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Gareth

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  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (995)

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "Sound check!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It was funny overall, a few parts were just silly and not funny, but most of it kept me laughing. It did kind of drone on a bit with the repetitive parts.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    The fluxuations in volume were annoying. He would be talking very softly so that I had to turn up the volume...then he would start talking loudly or some sound effect would blow my eardrums off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dissolution: Forgotten Realms: War of the Spider Queen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Richard Lee Byers
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (136)

    The War of the Spider Queen begins here. While their whole world is changing around them, four dark elves struggle against different enemies. Yet their paths will lead them all to the most terrifying discovery in the long history of the drow and set them on a quest to save not only Menzoberranzan but the entire dark elf race from Dissolution....

    Michael says: "A Dark Elf Series That Will Consume You..."
    "Rosalyn Landor really brings this series to life!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. My favorite thing about it is the voice acting. Rosalyn Landor's narration sounded odd at first. The pronunciation of some words and phrases were strange, but I soon got comfortable with it and found that it actually enhanced the feel of the setting and the culture of the drow. She is also exceptionally great at making each character sound distinct, without resorting to outlandish accents. She does both male and female voices well. I can't stress enough how the subtlety of her voices really enhances the listening experience. On top of an already fascinating story, this audiobook series is a must-have for R.A. Salvatore fans, as well as other sci-fi/fantasy lovers.


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

    Not quite. I can't listen to audiobooks for much longer than 2-4 hours at a time. I get restless and lose concentration. This series really pushed the bounds of that though. I felt entranced by the story and character interactions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War: The Strategy of Sun Tzu

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Mike Borris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (353)

    This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

    Kwinsee says: "Surprise change"
    "Only one complaint..."
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    What does Mike Borris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He actually sounded like I imagine Sun Tsu would. It was like getting an interesting lecture from an experienced professor.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many very insightful statements that interested me greatly.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint was that in a few places, it was kind of glitchy...it repeated a few lines that were just said. I don't know if it was just my file or if it is a flaw in the audiobook itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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