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Richard

Palo Alto, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Homer, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Lombardo
    • Narrated By Stanley Lombardo, Susan Sarandon
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    The Odyssey tells of the heroic journey of Odysseus after the Trojan war. In his attempt to return home to Ithaca, this ancient hero is faced with obstacle after obstacle, mythic creature after mythic creature. This is an epic poem encompassing an epic journey as famous as it is classic. Translated by Stanley Lombardo.

    Vicki S. Towne says: "Fall in love with this new translation"
    "Engrossing"
    Overall

    Well narrated. I like the occasional notes from Susan Sarandon.

    The Odyssey is a favorite story that I read as a child. As an adult, this audio book surprised me at the involvement of the Gods in the daily lives of the Greeks. A Wonderful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17947)
    Performance
    (8146)
    Story
    (8177)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "Simply fabulous and good translation"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have a Swedish copy of the book. The story closes with a touching interaction (that I will not give away). But, it corresponds to the exactly to the original Swedish. A number of times I have been disappointed with the translations from Swedish or Norwegian.

    More twists and turns. An intricate and very thrilling conclusion to the series.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11105)
    Performance
    (7992)
    Story
    (7993)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Very entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was captivated by the story early on - a good mix of detective noir and magic fantasy. The reader was very good and acted out the various characters well. It is true that the reader does breath and swallow quite a bit in the first half of the book. But, I feel that he was trying to add additional character to the wizard detective. This does not happen in the second half.
    I am also very happy to see that there are many books in the series. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (1537)
    Story
    (1563)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Dated"
    Overall

    I really liked this book when I was growing up in the 1950's. The narration here is good and the story is a classic.

    But, I was struck by how very dated this story is. If you are a cyberpunk fan, this is not the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3947)
    Performance
    (1800)
    Story
    (1811)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved American Gods. It was delightful to find Mr Nansi back from Gods in this book as well. Well narrated

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Without Us

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alan Weisman
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (107)

    In this far-reaching narrative, Weisman explains how our massive infrastructure would collapse and vanish without human presence; which everyday items may become immortalized as fossils; why some of our earliest buildings might be the last architecture left; and how plastic, bronze sculpture, and man-made molecules may be our lasting gifts to the universe.

    Chris says: "mixed feelings"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I loved the written book and really like the audio book as well.

    It sounds really dark - humanity is gone. But, it turns out to be a very hopeful book. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Christopher Murney
    Overall
    (1120)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (272)

    In his million-copy best seller Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond examined how and why Western civilizations developed the technologies and immunities that allowed them to dominate much of the world. Now in this brilliant companion volume, Diamond probes the other side of the equation: what caused some of the great civilizations of the past to collapse into ruin, and what can we learn from their fates?

    Rebecca says: "an fascinating book, but better on paper"
    "Good"
    Overall

    The written book was wonderful and very dense. This audio book is engrossing, but didn't like the flat style of the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: Advance First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Richard says: "Delightful"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    I absolutely love Bill Bryson's books and wish more were in an audio format. This is a great audio book for a long drive across the country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (213)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
    "Wonderful story"
    Overall

    Erik Larson tells a great story that makes it hard to stop listening. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23154)
    Performance
    (9790)
    Story
    (9861)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Wonderful and engrossing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you have a choice between reading and listening, I would choose at listening at least for the first run through the book. The author gives meticulous descriptions of places and genealogies. Hearing it read helps to make sense of the first part of the book. Great story - reader is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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