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  • Seventh Son: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Nana Visitor
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Thomas says: "Horrible Quality"
    "Worth getting abridged, to get Nana!"
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    Performance
    Story

    I was initially dismayed to see the work was abridged, but I didn't miss a bit of the original. (I also listened to the "full cast" version. I'll get the rest of the series abridged). Nana Visitor is the best story teller I've found on audible. I knew the story, having read it when it came out 30 years or so ago. I still found it captivating. The only drawback was the sound quality, being a bit 'fuzzy'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (1279)
    Story
    (1280)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Better than the movie!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The original, first-person narrative from Ender's point of view seems even more poignant with this new treatment. The performances are universally masterful. I really appreciate the musical interludes that help me disengage and attend to business, like writing this review. Kudos all around!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Postman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (255)

    David Brin's The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction. He was a survivor - a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale.

    Delbert Ealy says: "Excellent!!"
    "Post-apocalyptic tedium"
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    Performance
    Story

    Just not my cup of tea. I gave up over 3 hours into it, as there was no variation in tone. I could see the point of the story, that it was hopeful, but I just don't want to slog through the next 5 hours to get there. For those who enjoy stories of humanity climbing back up out of the pit we may dig for ourselves, this probably will suit just fine.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Perelandra

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (403)

    Perelandra is a planet of pleasure, an unearthly, misty world of strange desires, sweet smells, and delicious tastes, where beasts are friendly and naked beauty is unashamed, a new Garden of Eden, where the story of the oldest temptation is enacted in an intriguingly new way.

    Tim says: "An Insightful Look at the Nature of Temptation"
    "Truly Christian science fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lewis paints with emotions and all the senses, like the master painters of the renaissance. True science fiction, given the science of his day; his created world is complete, if simple. His plot emerges gradually, becoming clear late in the narrative. I never expected to hear such a meld of Christian and cosmological themes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dying Inside

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Silverberg
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    In 1972, Robert Silverberg, even then an acknowledged leader in the science fiction field, published a book that was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. More than three decades later, Dying Inside has stood the test of time and has been recognized as one of the finest novels the field has ever produced.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "LITERARY TWADDLE"
    "Unrelenting angst"
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    Performance
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy self-pity.


    What could Robert Silverberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Explored beyond the premise of the title.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stefan Rudnicki?

    His voice is the only reason I listened to the whole thing.


    What character would you cut from Dying Inside?

    The protagonist. (The agonist?)


    Any additional comments?

    I expected real science fiction. This is a novel with a quirky premise.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (426)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Saturday Afternoon Special"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Have Space Suit, Will Travel to be better than the print version?

    No, the child actors were overly precise, sacrificing characterization for the sake of emphasizing each consonant. I winced through much of it. The handling of Vegan speech was effective, though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr Charton, the pharmacist. He sounded absolutely sincere; I could forget he was acting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Will McAuliffe and the Full Cast Family ?

    I'll try another, to be fair.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The protagonist did a good job characterizing pushing past physical limits, unto delirium. The adult characters were all believable, in the context of 1950's science fiction. It's as interesting to me to see what the author missed foretelling as what he nailed. Good, very light reading.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Americans: Prehistory - 1600, A History of US, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joy Hakim
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Thousands of years, way before Christopher Columbus set sail, wandering tribes of hunters made their way from Asia across the Bering land bridge to North America. They didn't know it, but they had discovered a New World. The First Americans is a fascinating re-creation of pre-Columbian Native American life, and it's an adventure of a lifetime!

    Alice says: "Target Audience"
    "It's elementary."
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    What disappointed you about The First Americans?

    Would have been nice to know it's aimed at the 4th grade level, before buying.


    Has The First Americans turned you off from other books in this genre?

    How do I recognize a scholarly work in this genre?


    What three words best describe Christina Moore’s performance?

    Speaks very clearly.


    What character would you cut from The First Americans?

    There are no characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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