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Joan

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  • Rork!: Wildside Discovery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Avram Davidson
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In his science fiction novel Rork!, Ran Loman wants only to be left alone, to get away from it all. That's why he volunteers for duty on Pia 2, the most remote, isolated world in the Galaxy. The problem on Pia 2 is redwing, a plant used throughout the galaxy as a medical fixative. Redwing grows ony on Pia 2. And lately, less and less is being harvested. Lomar's assignment: find out why, and do something about it.

    David says: "Excellent Story Telling"
    "Builds into a great story, great characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Rork! the most enjoyable?

    The surprises: not all of the speakers on the planet are human, the land has extraordinary features, the plot turns are sharp!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rork!?

    The discovery of what glows in the dark.


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

    Gifted vocal delivery of an extraordinary range of creatures and characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Razor-sharp and relentless: Wait for it.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the story has very little movement in the first section, the novelist uses this section to establish the physical setting, some of his main characters, and the central issues and conflicts of his novel. Some readers may find this slow going, but stay on course--when the main character leaves the town, the pace picks up and the real fun begins.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Herbert Romerstein, Eric Breindel
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (33)

    The Venona Files are several intercepted communiques between the Soviet Union and American Communists following WWII. Some historians and journalists are starting to regard the Cold-War-era American Communist Party as nothing more than a quaint club of polite if misguided ideologues. In The Venona Secrets, Herbert Romerstein and Eric Breindel intend to create a new impression of treacherous Americans "who willfully gave their primary allegiance to a foreign power, the USSR."

    Joan says: "Americans as Soviet Spies? Surprising & Chilling"
    "Americans as Soviet Spies? Surprising & Chilling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Venona Secrets in three words, what would they be?

    Complex, documented, chilling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Venona Secrets?

    The murder of Trotsky.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The attempted murder of Trotsky--how can bullets be flying everywhere but Trotsky survives?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The truth is much stranger than fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narration.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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