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  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    D says: "The beginning- or a plot filler"
    "I think I'm giving up or might just READ it"
    What would have made Earth Unaware better?

    A different narrator. For me the opening narrator sounded like he was always whining or breathless. I think I'd accept him narrating one of my wife's romance novels but after about 4 hours I called it quits. I just couldn't stand listening to him anymore.

    Also, I haven't read any OSC in a long long time. I remember reading Ender's Game right about when it came out. I enjoyed it, but I do remember it was a bit tedious. I never could get into the next few in the series. I thought have it narrated might make it flow a bit more but my previous comment shows it didn't add to the experience.

    Once thing that really struck me was that the children act like adults and the adult are very childish. Makes it seem more like a young adult novel because of that; what YA doesn't want to be seen as smarter than an adult?

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less detail in the action; too much detail slows down the action.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Blank out the first narrators performance. Just cut him out of the book. The missing HOURS would be worth not hearing his voice!

    Yes, I really really didn't enjoy him. So much so that I think when I'm done here I'll try to find out which of the listed narrators he is so I can avoid anything else he's done.

    What character would you cut from Earth Unaware?

    Can't think of one I'd CUT but change yes.

    Any additional comments?

    Whish I could sell my copy. lol

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  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "You gotta have the right dad"
    What did you love best about Sh-t My Dad Says?

    It was fun to listen too and you didn't have to give it your full attention to enjoy.

    It was funny and reminded me just a touch of my dad. It also made me nostalgic for my childhood.

    I wish they hadn't kept using the punchlines for chapter titles though. It kinda made some of them boring since it was obvious what was comming. and repetitive.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sh-t My Dad Says?

    No one moment stands out since it's a book about memorable moments.

    What does Sean Schemmel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A horrible dad voice. For the first half of the book every time he did the dad voice it took me right out of the story. Bad choice.

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

    This was a low emotional impact book. It made me chuckle, once or twice bark out with laughter and was most just enjoyable. A time or two it brought to mind, simply by it's overall content and nothing specific, memories that were a bit wistful or sad.

    Any additional comments?

    They say humor has a modicum of truth to truly be funny. My dad was nothing like this guy is the foul-mouthed sayings department but he did have his moments so that's the bit of truth that lets me find this funny. Some people will have no way to relate to this humor and that's o.k. but they shouldn't buy this book.

    Last year I watched the T.V. show based on this book and found it funny; that is the dad (played by Shatner) was funny. The two sons were not and especially the older son. I think if they had stuck closer to the book it would have been funnier. there are a few reasons but basically the book was about the dad and the show wasn't.

    I feel like there was some embellishment here, but who doesn't recall their past without some Industrial Light and Magic thrown in. I don't care if it's real or imagined. AMOF I wouldn't mind if the author totally fabricated another dozen hours of stories. It made mowing my 8 acres quite an enjoyable afternoon.

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