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Aden

LAFAYETTE, CO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 11 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 197 titles in library
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  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9009)
    Performance
    (8096)
    Story
    (8231)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Excellent Overall, A Nit-Pick Here & There"
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    1. Not A Prequel--love of god, can we at least separate the literary masterpieces from the mass market movie productions? The Hobbit was written first, whether or not Peter Jackson filmed it last.

    2. Finally! Someone does an unabridged audiobook version!
    3. It's Tolkien and brilliant.
    4. The reading is great, but only one nit-pick: some characters and scenes should be read a little darker and not so upbeat. For example, the songs of the Dwarfs--these should be dark and foreboding, but the way that they're read/sung in this recording makes me think of lawn ornament Gnomes digging in the garden. Minor nit-pick. Overall, a very long awaited and welcome recording! Thanks!

    43 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22329)
    Performance
    (13724)
    Story
    (13867)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Game Over: Get Starship Troopers Instead"
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    Ok, I understand that Orson Scott Card is the only sci-fi writer to win both the Nebula and Hugo awards back-to-back. I purchased this title because of the amount of people that have recommended it and the forthcoming movie.

    But I don't get the hype. The story is a bit odd considering that there is no character development from beginning to end. It's flat-lined. The only thing that changes is the age and many times the author broad brushes through large swaths of time in only a few sentences. "Valentine's hair grew long over the next year...Ender was now 10 and making battle drums from the skins of his class bullies...."

    I find it interesting that this title is included in the Marine Corps' recommended reading for its officers. I'm a veteran so I was also curious about the ethical backdrop and purported validations of violence for conflict resolution and Draconian military training. But the writing failed me in this regard, too. I didn't see what the big deal was personally. In fact, I think they could've done a better job at crushing the spirit out of the little homidical weasle. He's the same character throughout the book...

    I guess my real bone to pick is that emotional depth does not develop in direct proportion to intelligence. A six year old or 10 year old is still a child--regardless of their number of kills (just look at the children in Joseph Kony's Lords Resistance Army in Uganda). Just because Ender is a child hyper-genius, surrounded by other hyper-genius children, doesn't mean that they will process their experiences like an adult or have adult insight into their actions or their environment. There is very little, aside from the occasional mention of tears, that separates the children from the adults in the storyline. It's the same voice, which erodes my identification and empathy with the sociopathic, tweening Ender.

    The performance is good--but the female narrator reads her sections like she is either stoned or doing a vocal interpretation of a cat stretching. It--gets--a little--dull----an--d----booor--ing....

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1268)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (822)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Douglas says: "The Movie Makes More Sense Now"
    "Interrupt Your Festivities With This One"
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    I saw the movie when I was much younger, back in the early days of Reagan. It wasn't until recently, after exhausting Heinlein's inconsistently brilliant treasure-trove of stagnated pubescence, that I moved on to the next author in the Big Three: Arthur C. Clarke. Brilliant is an understatement.

    The writing, the performance--all of it, superb and deeply satisfying. One of the best titles I have in my library. After experiencing 2001, it is easy to see how many other authors have been influenced and have drawn from this title.

    The preface is read by Arthur C. Clarke, which is a treat all by itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Methuselah's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (241)

    After the fall of the American Ayatollahs as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land and chronicled in Revolt in 2100, the United States of America at last fulfills the promise inherent in its first Revolution: for the first time in human history there is a nation with Liberty and Justice for All. No one may seize or harm the person or property of another, or invade his privacy, or force him to do his bidding. Americans are fiercely proud of their re-won liberties and the blood it cost them; nothing could make them forswear those truths they hold self-evident. Nothing except the promise of immortality…

    Rey says: "Another brilliant work by RAH"
    "Classic Audiobook That Will Live A Very Long Time"
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    Thoroughly enjoyable and well worth having in my library. Some events in the storyline have flavors of, "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel," and "Time For The Stars."

    The performance was great--MacLeod Andrews does an excellent job. I've listened to this title several times in the last week and will keep in rotation with Time Enough For Love. I really enjoy having more back-story on Lazarus Long and the Howard foundation.

    Again, this is sci-fi that does what sci-fi does best--hold a mirror to our current world. A great work by Heinlein!



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Paul Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (354)

    Tender Branson, the last surviving member of the so-called Creedish Death Cult, is dictating his life story into the flight recorder of Flight 2039, cruising on autopilot at 39,000 feet somewhere over the Pacific Ocean. He is all alone in the airplane, which will crash shortly into the vast Australian outback. But before it does, he will unfold the tale of his journey from an obedient Creedish child and humble domestic servant to an ultra-buffed, steroid-and-collagen-packed media messiah.

    Tim says: "Dark Read"
    "Well, I Survived It--But That Ain't Saying Much"
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    Trite. Un-original. Disappointing. Predictable. If this audiobook was playing over the intercom system on an auto-pilot guided flight with no one aboard, only vapors in the tanks and engines burning out--I would gladly force the yoke forward and rocket myself terra-bound, but I do not believe the final moments would pass quickly enough to end my suffering. Gilbert Gottfried doing a one-man production of "Little Women," is more appealing than the thought of listening to Survivor again.

    Same character archetypes as in many other Chuck's books. Same nihilistic ennui and dull, achingly obvious reveals.

    Some ideas are best kept scribbled on napkins and not graced with a cover and space on a bookshelf, let alone an audiobook production.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "It. Never. Ends."
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    I have most of Heinlein's work in print or audiobook. This is the worst one for so many different reasons.

    Story:
    Allah have mercy. I feel like I've done an N-space jump into universe of arrested pubescent development. "Stranger In A Strange Land," is brilliant because it rode high on the crest of the 60s counter-cultural movement, challenging nearly every moral bedrock of Western society. It is superb and does what Sci-Fi does best. This work isn't even an echo in an out-house of the mind that created "Stranger," or "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress." The story is as juicy as a packing peanut.

    The dialogue in this book is pointless, too. I feel like I'm being treated to the discarded remnants on the cutting floor of "Time Enough For Love." The characters in this book are the same as Laz/Lor/Athena/Gallahad without the hook-laden narrative of Lazarus Long or great storyline.

    I'm a loyal masochist so I suffered through the whole recording the same way I listened to Robert Plant's solo work simply because I'm a Led-head and thought, "At some point, this will get good." I had hope, so much hope. Now I just have scars.

    Performance:
    It's a good thing I don't have a yard arm and a length of rope or I may be swinging in the breeze. I'm having a hard time describing this performance without using expletives. Horrible is a compliment. Female narrators should not try to imitate male voices by lowering theirs. [Under any circumstances]. Seriously. There should be a law. This was like listening to a woman with traumatic brain injury but without the benefit of being a public service announcement. Someone should be held accountable.

    I now have a soundtrack for the waiting room in Hades...

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4780)
    Performance
    (4291)
    Story
    (4314)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "A Production Worthy of Any Audiobook Pantheon"
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    The full cast production is excellent. Gaiman's book is a great read, but just as enjoyable as an audiobook. One of the best aspects to this production is Neil Gaiman reading the "coming to America," vignettes about how some gods arrived in North America. A good voice actor can do wonders to a narrative, but a talented and engaged author reading their own work can bring a knowing nuance and inflection where others do not.

    That said, all of the voice actors in this production are excellent. This is one of my "go-to" recordings during my work day (the other being "Dune"). I've listened to it countless times over--in its entirety or piecemeal. It doesn't go stale.

    It's worth sacrificing a credit to it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (95)

    Dostoevsky studied human nature with passion and precision. He plumbed the depths and never winced at what he found, even when it was beyond his understanding. This extraordinary novel is a recital of his findings, told in the story of four brothers: Dimitri, pleasure-seeking, impatient, unruly; Ivan, brilliant and morose; Alyosha, gentle, loving, honest; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, sly, silent, cruel. What give this story its dramatic grip is the part these brothers play in their father's murder.

    Paul Z. says: "This book is one of the reasons I joined Audible!"
    "Walter Covell: Auditory Anesthesiologist"
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    One of my favorite books; one of my least favorite audio books. I listen to audio books nearly every working day of my week. I know this book backwards & forwards, but about an hour into it, I found myself thinking about my grocery list or the airspeed velocity of a swallow. It was horrible. I could not handle the narration-- I would get lost in the dialogue knowing who spoke or if it was the narrator. If you want juicy (though Post-Revolutionary) Russian literature, try Bulgakov's, The Master & Margarita. Excellent narration, though British--but entertaining and allows you to keep track of the different characters during a dialogue. Or just read the hard-bound; it's one the world's best works of fiction.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alan Beattie
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Alan Beattie has long been intrigued by the fates of different countries, economies, and societies-why some fail and some succeed. Here, he weaves together elements of economics, history, politics, and human stories, revealing that societies, economies, and countries usually make concrete choices that determine their destinies.

    Jerry says: "Excellent"
    "False Delivery: A Surprisingly Painful Audio Book"
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    The more audio books I listen to, the more I am able to quickly recognize quality. The narration of this book is painful. Johnson plows over lines and swallows the delivery--almost like a priest telling a joke about a midget, a stripper, and a can of Spam. The narration could be excused if the text itself wasn't a disjointed, grabasstic historical montage in need of Ritalin and an outline. Hard to follow. Hard to swallow. I've heard better theories on bar stools delivered through the pickled ponderings of a sauced sages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guardians of the West: The Malloreon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (489)

    Garion has slain the evil God Torak and been crowned King of Riva. The Prophecy has been fulfilled - or so it seems.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "Fantastic First Rate Fantasy"
    "Excellent & Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    I remember buying Pawn of Prophecy when I was 10 years old in early 80s and having to wait as Eddings published each one. I loved the books as a kid and now Cameron Beierle brings the entire series back to life in excellent fashion. They are a breath of fresh mental air in my computer-geek, cubicle-bound, recycled HVAC, monotone-walled work day. I've been sharing my Eddings paperbacks with my young nephews and have introduced them to the audio books recently. Excellent enjoyment and a great way to expand a young person's imagination/creativity. Looking forward to downloading the rest of the Malloreon series. Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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