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Mel E.

Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
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  • 330 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Trumps of Doom: The Chronicles of Amber, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton

    Trumps of Doom is the sixth book of The Chronicles of Amber; an epic fantasy series written by six-time Hugo Award winning and three-time Nebula Award winning author Roger Zelazny.

    Matt A. says: "Another quality performance."
    "Great story read by a C list Narrator."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Absolutely recommend the book, the audio on the other hand.......I love the story, great series. The story of Amber continues with the son of Corwin having similar dry wit and the family as paranoid and ready for reacting to vendettas as ever. The Merlin character is great and really does feel like a younger Corwin in many ways.
    Now the hard part....
    It is VERY hard to get past the sophomoric performance of Wil Wheaton. I now know why he hasn't gotten my attention with his acting in the past 20 years. Going from Alessandro Juliani to Wheaton is a real shock to ones system. I know he has his fans, but really anyone listening to must hear the poor attention to the tone of the characters and forced characterizations. Frankly to be a good narrator you need to be able to read, understand what's read, and then speak clearly neutrally as a narrator and inflected as characters. Wheaton simply lacks in being able to do all of this with a level of competence that this author and series deserves. Maybe its just a example of poor production or low production values? I don't think so, it just sounds like a younger, more pompous, even less talented Jim Shatner wannabe. If Wheaton isn't in anger management classes, this production shows he should be. His portrayal of emotions is poor at best and I swear I can hear spittle fly as he really gets going with his over acting.

    Will I get the remainder of the series? Maybe. Will it be the treasured story I'll listen to occasionally again and again? Absolutely not. The high price (these stories should have been paired together to merit the price) for a short story, poorly acted makes this a real disappointment after waiting a very long time for a Audible production. If these went on sale for four ninety nine I would at least consider the rest of the series. Half price for a half talent narrator would be almost fair.

    Audible, what will it take to get this reproduced by a talented narrator instead of someone surfing on the wave of their nerd popularity?

    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story of the continuation of the Corwin of Amber saga through the eyes of his son. I have read this several times since it's publication. Zelazny had a great skill at growing a story and including his dry wit and deep philosophical ideas.

    What three words best describe Wil Wheaton’s performance?

    Poor, unskilled, inconsistent.

    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please reproduce with a narrator of the caliber of the Corwin books.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "Frankly one of the best books on Audible."
    What did you love best about To Say Nothing of the Dog?

    Great story with dry british wit and a great story that kept you engaged. If you are not a big SF fan, you will still love this book. If you have read any Woodhouse stories, these are similar but updated.

    What other book might you compare To Say Nothing of the Dog to and why?

    I kept remembering the things I liked about the Hitchhikers series years ago. Not wacky in the way that was, but a great entertaining read with good wit and a story you wanted to pay attention to.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning of the book when the hero first returns to victorian times and isn't quite adjusted jet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Bourne plus Bond plus Potter. Refreshing adventure"
    What made the experience of listening to The Rook the most enjoyable?

    Good narration and a story line that was engaging and kept you in a state of smile to laughter and yet retained a atmosphere of suspense. A female Bourne/Bond/Potter character who is a reluctant hero. I was never bored during the read.

    What other book might you compare The Rook to and why?

    smashup a Bourne book, Bond story, and a few chapters of Harry Potter. Although I hate to say Potter and really think it would be more along the lines of Tim Powers book. I look forward to more stories in the future.

    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    The hero, she did this best. The male characters occasionally went into the creepy sounding realm, but it is always a challenge for a narrator to cross gender roles and remain credible in their performance.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh a few times during its course. I usually listen while walking or doing work that a books distraction is welcome. The story wasn't complicated, but I hated missing a detail and rewound frequently to get a higher than average comprehension during this book.

    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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