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Elton D Graff

Albuquerque | Member Since 2003

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  • A Murder on the Appian Way: A Mystery of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Scott Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Ancient Rome has been in a state of turmoil as the rival gangs of Publius Clodius, a high-born, populist politician, and his arch-enemy, Titus Milo, have fought to control the consular elections. When Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson, and even the near sacrosanct Senate House is burned to the ground.

    Elton D Graff says: "the WORST cold read EVER!!!!"
    "the WORST cold read EVER!!!!"
    Overall

    I am a major Steven Saylor fan. Love the work. You can not imagine my disappointment upon hearing the DRY, Cold read by Scott Harrison. He pauses between every sentance as if figuring out the next words. Fraught with misspronounced words, and half assed characterizations, I just could NOT listen any more. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Grass Crown

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By F. Murray Abraham
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The magnificent glory of Republican Rome is threatened when a struggle for power erupts among the men who shaped its hard-won peace. At its center are two extraordinary leaders: Gaius Marius, the general who saved Rome from Barbarian invasions, desperately trying to extend his reign for a prophesied and unprecedented seventh term as Consul; and Lucius Cornelius Sulla, once Marius' most trusted right-hand man, now a dangerous rival hungry for his own taste of political success.

    T. Tobin says: "Warning Terrible Abridgement"
    "Just Plain BAD!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one.


    Has Grass Crown turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of F. Murray Abraham’s performances?

    anything not involving Latin names. Poor man hasn't a clue.


    Any additional comments?

    What a chop job! It is so abridged that it makes no sence, and the constant miss pronounced words and names made me CRAZY!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Telling

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    Once a culturally rich world, the planet Aka has been utterly transformed by technology. Records of the past have been destroyed, and citizens are strictly monitored. But an official observer from Earth will discover a group of outcasts who still practice its lost religion-the Telling. Intrigued by their beliefs, she joins them on a sacred pilgrimage into the mountains...and into the dangerous terrain of her own heart, mind, and soul.

    Cindy says: "Tell me about it!"
    "Beautiful, Poetic, Moving!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Ms. LeGuin uses the english language with the same flare as Sandberg, or Twain. She paints landscapes and portraits with her words, creating people and places you can actually care about, while sharing their lives and adventures. Storyteller, Wordsmith, Poet, a truley gifted artist!


    What did you like best about this story?

    visiting another world.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2500)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2371)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "a 3D audio experience!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Fun Fun!!!


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition) to and why?

    none that I've heard so far even come close.


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

    He brings these beloved characters to life. Han and Luke are spot on!


    Any additional comments?

    Star Wars fans don't miss this unique listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3134)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1202)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "Remarkable!!!"
    Overall

    Beautifully performed, stunningly well written. One of the best listens I've ever had. Five Stars!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Isis

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Judith Tarr
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, heir to the throne won by Alexander the Great: she was the most powerful woman of the ancient Mediterranean, and the only person standing between Rome and its dominion over the world. She was wife to Julius Caesar, and bore his only son. After his death she took Mark Antony, Caesar's greatest general, as lover and consort, and as her partner in a vast political enterprise. Together they strove to unite Egypt and Rome under one throne.

    justin black says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "Great story, Very BAD narration!!!"
    Overall

    What a shame!! Such a rich and colorful book, sweeping epic story read by someone who should not read aloud even to herself. The drone of her monotone drove me to distraction. A WAIST of MONEY!!! Buy the book!!! Read it yourself, I beg you.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent on the Crown: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (212)

    New York Times best-selling master of suspense, Elizabeth Peters, brings an exotic world of adventure, intrigue, and danger to vivid life, in a tale as powerful as ancient Egypt.

    Donna says: "The Serpent on the Crown"
    "One of the best readers EVER!"
    Overall

    As always, Mrs. Emerson is a blast to hang out with. Over and above the rich textural style of our beloved author, the characterizations of Barbara Rosenblat make this listen so much fun!!! Ms. Rosenblat is one of the true STARS of this medium. TWO THUMBS UP.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2436)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1268)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "Starship Troopers"
    Overall

    This is by far the very worst READ I've EVER heard!!! Dry, Monotone, and chock full of pregnant pauses. This is a crime against this WONDERFUL classic. Llyod James should NEVER read to anyone AGAIN!!!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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