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Kyle Taylor

Boise, ID USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Red Prophet: Tales of Alvin Maker, Book 2

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Nana Visitor
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Seventh Son, the first tale of Alvin Maker, introduces us to a pioneer America where magic works, and special talents are utilized in marvelous ways. In Red Prophet, the second installment in the Tales of Alvin Maker, we learn more about those talents, both the minor gifts of white people (starting fires, finding water) or the much grander gifts of the Indians, whose lives are filled with a beautiful green music.

    Kyle Taylor says: "Not"
    "Not"
    Overall

    OK here's the problem. The sound quality for this book is so bad that I had to strain my ears to understand it. And I still couldn't always understand it. Also, it's abridge. Never buy any Orson Scott Card book that is abridged because they don't abridge well (my mistake, I didn't notice it was abridged before I bought it). The sound quality is 8kbps, lol. That is dreadful. 128kbps is a standard music file. The sad thing is, that's not even the lowest they offer. 4kbps is the lowest. It goes like this:
    Level 4 download: 32kbps (that's fine, but only for audio books)
    Level 3 download: 16kbps (ok, already they're pushing it)
    Level 2 download: 8kbps (this shouldn't even be legal)
    Level 1 download: 4kbps (I hope you like white noise)

    Now, I think Audible is a great website and I like their good deals, and also love Orson Scott Card's work. But it looks like they're advertising the level 4 download as "CD quality" when it's more like radio quality.

    I would have only given it one star, but I gave it 2 since it is an Orson Scott Card book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2499)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1032)

    Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

    Bob says: "Witty and magical"
    "Not Bad"
    Overall

    I somewhat enjoyed this book, but I thought the movie was better.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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