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A. Pedersen

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  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1291)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "This is an excellent rendition of this story"
    Overall
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    First, allow me to say that I probably didn't experience this story like most of you did. I have read other novels by Orson Scott Card and loved them, but I never read Enders Game. My very first experience of this story was in this full cast audio play written by OSC himself. Only after I listened to this, did I read the novel itself.

    That being said, I think this is likely the best version of the story you could possibly want. The audio play successfully captures the heart of the story and the struggles that Ender goes through. I believe the audio play also fixes some of the slightly weaker points of the story. In the novel you do get a bit more of the internal struggle of Ender, but in the novel I do not feel that he is portrayed as the truly unusual boy he really is. In the novel, he feels more like a kid of average intelligence who happens to get really lucky at times. The audio play captures everything that makes Ender really special.

    The cast does a great job with the audio play, but there are a number of women voicing the boys at the school. It doesn't really ruin anything, but that does take a bit of getting used to.

    You owe it to yourself to listen to this audio play. You won't be disappointed. Thanks to Audible for making it a reality!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bioshock: Rapture: Bioshock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Shirley
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (293)

    It was the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal had redefined American politics. Taxes were at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had created a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business had many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom was diminishing... and many were desperate to take that freedom back.

    Jason says: "YAAY! Finally . . . Wait, What!?"
    "The backstory adds a lot of enjoyment to the games"
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    The narrator wasn't the best I've heard, though he gets more appropriately animated over time and the story itself isn't going to be winning awards, but if you are the slightest bit interested in Bioshock 1 and 2, then this will fill in some gaps in the game's story and enrich your understanding and enjoyment of both games. This doesn't discuss anything from Bioshock Infinite. After reading this book, I went back to play the game and really found that I appreciated a lot of the nuances quite a bit more.

    If you haven't yet played the games, play at least the first one before reading this book, as it does contain "spoilers" for both games.

    It's definitely worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2698)
    Performance
    (2429)
    Story
    (2416)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "Excellent Story, Well Told"
    Overall
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    This story is very interesting to listen to. The narrator does an excellent job of capturing most of the characters. The story itself is well written and the pacing is good.

    If you're interested in technology, then this story will speak to you directly. If not, the mystery itself may interest you.

    The only weakness to this tale is the very end. I don't want to give anything away, but it feels like the author is in a bit too much of a rush to wrap everything up. Even so, the ending is still satisfying.

    Personally, I group this book with Ready Player One. That isn't because they are exactly the same, but the mystery and focus on technology means if you like one you will probably like the other. Plus Ready Player One is narrated by Wil Wheaton. What's not to like?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11704)
    Performance
    (10913)
    Story
    (10921)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Great story, well read!"
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    This is a very good book. If you like your sci-fi mixed with liberal doses of '80s pop culture, you will think you've died and gone to heaven. The characters are all fleshed out and believable (assuming you accept the premise of the book). The author very clearly loved the 1980's and was probably in the nerd culture during that time (because he picks up on a lot of detail you generally wouldn't know about unless you'd lived through it or knew someone who did.

    The choice to have Wil Wheaton read this audio production is absolutely perfect. Not only is it great considering the subject matter and Wil's own background, but Wil does a really great job of reading the book and bringing the characters to life.

    The only issue I had with the book was that after the author clearly established that the main character is an 1980's scholar, he continues to have the main character rattle off various facts and tid bits about the 80's even when the info really isn't central to the story.

    However, I can forgive that because it wasn't too badly overdone. Overall, Ready Player One was a book I just couldn't put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's(TM) The Ares Decision: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kyle Mills
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (166)

    With U.S. intelligence agencies wracked by internal power struggles and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the President was forced to establish his own clandestine group-Covert-One. It is only activated as a last resort, when the threat is on a global scale and time is running out. In northern Uganda, an American special forces team is decimated by a group of normally peaceful farmers. Video of the attack shows even women and children possessing almost supernatural speed and strength, consumed with a rage that makes them immune to pain, fear, and all but the most devastating injuries.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Book"
    "Decent book, but not up to Ludlum's standards"
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    I like the Covert One series, and this is a good continuation. If you liked the other novels, this will be a decent read as well. However, Kyle Mills is not quite up to Ludlum's standards as the writing itself goes. There are several times in the book where the characters are left in a precarious situation and then when we finally get back to them, we find them out of danger miraculously with only a sentence or so explaining the "miraculous" thing that happened to save them from certain doom, without going into any real detail.

    The voices I have in my head for the characters don't match this narrator, but he's really not as bad as some of the reviews make him sound.

    I do hope this series is going somewhere, though. I hope they don't try to add book after book with no real plan on how to end things. I think these characters are probably just about "done." They've been through too much for it to be plausible that they will continue like this indefinitely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5292)
    Performance
    (4755)
    Story
    (4781)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "A fascinating book, read well"
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    Neil Gaiman's writing is masterful. He has a way of taking familiar things and turning them on their ear. Not only is the novel itself a good one, but this new audio version of the book makes the original story even better, with a full cast reading the book (and Neil reading parts before and after the main story. Neil is one author with a great voice, so it would have been good if he read the whole thing himself, but the full cast really adds something. Trust me, you'll enjoy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol [Simon & Schuster Version]

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Stewart
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge come to marvelous life in Patrick Stewart's critically-acclaimed solo interpretation of A Christmas Carol. The star of X-Men and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart has performed his one-man stage production of this holiday classic to sell-out audiences.

    Christina says: "It's not Christmas without this (audio)book"
    "This is the version you need to listen to"
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    Normally, I don't like abridged audiobooks. I make an exception for this one, however. A Christmas Carol is one of Patrick Stewart's favorite stories and it really shows. Although this edition does cut out some of Dickens own commentary and small bits of the story, it does not cut out anything critical and stays 100% true to the original. Patrick Stewart's narration is absolutely masterful. He does a wonderful job of capturing the essence of each character.

    If you only listen to one version of this story for the holidays, make it this one. You won't regret it.

    If you listen to two versions (as I usually end up doing), pick this one up and the unabridged version by Jim Dale.

    Merry Christmas!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (662)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Karen says: "Fascinating stories"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    Every story was interesting and they wove together rather well. The first story was probably the weakest in my opinion, because it never really explains itself to the listener very well. Still, even that story was fun to listen to.

    I'd really like to see more stories written in this alternate future world.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Digital Fortress

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (749)

    When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

    Amy says: "Meh..."
    "This book isn't perfect, but it's not that bad..."
    Overall

    This book isn't nearly as bad as some reviewers might lead you to believe, but it clearly isn't as polished as his later work. What really hurts this book is the recording itself. I don't know if Audible is to blame or if this is the way the publisher recorded the title, but the audio is very poorly recorded. At the beginning, the recording is too slow. I keept looking at my iPod to see if I accidentally put the book on slow speed. In other parts it is too loud, so the audio distorts regardless of your listening level. If you are interested in the book, I suggest you go get a physical copy or e-book and read it, don't bother with the audiobook version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    This first volume of the Earthsea Cycle is an adventure story, a Quest, a tale of a proud, incautious boy who meddles too early with the Dark. It is a pure fantasy telling about a real thing: a boy coming into his power and his manhood...coming of age.

    Wyonia says: "Great Book...Frantic Narrator"
    "Not a Bad story"
    Overall

    They actually read this book in some high schools, which surprised me, since I had read it on my own many years ago. I was happy to see it being offered here at Audible because it's been quite some time since I last read this book. I find the story compelling (although it doesn't really break "new" ground).

    A few words about the audio production:

    There are some authors that have pleasant speaking voices and read their own works well. Ursula K. LeGuin is not one of those. Thankfully, she only reads the beginning and ending of this book.

    The fellow that reads most of the rest of the book is OK, but he overacts which takes something away from the power of the story itself. You will find yourself shaking your head sometimes at the overacting.

    If you've never read this book, go ahead and get this book. If you've already read it there is no reason to inflict the poor reading style on yourself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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