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Andre L. Gray

gee & unlay

Bronx, NY USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Love
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Faith is the name humanity has given to the unknown, seemingly invincible alien ship that has begun to harass the newly emergent Commonwealth. Three hundred years earlier, the same ship destroyed the Sakhran Empire, allowing the Commonwealth to expand its sphere of influence. But now Faith has returned! The ship is as devastating as before, and its attacks leave some Commonwealth solar systems in chaos.

    Jeff says: "I've heard of introspective but sheesh...."
    "Super boring!!!"
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    What disappointed you about Faith?

    The story focuses too much on uninteresting things like when Foord is trying to get to his ship while riding in a beast drawn carriage. The author's focus was just so tiresome! The battle with Faith had too many details and went on and on. I was glad when the book finished.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Love again?

    No way!


    Which character – as performed by Andy Paris – was your favorite?

    Foord. The narrator was very good. Too bad he had to read a crummy story.


    What character would you cut from Faith?

    It doesn't matter.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Habits of the House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Fay Weldon
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    As the Season of 1899 comes to an end, the world is poised on the brink of profound, irrevocable change. The Earl of Dilberne is facing serious financial concerns. The ripple effects spread to everyone in the household: Lord Robert, who has gambled unwisely on the stock market and seeks a place in the Cabinet; his unmarried children, Arthur, who keeps a courtesan, and Rosina, who keeps a parrot in her bedroom; Lord Robert’s wife, Isobel, who orders the affairs of the household in Belgrave Square; and Grace, the lady’s maid who orders the life of her mistress.

    Cindy says: "A Downtonlike story read by my favorite narrator?"
    "Not a good reader"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. The reader. She reads as if there are no commas or periods. Her British accent sounds false and contrived. She really is ruining a good story by her style of reading. And she should slow down her pace.


    What other book might you compare Habits of the House to and why?

    The Age of Innocent. It has the same feel but the English Aristocrats are looking for money to bail out their debts and to maintain their way of life.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the reader could slow her pace and read with a better British accent.


    Could you see Habits of the House being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would be perfect for Master Piece Theater!


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the story is very good.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Trustee from the Toolroom

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (429)

    Keith Stewart, a retiring and ingenious engineer, could not have been happier in his little house in the shabby London suburb of Ealing. There he invented the mini-motor, the six-volt generator, and the tiny Congreve clock. Then a chain of events sweeps him into deep waters and leads him to his happiest discovery yet.

    Paula says: "Just Simply a Great Story!"
    "A good solid story!!!"
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    If you could sum up Trustee from the Toolroom in three words, what would they be?

    Delightful! Pleasant! Interesting!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Keith Stewart. A solid good soul with no pretense and it proves you do not need things and a lot of money to be content!


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

    No, but would love too!!!! This guy was amazing!!!! I have never heard such acting with ones voice. He brought every character to life and made them so distinct!! He was like the Meryl Strip of reading!!!! Excellent job Mr. Muller!!!!!!!! Superb!!!


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

    Yes but I could not!


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see this book as a movie or even on TV!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ring of Charon: Hunted Earth, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Roger MacBride Allen
    • Narrated By John Haag
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The first book in the Hunted Earth series, published to tie in with the hardcover publication of its sequel, The Shattered Sphere. The Earth has disappeared, but was it destroyed by an unauthorized gravity experiment, or was the planet kidnapped by an alien race? Humanity must discover the answer before it's too late.

    Andre L. Gray says: "Good Book"
    "Good Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ring of Charon the most enjoyable?

    The story is very intriguing. An alien race older than humans and not aware of humans, this is a new twist.


    What other book might you compare The Ring of Charon to and why?

    Can't think of any similar stories.


    What didn’t you like about John Haag’s performance?

    His reading is a little wooden.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book but you have to pay attention to the story closely to follow what's going on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 2312

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kim Stanley Robinson
    • Narrated By Sarah Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (213)

    The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence of events will force humanity to confront its past, its present, and its future. The first event takes place on Mercury, on the city of Terminator, itself a miracle of engineering on an unprecedented scale. It is an unexpected death, but one that might have been foreseen....

    New says: "Good story, HORRENDOUS narration."
    "SUPER BORING!!!!!!!"
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    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Readers who love super hard core science fiction.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something science fiction.


    Have you listened to any of Sarah Zimmerman???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. It was interesting but dragged on and on about subtle things about the main character that I just did not find interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like hard core sci-fi that's ponderous and has a lot of techno babble this is your book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2509)
    Performance
    (1787)
    Story
    (1804)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Tedious but interesting"
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    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    The narrator


    What was most disappointing about Aldous Huxley???s story?

    It was a little long winded


    Which character ??? as performed by Michael York ??? was your favorite?

    Bernard


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

    No. It is too tedious to listen to all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very forward for it's time and it was very interesting how he flipped taboo behavior as normal morals. I love the visual scope of the book for it reminds me of Metropolis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1499)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1361)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "Not boring. Not exciting either."
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    What made the experience of listening to Shadows in Flight the most enjoyable?

    Stefan Rudnicki. This dude has an awesome voice and to me he is the voice of Orson Scott Card stories.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

    Always. He was one of my first science fiction writer I started to follow.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Children of the Mind and Xenocide. This one had a little too many details and not enough action.


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

    I would not make a film of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Scott, please lay off all of those details that are in your head. It muddles a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Fuzzy [Jimcin]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By H. Beam Piper
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    On the planet Zarathustra, a sunstone prospector named Jack Holloway has a mysterious small, "fuzzy" alien show up at his door and make itself at home. Jack names it "Little Fuzzy" and the creature's whole family soon joins them. Hardened prospector Jack is transformed into their "pappy" and chief protector and his life is changed forever.

    Thomas H. Belstler says: "Great Story!"
    "A good story especially for young children!"
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    If you could sum up Little Fuzzy in three words, what would they be?

    A Sweet Story!


    What other book might you compare Little Fuzzy to and why?

    Don't know.


    What didn???t you like about Jim Roberts???s performance?

    His reading was flat and mechanical.


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

    No. It was just pleasant.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was excellent. The reader sort of dampen the story.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Paul of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (177)

    The Muad'Dib's jihad is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies - those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands. Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?

    Aaron says: "Good back stories but not much more"
    "Paul of Dune"
    Overall

    This book is excellent in that it tells of the events in detail to set you up for Dune Messiah and the rise and fall of Paul M'uab dib. All the problems and challenges he face as the new emperor of the known universe. I have to say I really didn't like Paul in this book but it was so exciting to listen to!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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