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stephen

Philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James M. Cain
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one, grisly solution; a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve.

    Darryl says: "Cain always good"
    "A Great Listen to a Disjointed Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Postman Always Rings Twice in three words, what would they be?

    Disjointed
    Action-packed
    Excellent


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I loved it. I bought it completely and deeply enjoyed it.


    Which character – as performed by Stanley Tucci – was your favorite?

    The Greek's wife was really impressive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3773)
    Performance
    (3310)
    Story
    (3309)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Brilliant Science Fiction"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fuzzy Nation to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. But I really love Wheaton's voice and intonation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fuzzy Nation?

    I can't tell you. It'll give too much away. Lets just go with a beautifully constructed plot line with nothing left dangling.


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes.


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

    I laughed a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2333)
    Performance
    (2023)
    Story
    (2029)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "A Great Piece of Science Fiction"
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    Where does The Android's Dream rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd put this book near the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the complexity of the story. The author puts a lot on the table and uses everything.


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

    I really like Wheaton's reading style. I feel he give the book some gusto without over doing it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3444)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1404)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "A Solid Performance and Interesting Listen"
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    What did you love best about I Am Legend?

    I really liked the intensity of the first person perspective, which was brought to life by Dean's performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Am Legend?

    I felt the dog sequence was particularly well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl in Translation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jean Kwok
    • Narrated By Grayce Wey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life-like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition-Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.

    Susan B. Johnson says: "This is a keeper"
    "Cool but the Performance is Questionable"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Girl in Translation in three words, what would they be?

    Uplifting
    Tragic
    Weird Ending


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Girl in Translation?

    The Asian accent used by the reader.


    What didn’t you like about Grayce Wey’s performance?

    Her use of an Asian accent was a little off putting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1766)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1002)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Another Home Run Book for Bourdain"
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    Would you listen to Medium Raw again? Why?

    Yes. It's an excellent audio experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Medium Raw?

    The opening dinner session. It's brilliant and engaging. I was instantly hooked,


    Have you listened to any of Anthony Bourdain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to two of his books. They're both excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5378)
    Performance
    (5015)
    Story
    (5010)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "This book is now in my top five"
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    Would you listen to Redshirts again? Why?

    Yes. The story is great. The comedy is great. The dialogue is great. Wheaton does a great job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked all the characters. I suppose the ships officers are especially funny.


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

    Wheaton does a great job with intonation and emphasis. He handles the extensive amount of sarcasm clearly. I really liked his read and already bought Fuzzy Nation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Diablo Cody
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    This is Diablo's captivating fish-out-of-water story of her yearlong walk on the wild side, from quiet gentlemen's clubs to multilevel sex palaces and glassed-in peep shows. In witty prose she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer's keen eye, chronicling her descent into the skin trade and the effect it had on her self-image and her relationship with her now husband.

    Suzn F says: "Prefer a 3.5 if I could"
    "It's only okay"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, but more as an example: how not to write descriptions.


    Has Candy Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. But I would think twice about another Cody book.


    Did Natalie Moore do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. I really liked the performance.


    Was Candy Girl worth the listening time?

    Yeah, it's short enough to be okay.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1068)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "A Great and Artistic Retrospective"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Smith gives a few asides and comments that are not in the print edition. He also gives a little insight into the audio recording process.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Smith's anecdotes.


    What about Kevin Smith’s performance did you like?

    He's Kevin Smith. He talks for a living, and he is awesome at it. I love the way he uses his voice and wouldn't have it any other way.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Smith's concept of art and how he pursues and has pursued it over the course of his career.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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