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David TS

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  • The End is Nigh: The Apocalypse Triptych

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Mur Lafferty, Rajan Khanna, Kate Baker, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Famine. Death. War. Pestilence. These are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the End of the World. In science fiction, the end is triggered by less figurative means: nuclear holocaust, biological warfare/pandemic, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm. But before any catastrophe, there are people who see it coming. During, there are heroes who fight against it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will tell their stories. Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling author Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a series of three anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. THE END IS NIGH focuses on life before the apocalypse. THE END IS NOW turns its attention to life during the apocalypse. And THE END HAS COME focuses on life after the apocalypse.

    Jon says: "Amazing, couldn't put it down!"
    "Teasers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book felt like a compilation of first chapters of books done by several different authors. None of the first three stories felt like a completed whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (569)
    Story
    (569)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Sara says: "Wears out quickly"
    "Not Deep But Funny Enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a People Magazine E! channel-type book. Not really for thinkers but kinda fun anyway. The language is often too over the top, but what do expect? I do like the few occasions when the author attempts to delve a little deeper to show, in his opinion, why something was an incredibly bad idea and had no hope for success (the Newton- which I always just thought of as an early-for-its-time pioneer). I

    Its worth the 99 cents you pay for it but not really a penny more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faust

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Narrated By Samuel West, Auriol Smith, Derek Jacobi, and others
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules, until Faust’s emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe’s life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing him to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.

    Kyle says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Poor sound quality"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No -very muddled recording with needless background noise


    Any additional comments?

    Introduction and better sound quality would have helped

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Delicate Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By John le Carré
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (260)

    A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer. Its authors: an ambitious Foreign Office Minister, a private defense contractor who is also his bosom friend, and a shady American CIA operative of the evangelical far right. So delicate is the operation that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it.

    Darwin8u says: "A latter-day Jeremiah of espionage & statecraft."
    "Good and Serviceable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This one is more of a page turner and clear storytelling and apart from the opening scenes in Cornwall about halfway through the book and less like some of the more indirect and streamy style for which his earlier classic novels are celebrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tears of the Sun: A Novel of the Change (Emberverse Series, Book 8)

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (291)

    It's Change Year 25, a generation after high-energy technology died in a catastrophe most of the human race didn't survive. The children born after the Change are now starting to take center stage - and Whoever or Whatever was behind the Change itself may be taking a hand in their rivalries. An expedition has travelled to Nantucked across a strange and hostile continent to find some answers.

    Robert says: "Admit it, you're in for the duration"
    "More history than story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is not terribly chock a block with action (though there some battle scenes) but the overall sense of it I got was that the author was really trying to describe more details and smaller parts of the world he has created. The overall story is advanced is advanced...somewhat. I found the description of the ins and outs of the new society to be interesting and will definitely read more but this book may not be the best thing for those who care more about "what happens next" and plotty aspects.

    Personally, these books now to me are more about exploring the new created environment than the whole tried and true good v. evil storyline. Although I would like to know more about the world of those folks in Nantucket stuck in 1200 BC and how it will all tie together.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7164)
    Performance
    (6330)
    Story
    (6327)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Overcomes the dumb"
    Overall

    Sure there's too much redstate ramblings and gun fondling and the action scenes probably could have been edited down by 50% but its a good old-fashioned ripping yarn about baddies and monsters. A guilty pleasure like Ernest movies

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (856)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Compelling, Narration is not bad."
    Overall

    You might recognize some of the stories from magazines. While the odd circumstances seem to standout, the stories to me seem to be about actual humans. The series of stand-alone but yet interconnected stories adds another level and forces the listener to pay attention. While I have heard better narrators, this one is not really that bad- very clear and not distracting which is about 90% of all I expect anyway. The only complaint was that in one story, her voice conveyed a very snarky female voice for what was a male narrator but otherwise competent.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • After Shock

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Eastland, Paul Sharrill, Anna Quayle, and others
    • Narrated By Peter Bowles, Dennis Waterman, Anton Rogers, and others
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Over 2 hours of supernatural ghost stories for your listening enjoyment.

    Flossie says: "Duplicate stories"
    "Only half the book is here"
    Overall

    The track contains only the first four stories only (each one repeated). Those 4 stories are fairly good ghost stories

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ring of Thoth and Other Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    From the Artic to Egypt to Australia, Doyle tells thrilling tales of crime, suspense, mysterious secrets, and humor.

    Timothy says: "Great Tales, decent audio quality."
    "Take it for what its worth"
    Overall

    Not Sherlock Holmes but a good example of Victorian-era ghostie stories. If you like HR Haggard, this might be interesting too. Good audio quality but narrator's attempt at accents are not that successful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dombey and Son, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Although not as widely known as some of his other works, Dombey and Son is nevertheless one of the greatest novels by Charles Dickens. It was published in installments between 1847 and 1848, when Dickens was at the height of his powers, and it marks a transition into a more mature style from his early period of success.

    Thomas says: "A great way to spend 13 hours!"
    "Good Story but..."
    Overall

    Enjoyed this lesser-known work (to me at least) greatly although it took a bit to get started. It is very easy to get wrapped up and feel a part of Dickens'world by the middle of volume 1. I will definitely listen to all 3 volumes.


    However while the straight narration was very good and easily listenable, I found the narrator's "character voices" grating and often not understandable (especially women and children). There is something to be said for doing away with attempted accents generally in narrations) Also I would recommend in future recordings doing away with the musical interludes and other non-vocal sound effects- they are distracting and jarring especially to one listening with earbuds.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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