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Christopher

Honolulu, HI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (536)

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    Overall

    I love this book, and decided to try it as an audiobook. I have to say, I was somewhat disappointed from a production standpoint. When reading the book, the dialogue sounds witty and bantering, yet very literate - when read aloud, it often sounds stilted (In fairness, I have not heard another reader attempt this, so cannot say whether this is the writing not translating to spoken word or poor presentation on the part of the narrator). I was somewhat underwhelmed by the emotional range shown by the narrator. Additionally, anyone who has read Heinlein knows that he comments on the "tall corn, rusty Midwest" accents. Unfortunately, the narrator takes this to extreme, with most character's voices representing some variant of "hick accent". Having listened to Lloyd James' presentation of "Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", I wished he had been available for this one as well.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Pawn of Prophecy: The Belgariad, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings
    • Narrated By Cameron Beierle
    Overall
    (1786)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1033)

    Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil god Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgrath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. That was only a story, and Garion did not believe in magic dooms, even though the man without a shadow had haunted him for years.

    Michael says: "My literary "comfort food""
    "Great book, great narration - needs an editor"
    Overall

    While a bit slower than some of the later books in the series, it makes sense from the storytelling standpoint - this is an excellent start to a fantastic series. Mr. Beierle overall does a wonderful job of bringing the story to life, rather than just reading blandly (although there are a few stumbling blocks - he never seems to quite decide what he wants to do with Durnik's accent, for example). My main gripe is the poor editing. Common sense would suggest splitting it between chapters; for whatever reason (I suspect a computer, rather than a human, made this decision), the parts are split in the middle of a scene. It was split between sentences, rather than mid-sentence, but really.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suck It, Wonder Woman! - Chapter 1: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By Olivia Munn, Mac Montandon
    • Narrated By Olivia Munn
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    In this hilarious collection you'll find essays like “Thought’s About My First Agent’s Girlfriend’s Vagina”, wherein Olivia skewers what it’s like to live in Hollywood. In “Sex: What You Can Do to Help Yourself Have More of It”, she frankly gets down to the business of getting it on, including advice on how to appropriately wrap it and bag it. In “What to Do When the Robots Invade (Yes, When!)”, Olivia offers valuable information on...what to do when the robots invade!

    DS says: "avoidable"
    "Unusual definition of "Unabridged""
    Overall

    Hopefully what this title is will be clear to everybody considering it (if not, at least it's free). Still, I think it's a bit deceptive for Audible to mark this as "Unabridged." Really? It's a single chapter. By any reasonable standard, this is abridged. I suppose the chapter is unabridged, but really.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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