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San Antonio, TX, USA

  • 7 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 50 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Gerald says: "Very Good Interpretation"
    "Reasonable adaption, but pauses in funny places"

    Fidelity is reasonably good; just a little muddy. I was surprised to find that this recording dates back to 1999.

    Lloyd James is a competent enough reader, but his interpretation of the primary character (Mannie) was a bit jarring at times. I could handle the Russian accent; but he paused at times he should have kept reading and vice versa.

    His Russian accent for Mannie put a new spin on the character for me; along with the French accent for Stu LaJoie. Never really heard those accents in my head while reading the novel, even though I knew that Heinlein had intended it that way.

    Prof's manner of speaking was a bit too drawn out. Wyoh was fine, but I would have liked a bit more femininity in the voice. Mike's voice was done as expected.

    Was surprised (and pleased) to hear the English accent for the Authority chairman; made a nice touch and really differentiated him from the other characters. James also does Oriental accents well.

    Chapter divisions on my iPod were not marked according to the chapters in the book.

    As this was my first Audible audiobook, I was pleased to find that there were some stops built into the book; and even more pleased that the iPod remembered where I had left off when I switched to music.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of the Steal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his celebrated best seller Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale recounted his youthful career as a master imposter and forger. In The Art of the Steal, Abagnale tells the remarkable story of how he parlayed his knowledge of cons and scams into a successful career as a consultant to businesses on preventing financial foul play - while revealing to listeners how they can identify and outsmart perpetrators of fraud.

    Barbara says: "Financial fraud was never so interesting"
    "A tad outdated, but still worth listening to"

    A lot of emphasis is spent on check fraud in this book. As most people do not write checks anymore (I prefer electronic banking and my debit card), this does not have as much impact. However, I read "Stealing Your Life" by Frank Abagnale and it is a good update for more modern times.
    Mr. Whitener's narration is very pleasing to the ear. I might have to check out other titles he has narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Fuzzy [Audible]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By H. Beam Piper
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.

    Harry says: "Interesting accents"
    "Interesting accents"

    One of the things I like best about audiobooks is that it makes me hear character dialogue in different ways. I've read this novel numerous times, and I never heard the accents in my head that Peter Ganim brings to the book. Now that I think about them, they make sense.
    The Gerd van Riebeek and other characters with Afrikaner-type names have Afrikaner-type accents. Judge Pendarvis has a French accent, as does his wife, Claudette. And the American (can't call them English, as there are no English accents) are also done well.
    The only disagreement I have is the cornpone accent of "Pappy Jack" Holloway. He may be a 70-year-old coot, but he never came across as a hick. But that's the impression I get from Ganin's interpretation.
    I would like to see the other two books in this series posted ("Fuzzy Sapiens" and "Fuzzies and Other People.")

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Music, alternate voices are a little confusing"

    I was listening to this book in the car and I heard this strange sound. At first, I thought there was a problem with car and turned down the sound, then realized it was coming from the recording. It didn't really add any ambience to the story.

    The book does make use of other actors to portray different characters. Yet the main narrator also reads entire chapters himself, without using the other actors. This gets a bit disconcerting after awhile. I would have preferred one or the other. The narrator is adequate, when he is reading solo.

    The narrator's recording is clear enough, but the recorded actors sounds a bit tinny and metallic. Could have used a bit more filtering.

    Be forewarned: The audiobook claims that it is "unabridged," but does not include any of the appendixes at the end of the novel (the dictionary, the religion history, etc.) If you've read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Who Walks through Walls

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner

    When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Richard Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.

    Christopher says: "Great book, presentation was disappointing"
    "Good, strong masculine voice, well read"

    Weiner is a little weak on the female voices, but his baritone for Richard is spot on, so I didn't mind it much. His Russian accents tend to sound too much the same, and they were attached to characters that I never envisioned as Russian. His French accent was a little off-putting as well (Rev. Schultz). However, I enjoyed his narration much more than Lloyd James' interpretations of "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" and "Time Enough for Love." Highly recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Time Enough for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lazarus Long, the main protagonist and Heinlein's alter ego, is so in love with life he refuses to die. Born in 1916, he lives through multiple centuries. Time Enough for Love is the telling of his journey, lovingly detailed, through a vast and magnificent timescape of centuries and worlds.

    Frederick says: "Content Wonderful - Audio Product Dubious"
    "Adequate, if a little jumpy"

    As I wrote in my review for "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," Lloyd James has a tendency to pause in strange places. I almost wanted to shake the iPod to get him to "read right" sometimes, even though I knew it wouldn't do any good. That said, this is an acceptable reading of a very long book, with reasonable voice inflections. It will be a while before I listen to it again, though.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Red October

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A deadly serious game of hide-and-seek is on. The CIA's brilliant young analyst, Jack Ryan, thinks he knows the reason for the sudden Red Fleet operation: the Soviets' most valuable ship, the Red October, is attempting to defect to the United States.

    Christian says: "Audio quality quite poor"
    "A little fast..."

    J. Charles is an adequate narrator, but he reads a bit fast. And some of his accents are a bit forced. Sometimes his Russian characters run together. But overall, a pleasant audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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