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Patrick

Wind Gap, PA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Crystal City: Alvin Maker VI

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, M.E. Willis, cast
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (214)

    From the end of the 18th century, Americans traveled west to find new homes and new lands. They brought with them the magics of plain people. It is from these roots of the American dream that award-winning writer Orson Scott Card has crafted what the Charlotte Observer called "a uniquely American fantasy." Using the lore and the folk magic of the men and women who settled a continent, and the beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Card has created an alternate frontier America.

    Cheri says: "This can't be the last of this series!"
    "Suffers from Awful Narration"
    Overall

    If you've been listing to the previous audio books in this series, prepare for disappointment. It's really a shame Nana Visitor didn't read this last book; she really had the vocal characterizations down pat and brought the characters to life. Plus, her enjoyment of the tale really shone through.

    However, unlike Nana Visitor, this new narrator's proper speaking voice really fails to deliver the "country voice" of many of the characters. Thus, it often sounds forced and serves as a constant distraction throughout the book.

    In addition, the narrator's vocal characterizations fall flat and without dialogue attribution, it's often difficult to distinguish between characters involved conversations.

    A dull, distracting reading awaits you in this audio book.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • FSI Programmatic Spanish, Level 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Foreign Service Institute
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (1)

    The original FSI Programmatic Spanish course was developed by the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of U.S. State Department. The U.S. government has used this course for decades in order to teach diplomats and agents how to speak Spanish. Learning Like Crazy has taken the original FSI Programmatic Spanish program and re-mastered the recordings for enhanced digital sound quality. The FSI Programmatic Spanish, Level 1, textbook has been scanned and is included in the downloadable reference guide.

    Patrick says: "A Waste Of A Purchase, Even With Audible Credits"
    "A Waste Of A Purchase, Even With Audible Credits"
    Overall

    This program is from 1967. You must use the downloadable manual that accompanies your purchase.

    The audio portion doesn't prepare you in anyway; it simply starts off with an english speaker who says "Unit 1, part 1. Number 1. Word: A."

    Then a spanish voice says, "Papa. Papa. Papa."

    Then the english speaker returns to say, "Number 2. Word: B."

    Then a spanish voice says,again, "Papa. Papa. Papa."

    Then the english speaker returns again to say, "Number 3. Word: C."

    Then the spanish voice says,again (this time throwing in three more 'Papa's), "Papa. Papa. Papa. Papa. Papa. Papa."

    That's a direct transcript of the first 40 seconds of the audio book. The next 21 minutes are exactly the same, with graduting to repeated phrases instead of singular words... and its like this for the 8+ hrs of PART 1! At no time does the audio book, tell you the meaning of the words and phrases.

    There is absolutely no instruction found within the audiobook.

    Save your money/credits and purchase a different language program.

    I wish I had...

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Dune Messiah

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2103)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1137)

    The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

    Andrew says: "A nice continuation"
    "Not a Great Recording"
    Overall

    Dune is a sci-fi classic, so this review pertains to the audiobook version. They have a cast of different readers who perform the voices of the various characters along side the reader who narrates. But throughout the book, in new chapters, the cast of readers are suddenly absent, leaving the narrator to do all the voices, only to have the cast of readers eventually return in the following chapters. The effect is a major distraction: characters without accents suddenly have one; characters suddenly speak in a completely differnt tone, accent and manner. The is especially true with the character of Baron Harkonen, who at times has a deep menancing voice in the neighborhood of James Earl Jones, then other times, when the narrator is doing all the voices, the villian speaks with a higher, reedy, quicker voice and acquires a more pronounced British accent.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Deathstalker: Episode 1, The Man Who Had Everything

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan, Terence Aselford, Colleen Delany, and others
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Outlawed by the ruthless Lionstone XIV, Owen Deathstalker is left with no allies, as even his oldest companions turn against him for the promise of fortune. Just as he is sure his life is coming to an imminent close, out of the sky falls Hazel d'Ark. The fellow outlaws escape together to Mistworld, not knowing what their next move will be.

    Mike says: "Excellent"
    "Poorly Written"
    Overall

    The simplisitc writing makes this seem like a Young Adult book at best. The dialogue hollow, and sometimes cliched. I had some problems with the way characters reacted/handled things...seemed pretty unrealistic or silly at times.

    If you have plenty of time to waste and nothing else to select from Audible.com, then choose this title.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3512)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1717)

    Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Followers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers; and Oy.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Dark Tower Review - Part Five"
    "George Guidall is a poor replacement"
    Overall

    The loss of Frank Muller's ability to ever professionally read for audio books hurt this audioseries more than I realized.

    Guidall does Eddy's New York accented voice just horrible...and does Suzannah's voice only slightly better.

    While the book in its actual print version is awesome, a gripping, entertaining read, the audio versions after Book IV are severely lacking under George Guidall's narration.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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