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RaisinGirl

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  • World War Z

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Christopher Ragland, Rupert Farley, Nigel Pilkington, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (194)

    The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched firsthand 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 thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living - or at least the undead - hell of that dreadful time.

    RaisinGirl says: "A pity the unabridged version is inferior"
    "A pity the unabridged version is inferior"
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    Fans waited for an unabridged version of the audiobook with bated breath... and it's been a bit of a letdown. For a book that seems tailor-made for the aural medium - it is a spoken word history of the titular war after all - the performances were uneven, some of them particularly weak, and some of the accents were absolutely terrible. Given the care and thought that went into the original abridged celebrity-laden audio book - not even legally available in some countries - it's a pity that the same attention wasn't given to this unabridged version. There are countless audiobook performers who, although not stars like Alan Alda, Henry Rollins etc, could have done very good jobs with these stories and characters. I would recommend this version for hardcore fans only.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9306)
    Performance
    (4280)
    Story
    (4306)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Exciting story well narrated"
    Overall

    King in "we have met the monster and it is us" mode. A Koch's snowflake of a plot, with some pacing issues at start and end, and a few of the many characters drop, disappointingly, from the narrative as the action ramps up. But this is still up there with King's best. Esparza's narration is brilliant for the most part, at his best in narration the "eye of god" and "animal's eye view" parts, at its weakest in his vocal characterisation for a lot of the female characters, which tend to sound alike at the start until he warms into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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