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Chaz

Macomb, MI, United States

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  • Of Fire and Night: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (304)

    The extermination of Earth is at hand. With his increasingly irrational leadership Basil Wenceslas, chairman of the Hansa, has driven humanity into a corner. His punitive treatment of the Hansa colonies and the Roamers, as well as his refusal to aid an embattled Theroc, have made enemies for the people of Earth.

    Chaz says: "Great series!"
    "Great series!"
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    I love this series.

    I thought I would've been used to the new narrator by the end of this book but.... nah, It's not merely the pronunciations but the accents as well.

    It's bad enough to speak the Compi names in such a screwy manner, it's far worse to make seemingly random decisions about the dialect and therefore the origins of several characters. This narrator Colacci decided, for some reason, that people with names like Nikko Chan Tylar and Kotto Okiah should sound like U.S. southerners and the older roamer men should all sound like grisly characters in a western shoot-em-up. Even the "Alien with British Accent" clich'e finally becomes less than outrageous but really, rednecks in space? Not even genteel southern gentlemen but crusty old gosh-darn dusty pantsed cowpokes? Perhaps a listen through of the earlier books for continuity would've been informative.

    Perhaps they should've started from book 1 with the new narrator thus buffering us from the shock of being forced to leave the marvelous George Guidall for this hideous treatment.

    sigh.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miles: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Miles Davis
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

    Diane Havens says: "Dion Graham IS Miles Davis"
    "Absolutely Beautiful"
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    This would be a wonderful fiction novel if it were not a true story. That it is a true story and we get to hear and experience a large portion of American history in its most bold, iconic and pure sense is awe inspiring.. This is a great American story about one of the most important cultural icons.
    The narration is superb and gives us the feel of Davis' voice. I'm so very glad that the book wasn't watered down by editing out the swear words or the true stories of drugs, music, and life at the pinnacle of cultural inventiveness.
    This is a must read for any musician and for history buffs and those interested in true American culture and identity.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Soundtrack of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Clive Davis
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Clive Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    In this star-studded autobiography, Clive Davis shares a personal, candid look into his remarkable life and the last 50 years of popular music as only a true insider can. In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis. His career has spanned more than 40 years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keyes, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

    Andy says: "great story and sensational narration...a #1 hit!"
    "Great stories and great history"
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    Clive Davis is very diplomatic and, aside from a few notable exceptions like kelly Clarkston, he remains diplomatic and business-like in his depictions of the business relationships he has had with dozens of musicians,producers, writers, superstars and artists. I do wish he had spilled more greasy gossip but he admirably stays above the tattle tale, sensational claptrap that we get with the common tell-alls.
    At times his arrogance comes through but you don't get to be the most successful exec in the music business by being meek.
    He leads/led one of the most fascinating music business careers of the 20th century and this autobiography gives a decent history of popular music of the second half of the 20th century.

    It's a compelling read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sapphire Blue: The Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help.

    Mandi says: "Had to get it immediately after the first"
    "Good followup"
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    I'm glad they fixed the audio problems that plagued the first book in this series. My complaints are few and the story whisks along at a decent clip. I do wish the books could be at least twice as long with more detail and character/story development. These two books together provide just enough for one book.
    Our heroine Gwyneth seems to never rise to the occasion and stand up to her cousin, her aunt , her etiquette teacher, or her love interest. Her main weapons seem to be crying and acting baffled. I find myself wanting her to use some of her own advantages to prevent the constant bullying and browbeating she gets from many people.

    With the pace of these two, I can't see the story being wrapped up in 3 books. More like 12, one for each of the time travelers. I should've waited for the entire series and read them all together. I wish the author, and publishers would hurry and release them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jonathan Aris, Paula Wilcox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1458)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (689)

    In 1799, the artificial island of Dejima lies in Nagasaki Harbor as Japan’s outpost for the Dutch East Indies Company. There, Jacob de Zoet has come to make a fortune large enough to return to Holland and marry the woman he loves.

    Darwin8u says: "A NEAR Perfect Novel."
    "A well written, beautiful story"
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    I wanted to "read" more by the author of "Cloud Atlas" so I picked this at random. It's a splendid display of craftsmanship. David Mitchell's grasp of japanese culture is on display as is his artistic touch with words on paper.

    Here he stirs beautiful words into complex sentences into well wrought phrases into beautifully descriptive paragraphs, into this wonderful book.

    I just discovered a new favorite writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (25810)
    Performance
    (19634)
    Story
    (19709)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Milk Of The Puppy!"
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    The story worries me like the first encounter of a Dire Wolf and satiates like the "Milk of The Puppy" (poppy, I know but the phrase sticks). It's an excellent epic story with complicated relationships, intricate politics, sex, violence, disaster, and glory. Martin seems to have no problem killing off a major character thus causing us readers anguish and anxiety at every scene.

    You'd think "so and so" would last through the entire series and be the Frodo Baggins/ Ender Wiggan/ Darth Vader/ Harry Potter of the series?

    Nope lol.

    Here, the mystery and intrigue is palpable because we have no idea who will still be around. I try to distance my feelings for these characters for this reason but Martin is such a great writer that he Makes me interested in them anyway.

    Roy Dotrice is an excellent reader. He reminds me of Patrick Tull or George Guidall, superb salty voiced readers who render their characters with grit, fire and hard earned experience. What he lacks in young feminine voices, he more than makes up for with his multi male voices. There are hundreds of characters with varying degrees of intelligence, education and class and Dotrice does a handy job at voicing many of them.

    At times the many many characters makes the story a little more confusing with an audiobook than with an actual book book where you have the luxury of quickly skimming back to, say chapter two, to check the name of some guy you read about. However this is a great start to what promises to be an excellent series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Enemy Hands: Honor Harrington, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (680)

    Honor Harrington has survived ship-to-ship combat, assassins, political vendettas, and duels. But this time, Honor and her crew, ambushed and captured, are aboard an enemy ship, bound for a prison planet aptly named "Hell" - and her scheduled execution. Yet the one lesson Honor has never learned is how to give up. She and her people are going home--even if it means conquering hell to get there!

    Daniel says: "Excelent, audible should finish the series"
    "I give up"
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    Sorry but the series is pretty good but I kept trying to get used to the narrator but finally, I gave up. That I made it this far- through 7 books- is perhaps a testament to the storyline but I have never before so hated a narrator than this woman. People pay their money to be entertained, not distracted. She sounds as if she's reading a news story and she never seems to care about that which she is reading. I've been an Audible member for over 10 years and have listened to hundreds of books but this is the first time I've been so nauseated by a reader. I've heard other books by her and she was fine, but in this series actually makes me angry. lol.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (756)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (345)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Joel says: "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
    "Different production?"
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    Sorry, but I have to pile on...The first three books in the series were produced by Recorded Books and the last few by Brilliance Audio. Perhaps this is the reason for the glaring and startling differences. I do wonder what happened that the series was started by one company and finished by another. Regardless, I do wish they had been finished by the great George Guidell. I've heard other stories narrated by David Colacci and he is a really good reader but the difference here is jarring.

    The pronunciations and accents are unsettling, especially when you consider that Brilliance Audio didn't start from book one, which to me means they meant these to follow the first three from Recorded Books. Too bad the producers and/or Colacci didn't make an effort at continuity. Especially nauseating is the Ildirians accents and pronunciations; I was like " dude, really?" ZonNnNn? The series and riviting but the change in narrators is almost as upsetting as the narrator in the Honor Harrington series who is horrid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ralph Ellison
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (268)

    Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

    Robert says: "You've been waiting, buy it, you won't be sorry..."
    "This Great American Novel"
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    Joe Morton lives and breathes this wonderful look into the life of an exceptional American who tells a story of life in this country. We couldn't have had a better, more passionate narrator.

    Ellison delivers to us a rare glimpse into the lives of those who truly depict the soul of America and the state of the country in all its savage complexity and psychopathic depravity. The man with no name is all of us. Ellison says, in one book, what many great novelists take their entire careers to say. This is America at the crossroads and at the beginning of modern American civil rights.

    It's a great book and a superb production.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Honor Among Enemies: Honor Harrington, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (706)

    Despite political foes, professional jealousies, and the scandal which drove her into exile, Capt. Honor Harrington has been offered a chance to reclaim her career as an officer of the Royal Manticoran Navy. But there's a catch. She must assume command of a "squadron" of jury-rigged armed merchantmen with crew drawn from the dregs of her service and somehow stop the pirates who have taken advantage of the Havenite War to plunder the Star Kingdom's commerce.

    Readalot says: "I like honorable heroes!"
    "Yes We need an order list"
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    I'm sorry to say that I keep trying to get used to the reader and , through all the books, I still have NOT. I'm ready to give up on the series because of the irritating narrator.

    I agree that Audible should make an effort at a sequence order list.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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