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Connie Chai Scholl

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San Diego, CA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Long War: The Long Earth, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (312)

    A generation after the events of The Long Earth, humankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by "stepping". A new "America" - Valhalla - is emerging more than a million steps from Datum - our Earth. Thanks to a bountiful environment, the Valhallan society mirrors the core values and behaviors of colonial America. And Valhalla is growing restless under the controlling long arm of the Datum government.

    Amazon Customer says: "Meh"
    "Great story, godawful reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is wonderfully complex and absorbing, however this production was ruined by the reader, who did not know how to pronounce the word "ensign". You know, the military rank ENSIGN. This reader pronounced it "IN-SINE".
    Really? This is a professional audio book reader? What a shame. Don't buy this audiobook, just buy the paper or e-book version and save yourself from having to hear "in-sine" over and over again.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Pronouncing basic English words correctly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I wanted to reach into my ipod and poke the reader in the eyes every time he pronounced the word "ensign" wrong.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Mars: Long Earth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    2040-2045: In the years after the cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption there is massive economic dislocation as populations flee Datum Earth to myriad Long Earth worlds. Sally, Joshua, and Lobsang are all involved in this perilous rescue work when, out of the blue, Sally is contacted by her long-vanished father and inventor of the original Stepper device, Willis Linsay. He tells her he is planning a fantastic voyage across the Long Mars and wants her to accompany him. But Sally soon learns that Willis has an ulterior motive for his request....

    W. Seligman says: "A disappointment"
    "Story is okay, reader is AWFUL"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Long Mars?

    The reader did not know how to pronounce the word "ensign". It's *not* pronounced "IN-SINE". You'd think a putative professional audiobook reader would know how to pronounce words.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wyrd Sisters: Discworld #6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (507)

    Chris says: "Which Discworld?"
    "Great story, frustrating reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The reader's pace is maddeningly slow, and she is the only reader who I've ever heard interpret Nanny Ogg as a doddering old lady with a quavering voice, a strange choice to say the least. We stopped listening to the story about 1/4 in and read the book instead.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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