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Lyette

Moro, IL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • God Emperor of Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (689)

    More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Almost as good as the original"
    "Philosophy the Novel."
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    The story itself really isn't the main draw of this book, it is all the philosophy being talked about. What Leto's goals are, what the characters' views on government, religion, and social vices are. I thought that most of the best quotes from the entire series are from this book alone.

    I had stopped reading the Dune series after this book, and felt it could've made a decent ending for the entire series.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illuminatus! Part I: The Eye in the Pyramid

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson
    • Narrated By Ken Campbell, Chris Fairbank
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    The Illuminati, an inside joke? The lunatic fringe? Or a vast conspiracy hidden for centuries, unleashing it's power on a naive, defenseless world? It was the lousy luck of Saul Goodman, a tough, streetwise New York detective, to smell the trail in a bombed-out office - the heavy case he'd always dreaded. In a breakneck race against an awesome deadline, Goodman plunges down the trail of the ultimate conspiracy as the days fall away toward Apocalypse.

    Amazon Customer says: "Over the Top and Proud of It"
    "This is the book my friends stole from me."
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    I had gotten the trilogy my freshmen year of high school and read it twice before loaning it out to my friends. They read it and passed it around to other friends, and eventually lost track of the book.

    We still joke about reading hidden messages between the lines, 15 years later.

    It was an experience, something that needs to be read twice or more to understand most of what's going on in it. I feel like it had prepared me (or desensitized me rather) to some of the more stranger things I would later read and become interested in.

    It is firmly on my quick suggestion lists for younger people looking to make that jump into adult fiction. It's kind of like that one weird mind-screw anime you suggest to people who normally don't watch anime, it's completely out in leftfield and would leave an impression on a person, even if they didn't like it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    After a 10 year absence, John Carter returns to Mars and seeks to be reunited with his wife, the princess Dejah Thoris. Along the way, he both befriends, and often combats, a fantastic array of alien creatures and humanoids, while discovering the true nature of the Martian religions.

    Lyette says: "Bland reading."
    "Bland reading."
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    Having listen to many novices voice act over the past several years, this reading was ranked average among them.

    It took him a good 5-10min to get into the "groove" of reading, and the audio is of a lower quality at the beginning of each "start" of a new segment. This would've been avoided if he had spent a few min prior to recording doing a practice read. Sometimes I could've sworn that a new guy would come in sometimes....

    and I think at one time I could hear someone murmuring in the other room?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    A Princess of Mars is the first book in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Barsoom series. Full of swordplay and daring feats, it remains the best example of 20th century pulp science fiction.

    Lyette says: "REALLY GOOD FOR A $2 BOOK"
    "REALLY GOOD FOR A $2 BOOK"
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    I was surprised about how well read this book was, I wasn't expecting much out of it, considering the price tag was so cheap. Having picked up the other books in the series for 4-5$ a pop, this one had been the best performance out of the whole lot.

    After getting through most of the second book, read by somebody else that frequently started off bad and had to work his way up to "eh, it's ok." 5min after they started reading a new segment.... THIS reading of "A Princess of Mars" was by far better.

    I would suggest picking up this version of the book. It is the right price if you are just wanting to get introduced to the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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