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Benjamin

WollongongAustralia

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  • 5 ratings
  • 31 titles in library
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  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2742)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1322)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Enjoyable despite occasionally poor sound quality"
    Overall

    The other reviews cover all of what I could say about the book itself, I'll simply note I enjoyed it (though I believe the storyline is showing its age).

    My enjoyment was rather distracted by the highly-variable recording quality, it is quite clear where each recording session begins as the sound levels vary all over the shop. The audio even becomes muffled on occasion, and then there's the odd rustle of turning pages...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1984

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (85)

    The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's prophetic nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia", a startlingly original and powerful novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words.

    Erik says: "Good narrator, great book"
    "Watch for the end..."
    Overall

    The book includes an Appendix on "Newspeak" (referenced earlier in the story); all well and good except the narrator reads directly on from the end of the actual story to the appendix with barely a pause. I was left shocked at the what was in fact the final lines of the book, but quickly puzzled over the extra 30 minutes of material on newspeak, which is possibly interesting but I expect wouldn't normally be read immediately following on from the end of the story.

    The upshot is: make sure to set a break on your player at 34:30 from the end of the book!

    I wish audible allowed dual ratings both of the book and the speaker: in this case I'd give 4.5/5 for the book, 3/5 for the reader (monotonous at times).

    1 of 2 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
    Overall
    (22996)
    Performance
    (14343)
    Story
    (14492)

    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 good read/listen"
    Overall

    A good read/listen, though I was disappointed at the apparently arbitrary insertion of the plot development for the succeeding novels - this seems akin to a Hollywood 'sequel' tactic and in my view tarnishes an otherwise very good storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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