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Windy

Mid Coast Maine | Member Since 2003

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  • 7 reviews
  • 152 ratings
  • 368 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Kim

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Margaret Hilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Darwin8u says: "Transported by smells, vistas & atmosphere of Hind"
    "The story is a great tale; but not the reader"
    Overall

    the choice of a woman for the narration here was a poor one.
    Go with the newer release the male narration fits the story and characters far better

    5 stars for the story but docked 2 for the reading

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Steam: The Discworld Series, Book 40

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (841)

    The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town. Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.

    Kara Coryell says: "little bit heartbreaking"
    "It rewards rereading as did Snuff before it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Raising Steam to be better than the print version?

    No for me I like assigning voices to characters in stories in my mind and you give that up with a reading but reading and driving a car is a bit difficult


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It must remain Moist as he has had several books now to fill out the corners of his persona


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

    I have gotten used to Mr. Briggs interpretation over the last few years and I realy enjoy his work but I still must give a slight edge to Mr. Plainer


    Any additional comments?

    Something interesting has been happening to these recent 21st century efforts of Mr. Pratchett, I have seen it most over the last 4 or 5 books. They are enjoyable on the first reading... Perhaps not quite as much as the "Watch" stories but still great. But on rereading or listening they seem to get better and better I first became aware of this with "Snuff", but I went back and looked for it and I do see it in "Thud" and in "Making Money". The effect is subtle and I wonder if anyone else has noticed it.The older stories seem to hit me as just great the first time through and they stay that way with listening to them again after several years... After the watch books my favorites are not on most folks best of Pratchett lists. "Monstrous Regiment", "Moveing Pictures" and "Pyramids" for example. So my taste may not match the mainstream readership.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3637)
    Performance
    (3152)
    Story
    (3154)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "A Fun story and a masterful performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Agent to the Stars?

    Mixing humor with science fiction and fantasy is tough but it is well handled here.


    What other book might you compare Agent to the Stars to and why?

    It reminds me a bit of early (pre 1960) Heinlein in some of its tone and also a touch of the whimsy of Douglas Adams as seen in his Dirk Gently books.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    Wheaton's voice and accent selection for this story were well chosen and nuanced I enjoyed the 'youngster' voice given to Joshua in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    Wil Wheaton has really improved as a performer of audio books and with this production he moves into the first rank of audio book stars... right up there with the readers of Pratchett's Discworld books, Nigel Plainer and Stephen Briggs.he is now in the class of Stefan Rudnicki, Fredrick Davidson, and Bronson Pichot. The mega star audible performers such as Stephen Fry and Derek Jacobi may need to look in the rear view mirror soon if he keeps improving at this rate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deathworld

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Harry Harrison
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Deathworld is the first in a series of novels begun in 1960. In it professional gambler Jason Dinalt who has "psionic" ability is hired to win a great deal of money for a mysterious and very imposing stranger. When he "breaks the bank" their expertly timed escape gets them off-world just in time. The gambler learns he has helped the dwellers of Pyruss otherwise known as "Deathworld" - a planet that appears to be fighting and trying to destroy its inhabitants.

    Wilbur says: "Great stuff!"
    "A miscasting for the reader drops a star"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed the books of Harry Harrison for more than 40 years and this first in his Deathworld trilogy is one of his best and I understand that Mr Roberts is a popular reader with more than 70 books read by him here on Audible and I have in fact enjoyed his work several times in the past but I feel he was miscast for this book. A better choice I think would have been one of the readers used for the Prattchet books or the stainless steel rat tales of Harrison with their wide command of accents and vocal color at their command. Of course the problem may be more the director and choices he made as to the personalities assigned to the characters in the book. in this book the reader sounds to me as if he has been told to give a reading suitable to the books read for the visually impaired where the standard direction was I recall from when I volunteered my services to them was to " read rapidly and clearly with little or no attempt to interpret or dramatize the work" this makes a lot of sense when one is reading a textbook or similar for use by the blind but it is not what I want from a book that I buy here.

    3 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10686)
    Performance
    (9549)
    Story
    (9525)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Cracker jack job of narration of a fun story"
    Overall

    The Narration was finely nuanced and the accents chosen were well done; amazingly so for an American as I normally do not expect them to do accents as well as classically trained british actors The choice of voice for Oberon was just perfect.

    The Story was well written and the World the author created was well drawn I look forward to listening to more of his work as so few mingle well plotted fantasy with deft touches of humor ( his feisty old Irish widow is a classic!)

    53 of 60 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (495)

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    Windy says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Wonderful Narration performance"
    Overall

    A good story mixing the genre of hard boiled detective yarn with solid Science fiction with a deft touch of humor this was the first by this author I have listened too it will not be the last.

    But major kudos for the performance by the narrator. I have listened to Mr. Vietor before and found him to be one of the better artists here on Audible but this performance moves him up to the top rank. his work catches all the best notes of a classic Dragnet and has just the right deadpan "just the Facts, ma m" tone and is to be praised.
    I have bought over 230 books here and other than the works of the masters of classic Science fiction (you know who they are) and Terry Pratchett's works this is the first 5 star I have given to a 'new' author

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Time and Again

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Frequency is all the buzz at the box office, so now's the time to revisit one of the best time-travel books ever written. Step back in time with Simon Morley to the New York that once was, as he is transported from the mid-1900s to the year 1882. Morley solves a mystery of the 20th century by discovering its 19th-century roots, and falls desperately in love with a beautiful young woman in the process. He ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past.

    Windy says: "Seriously over abridged"
    "Seriously over abridged"
    Overall

    Get the unabridged version: this attempt to condense about 16 hours of text into less than 5 hours totally guts this fine story.
    A 'Cliff Notes' version would include more of the plot and character development than this over truncated attempt.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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