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JG

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  • 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."
    "Failed attempt at 'freshening'; buy for the B-side"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Absolutely -- but only because H. Beam Piper's original novel is also thrown in for free (part II of this set). Skip the amateur remake and enjoy the bonus classic.


    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi???s story?

    The original (50s era, I believe) showed its age in a few aspects, but this update does nothing for the story. Instead, the main character is reduced to an uninteresting (and overused these days) anti-hero, the fuzzies are reduced to being flat plot elements, and the overall story has been recast into a plastic legal procedural with a splash of eco-minded syrup. There's little here to recommend the rewrite -- in fact skip it and play part II instead; Piper's original novel has been included and is actually worth the listen.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, though it was overall uninspiring. Also, ending every line of dialog with "_____ said" is mind numbing after a while...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (213)

    Many consider Franklin the most fascinating American man who ever lived. A scientist, businessman, diplomat, author, inventor, philosopher and politician, he is America's original Renaissance man. His remarkable and varied accomplishments include the discovery of electricity and the modernization of the postal system. Brilliant and bawdy, a master statesman and a cultural icon, Franklin was so important and popular in his day that, according to the author, "... only Washington mattered as much."

    William says: "History tends to bore but I couldnt stop listening"
    "Fantastic history, but poor recording"
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    Any additional comments?

    I learned more about context and reality of the American Revolution as incidental points in this book than in academic study. An excellent book, with a pleasant-voiced narrator, marred only by the poor quality of the recording. Also, breathing and related noises, as well as noticably poor editting, can be a slight distraction from this otherwise excellent work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6325)
    Performance
    (4848)
    Story
    (4843)

    The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

    Michael says: "Harry & James are one."
    "Great story and *fantastic* performance"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    If you've made it this far into the Dresden series, you already know how great it is. (And I'd opine that Book 4 tops the initial trilogy.) I had read the first three in paperback, however, and this was my first time hearing James Marsters narrate.

    His performance was nothing short of fantastic.

    Having heard more than a few audio book performances to date, it is abundantly clear that Marsters timing and understanding of the work outclass his contemporaries. He is the benchmark others should be gauged against, and he brought this book *vividly* to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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