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Gonzalo

MIAMI, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Marvel Comics: The Untold Story

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sean Howe
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    Throughout this decades-long journey to becoming a multibillion-dollar enterprise, Marvel's identity has continually shifted, careening between scrappy underdog and corporate behemoth. As the company has weathered Wall Street machinations, Hollywood failures, and the collapse of the comic book market, its characters have been passed along among generations of editors, artists, and writers - also known as the celebrated Marvel "Bullpen".

    Greg says: "It's as if this book was written for me!"
    "Mainly for Comics Fans?"
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    Performance
    Story

    The story of how the fortunes of Marvel Comics unfolded is very interesting on a number of levels. After all, it is the story of real people and their struggles in a business that has changed radically in the last 50 years. Facing everything from changing markets to corporate takeover. However this book will be enjoyed most by Marvel Comics fans. I am one and have followed and collected Marvel Comics for perhaps too long. In the telling, many names of comics professional come up but the book does not have all that much time to duel on more than a handful. For me, that was not a problem because I knew the names and their work. But for someone who is not familiar with people like Roger Stern, John Buscema, Steve Ditko, John Byrne, Todd McFarlane and Joe Quesada as well as the superheroes they created and/or worked on it may get annoyingly hard to follow. (yes we all know Spider-man and the Avengers but how 'bout Captain Marvel and Howard the Duck?)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unfettered: Tales By Masters of Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks, Patrick Rothfuss, Robert Jordan, and others
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Marc Vietor, Bronson Pinchot, and others
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (372)

    You define life or it defines you. In Shawn Speakman’s case, it was both. Lacking health insurance and diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2011, Shawn quickly accrued a massive medical debt that he did not have the ability to pay. That’s when New York Times best-selling author Terry Brooks offered to donate a short story that Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills—and suggested he ask the same of his other writer friends. Unfettered is the result: An anthology built in order to relieve that debt, featuring short stories by some of the best fantasy writers in the genre.

    gerry says: "Great Crash Course on Fantasy Writers"
    "Mixed bag of stories."
    Overall
    Performance
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    A collection of short fantasy stories that, unfortunately vary in quality. There were some imaginative and fun stories but many that I had a hard time listening to. Some, while admittedly having fantasy elements, are most certainly not what I consider fantasy, but are rather bleak commentaries on life. The readers are generally good, not real complaints there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chris Taylor
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise’s death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Taylor provides portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucas’s idea into a legend.

    A Mayne says: "A wonderful, in-depth look at the Star Wars"
    "Wonderful account of the real saga of Star Wars"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book's only shortcoming is limited appeal but if you are a Star Wars fan (and as the book points out there are quite a few of us out there) this history of how it was brought about will appeal and maybe inspire. The book is lengthy but well written so that it never drags. Nick Pohdel does a great job reading it, this is my second book read by him and I enjoy his narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deathless

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Catherynne M. Valente
    • Narrated By Kim de Blecourt
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to Western European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories that have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the 20th century.

    Robert says: "My Favorite Fantasy Book of the Year"
    "Plodding Stroyline and unlikeable characters."
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    This is not the first time I heard about Koschei the Deathless and was intrigued by the character and being immersed in Russian folklore. Unfortunately I could not even finish this book. The protagonist is a young Russian girl living in a dreamlike communist Russia. She sees her sisters being courted and marrying and waits for her time to come. When it does come, however, she attracts the attention of Koschei the deathless, a figure out of Russian myth who takes her to his dominion. But instead of marrying she has to wait for the time to be right and the girl realizes that something in awry and perhaps Koschei is just stringing her along. That's how I felt reading the book: One thing seemed to happen after another without seeming to get anywhere. This is not a problem if you have strong characters who are a pleasure to read about; unfortunately, not the case here. Most of the characters are either annoying or despicable. About half way through the book it was hard to put my headphones on to listen. The author's voice started to grate on my nerves after a while but I don't believe it to be her fault, it was the book that was annoying.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2380)
    Performance
    (1664)
    Story
    (1684)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "Well though out story but tends to drag a bit."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is compelling and the characters are strong. There were many moments in which the story drags. There are scenes that come and go and when we return to the same place and characters, the reader is treated to the same situation and discussion as the last time they appeared. The author uses this to set mood and it helps in the sometimes desperate tone of the story, but often I found myself hoping for the plot to just move along.


    What aspect of Jenny Sterlin’s performance would you have changed?

    Sterling's voice is good and I never had a hard time following the characters. Great voices. In some cases though she takes on an almost petulant tone. Especially when reading the part taking place in the middle ages. One of the characters is a little girl who mopes a lot but the other characters sometimes pick up the same sort of childish tone.


    Any additional comments?

    The description of the book could be better. I bought this book on the strength of the summary and the average review stars. But I was expecting a much different book. I thought the story would be mainly about the time travelers visiting the middle ages and did not expect the parallel plot of the epidemic in the traveler's own time. This is not a shortcoming of the book, except for the above mentioned problems it is a very well crafted and, in the end, enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted: David Ash Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    A ghostly twist. Three nights of terror at the house called Edbrook. Three nights in which David Ash, there to investigate a haunting, will be victim of horrifying games. Three nights in which he will face the blood-chilling enigma of his own past. Three hideous nights before Edbrook's dreadful secret will be revealed...And the true nightmare will begin.to the surface, tormenting him, refusing to let him rest. The memory of what he once had been.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Wait For It-----Wait For It"
    "Nice spooky tale."
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    This was a fun quick read. Not the most compelling characters but good story that puuls you along relentlessly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Hans Christian Andersen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (4548)
    Performance
    (3980)
    Story
    (4018)

    This classic tale is a fantastical fable of two dear friends - one of whom goes astray and is literally lost to the north woods, while the other undertakes an epic journey to rescue him. This charming, strange, and wonderful story is a timeless allegory about growing up and the challenges of staying true to one's self, and it served as the wintry inspiration for the blockbuster hit Frozen.

    Sara says: "Strange & Fascinating"
    "Sweet Fairytale."
    Overall
    Performance
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    I enjoyed the sweet simplicity of this fairy tale. it is the simple tale of a young girl's quest to save her childhood friend as well as the perils of growing up. The reader does a wonderful job.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2519)
    Performance
    (2356)
    Story
    (2355)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Original, Well Thought Out Sci Fi"
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    What did you love best about Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)?

    I loved the set up and extensive fictional history related to the "lock in" disease. Its a well fleshed out world for the story to take place.


    Did Wil Wheaton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. I like Wil Wheaton's narration and he fits well with John Scalzi's work but the way he reads It, the characters all have very similar voices. This is not entirely his fault.. Scalzi doesn't differentiate them very well either. They all pretty much speak the same. Having said that, it didn't detract very much from the excellent story. I did have a couple of instances where I lost my place in conversations though.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The treatment of the Navajo is very smartly done. In particular in the relationship of a minor character who dies at the beginning to his family.


    Any additional comments?

    The Novella following the main story is a great plus. It tells the history of "Hayden's Syndrome" that is the prime mover of the book in a series of interviews. It is read by an ensemble cast and is very well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inner Sanctum Mysteries: Oldtime Radio Shows

    • ORIGINAL (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Radio Revival
    • Narrated By Old Time Radio
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    This is an collection of Inner Sanctum Mysteries, an oldtime radio show from the 1940s and 1950s. If you love a good horror story, you'll love these. You get all these (and many others plus more of the same genre):

    • Homicidal Maniac
    • The Tell-Tale Heart
    • Song of the Slasher
    • Murder Comes to Life
    • Death on the Highway
    • The Scream
    • Island of Death
    • Man From Yesterday
    • Color Blind Formula
    • Desert Death

    Gonzalo says: "Worth the listen if you know what you're getting."
    "Worth the listen if you know what you're getting."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a collection of radio dramas. It is very long because it contains most of the episodes of the series. I found it generally fun and worth the listen especially while doing mindless drudgery. It was easy to listen to without getting lost since it is a collection of half-hour episodes.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Radio Revival? Why or why not?

    Yes, and I have. I love re-discovering these old radio shows.


    What aspect of Old Time Radio’s performance would you have changed?

    The shows are very old and in some cases not well preserved. Old Time Radio should spend some resources in restoring the sound. some episodes are unintelligible. Frankly with so many episodes, they could have left some of the worst preserved out. Also, the shows include the advertising in the original episodes. Its interesting to hear the commercials and sponsors of days gone by but not when they are in every single episode. I got really sick of hearing about Lipton Tea and Bromo Seltzer. Edit some out!


    Could you see Inner Sanctum Mysteries being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Pointless question.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't beat the value: 60+ hours of content. With the understanding that some of the material is (very) dated; the sound quality is not great (in some cases terrible because of the age and lack of preservation of recordings in the 30's to 60's); and some of the episodes are actually repeated because they were remade for later shows. Regardless, for one credit there is plenty to love here if (big if) you're into radio shows.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Larry Tye
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author of Satchel, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

    Eddie says: "A Great Book for Any Superman Fan"
    "Do you know where Superman came from?"
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    What did you love best about Superman?

    Well written and well organized considering that is touches on many disparate events surrounding the life of the character. I enjoyed hearing about the History of DC Comics and how Superman became such an ubiquitous and iconic part of modern culture.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's affection for the character shows throughout the book.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I am not a fan of Scott Brick's work. But he was fine in this book. His usual cynical tone didn't drip as much on this one. He blended into the book the way a good narrator should.


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

    I wouldn't make a film of this book. There are enough documentaries on Superman. The strength of this book is the in depth information about the lives of the creators and how the character passed through tst different phases, that would be lost to a great extent in a film.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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