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Aurora

toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • History Is Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    Erich von Däniken again shows his flair for revealing truths that his contemporaries have missed. After closely analyzing hundreds of ancient and apparently unrelated texts, he is now ready to proclaim that human history is nothing like the world religions claim---and he has the proof! In History Is Wrong, von Däniken takes a closer look at the fascinating Voynich manuscript, which has defied all attempts at decription since its discovery, and makes some intriguing revelations about the equally incredible book of Enoch.

    Mario says: "Voynich Manuscript to nowhere"
    "Utter drivel"
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    Would you try another book from Erich von Daniken and/or John Allen Nelson?

    No I would under no circumstances read another book by Danikon. HIs poor writing style combined with his appallingly bad science make the thing an obvious cash grab at best and a tragic piece of self delusion at worst.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that is either self admitted science fiction or real history, thanks so very much.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is robotic and irritating, not helping him sell the poor subject material,


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from History Is Wrong?

    The entire book


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously go read something better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8839)
    Performance
    (8115)
    Story
    (8155)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "This series is pure gold"
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    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    These books should not be read out of sequence but if you liked the first three you will not be disappointed by this one. It delivers consistent character growth and interesting plot development, in keeping with Martins style.


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

    Dotrice is an excellent reader who captures the style perfectly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't touch it until you've seen the other 3.


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly recommend this series for lovers of complex and highly developed narrative and characters. Anyone who does not love political drama or extremely long narratives and a lot of moral ambiguity should avoid it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4583)
    Performance
    (3419)
    Story
    (3425)

    No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

    Carrie says: "I want more of Harry!"
    "What a great series!"
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    Would you listen to Small Favor again? Why?

    I would certainly listen to this book again. It is a rompin good magical whoddunit old time. I am not usually much of a mystery reader but I have been a Sci-fi and fantasy reader all my life. This has all the fun of a fantasy without the tragic foibles so many urban fantasies have nowadays. It's action packed, the characters are great, the plot is interesting and the writing is decent. James Marsters does a great job of narrating and all in all it's a very pleasurable experience.


    What other book might you compare Small Favor to and why?

    Well, any of the other books in the series is worth listening to as well, but outside of that, it's sort of like Sherlock Holmes crossed with film noir crossed with Jonathan Strange and Mister Norell.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden, as the narrator certainly stands out the most.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I couldn't stand to turn it off. I think I burned through it in two days.


    Any additional comments?

    Lot's of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joan of Arc

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Michael Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Very few people know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important, but also his best work. He spent 12 years in research and many months in France doing archival work, and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell

    Donald says: "Henry V's challenger & 100 year war come alive"
    "A strangely told tale."
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    Would you try another book from Mark Twain and/or Michael Anthony?

    Mark Twain is certainly a brilliant author but this book was written out of his usual style. I think his attempts to stay true to history tone down his usual narrative charm considerably. His voice shines through sometimes but it is often quite dry. Not one of his better works. I found MIchael Anthony wanting as a narrator. He had a very dull tone and took away from the book rather than adding to it.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Twain before, how does this one compare?

    Definitely not as good as the adventures of Huckleberry Finn which I found delightful when I listened to the Audible version.


    What didn’t you like about Michael Anthony’s performance?

    He has a very dry and stilted narrative style which made the already odd cadence of the book much worse. I would avoid him in future.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Mark Twain’s life?

    I don't know, that's not why I listen to fiction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (922)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (355)

    In his groundbreaking book Predictably Irrational, social scientist Dan Ariely revealed the multiple biases that lead us into making unwise decisions. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he exposes the surprising negative and positive effects irrationality can have on our lives. Focusing on our behaviors at work and in relationships, he offers new insights and eye-opening truths about what really motivates us on the job.

    Rand says: "Great Title!!!"
    "An enjoyable piece of pop psych."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book. The author gives a lot of really interesting information while managing to keep the book entertaining and readable. It helps give insight into the way we live and make decisions, which I found both interesting and useful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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