least?

    After a couple of decades (and more) I decided to revisit the great land of Amber. Unfortunately the regal persona of Corwin has been reduced to sounding like a 100 lbs. teenager who just discovered coffee. Narration is terribly rushed and simply does not match what I think a prince of Amber would sound like...maybe it's just me. The voice acting is not that great...the characters seem to take on almost a comic tone.

    The story is of course wonderful which is why I will try and suffer through at least the next book in the series.


    What didn’t you like about Alessandro Juliani’s performance?

    Boy...to be honest just about everything. I would still encourage folks to give it a try since it's a wonderful tale.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10467)
    Performance
    (9506)
    Story
    (9523)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Couldn't stop listening."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    Great character interaction and dialog on the roof for Friday sunsets and in general. Not only did you feel that you knew that characters but that they were real with real dialog.


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

    After getting used to his speech patterns the voices became very distinct.


    Any additional comments?

    Lot's of fun and full of suspense. Typically I use audio books to fill the gap while I drive to and from work but this story had me hooked and I found myself listening while not in my car. Spent a day at the beach just kicking back and listening while the kids played.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers K

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David James Duncan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (110)

    This touching, uplifting novel spans decades of loyalty, anger, regret, and love in the lives of the Chance family. Each person chooses their own way to deal with what the world has become.

    Ken says: "At last!"
    "Great book...poor narration..."
    Overall

    Loved the book...read it years agao and now on audio. Unlike some folks I found the narrator to be almost painful at times and had to set it down on a couple of occassions because of it. Voice acting was terrible. I wonder if the narrator even read the book before recording. Being from the NW, I cringed everytime he read OMSI (Oregon museum of science and industry)as O.M.S.I.! We don't actually say the initials, we call it "OMZEE".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Barry's Money Secrets: Like: Why Is There a Giant Eyeball on the Dollar?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Did you ever wish that you really understood money? Well, Dave Barry wishes that he did, too. But that hasn't stopped him from writing a book about how to understand money. In it, Dave explores (as only he can) such topics as: How the U.S. economy works, including the often-overlooked role of Adam Sandler, Why it is not a good idea to use squirrels for money, Strategies that will give you the confidence you need to try for a good job, even though you are, let's be honest, a no-talent loser.

    hayley5167 says: "Not one of Dave's best"
    "Can't listen to it..."
    Overall

    I love Dave Barry's writing but I found the narrator so annoying that I couldn't listen to this for more than 10 minutes. He acts as if it's either a bad comedy sketch or an infomercial...too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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