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capricious

New York, New York USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Transition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Iain M. Banks
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    There is a world that hangs suspended between triumph and catastrophe, between the dismantling of the Wall and the fall of the Twin Towers, frozen in the shadow of suicide terrorism and global financial collapse. Such a world requires a firm hand and a guiding light. But does it need the Concern: an all-powerful organization with a malevolent presiding genius, pervasive influence and numberless invisible operatives in possession of extraordinary powers?

    Kurt says: "Finally an Iain M. Banks book on audible..."
    "Good!"
    Overall

    I agree with Kurt; Iain Banks has been a long time favorite of mine, and i wish to see more of his books, although personally i want to listen to The Alchemist. I have heard that it was his best book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Exquisite Corpse Adventure: An Episodic Progressive Story Game

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, M. T. Anderson, Natalie Babbitt, and others
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It all starts with a train rushing through the night…. Well, actually, it starts when Jon Scieszka, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, writes a cliff-hanger episode and passes it on to the next member of a cast of celebrated writers, who continues the story and pass it on. And what happens between episodes one and 27? Think werewolves and mad scientists, a talking pig, plenty of explosions, a blue Star Wars lunchbox, two meatballs, a whole army of villains and varmints, and more!

    capricious says: "Great Fun for Both Kids and Adults"
    "Great Fun for Both Kids and Adults"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book is a progression of cliffhanger episodes, with different authors picking up from the last one to propel the hilarious plot forward. It is the most fun my family has ever had listening to an audiobook together. The plot, the characters and the way the story progresses are exciting, compelling and downright laugh out loud funny.

    Each author brings their distinctive style to the narrative, especially the trademark Lemony Snickett phraseology, and yet the book remains cohesive as a whole.

    The narrator, Phil Gigante, does a fantastic job - I really think his are the best voice characterizations I have ever heard on Audible. He manages to distinguish between the two main characters - twins Joe and Nancy - so subtly and yet so distinctly, and the "evil laugh" from the bad guy, Boppo the Clown, is perfectly pitched between creepy and funny.

    This is definitely one audio-book we will be listening to again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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