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Christopher

Jemez Springs, NM, USA

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  • Freddy and Fredericka

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (89)

    Best-selling, critically acclaimed author Mark Helprin's work has drawn favorable comparisons to an elite group of literary legends, including James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, and Thomas Mann. Helprin's sheer comic brilliance shines in this ingenious farce.

    Chris says: "God save Craig-Vyvyan! I liked it."
    "Argh - Can I have my credit back please?!?!?"
    Overall

    After listening to another british comedy fiction (In Your Dreams) which was very funny and enjoyable to listen to, I bought Freddy and Fredericka. Okay, now imagine Monty Python only the actors aren't funny and they think they're being serious dramatic actors.

    Inane banter over ear-size, estate names, and other worthless topics dominate the story. I've got a pretty good tolerance for silly humor (I do like Monty Python) but this was just dumb...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: Part II

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Andrea says: "Wonderful,"
    "Solid second part..."
    Overall

    I gave Part I of the Count of Monte Cristo a 5-star rating. This volume lacked a little bit of the suspense of the first, but I'm still hooked. Just bought Part III and I'm listening to it as quickly as I can.

    As I said on the first volume: "great audio book!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Andrea says: "Amazing Story."
    "Engrossing story!"
    Overall

    I'm not completely a fan of most "classic" novels in that the archaic language sometimes stops me from becoming immersed in the tale. However, despite said archaic language (and a quirky narrator) this is probably the best audio book I've purchased from Audible. I've just purchased Part II and am planning on a back-to-back listen of all 3 parts.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (568)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Very solid audio book"
    Overall

    I didn't totally know what to make of this title when I first started listening. However, as I got into the book I was pleasantly surprised to find the story captivating and the narration very good. Not exactly as engrossing as some of the better Stephen King novels (to which this has been compared) but very good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5310)
    Performance
    (2652)
    Story
    (2705)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Cyberpunk wasteland...."
    Overall

    This is a decent book with a decent premise, but given to long rambling narratives that have you reaching for the fast-forward dial. I assume the author is attempting to set the stage and provide background information with these side-bars, but do we really need a 15 minute discussion of toilet tissue?

    Had the book been ~12hrs and had all the garbage cut out I'd give it 3 stars, but 6 hours of filler makes it too much of a waste of time.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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