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Chris

Dallas, TX, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • 842 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, and others
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (428)

    In the late nineteenth century a mysterious group of English martial arts aficionados provided Sir Richard F. Burton, well-known expert on exotic languages and historical swordsmanship, a collection of long-lost manuscripts to translate. Burton’s work was subsequently misplaced, only to be discovered by a team of amateur archaeologists in the ruins of a mansion in Treiste. From Burton's translations and the original source material, the epic tale of The Mongoliad was recreated.

    Daniel says: "Good story - but"
    "Gave up after 3 hours"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure. It certainly was flat.


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    That I spent an audible credit on it. In the 1st 3 hours I didn't find any reference to Sir Richard Burton, one of the reason's I bought the book to begin with.


    What didn’t you like about Luke Daniels’s performance?

    Flat reading. Would have been better with an accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1635: The Papal Stakes

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charles E. Gannon, Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint continues his Ring of Fire series with esteemed sci-fi author Charles E. Gannon. Rome in the year 1635 finds Frank Stone and his pregnant wife Giovanna in the clutches of Cardinal Borgia, whose political machinations and papal assassins may soon elevate him to Pope Borgia. Now Frank, along with Harry Lefferts and his infamous Wrecking Crew, must protect Pope Urban VII from all manner of treachery.

    Gino says: "Satisfaction"
    "gave up after 45 minutes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Unfortunately Audible hasn't published the prerequisite novels so don't make a mistake and buy this like I did.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    News of the sudden death of his childhood friend compels Jono Riley, an aging bartender and part-time actor, to return for a few days to the place where he grew up, the working-class neighborhoods of East Providence, Rhode Island. Author McLarty weaves the story of Jono's return with that of his coming-of-age in the early 1960s, including the story of some mysterious shootings.

    Suzn F says: "AOK Book"
    "Pleasant"
    Overall

    I think Memory of Running is one of my favorite books I have ever listened to. Ron's reading is a delight. This book is written in a similar vein, with some of the same east Providence locales. It isn't a 5 star book. I have given it 4 stars to encourage, Ron, Audible, and Penguin to give this man a full time contract to write!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3321)
    Performance
    (1537)
    Story
    (1546)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Unique Listen"
    Overall

    This is a spectacular book to listen to. The narrator is a little monotone at times, but the book, plot, sci fi and mystery are wonderfully unique and more than make up for that weakness. I'd love to listen to the sequels. I've never taken time to give a positive review (I believe in warning folks on the dogs) until this one.

    This has been one of my greatest listening experiences.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptologist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Phillips
    • Narrated By Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Howard Carter has just made one of the great discoveries of all time, the unveiling of Tutankhamun's tomb. At the same time, Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush finds himself in a slightly less spectacular position. He has staked everything on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. Halfway around the world, an Australian detective sets off on a globetrotting quest to find a murderer. Or two. Or three. These events, seemingly unrelated, are about to collide in a spectacular yet utterly unpredictable fashion.

    Lea says: "I gave it another chance and WOW."
    "A book worthy of abridgement"
    Overall

    I never appreciated the subtle parallels the author was trying to establish between his "stories". The author attempts to maintain multiple narrative voices; with striking success in one case; and dismal failure in another.

    I NEVER listen to abridged books; I might have enjoyed this one if the long, unintersting second half had been 1/4 the length.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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