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Natti 29

natti29

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  • Fat Ollie's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ed McBain
    • Narrated By Michael Arkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Murders happen every day in the big bad city. They're not such a big deal, you know. Even when the victim is a city councilman as well-known as Lester Henderson.

    But this is the first time Fat Ollie Weeks of the 88th Precinct has written a novel, ah yes. Called Report to the Commissioner, it follows a cunning detective named Olivia Wesley Watts, who, apart from being female and slim, is rather like Fat Ollie himself. While Ollie's responding to the squeal about the dead councilman, his leather dispatch case is stolen from the back of his car....

    Amazon Customer says: "Funny"
    "Great Listen"
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    Where does Fat Ollie's Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale of 1-10 of the audiobooks I've listened to so far (which aren't many as of yet), Fat Ollie ranks a 9.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Michael Arkin is a good reader and his pace is perfect -- not too fast or too slow. He has an excellent mastery of the accents he had to cover.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Arkin – was your favorite?

    My favorite character as performed by Michael Arkin would be the male Puerto Rican prostitute.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I only wished sometimes that Arkin wouldn't read every single sentence so dramatically. Occasionally, I felt like he was reading a children's book and that it needed toned down as the mood of certain scenes or dialogue varied.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27579)
    Performance
    (21382)
    Story
    (21590)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Reading superb, story a let down."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mockingjay to be better than the print version?

    Yes .


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would change nothing about the reading. Carolyn McCormick was so good that when I tried to read the book myself I would go too fast to get as into it. Her pace and skill at dramatic reading takes the reader through every moment. So listening to her really maximizes the experience.

    As for the story itself: the things that "worked out" in the end did not make the agony worth it. The author cheated us out of satisfaction. I can respect her realism and avoidance of a typical "happy ending," but something was missing. I think Collins could have at least given us a good couple chapters on the reconciliation and love between Katniss and Peeta.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2960)
    Performance
    (1779)
    Story
    (1803)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "Excellent reader, tiring story"
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    Would you try another book from Robert A. Heinlein and/or Lloyd James?

    While I understand why this book is an award-winning masterpiece (Heinlein's grasp of international relations, politics, revolutionary strategy, philosophy, technology, and projection of the future is staggering), it was too heavy on the political theory for me. If it weren't for the audio version, I would probably not have finished it. What it sacrifices for in action it makes up for in brilliance of concept. I prefer an equal balance of both.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the story to me was the endearing computer Mike.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    Lloyd James is a genius, hands down, with his mastery of accents. His pace, inflection, and tone were perfect. My only complaint was that when he did the voice of Wyoh and other female characters, he ended up sounding like a gay man and it was distracting. It's best, with male readers, to not try to attempt to sound female. It doesn't work. With that said, I still had to give him 5 stars because he was that amazing otherwise.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35239)
    Performance
    (26288)
    Story
    (26665)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Excellent Narration (and story)"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Hunger Games the most enjoyable?

    This was my first-ever audio book and, as a die-hard lover of holding a material book, I was pleasantly surprised. Carolyn McCormick is an excellent reader. She held my attention and took me through the story in such a way that a movie was played out in my head. At one point, I tried to continue the story by just reading it on my own and it was suddenly going too fast. I was missing significance. McCormick really maximized the story for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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