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D. Trasler

dtrasler

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  • The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David A. Price
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (413)

    The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

    Cameron says: "If you like Disney, Pixar, or Apple..."
    "Multiple failures making success"
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    What did you love best about The Pixar Touch?

    The wealth of information about so many people. I learned - actually learned - interesting things about people I have read and known about for years. George Lucas, Steve Jobs, and the Pixar stalwarts like John Lasseter and Brad Bird. Plus I learned about the people behind the company about whom I knew nothing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It laid out the company's success chronologically, but took side trips to lay out the biographies of the characters involved.


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

    Nope.


    If you could give The Pixar Touch a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Building failures into success.


    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a "How-To" business building guide, or just a dry success story. It's inspirational in its own way, and a grand tour of the influences of my generation.

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  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1788)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1035)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "you need to read with emotion"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having it read by an actual person. Having listened to the first five minutes, I am convinced this is assembled syllable by syllable by a synthesized voice. It's a horrible listening experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pawn of Prophecy?

    When I stopped playing it five minutes in.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By swallowing the first syllable of "Alorns" in a non-human fashion. By pronouncing every occurance of the sound "a" exactly the same, regardless of the word.


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

    I do love the book. I've read it a dozen times. But my nine-year-old daughter could read it aloud better than this. Seriously, that's not a person reading, is it?


    Any additional comments?

    Did you pi9ck up the fact that it sounds like a robot reading? I'm sure an actor leant his voice to the production, I just think they should have let him read the book. It's a god book. It deserves better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4346)
    Performance
    (3836)
    Story
    (3837)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "A controversial reading"
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    Would you listen to Fuzzy Nation again? Why?

    Yes, I'd listen again, and have done so. The story is excellent, and very well told. By story, of course, I mean Scalzi's version. Not to take anything away from the original tale (which is included in the recording) but I'm not interested in the first version. I'm sure it's fine, but I don't always get on with vintage Sci-Fi, whereas I do enjoy John Scalzi's writing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuzzy Nation?

    The courtroom scene at the end of the book. It's tense and exciting, and you're not sure where it's going to go - we all want a happy ending, but happy for who?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How is this question different to the previous one? I like the moments when Jack interacts with his dog when other people aren't around. I like the first few days in the cabin with the Fuzzy family.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Papa Fuzzy describing the murder of Baby in the courtroom. Even with a silly voice, that moment has gravitas.


    Any additional comments?

    There have been mentions of the "he said, she said" nature of this story. I certainly noticed it more in this than in "Old Man's War" or the sequels, so maybe it's Will Wheaton's delivery. Whatever it is, though it can grate, I find the story transcends it and carries me along. I understand some people finding it too much, though.

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  • A Voice in the Wilderness: The Human Division, Episode 4

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (512)

    Albert Birnbaum was once one of the biggest political talk show hosts around, but these days he’s watching his career enter a death spiral. A stranger offers a solution to his woes, promising to put him back on top. It’s everything Birnbaum wants, but is there a catch? And does Birnbaum actually care if there is? "A Voice in the Wilderness" is a tale from John Scalzi's The Human Division, a series of self-contained but interrelated short stories set in the Old Man's War universe.

    Sandeep says: "Love this title"
    "Not just Radio Ga Ga...."
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    Would you listen to A Voice in the Wilderness again? Why?

    I already have done, three times. The story bears repeated telling, since it's part of a greater story being told in multiple chapters, and the nuances show with each replay.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Voice in the Wilderness?

    The denouement when the conspiracy is revealed to the main character.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    He has a soothing voice and produces recognisable character voices without apparent effort.


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

    Yes. Twice.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm enjoying all these chapter releases by John Scalzi and William DuFris

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch: Discworld, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (121)

    Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard-boiled egg! Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past, without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do.

    Oz Pom says: "Pratchett at his best."
    "More adventures with Sam Vimes"
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    What did you love best about Night Watch?

    The story. I'm a huge fan of the Vimes books, and they may be my favourite of the Discworld series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Watch?

    Vimes' speech to Carcer at the end of the book. Raised the hairs on the back of my neck.


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

    Stephen Briggs is good, though not to everyone's taste (my wife doesn't like his reading) and his characters are always distinct and fairly consistent across the series (I think his Sergeant Colon changes from "The Fifth Elephant" version).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it does get a reaction. The comic moments are fewer than they used to be, but it packs a punch.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who started with Guards, Guards and has been following the career of Sam Vimes and the Watch will appreciate this chapter of their story, dealing with time travel and some of the recent history of Ankh Morpork, including a glimpse of a young Vetinari beginning to take hold of his destiny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruby in the Smoke: Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (191)

    In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries, and realizes that she herself is the key to both.

    Bonita says: "A Must Read For All Ages"
    "An overlooked classic."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ruby in the Smoke the most enjoyable?

    The performance by Anton Lesser is very good - he has a great range of voices, but they're not overdone, not charicatures. Just easily distinguishable from one another.


    What other book might you compare The Ruby in the Smoke to and why?

    What other book? To be honest it has a flavour of the original Sherock Holmes novels. Of course, the period and the setting have a lot to do with that too, but the storyline and the characters reminded me a lot of the world of Holmes and Watson.


    Which character – as performed by Anton Lesser – was your favorite?

    Mrs Holland. It can't be easy to pull of a convincing "Old Woman" voice, but his is good and chilling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't laugh or cry, but I did feel the tension in the story. It's a god tale, and I enjoyed the production.


    Any additional comments?

    It's aimed, I thnk, at the YA market, although when it was originally released that was still referred to as "Children's books". But it has interesting characters and a solid storyline so there's no reason it can't be enjoyed by adults as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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