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  • Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (316)

    Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

    Darwin8u says: "Death IS the DARK backing"
    "If you are a fan of Hitch's speech, don't buy this"
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    Would you listen to Mortality again? Why?

    god no! The narrator is painful to hear. He has a British accent, but that is where the similarities between Hitch and Prebble end. I assume that the narrator is familiar with Hitch's awesome spoken eloquence; I certainly am. It is because of my familiarity with Christopher's cadence and feeling. That feeling is present in the text, and in my head when I read his text to myself, I had fully expected this narrator to make an attempt towards recreating it. Sadly, he did not. The narrator raced through the text until the text eventually lost all meaning and feeling. Rarely has there been such a poignant written work been so egregiously reduced by the act of being read out load.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mortality?

    When Prebble stopped speaking.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He robbed the work of its emotion and eloquence by reading so quickly that the word ran ceaselessly in one ear and out the other.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. It made me sad that this work was so badly performed. I Wish I had just read the hard copy version of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trial of Henry Kissinger

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens, Ariel Dorfman (introduction)
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    America need look no further than its own lauded leaders for a war criminal whose offenses rival those of the most heinous dictators in recent history: Henry Kissinger. Employing evidence based on firsthand testimony, unpublished documents, and new information uncovered by the Freedom of Information Act, and using only what would hold up in international courts of law, The Trial of Henry Kissinger outlines atrocities authorized by the former secretary of state in Indochina, Bangladesh, Chile, Cyprus, and more.

    Bruce says: "We need more people like Christopher Hitchens"
    "Performers of Hitch's material seem miss the mark"
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    What did you love best about The Trial of Henry Kissinger?

    The content.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The in-depth analysis of HK and the times in which he operated.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This narrator, and others, always seem to screw up the reading of Hitch's material. Although the material is fluid and can be read quickly, it should not be read in this way. Hitch wrote it using his voice, and that includes pauses and a particular meter and timber that all narrators seem to miss. This narrator did no worse or better than any other narrator that I have experienced thus far, but the narrator's inability to find Hitch's voice for this work detracts from the work. A narrator of CH's material should be forced to listen to 20 hours of Hitch's speeches, or the audio books he personally narrated, in order to get a feel for the way that it should be read. This material is not a meeting brief, it is a work that deserves to voiced using (as close to as possible) the voice of the author. Unlike most authors, there is a substantial amount of available material out there that can be used as research fodder by the narrator.


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

    I think that Hitch said it best when he termed Kissinger as an elderly villain. I would simply tag it as "The elderly villain"


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should stop making audio-book versions of Hitch's material unless it is willing to invest in its narrator's the time to research how to narrate this material. I would liken the current crop of narrators to John Moschitta in how they deliver the content.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grimspace: Sirantha Jax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Suzanna Duff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace - a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her...for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.

    Suzannah says: "AARGH"
    "My God, its full of stool!!!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    In order for this to be a 4 or 5 the book would need to be re-written, and the narrator would need to be a more mature sounding voice. Some audio books are flawed because it is poorly produced, and others because the story is just complete crap. This audio book fails on every level. The story is science fiction written by someone that doesn't understand how to build a world that doesn't exist. The narrator reads as if she is a 17 year baby sitter reading to her charges. For me science fiction is best when it is treated maturely by both the writer and the narrator.


    Has Grimspace turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Hopefully this book has not turned me off to other books in this genre; we shall see. i was turned onto this book by listing to the Felicia Day podcast Vaginal Fantasies. I now worry that Felicia's suggestions for books aren't worth heeding.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator sounded like a 17 year old girl reading to her prepubescent charges. She over did the inflections, and her character voices were comical.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I felt utter and complete disappointment, and confusion about how something this bad could pass editing. I also felt angry at myself for spending my hard earned money on this crap. i wish I could get my money back.


    Any additional comments?

    Mrs Aguirre should keep her writing south of the border. This book should be deported to Mexico.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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