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Alameda, CA, USA | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
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  • 47 purchased in 2015

  • Free Excerpt: Fledgling

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens

    Theo Waitley has lived all her young life on Delgado, a Safe World that is home to one of the galaxy's premier institutions of higher learning. Both Theo's mother, Kamele, and Kamele's onagrata Jen Sar Kiladi, are professors at the university, and they all live comfortably together, just like they have for all of Theo's life, in Jen Sar's house at the outskirts of town.Suddenly, though, Theo's life changes. Kamele leaves Jen Sar and moves herself and Theo back into faculty housing, which is not what Theo is used to.

    Sherie S. says: "I prefer the paperback version."
    "Old ideas, poor execution"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I tried to like this because I am a fan of series fiction. I can really enjoy settling in and engaging in a multi-book relationship with characters. However, based on this excerpt I am baffled as to why anyone would wish to spend any time at all with these flat, average people. All these elements--futuristic co-operative living and family structure, little girls with a special relationship to cats, academia--have been better explored by Asimov, McCaffrey, Harry Harrison, David Weber, Willis and many others. During this 58 minutes, nothing much happened while I accompanied a banal child through her morning. If there is more to this series than a meander through reheated ideas, this excerpt didn't show it.

    What could Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    You know, I'm torn between whether they should read more quality science fiction or less. I can't tell whether they suffer from emulation or ignorance.

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

    No, this is my first listen with her. I thought she was rather good. She did have one mispronunciation (as opposed to regionalism or secondary pronunciation) of a rather common word but it's a rare narrator who doesn't. I'd listen to her again.

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

    It made me want to go re-read about 25 books I already own.

    Any additional comments?

    Prolific does not equal good.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • FREE SHORT STORY: The Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Antonia Honeywell
    • Narrated By Melody Grove

    At 11 Lalla should be enjoying her childhood in London. But this is not London as we know it. In a collapsed society, Lalla struggles to imagine her future. When a government announcement invites her to enjoy a new life in Regent’s Park, Lalla sees a glimmer of hope. But what is she willing to risk? The Time Being is the short-story prequel to The Ship by Antonia Honeywell, if you enjoyed this, you’ll love the full-length novel sequel.

    Amazon Customer says: "No hope"
    "I want more from this author!"

    This story is interesting. How often is that actually true? The characters, the setting, the descriptions, all interesting. I was motivated to go find Honeywell's blog where, as I hoped, she said her (first) book will be released soon. I will absolutely be giving it a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Classic Ghost Stories: Sixteen Unabridged Classics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By John Lee, Bronson Pinchot

    This collection of short ghost stories includes some of the best-known classics in the genre, as well as some that may be new to ghost story fans. Includes: ”The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce, ”The Empty House" by Algernon Blackwood, ”The Consequences" by Willa Cather, ”How It Happened" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, ”A Ghost" by Guy De Maupassant, and more.

    Femke says: "Some stories are great others not so much."
    "A really nice mix of gothic and ghosts"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Classic Ghost Stories to be better than the print version?

    I'm fairly certain that I enjoyed this more as an audiobook than I would have as a print experience.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Great Classic Ghost Stories?

    This is hard to answer without ruining the suspense for other listeners. Sufficeth to say, I really enjoyed an elderly aunt drafting her nephew to escort her to a reputedly-haunted house.

    What does John Lee and Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They both imbue the tales with tremendous atmosphere. Even though the stories are in prose considered elevated by contemporary standards the narrators give a radio play sense of dynamism.

    While on topic of narrators, it bears mentioning that the woman (Jennifer James-Something) also does a very fine job. Instead of "various narrators" the cover art for this volume should list the cast. I didn't know what great talent was on board until I started to listen.

    Who was the most memorable character of Great Classic Ghost Stories and why?

    Again, I don't want to produce spoilers. I will remember George and his dreams, though.

    Any additional comments?

    It's a bit misleading to title this a volume of ghost stories. There are ghosts but also gothic tales and a bit of fantasia, or modern fairy tale, as well. Had I known that I might have bought it sooner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappeared: Retrieval Artist, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder

    Retrieval artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a retrieval artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Joshua says: "An Intriguing New Universe"
    "A lackluster performance of a great book"

    I am a great fan of Rusch's Retrieval Artist series but I cannot recommend this audio book to anyone who is physically able to read print. Snyder has a pleasant voice but misses the fun in the more outrageous scenes, mistranslating humorous perspective into ponderous melodrama. Additionally, if you are accustomed to the performance of female characters by Rudnicki, Gardner and Brick you will find Snyder's delivery lacking.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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