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Avishy

Tel-Aviv, Israel | Member Since 2009

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  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2892)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2743)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "I couldn't put it down for a second!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) the most enjoyable?

    The plot is Absolutely Riveting! the scenes, the characters, the atmosphere of the book - it was so realistic and captivating that I totally believed that this could actually happen in the not so far away future...

    The way the book is built is different from any other book I've read so far - Excellent!

    The narration was beautifully done and made the listening to this book all the more enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Most definitely - I couldn't stop listening to this book - but I had to go to sleep in the middle (and the book kept on playing - I had to find the last place I remembered again upon waking up and continue listening)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    Tim says: "An awesome masterpiece"
    "Riveting!!!"
    Overall

    Once I started listening to this book - i couldn't stop until i reached the end of it! This is a magnificent piece of work!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2032)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (862)

    Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.

    Randy says: "Terrific Trilogy"
    "Amazing!!!"
    Overall

    Witty, Funny, Riveting - The plot is captivating, the characters (especially Bartimaeus) are hilarious, the narrator is EXCELLENT - this series is the best one I've listened to in a long while!!!
    Worth every penny!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mainspring

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it's not rewound. From innocence and ignorance to power and self-knowledge, the young man will make the long and perilous journey to the South Polar Axis to fulfill the commandment of his God.

    Richard Stufflebeam says: "Journy well started, but unfullfiled"
    "A great idea gone wrong..."
    Overall

    The great idea of a clockwork earth was what excited me about this book in the beginning, and it lived up to its promise - at the beginning. But as the plot continued, the main character sunk a bit too deep in religion, and lurid congital encounters which i found to be in poor taste.
    The idea of the book has a the potential for a great book and even a great saga.
    However, the book itself, from middle to end, was rather disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2657)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1242)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Terrible sound quality"
    Overall

    Hi, I purchased this book just to discover that the sound quality of this audio book is terrible - nearly unintelligible - be forewarned.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4194)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2431)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Still an awesome tale!"
    Overall

    Indeed Dotrice is a better narrator for these books - it's difficult to accept a change in narrator, after he's been with you for such a long time, and in a way, has become the characters themselves.
    HOWEVER, once you get passed that, this great story continues and George R. R. Martin is as brilliant as ever!
    John Lee is a great narrator (I've listened to him narrating many other books "Redemption Ark", "Revelation Space", and more) - and he makes it work.

    (Still, I hope Dotrice will be coming back for the next book - It's just not the same without him...)

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 2012: The War for Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (62)

    A mysterious alien presence unexpectedly bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into a chaos it has never before known. Courage meets cowardice; loyalty meets betrayal as an entire world struggles to survive this incredible end-all war. Heroes emerge, villains reveal themselves, and in the end, something completely new and unexpected happens that at once lifts the fictional characters into a new life and sounds a haunting real-world warning for the future.

    Patrick says: "Meh..."
    "Not bad, but not brilliant either..."
    Overall

    The book starts off great with a captivating plot of an apocalyptic future - but then it takes a wrong turn and looses some of its mystery. The ending, however, is the most disappointing part of the book - it is somewhat forced, as though the writer has ran out of ideas for the book's ending, or if this ending was planned in advance - it hadn't come out right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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