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Vancouver, Canada | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
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  • 290 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014

  • Heretics of Dune: Dune Chronicles, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Scott Brick

    On Arrakis, now called Rakis, known to legend as Dune, 10 times 10 centuries have passed. The planet is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying, and the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax struggle to direct the future of Dune. The children of Dune's children awaken as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love.

    John says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Herbert is a genius"

    This is my favorite book so far, it didn't seem slow to me at all. There's so much to these books, maybe they aren't full of hollywood style action, but the plotting and psychological action is intense, as with all the dune books (at least to me). Awesome stuff, and Simon Vance rocks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Excellent Excellent!"
    ""Amazing" doesn't do it justice"

    I didn't expect to be so taken with an "old" novel, especially considering it's a translation. I am pleasantly surprised in every possible way. Although it was published in 1866 it could have been written yesterday. Anthony Heald does an absolutely stunning narration, he really brings the story to life. I never once thought of it as a "translation" thanks to Anthony's great reading. Great story, narration, the whole package. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"
    "Poorly done"
    Would you try another book from Larry McMurtry and/or Will Patton?

    Yes, I will probably read the rest of the series based on the excellence of Lonesome Dove. I very rarely dislike a book this much, usually I can see the good in it and see what the author was intending. This one had me waiting for it to end.

    What was most disappointing about Larry McMurtry’s story?

    There didn't seem to be any kind of plot, or much character development throughout this story. It seems that McMurtry was simply milking the characters and not putting in any effort.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Will Patton’s performances?

    The narration was awful. I'm not sure if it was the narrators fault or the bad writing, or a combination of both. Perhaps a different genre would suit Will better.

    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry to sound so negative, but this one really left a bad taste in my mouth. I feel I would have been better off to have only read Lonesome Dove. Having said that, I will still finish the Comanche Moon and Streets of Laredo because I like the characters. All in all I'd say skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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