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Stephen

Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Endymion

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (1341)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (760)

    Here, Simmons returns to this richly imagined world of technological achievement, excitement, wonder and fear. Endymion is a story about love and memory, triumph and terror - an instant candidate for the field's highest honors.

    David says: "A fine Part II of the Hyperion Cantos"
    "sci-fi action at it's finest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Endymion in three words, what would they be?

    Fast, Intense, Exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Felt like I was chasing a dragster in an Indy Car the whole way.


    What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

    Superb narration and character voices.


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

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Goooooood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2128)
    Performance
    (1947)
    Story
    (1929)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Crippling narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Should have used George Guidall for narration like the previous Dark Tower books. They were fantastic.


    Would you recommend The Wind Through the Keyhole to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, not in audiobook format.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm legally blind and can no longer read traditionally, I rely solely on audiobooks for all my reading. King's narration was so monotone, robotic, and lifeless, my imagination had trouble engaging and mind would drift. Also, I could never really tell who was talking at a given moment and had to constantly rewind to remember who was talking at a given moment. If you are reading on paper, it is very easy to skim back up the page a bit to revisit who is talking, if you happen to miss it or drift off. With a professional narrator, like George Guidall, it's easier to tell who is talking by the voice/mannerisms given to the characters by the narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really don't know if the story was good or bad due to the crippling narration. Very frustrating.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was was extremely difficult, almost painful, to get through due to King's bad narration, which is a shame as I consider the original Dark Tower audiobook series as the greatest audiobook story of all time, by any author... ever. Disappointing to say the least.

    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (436)

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "Most horrorshow biblio I've eva slooshied!"
    Overall

    Oh my brothas... If you liked the movie, then you will LOVE this audiobook. Tom Hollander's narration is incredible. It felt like Hollander actually WAS Alex reading the story the whole time. Real horrorshow it was.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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