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Daggorath

Grand Ledge, MI, United States

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  • The Mysterious Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (321)

    Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful novel, mediocre translation"
    "Nice reading of this great classic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mysterious Island to be better than the print version?

    If the narrator is good then the audio edition is pretty much always better. In this case, the narrator was very good and I liked it.


    Any additional comments?

    I finally read/listened to this book last month and enjoyed every chapter. It shows how they managed to survive on the island by making tools and items in their cave. This book is by far one of the best "stranded on an island" books you could hope for. It is probably one of Jules Verne's best. The inhabitants of an island are banded together and when they get into a tight spot, there is a mysterious force that always helps out. This force is not revealed until nearly the end. I highly recommend it to everyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (275)

    The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

    Jaq Greenspon says: "One of the worst performances"
    "Classic Story should be must read!"
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    What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

    His constant pausing as he read was annoying and sometimes occurred in odd places. This weird style affected my enjoyment of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Written over a 100 years ago, The Time Machine is still one of the greatest science fiction titles ever, in my opinion. Why I was not forced to read this in high school, instead of the tired old 'classics,' is beyond me! After seeing many movies based on this book, I really wanted to read the source material and finally did last night. I finished it in less than four hours. The symbolism of the future was clear, but beyond that it is also a really good tale. This is how scifi should read with adventure and suspense around every corner. In addition, Wells' superb use of language helped this rise above the slew of wannabe sci-fi books put out there today. This would be required reading in my world and I can't believe I waited so long to read it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Europa, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Brian P. Kayser
    • Narrated By Victoria Masterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Is there life on Europa? You are invited to accompany a crew of eight astronauts on their mission to the Jupiter ice-moon named Europa. Their mission is relatively straightforward, look for evidence of life in a vast ocean, which is trapped beneath a thick blanket of ice. There is one problem though..."The Curse!" Over the past 36 years, man has been trying to explore Europa. Every mission to date has ended in failure.

    Daggorath says: "This was a fun read / listen!"
    "This was a fun read / listen!"
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    Would you listen to The Curse of Europa, Volume 1 again? Why?

    Well... Normally I don't re-listen or re-read any books, but I just watched The Europa Report and now I want to revisit some of this book. Plus it is relatively short.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realism, starting out with the explanation of the ship and how it created artificial gravity was cool. The first contact was cool - I just wish it was explored a bit more.


    Which character – as performed by Victoria Masterson – was your favorite?

    She didn't to many unique voices except the Russian. She did a good job with him I thought, except he talked a bit slow.


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

    Not necessary. At least not at first. Towards the midway part of the book the chapters started ending with cliff hangers which did make me want to keep going.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the story was great and well told. Some of the story seemed feasible but some things were a bit far fetched, but I guess that what makes it interesting. I don't think they could have really stayed out on Europa for as long as they did with the radiation, the book kind of (conveniently) glosses over that. This is really a story about first contact and was refreshing that the aliens were not man eating monsters (well... except... I won't say anything else to spoil anything.) This is a short story and I think some more detail could have been added to the story, but I liked it.

    The narration was average but acceptable. There was some dialog that seemed a bit "off", it's hard to explain. But all-in-all ok.

    I thought this book was the plot line for The Europa Report movie, but I just watched that and it does not seem to be. This book was better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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