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Clifford

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Podkayne of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (143)

    Podkayne Fries, a smart and determined maid of Mars, has just one goal in life: to become the first female starship pilot and rise through the ranks to command deep-space explorations. So when she is offered a chance to join her diplomatic uncle on an interstellar journey to distant Earth via Venus, it's a dream come true - even if her only experience with diplomacy is handling her brilliant but pesky younger brother, Clark.

    Jack Ketterer says: "A Smart Kid"
    "The life and trials of a young Lady!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes as it shows the results of the out come of dreams coming partly true!


    What other book might you compare Podkayne of Mars to and why?

    The Rolling Stones and Have Space will Travel which show Heinline's ability to bring a world to life into the here and now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Clark is doing the postscript at the end of the book while taking care of the Fairy for Poddy!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The politics of three worlds and how they can pull in innocents into harms way!


    Any additional comments?

    Heinline makes fiction so real!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3682)
    Performance
    (3310)
    Story
    (3380)

    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
    "Exhalent"
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    very exciting reading of all 4 books and a great touch with all the history's at the end of the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonflight: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (958)
    Story
    (979)

    On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

    Suzanne says: "Anne Fan...Still"
    "excellent"
    Overall
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    The story was entrailing and intense with Lesa's ride between times to save Pern from thread in her own time. Brave lady and dragon Ramoth to risk everything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Masterharper of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (239)

    In a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries - when, indeed, many are beginning to dare to hope that Thread will never fall again - a boy is born to Harper Hall. His name is Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known.

    Jersey Girl says: "Generally very enjoyable, some minor flaws"
    "one of the bast "Pern" books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Master Robert on is such a great personally and so important to the later portion of the history of Pern that his personally had to be truly shown to the readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stragglers: An Incredible True Story of Survival from the Korean War

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Charles Smith
    • Narrated By Sean Kilgore
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Armed with M1 rifles, bayonets, and a few hand grenades, young soldiers from different units, operating without command, come together as The Stragglers. Take a journey into the trenches in this fascinating true story of a group of misplaced soldiers fighting courageously as other American troops withdrew from the city of Chinju, South Korea. Charles C. Smith recalls the story of his 17-year-old self, the lone survivor from a battle that took place more than 50 years ago.

    Clifford says: "Important Read"
    "Important Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this a good record of the Korean police action (war) but it was a dry and convoluted way to tell the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tunnel in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (205)

    When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness.

    Rory says: "Where it all started ..."
    "Survival story at its best"
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    Would you listen to Tunnel in the Sky again? Why?

    Yes I would as its a great story of the will to over come all odds and survive.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tunnel in the Sky?

    The moment I liked best ie where Helen and the Deacon come through the gate to talk with Rod and try to convince him to come back while trying to be very easy with him.


    Have you listened to any of David Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I Don't think I have heard him before but I found that he was a very great reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Survival in the Outlands. Watch how the youth who traveled through the gate and are temporally lost due to a super nova!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1223)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (603)

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Sara says: "A Wonderful Listen--Stories That Never Get Old"
    "in thralling"
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    the story's are all lastingly timeless and heart warming. l was able to relax with them at timed of stress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rolling Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (135)

    It doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name. Even so, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have "Trouble" written in that spot on their birth certificates. Of course, anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel would know that they came by it honestly.

    George says: "Good Fun, Good Science"
    "The family who travel together have great fun."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rolling Stones the most enjoyable?

    The twins self focused ideas that they know more then their elders, like the youth of all peoples.


    What other book might you compare The Rolling Stones to and why?

    Podkayne of Mars as she and her brother have a superior attitude of thinking they know best.


    Have you listened to any of David Baker and the Full Cast Family ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have, and this reading was just has lively as all others they have done, it brought the book to a real show in my mind.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hazel's willingness to give her life for buster and how the family reacted before she was revived.


    Any additional comments?

    Heinline makes fiction so real! Also the group reading giving it even more life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Robert A` Heinlein
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (193)

    Jim Marlowe's Martian pet, Willis, seems like nothing more than an adorable ball of fur.

    But Jim's devotion to the little creature will soon lead him and his pal Frank into a death-defying trek across Mars.

    Robert says: "Another good story by one of the great SF authors"
    "Mars comes to life!"
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    Where does Red Planet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It rates high in my liking of Heinline's fiction works!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Willis and how he became the bridge between two worlds.


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As always he puts so much feeling into each personality that you can forget its only one person reading!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mars comes alive with two different peoples that are bridged by the youth of both civilizations.


    Any additional comments?

    Heinline makes fiction so real!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (435)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Heinline worlds on trial"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the book is a good read for anyone but especially for a young reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Have Space Suit, Will Travel?

    The rescue of kip, peewee and mother thing from Pluto.


    Which character – as performed by Will McAuliffe and the Full Cast Family – was your favorite?

    Peewee with her snotty ways that she isn't always able to hold in check.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the final interview with Pharmacist who offered Kip a free ride to school without knowing that it had already been taken care of by Kip's father, Peewee's father, and with the suggestions of the President about what would be best to study!


    Any additional comments?

    Heinline makes fiction so real!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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