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Seattle, WA, USA | Member Since 2003

  • 6 reviews
  • 235 ratings
  • 355 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Mothman Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John A. Keel
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery.

    Marc says: "Smart, compelling, disturbing"
    "A mixed up jumble..."

    ...of sightings, strange occurances, UFO's, Men in Black and other such things. Keel goes to great lengths to tell all about each event that happend in Point Pleasant before the bridge disaster. He also backs up many events with other sightings and visits and occurances, until your head is swimming. The biggest problem is the lack of continuity or timeline, and cross-referencing with events he's already covered (which is hard to go back to in audio format...if you really want to go back in the first place). While at the heart of the book is an interesting tale of bizarre events leading to a strange disaster, there is a lot of extras to get through.

    The narration is well done and easy to listen to.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Flappers and Philosophers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First published in 1920, Flappers and Philosophers marked F. Scott Fitzgerald's entry into the realm of the short story, in which he adroitly proved himself "a master of the mechanism of short story technique" (Boston Transcript).

    Yul S. Pariah says: "Phoned in?"
    "A great collection"

    This is a really good collection of Fitzgerald shorts. These give you a great snapshot of life in the early 20th century, and how much has changed and how much has stayed the same. A great companion to the Great Gatsby.

    The reader tends to get a little melodramatic, but for the most part does an excellent job.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Natural

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bernard Malamud
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt

    Erynn says: "Very different from the film..."
    "Very different from the film..."

    As a fan of the film, I found the novel to be a deeper, darker
    version. Roy Hobbs is less pristine, more human. The ghosts of his past are more present, and you get a better sense of the anguish he feels over his past. Plus, the story wraps itself up differently than the film, in such a way that you feel the film was a disservice to the story. The reader was excellent, as well.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "Where Ender's Game leaves off..."

    This book follows perfectly the first book, 'Ender's Game.' The same cast from Fantastic Audio is back to do another great job.
    'Speaker..' doesn't have the action that 'Ender's Game' did, but instead focuses more on the political and psychological side of trying to start again on a new planet, and making first contact with an alien species. Orson Scott Card excels again at creating the most interesting characters possible and taking you deep into their psyche. If you liked Ender's Game, you will like where this story takes you.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Matrix and Philosophy

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Irwin, Editor
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Rick Adamson, Jennifer Jay Myers

    The choice is yours, and you'll have to live with the consequences for at least the rest of your life. Will you take the blue pill - skip this audiobook and go on thinking of The Matrix as just a movie? Or will you take the red pill - listen to this book, and find out just how far down the rabbit-hole goes?

    Alan Rither says: "Be prepared for serious philosophical thinking"
    "More Philosophy, Less Matrix"

    This is a decent look at philosophy, using the Matrix as a model. Many times, it seems less the philosophies behind the matrix, but more how the philosophers would view the film. Not a good introduction to philosophy, but a good companion to an intro class or book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "A Great Listen"

    This first novel from the "Enderverse" is superb. Card's excellence lies in creating characters with such depth it draws you into the rest of the story. A great story, enhanced by a fine cast of readers to help you follow along without missing a beat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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