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Garry

Fairfield, OH, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • 9 reviews
  • 83 ratings
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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Arrival

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bob Shaw, John Charters, Paul Finch
    • Narrated By Colin Baker, Peter Barkworth, Rula Lenska, and others
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Over 2 hours of science fiction stories for your listening enjoyment.

    Kisha says: "Brilliant!"
    "Light of Other Days"
    Overall

    The price is right, just DO NOT waste an audio credit on it, spend the $7.55 if you never plan on seeking out Bob Shaw's Light of Other Days in print. If you're a Science Fiction fan you've probably already read this story. If you're not an SF fan you must know that when the topic of best SF short story ever written comes up this story is ALWAYS mentioned. Is it that good, well let's just say you owe it to yourself to hear it (or read it). The rest of the collection leaves a lot to be desired and with a month gone I cannot remember the titles of the marginally decent stories. It's old-time SF and the ideas were original back when. If you can put yourself into that mindset you might enjoy these somewhat 'cliched' or O'Henry (twist endings with little else) style stories. Anyway, again "Light of Other Days" is great and contains a poem you'll always long to recite.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3831)
    Performance
    (1689)
    Story
    (1700)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Exceptional"
    Overall

    Wow! Lenny Henry is one of the finest Narrators I have ever heard (and with 6 yrs of Audible under my belt I've heard a lot!). His ability to give unique voices to such a variety of characters, male, female, young old, British, Jamaican (Island) is extraordinary. Surprisingly, he has read nothing else on Audible, which is certain to change. I loved (and hated) Graham Coates, in particular. Of course, if it weren't for the superb storytelling of Neil Gaiman, however compelling characters wouldn't have been possible. American Gods was good, however a bit complex and mysterious, while Anansi Boys was straightforward, humerous and so very character driven that you will love it. The only negative is that the build-up to the end lead to a somewhat predictable conclusion. Don't let this deter you because it was, nonetheless, very satisfying and there were some surprises. You just have to stay around to see what happens to Graham Coates.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Robert Stanek Short Story & Novella Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Stanek
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (8)

    Enter the spell-binding worlds of best-selling author Robert Stanek and dream a new dream. The book contains two novellas, two short stories and a special feature exclusive.

    Eugene says: "Fantastic"
    "Self Published?"
    Overall

    I am only addressing this particular title since it’s the only one I’ve heard. It’s certainly possible that this author’s other titles are much better than this one, however, I see the same diverse opinions among those reviews. The saying goes, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”.

    Due to the wide opinion (5 stars or 1 star ratings with very few in between) on this work (here and on Amazon.com) I was curious about how this could be happening. The 1 star reviews here clearly questioned the validity of the 5 star reviews. I googled the author and discovered that his publisher only sells books written by him. What does this mean? It might mean that the author has created his own virtual publishing company (he wouldn't be the first) and has managed to get his books on electronic distributors (Audible, Amazon, B&N, etc.) websites. This is self-publishing! Anyone familiar with the writing biz would agree that this is a tremendous insult to hardworking writers who send manuscripts to publishers and wait months and years to hear back from them (if they can even submit the manuscript at all without an agent). It is then the publisher, through book distributors, that rewards the author by getting their books into the stores whether it be bricks and mortar or online.

    Reviews on Amazon showed that many were suggesting that the author himself is writing some, if not all of the positive reviews. I also found this opinion in other forums. There’s a lot more but you’ll need to research and draw your own conclusions.

    Finally, I did inform Audible about the possibility of this being a self-published work, got a refund, and expressed my displeasure with self-published works appearing here. I love Audible and only want to preserve the integrity of their service. I will go no further than these pages to discuss this author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Chaz Perrone might be the only marine scientist in the world who doesn't know which way the Gulf Stream runs. He might also be the only one who went into biology just to make a killing, and now he's found a way, doctoring water samples so that a ruthless agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the endangered Everglades. When Chaz suspects that his wife, Joey, has figured out his scam, he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner into the night-dark Atlantic.

    Ann says: "Humor and Mystery"
    "Interesting, well written and entertaining!!"
    Overall

    I'm glad I purchased this story. I read the reviews for this and Hiassen's other stories and they were fairly diverse which made me wonder about this title.

    First, however I did not find this nearly as funny as others did. Irregardless, it was a very engaging story. I particularly enjoyed the way Hiassens characters raised questions or dilemnas through their actions and Hiassen answered the questions/resolved the dilemnas flawlessly and satisfyingly. This same trait also highlights the minor criticism I have for the book. This is that it was often predictable, yet fortunately, the ending was not predictable and thus satisfying. My other criticism is that the book was fairly short. (less than 5 Hours). Importantly, the characters were well developed, interesting and brought to life through the narration.

    I give it 4/5 stars. The briefness and predictability being the only negatives. I recommend this title and will very likely try another Hiassen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Birthday of the World: And Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Ursula K. Le Guin, David Birney, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Six of these tales are set in the author's signature world of the Ekumen, a world made familiar in her award-winning novel The Left Hand of Darkness. The title story was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as "remarkable...a standout." Paradises Lost is a mesmerizing novella of space exploration and the pursuit of happiness. These stories explore complex social interactions, troublesome issues of gender and sex, and the meaning of transformation, religion, and history.

    Donald A. Giallanza says: "The Birthday of the World"
    "Give me a break"
    Overall

    These stories seem to depict a lifetime of frustration with male dominance and they beat you over the head with it. We already know that UKL's Left Hand of Darkness broke new ground and it was welcome. These stories take those ideas (and her new one-moieties) and burn them out. Each story attempts to right every wrong that women have suffered at the hands of men and society. I don't agree with male dominance either, most men reading these stories are likely enlightened on this as well, so it seems she's preaching to the choir. The males become the prostitutes, they are used and hurt, it goes on and on. The first two stories communicated the point and that's all I needed. If you're looking of Science Fiction, there is none in these stories.

    4 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2411)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (947)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Perfectly, elegantly constructed mysteries"
    Overall

    This was my first Bosch, after Chasing the Dime (which was Connelly, but not Bosch). Connelly's ability to set up a story, get his ducks in a row and then mow them down at the end is inspiring. He also displays an intellect that's just out of the reach of the reader delivering completely unexpected but clearly foreshadowed and plot consistent twists to his narrative. I love his plays and like to try to guess how they're going to iron out. With Connelly, you can play detective right along side Bosch and try, if you will, to figure out the end. Very fun and intriguing. Will add that there was one weakness (or something I didn't get) and that was the resistance of Homeland Security and the pressure they put on the FBI and Bosch because, in the end, I'm not sure there was a connection. Still, I'm giving it 5 stars because it's such a compelling, wonderfully, character driven, simple to follow, narrative.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Dime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (333)

    The messages waiting for Henry Pierce when he plugs in his new phone clearly aren't intended for him. They indicate something has gone terribly wrong for a woman named Lilly. Pierce probes, investigates, and then tumbles through a hole, leaving behind a life driven by work to track down and help a woman he's never met. Connelly's latest is "a grabber from the beginning...utterly compelling."

    David says: "Nobody Could Be That Stupid That Many Times!"
    "Riveting Slipstream Fiction"
    Overall

    My first Connelly book. You disappointeds/don't bothers/etc. simply don't understand the mind of a scientist. The wrong number was a fresh challenge, a side-project, if you will to get him through the rather mundane task of finding investors. These things bore scientists, so, with a small grain of salt, I can see why he'd be curious. The scientific underpinning of a nanotechnological 'engine' or energy source (a real scientific challenge to nanotech) was done quite well. Putting your disbelief behind you however, the story was riveting and having listened to probably 100 books on Audible it's the only book I ever sat down at night to finish (versus listening during the commute). I am now a huge Michael Connelly fan. I've now heard Lost Light and am working on the Narrows. Connelly constructs flawless plots that are at once complex and easy to follow. In the end, please save your dissing for Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, if you want to talk about improbable, intellectually suicidal stories.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Birthright: The Book of Man

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Birthright: The Book of Man is a brilliant novel of science fiction that carefully constructs a blueprint of mankind's history - social, political, economic, scientific, and religious - for the next 18,000 years.

    Amazon Customer says: "This IS your father's Sci-Fi"
    "Birthright, clearly an infant!"
    Overall

    This book is Science Fiction the way it used to be and the way most would hope it never is again; a lot of exposition (info dump) and not a lot of action or character development.

    I tried to listen to this on the 13 hour drive to the beach and it simply didn't grab me while I was in an extremely receptive mood!
    After 3 hours of getting nothing out of this I fell back to the latest issue of F&SF (a sure thing! Contemporary SF at it's best!).

    It's telling that this is Resnick's first book. What I don't understand is why anyone would choose to use valuable resources to produce this story. Resnick has so many more stories/books that are really good. This was a disappointment. I hope to be bored someday enough to give this another go. If I do and I'm surprised by a turn of events, I'll let you know.

    Garry

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Matthew Modine
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Philip K. Dick is a legend as a science fiction author. Imaginative and prescient. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is one of his best. Listen...and try to sleep!

    David says: "Bladerunner and more"
    "Earth shattering!"
    Overall

    If you've seen and loved, as many have, Bladerunner, SO WHAT!

    Here is the Real McCoy, here is the story that Bladerunner failed to tell. If you've only seen Bladerunner you're, metaphorically speaking, an Android and you'd fail the 'empathy box' test for discerning what's real and what's not. If you don't understand what I'm saying you have to get this and listen to it.

    Let me preface my comments to encourage you here. I ALMOST NEVER get abridgements, however, given that Calista Flockhart and Matthew Modine were narrating this tale I made an exception. WOW! was it the best exception I ever made.

    I'll also clue you in on some more 'insider information' here, too. All you have to do is start with the title "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." Is this a great title, or what? This is Philip K. Dick's (PKD) original title. Philip K. Dick also wrote the story that is Total Recall. The original story also had a much better title, "We Can Remember it For you Wholesale". Finally, Speilberg got ahold of a PKD story Minority Report. Hey, he didn't change the title, but still, wasn't that a great movie?

    What you should be getting from all of this is that anything by PKD is pretty damn good. I'm telling you though, this story "Do Androids", with these narrators is as good as it gets!

    If you can't empathize with this you, indeed, are an Android.

    Garry

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful

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