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H. Loos


Fukuoka, Japan | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 34 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014

  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
    "VERY POOR Audio Quality"

    Why hire an amazing, well-respected actor as Sir Ian McKellen for the narration and not go to the trouble of capturing a suitable audio recording to do it justice?! The entire thing sounds like it was recorded underwater - whatever audio engineer was on duty that day should find new line of employment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Narration ruined it."

    Halfway through, I finally can no longer stand it. I will not be finishing this one. Every female character's voice sounds like an exaggerated Richard Simmons. It is completely distracting. I've listened to audiobooks with a male narrator who portrayed women with a simple, hushed tone, or even no change at all while reading for the female characters, and pulled it off brilliantly.
    There is also an "old man" character near the beginning that Degas portrays as a complete caricature of an elderly man, and his breathy, wheezing, unrealistic voice is quite annoying as well. Fortunately, my wife owns the paperback, so I'll just finish this one the old fashioned way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Great Story, Great Performance"
    What made the experience of listening to City of Thieves the most enjoyable?

    Really intriguing story, well-built, likable characters, great performance by Ron Perlman.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The setting, and the character interactions.

    What does Ron Perlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voice. Subtle, yet unique voices for the different characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Good performance, "The It" was not satisfactory."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were a few things that just seemed out of place. I won't give anything away, but there were a few sexual encounters that were inappropriate given the characters' ages, and the ultimate encounters with "It" did not satisfy expectations.

    Would you recommend It to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Not satisfying considering it's length.

    What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

    Good performance. Some of the characters' accents were annoying (and frankly sometimes cringe worthy), but I'm willing to concede that it might be the characters' themselves that are annoying.

    Was It worth the listening time?

    Not really. Is there an abridged version out there?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of 30 million souls, to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet.

    Steve says: "Good but Too Short!"
    "Max Brooks should leave the narration to the pros."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, with the caveat being to not expect much out of the narrator (Max Brooks) or the Chinese Doctor character. The Chinese Dr. performance was particularly horrendous.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of World War Z?

    Zombie-apocalypse meets World War politics.

    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Without a doubt, the ex-military character voiced by Mark Hamill. Phenomenal voice acting.

    If you could take any character from World War Z out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Most of the narrators did a magnificent job. Even Max Brooks' performance as the main narrator was acceptable (though subpar), but the acting by the Chinese doctor character was ridiculous. Prepare yourself for it to be almost comically unrealistic. Aside from those, the performance of the other actor's were overall pretty good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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