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Lane D. Callahan

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  • Jaya: A Retelling of the Mahabharata

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Devdutt Pattanaik
    • Narrated By Devdutt Pattanaik, Dramanon Theater
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic - the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya - Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

    Gene says: "A Must Read For Everyone"
    "Enjoyably In Depth"
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    What did you love best about Jaya?

    I purchased the audible version of this book because it was inexpensive. I have been thoroughly entertained and enlightened by this version of the Mahabharata. Is is the full Mahabharata? No, but Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik has selected certain stories from the whole that highlight the family relationships and the historical decisions that led to the war. The book reading was a bit fast for my western ears so I turned it to 1/2 speed and it was very enjoyable.
    I was also impressed by the many references to individual folk stories and plays from the different regions where the Mahabharata has traveled.

    If you are new to the Mahabharata, I would recommend this version to get started to learn the overall main theme of the epic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titan: Gaean Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Varley
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    John Varley's monumental trilogy - Titan, Wizard, and Demon - has achieved cult status, hailed as a modern triumph of the imagination by critics and fans. It begins with humankind's exploration of a massive satellite orbiting Saturn. It culminates in a shocking discovery: the satellite is a giant alien being. Her name is Gaea. Her awesome interior is mind-boggling - because it is a mind. A mind that calls out to explorers...and transforms all who enter.

    Ted says: "A good if dated SciFi Story"
    "Fantasy Ringworld Robinson Crusoe"
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    The cover says the greatest epic of our time. The story really is just a hodgepodge of Ringworld, Rainbow Mars, greek mythology, and Xena. The book was OK since I only paid $4.95 for it. I am glad that I didn't use a full credit. I also grew tired of the lesbianism and anti-male sentiments written into the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3964)
    Performance
    (3482)
    Story
    (3482)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Enjoyable Space Law"
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    I was a little concerned that an actor was going to read this book. Sometimes the talent doesn't translate to audiobooks, but Wil Wheaton does a pretty good job. I wish that he could have varied his voices more for the human characters, but he is good enough that I would listen to other books narrated by him. The story also is interesting and engaging with a surprise at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (252)

    Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

    Diane Rivers says: "Story and Narration = Epic Fun!"
    "Not even 2 dimensional"
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    Alright, John Carter of Mars was written in the infancy of Science Fiction. I always enjoyed its simplicity and straight forwardness. The characters in it a two dimensional because of that infancy. This book is less than that. For one, I hate swearing in Science fiction. It is a genre that doesn't need it. 2. I TRIED to get into this book with the same excitement that I have for A Princess of Mars but I just couldn't finish it. The author tried too hard to be like ERB and failed in the attempt.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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