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Greg

Palos Verdes Estates, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 11 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
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  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (8768)
    Performance
    (4849)
    Story
    (4890)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "This Series Rocks"
    Overall

    I am writing this review on the first of this series because as you consider beginning a multibook series you'll be wondering if the commitment is worth it. After having listened to all of the books now available on Audible (10 or 11 and the story is still not over) I am telling you to GO FOR IT. It took a several chapters to get my bearings with the material, but after that I was hooked in a terribly engrossing world of fantasy that I would never have thought would interest me. Some other reviewers have panned the narrators, and maybe with the first book they hadn't yet found their bearing either, but throughout the series they are outstanding in my opinion. I couldn't get enough of this story. I'm thankful that I came to it late, when there were already more than 10 books to enjoy. I admit that I have expected the author to wrap up this saga before now, but in reality I am thankful that he kept the characters and their world alive. I recommend this series with no reservations.

    122 of 125 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5483)
    Performance
    (5233)
    Story
    (5243)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "EPIC!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Hard to accept that we have to wait for book 3, but the first two are classics already. Story is big, and although long, it never drags. A good book is never too long, and this is a story that only leaves you wanting more. Narration is superb. If you like fantasy even just a smidgen, the Radience books don't disappoint. Sanderson has created a fascinating world with big players involved in monumental drama. Can't wait for the next installment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1124)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (770)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Rated R? For "Ridiculous" Maybe"
    Overall

    This is by far the lamest novel I've listened to. The narrator sounds like he is from the Jay Ward school of cartoon characterizations. It sounded like Dudley Dooright and Snidley Whiplash (and a little bit of "Uncle Tanoose") had grabbed the microphone. Seriously, I never could get absorbed into the story because of the over-the-top reading. I found myself constantly debating (while the story is continuing) if the book is horrible for its sophomoric writing or the terrible characterizations by the reader. I have stuck with it only so I could fairly write a review. But I've got to warn you, as you near the end of part 2 and are thinking that this monstrosity will finally end in part 3, that there is a PART 4!
    The plot in this book is criminally predictable and plods out at a glacial pace. The characters are equally shallow and detestable; even the main protagonists. There is absolutely no reason to care that they succeed in their "epic" quest. The only "epic quest" involved in this book is making the effort to listen through to the end. Giving this book anything higher than 1 star is doing a disservice to all the quality fantasy titles that can be found on Audible. If you've got a spare credit burning a hole in your account and want a good laugh, go ahead and download this book. But don't say I didn't warn you!

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6272)
    Performance
    (3061)
    Story
    (3076)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "A Matched Set"
    Overall

    How wonderful it is to hear an author's words read they way he heard them in his own head. Gaiman's narration is right up there with the best readers in audio books, no doubt about it. I loved the book, but have to caution parents that, although it is presented as "Children's Book" it is not for young children, and it is certainly a fantastic book for adults. I wish more authors had the ability at characterization, inflection and pacing that Gaiman has, but alas, his is a rare quality. I enjoyed this book so much I immediately bought "Neverwhere", which is every bit as good. I can't wait for more from this author/performer.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Luck and Trouble: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2293)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1429)

    Jack Reacher reunites with the survivors of his old Army investigative team, scrambling to raise the living, bury the dead, and connect the dots in a mystery that is growing darker by the day. In a world of bad luck and trouble, when someone targets Jack Reacher and his team, they'd better be ready for what comes right back at them.

    Patricia says: "Kept My Interest"
    "Story Good. Narrator Bad"
    Overall

    I've read every Jack Reacher novel, so was pleased to see the newest available so soon on Audible. As most Audible veterens know, the narrator can make or break a novel. The same book read by two different people can "feel" totally different. After listening to Bad Luck and Trouble I've concluded that my disappointment is not with the story, but with the narration. The voices and dialects just seem all wrong. Reacher isn't Reacher. O'Donnell, an ex-Army MP, is made to sound like some smarmy Atlantic Seaboard Socialite. And the women don't sound like women. The discordent characterizations kept getting in the way of a great action story. I am going to get the book now to read, as I recommend to you.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Le Show, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr)
    • By Harry Shearer
    • Narrated By Harry Shearer
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Le Show is a program of satire, humor, and commentary about the week's news. Comedy sketches written and performed by multi-talented multimedia artist Harry Shearer, interwoven with an eclectic, ever-changing blend of music; from world to pop, soul to jazz. Shearer says about Le Show, "I do it because I don't do standup, and I don't do sitcoms, and the radio broadcast enables me to do what I think is funny in a broadcast medium without having to listen either to network executives or Canadian producers."

    David says: "Overpriced!"
    "Harry Shearer is a Classic"
    Overall

    Le Show is the only reason I've continued to subscribe to public radio for 20 years...the ONLY reason. While Harry has retained a Liberal edge, while I've gone more conservative, I still love and respect the guy. He is one of my all time favorites. I first began hearing Harry when I was a kid in school (I'm 50 now) and he was part of the Credibility Gap group. They would do a news cast on a local Los Angeles radio station that lampooned current events as he continues now on Le Show. The Credibility Gap would skewer (the then LA mayor) Mayor Sam Yorty and anyone else that attracted their sites. Hilarious then and now. Previous reviewers have mentioned his skits about the Bush's, but Harry kept pace with the Clinton's as well. Even though I was a huge Reagan supporter, it didn't keep me from listening to his outrageously funny series, "Hellcats of the White House", when he found a new way every week to look at the oddball side of politics. Harry Shearer is a rare talent and an acquired taste. For those of you that have been left scratching your heads after a single listen, I encourage you to continue. Harry's take on world events grows on you and you find yourself scheduling your day not to miss his show. With Audible, now there is no reason to skip an episode. Go Harry, you've given me a lot of laughs over the past 40 years!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Death

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (6)

    The phenomenal New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Lowell brilliantly displays her incomparable talents in a story of treachery, greed, conspiracy, and murder that will hold the reader spellbound until the final word.

    Greg says: "The Story was Better Than Reader"
    "The Story was Better Than Reader"
    Overall

    I am coming to realize that for audio books, even a great story can be undermined. Looking back on it, The Color of Death has a good story. Conflict, an interesting world of precious gems, love and violence. What made this book less satisfying was the inability of the reader to provide distinct characterizations to even the main protagonists. During dialogue I sometimes lost track if it was the man or the woman that was speaking, and I'm not sure the reader knew either. The main character is a woman, and there is one other woman in the book, while ALL the other characters (and there are a lot of them) are male. I'm not sure why the producer chose to use a female reader in this case; she had a lot difficulting coming up with multiple male voices.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Big Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (447)

    Take an exit off the Jersey Turnpike to the irresistible world of Stephanie Plum, America's favorite bounty hunter, where she gets into more trouble than ever. This time, she faces a notorious gang in Trenton who wants her dead. Morelli warns that she's in too deep, and Stephanie more than agrees.

    John says: "A Fun Story with distinct characters"
    "Lorelei King is Great"
    Overall

    Reviewer "sharol" is right about Ms King as a narrator, but wrong about "To the Nines." King narrarated that book as well. "To the Nines" was the first Evanovich book I listened to or read. Ms King's characterizations made that book very entertaining and had me wanting more. Unfortunately, my second Evanovich book was narrated by Debbie Mazar, and while she is not bad, she doesn't hold a candle to Lorelei King. Evanovich's stories are solid. Listen to those narrated by King, read the others.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4926)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2031)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "More Truth Than Fiction?"
    Overall

    This book was an exceptional "history" of the CIA. I don't know how much is factual, but having been born in the early '50s I lived through most of the time and events and this book's story has the ring of plausability. I enjoyed it very much. My only complaint, and just a small one, is that it took a long time to get through. I judge a great book by how dissapointed I am when a great story comes to an end. While I was engrossed in the story, I also started to feel like a Marathoner at the 20th mile...exhausted. The scope is grand and the personalities built in the book are great. The narration is above average. I recommend the book, but don't be surprised if you need a few breaks along the way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hung Like a Fly

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Marga Gomez
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Meet Marga Gomez: a Latina who can't do the Macarena; an out, proud lesbian willing to undergo a painful bikini wax so she can audition for Baywatch; and a comedian who defies preconceptions. This underground debutante has been featured on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. She has performed all over the country, from Yankee Stadium to universities, concert halls - and even a bowling alley in El Paso.

    Greg says: "Cheeky Fun"
    "Cheeky Fun"
    Overall

    Okay, so you shouldn't play this around small children (you'll have a lot of explaining to do), but I Gomez cracked me up. Yeah, there is a lot of lesbian related material, but not all. There is solid talent behind the material and her delivery. Recording quality is not great, but I've found myself keeping this one on the iPod for an occasional laugh.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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