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Darryl

Cedar Rapids, IA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • I Married a Communist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Don't toss out the cake and candles just yet. Philip Roth, who, among other notable achievements, changed the way Americans laugh about masturbation, celebrates his birthday on March 19th. Check out: I Married a Communist and Operation Shylock.

    Allan says: "POOR"
    "Roth overrated in my book"
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    I'm sorry but after 12 or 13 Roth books I've given up. I find him to be repetitive and boring and vastly overrated. I liked the Goodbye Columbus selections, but 1 good one out of the many i've tried is not a good percentage. No intention of trying any more Roth.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare, Our Contemporary

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jan Kott
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Shakespeare, Our Contemporary is a provocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare. More than that, it is one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatrical productions.

    Darryl says: "Interesting ideas on WS"
    "Interesting ideas on WS"
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    I like this sort of thing now and then and especially in regards to Shakespeare when you can get a new slant that takes you back to wanting to reread/listen/watch the plays again. Truly bottomless works. Kott has some very good insight and ideas. This may not be for everyone, but if you're even looking at it then it will probably be of interest to you. I recently listened to all of the plays and poems again and so had much of them in my head and enjoyed this. I will return to it again and even got the paperback after listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glitch: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    When a robot defies his programming, is he broken? Or is he something else?

    Darryl says: "fine little story"
    "fine little story"
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    Robots are a bit like zombies, they're everywhere. So if you're not going to do something completely different you should be careful. As a short story this is fine and entertaining if not overly surprising and retreads some familiar ground. In essence a robot finding humanity type story which has been done countless times. A bit of a blend of Matheson and Asimov and others. As a short fine, but if expanded to a novel, I'd be hesitant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legendarium

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
    • Narrated By Robert Rossmann
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (400)

    In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.

    Elizabeth Hauris says: "If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it."
    "laughably bad"
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    At least I would laugh if it were in any way funny. Best part is the irony of these guys/writers writing a story taking shots at critics who must have in the past slighted them for bad writing, but in which the writing is so poor that it actually corroborates the critics.

    This is terrible and even as a short piece I stopped midway. The references to a couple classic novels only make me want to return to those novels for the better writing for 1, and for a better story for 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Judd Trichter
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Set in a near-future LA, a man falls in love with a beautiful android - but when she is kidnapped and sold piecemeal on the black market, he must track down her parts to put her back together.

    Brandon says: "Do Androids Feel Love?"
    "Rather cliche"
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    Looked forward to this as either a funny novel or a serious philosophical SF, but unfortunately the author decides to go for the Hollywood cliche extended chase scene through several related episodes.

    It is not all that funny though it has moments, and I was surprised at some rather offensive moments. Not that I'm a prude, but there is some really poor taste that caught me off guard and felt totally unnecessary.

    The story started well, and seemed like a good set-up and I liked throughout the novel different aspects of the world revolving around the characters, but I think too much is lost by taking her out of the novel so early and returning her so late, basically last page. I think the more interesting take would have been to reconstruct her more quickly (you're not surprised he succeeds are you?) and then show them living in the world of the novel.

    And the end is rather hack.

    Many nods to Bladerunner etc. but golden opportunity lost and rather run of the mill story produced. Got bored with the obligatory chase/race against time/quirky characters/strange episodes etc, and there's even a showdown on a train. Very few cliches missed by the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Futurity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When Dr. Jim Parsons awakens after a car accident, he finds himself in a future populated almost entirely by the young. But for the young to keep running the world, death is fetishized, and those who survive to old age are put down. In such a world, Parsons - with his innate desire to save lives - is a criminal and an outcast. For one revolutionary group, however, he may be just the savior they need to heal and revive their cryogenically frozen leader.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Great PKD Story!"
    "Not one of PKD's best, but ok"
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    again I am a little disappointed with PKD. This is apparently an early work and though it begins to show some of his later style it also shows some of his later disjointedness. The story involves a bit of time travel and there is at least a story to follow but there are some key points left unexplained. It is okay, not the trippy surrealistic stuff of some later works and there are several PKD that I like, but overall the percentage is dropping.

    I don't want to give anything away story wise since it does involve time travel and some of the paradoxes etc and there are some moments that I did like, but I can't recommend you spend $ on it.

    I love time travel books and movies and so want to give it a better rating based purely on that element but there are better ones out there, like To Say Nothing of the Dog which is masterful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Sherlock Holmes Story?

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Anonymous
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    In 1904 the Scottish town of Selkirk held a three-day event to raise funds to replace a wooden bridge destroyed in a flood two years earlier. As part of the event, the organizers sold a story collection called The Book o' the Brig. Most of the stories were written by locals - but one stood out because it starred Holmes and Watson.

    Doreen says: "A Parody?"
    "not worth it really"
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    sorry, but though i am a sherlock fan i didn't think this was worth worrying about. It is so slight a piece there's not much else to say, except that it was a freebie at the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf: Fangoria's 'Dreadtime Stories' Series

    • ORIGINAL (40 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Malcolm McDowell
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jack Wolff has feasted upon the flesh of women for decades. Jack is a smooth, handsome charmer living off inherited money, moving from one hunting ground to another as he takes victim after victim. At the rustic Wagon Wheel Lodge, his prey is a lovely, underage teenage girl with abusive parents. Jack plays the savior, while he has something far darker in mind.... Will the lecherous wolf strike again with his usual impunity? Or is an unknown adversary waiting in the darkness?

    Darryl says: "Entertaining Werewolf story"
    "Entertaining Werewolf story"
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    A well produced radio play with effects etc. Not great literature but along the lines of a Twilight Zone episode. Author tries a little too hard in a couple of points but though you may see the end coming it is entertaining for a short diversion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fire Upon the Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (491)

    A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function.

    Noah says: "What a wild, wacky, awesome book!"
    "How did this win a Hugo for best novel?"
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    I'm sorry but I can't finish it. Looked forward to a big space opera and listening with a friend but neither of us can finish it. Bored. Poor writing. Slow moving when not actually stagnant. The description and reviews by others sound like a fun fast moving novel full of ideas etc., but I don't know where that book is; it's not here.

    I don't even know what to say I'm so disappointed. There were a few interesting ideas presented in first 4 & 1/2 hours, but none of them were sufficiently followed up and showed no signs of being what the writer was interested in pursuing. After 4+ hours shouldn't there be something compelling or fascinating enough to warrant sticking it out for the 21 hour total?

    There is a lot of poor description, non-description, clunky writing.

    I am increasingly disgusted by what passes for writing and I will give one example of the type of thing that occurs far too often: "Johanna was out by one of the sound projectors when the ambush happened." Seems fine right? Wrong, and here's why: 1. the writer then backs up for a paragraph to tell you what occurs immediately prior to this ambush, so "temporally" speaking he has jumped the gun; 2. whatever "suspense" might have been building has just been completely diluted by telling us what is going to happen instead of 3. springing the action upon us unawares and surprising us and creating a suspenseful situation. It is a bit like someone sitting behind you in the movie and telling you what's coming next, I wouldn't tolerate it in the theater and I hate it in a novel. Very few authors have the skill to "pre-reveal" something important and then still make it work. For a plethora of examples of this type of bad writing read/listen to Stephen King who ruins almost all of his own novels of suspense.

    That is in general a pet peeve and not specific to this novel I grant you, but I could go on with more examples specific to this one of various types of questionable writing already in the first 4+ hours. Not going to subject myself to any more of this one. Good luck; I need to listen/read someone skillful and clean this drudgery out. Does no one edit any thing anymore? This occurs in so many novels in the past few years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Late Mr. Shakespeare: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Nye
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Our guide to the life of the Bard is an actor called Pickleherring, who asserts that as a boy he was an original member of Shakespeare's acting troupe. In an attic above a brothel in Restoration London - a half century after Shakespeare has departed the stage - Pickleherring, now an old man, sits down to write the full story of his former friend, mentor, and master. Fond, faithful Pickleherring has forgotten nothing over the years, and using sources both firsthand and far-fetched he means to set the record straight.

    Jessica says: "why drag Shakespeare into this mess?"
    "loved it"
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    I came to this just after Will In The World an excellent biography and well known and then this novel is a perfect "continuation" if you will. It is hilarious at times and bawdy and plays with the WS mythology and history and is obviously as well researched and knowledgable concerning WS as a straight bio. If you can and you're a big WS fan/buff I'd say do the 2 together as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2389)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1758)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "finally a thought provoking SF concerning "god""
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    this was a very well researched and scientifically based exploration of what first contact might mean and the possibility of a "creator", but it's not the silly biblical mythology but a much more thought provoking debate about evidence and purpose on a universal scale, not a tiny earthly point of view. 2 other friends really liked that aspect as well and I've recommended it to a 3rd and will others. nice to think about these things intelligently and not superstitiously.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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