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Bryce Skymann

Mike Dobberfuhl

Austin, TX USA | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 97 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • The King's Coat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1780, and 17-year-old Alan Lewrie is a brash, rebellious young libertine. So much so that his callous father believes a bit of naval discipline will turn the boy around. Fresh aboard the tall-masted Ariadne, Midshipman Lewrie heads for the war-torn Americas, finding - rather unexpectedly - that he is a born sailor, equally at home with the randy pleasures of the port and the raging battles on the high seas. But in a hail of cannonballs comes a bawdy surprise.

    Andrew says: ""Sex, Swords, Sailing Ships""
    "Couldn't stop listening - interesting and exciting"
    What did you love best about The King's Coat?

    While there is definite continuity across the entire storyline, it is largely a series of episodic adventures. This plot structure conveniently enables short listening periods (30 minutes to an hour) during which the listener can enjoy some real excitement. Even still, there is enough character and plot development that I was left craving for what would come next. The plot is great at both macro and micro levels. Additionally, the author includes a wealth of subject knowledge, securing both my attention and respect.

    What other book might you compare The King's Coat to and why?

    I happened to listen to 'Genghis: Birth of an Empire' around the same time. Genghis simply had none of the structure or subject knowledge necessary to keep my interest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "A beautiful performance of an American classic"
    Where does Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narration of this book ranks up alongside The Help. I doubt I could have ever imagined the characters half so well had I read it to myself.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Huck and Jim, it's a tossup. Huck seems to be the voice of our own selves, struggling to make sense of it all. Jim has a gentle charm with his eccentric beliefs and naive tenacity.

    What about Elijah Wood’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He does an amazing job of setting each character to a unique and appropriate voice. It's not over-dramatized, just very well done.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Now showing: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn -- Almost as colorful as the audiobook.

    Any additional comments?

    I'd heard disparaging remarks about the book, primarily due to extensive use of the N word. To be fair, this work is a looking glass into a time period that describes the world in its own words. I don't believe the word is being intended as a damaging label, but it was still surprising at first. I was more disturbed by the casual brutality inflected upon people of all types during that time period. It's a beautifully told story of a not-so beautiful place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Randall Munroe
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton

    Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

    Charles says: "Good in Smaller Chunks"
    ""What if" you get suckered into buying this book?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I nerd out with exploring interesting scenarios, but the majority of these "what if" scenarios are probably more interesting to middle-school kids, maybe.. if they don't have any hint of ADHD.

    Has What If? turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. It's my first time dipping into the "hopefully cool" bucket and now I'm washing my hands of it.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Wil Wheaton?

    He honestly fits the material - more style and pizazz than content or relevance.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What If??

    Nearly all the parts that started with "what if."

    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to love this book, especially after SciShow gave a plug about it. Definitely they lost credibility for that one. The book basically has one or two interesting "what if" questions, but even these are ruined by the hardcore whack-braininess of the narrator. It's like listening to ignorant kids at a coffee shop jump up and down in their seats about "what if we could like totally all shrink to the size of bacteria and be ejected in to space?" I really had hoped for more enlightening topics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

    David says: "Move over Bernard Cornwell"
    "Just kind of boring"
    What was most disappointing about Conn Iggulden’s story?

    The narrator has an excellent voice and fits the genre, but honestly the story in itself is simply not compelling. It provides neither adventure nor historical interest. Several hours of story telling led only to there being some kids who climb up a mountain during a storm to steal eagle chicks from their nest. This was as good as it got, and it wasn't particularly great. The rest was rambling character development of rather mediocre individuals.

    If you are seeking an exciting adventure story (even for children) or something of historical note, this simply won't keep your attention.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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