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Bill

Issaquah, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 447 titles in library
  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • Embassytown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (332)

    China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak....

    D says: "must hear to fully appreciate."
    "Couldn't hold out any longer"
    Overall

    Several hours in to this book, essentially nothing had happened. Note that I'm an avid reader/listener of sci-fi, mystery, and literary fiction, and I don't mind a book that eases in to a story gently, but this book was boring beyond belief. It goes on and on about the main character being a "simile," part of the "hosts" language. Great, very clever. Now what is the point please, is anything going to actually happen.

    It just didn't hold my interest, though I gave it several hours.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Deceived

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (190)

    Anonymity. Trust. Professionalism. In his world, Jonathan Quinn has a few rules. He'll get rid of bodies that have to disappear; nothing ever gets traced back to him. But when Quinn is called to a busy Los Angeles port where a shipping container has just come in from the sea, it's clear his rules have been violated. Inside the crate is a dead man - a man who once saved Quinn's life.

    Michele says: "Brilliant!"
    "Good story, but almost ruined by the narration"
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    Where does The Deceived rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brett Battles? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like the Cleaner series, good characters, good story twists.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    I will try to avoid them. I'd only listen to another one if it was a book I really, really wanted to listen to rather than read. His normal narration voice is excellent, but when he does character voices they are over the top, almost caricatures. "Tasha" in this book constantly sounds like she is whining. "Quinn's" voice is ridiculous. It would have been better to just read the dialog without differentiation, or with only minor variations.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Brett, get another narrator please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning Rods

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Helen DeWitt
    • Narrated By Dushko Petrovich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    "All I want is to be a success.That's all I ask." Joe fails to sell a single set of the Encyclopedia Britannica in six months. Then he fails to sell a single Electrolux and must eat hundreds of pieces of homemade pie, served up by his would-be customers who feel so sorry for him. Holed up in his trailer, Joe finds an outlet his for frustrations in a series of ingenious sexual fantasies, and at last strikes gold. His brain storm, Lightning Rods, Inc., will take Joe to the very top - and to the very heart of corporate insanity.

    Josh says: "Wild tale, enveloping reader"
    "So great I had to write a review"
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    Would you listen to Lightning Rods again? Why?

    Well, mainly I'm writing this review to convince people that they should listen to Lightning Rods the first time...but yes, I would listen to it again because it was excellent satire, the kind where listening to it the second time you are likely to pick up on subtle aspects you missed the first time.


    What other book might you compare Lightning Rods to and why?

    Catch-22 and most of the books by Christopher Buckley -- the former because the depth and subtlety of the satire and the latter because this made me laugh out loud.


    Which character – as performed by Dushko Petrovich – was your favorite?

    Both Joe, and the


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a masterpiece of satire -- better than anything that has come along since Catch-22. Buy it. Listen to it. This is the first time I've felt strongly enough about a book to take the time to write a review, and my first 5 star rating in 6+ years of listening to audio books (i.e. I'm not one of those annoying reviewers who rates everything 5 stars).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5541)
    Performance
    (4716)
    Story
    (4711)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "The weakest of the series"
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    I've read the entire series, and feel that this was the weakest by far. I'd go so far as to say that I really didn't enjoy it. Harry goes on, and on, and on with internal monologue that seems to be trying to be deep and profound but really isn't. And the two "surprises" of the plot are things that you can see coming from a mile away.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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