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  • The Integral Trees

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    When the spacecraft Discipline reached the double-star system of T3 and LeVoy's Star, its crew discovered that an immense doughnut-shaped gaseous envelope had formed around a neutron star. Though it had very little usable land, the Smoke Ring had evolved a variety of life forms, most of which were edible and all of which could fly.

    A User says: "Great Book, Bad Narrator"
    "Great Book, Bad Narrator"
    Overall

    I've read this book in paper form and I like it even more as an audiobook. Unfortunately it is spoiled by the worst narrator and audio production that I have ever herd. My computer with text-to-speech does a better job. (I know, I've tried it).

    The narrator reads everything in a monotone; no character voices, no inflection, no effects, nothing. Worse, he reads straight through the natural pauses. It's very difficult to tell where one character's speech ends and the next begins. He does the same for paragraphs and chapter endings, so the book sounds like one bloated, incomprehensible paragraph.

    Simply awful narration that wrecks a geat book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hood: King Raven Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Lawhead
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (340)

    For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

    RJT says: "Extremely well done ... mostly."
    "Good reading of an excellent book."
    Overall

    After reading this book, I can't wait until the next in this series is complete. Lawhead writes an engaging and delightful retelling of the Robin Hood tales. He makes the plot both new and believable.

    For this audiobook, the narration is good and the post production is excellent.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edwin A. Abbott
    • Narrated By Patrick Frederic
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    One of the rare novels about math and philosophy with almost universal appeal, Flatland is simultaneously a brilliant parody of Victorian society and a fictional guide to the concepts of relativity and the multiple dimensions of space.

    Brian says: "Loved all the concepts of this book"
    "mostly horrible."
    Overall

    The enjoyable last third of the book is only barely worth the tedium and annoyance of the first two thirds.

    The author spends far too much time on the social class structure of flatland and far too little time on exploring multi dimensional concepts. The author tries to use the book to advocate the benefits caste system or class society. The author also apparently believes that women are mindless beings who are only worth keeping for their use in obtaining progeny. I could only listen to it by reminding myself that he was not speaking of human women.

    The last third does a fairly good job of explaining how one might imagine other dimensions using a variety of proofs and examples.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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