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Chris

Likes any genre so long as it is done well.

Arlington, TX, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 118 ratings
  • 442 titles in library
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  • The Martian Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    In lyrical prose, Bradbury describes the decline of the mysterious and fragile Martian civilization, overwhelmed by the human newcomers. Bradbury reads these tales of common people - families, truck-stop owners, priests - who confront a new world with their human pride, fears, tenderness, and greed intact. And at the heart of each story lies the basic conflict between man's search for new frontiers and his irresistible urge for the comfort of the past.

    Karen says: "Wonderful!"
    "Just couldn't get into it."
    Overall

    I am a science fiction fan. I love Arthur C. Clarke, and thought I would like to try Bradbury. I had only ever read his short stories, so I don't know if it is his lackluster narration, or just the length that made it unappealing. I have listened to about 20 titles here, and this is the first that I just can't finish.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vaddey Ratner
    • Narrated By Greta Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

    Melinda says: "A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter"
    "Well told. Very wrenching"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got a bit put off when I thought it was a novel and not a true story, but this is a technicality. Author took a few liberties with dates, places, etc... but it is her story. It was very well done. Riches->rags->climb back up again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3207)
    Performance
    (2206)
    Story
    (2230)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "I hope this series continues for a long time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Truly epic achievement. Wonderful narration, excellent plot, nothing not to like. This author rivals Christopher Moore as one of my SF favourites.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    Overall
    (4368)
    Performance
    (1849)
    Story
    (1839)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "very good. nerve wracking."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The voice was a little grating at first, but I got used to it.
    It was worth it. Very engaging story, haven't heard another like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6689)
    Performance
    (6104)
    Story
    (6129)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Stop dithering and just get it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    You've already listened to the first three, just get it.
    Yes the narration is inexplicably worse. Yes, the plot line drags on, and involves a lot of minor characters. But it is still good.

    I listened then got the fifth one, which seems to pick up again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (578)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Kept me entertained."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A book about writing a book that has no plot...... but it works very well. Thoroughly engrossing history with a compelling story line. It has a bonus section at the end with a good author interview.

    Nothing wrong with the performance, I just reserve 5 for truly stellar narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3807)
    Performance
    (3375)
    Story
    (3394)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Didn't want it to end."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Listened to a lot of this driving from/back to London/Edinburgh. Long trip. Seemed much shorter with this.

    The cast production is wonderful, story line good. I never read the book before, and experience with author was Good Omens.

    Highly recommend. Good tale about the lives/problems of gods and the poor souls who encounter them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5732)
    Performance
    (5232)
    Story
    (5265)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "Just get it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Against expectations, this book was really good, and not hard to listen to. The author and narrator capture the character nicely.

    Kids with cancer is a tough subject matter, but the book is really about their lives. It was very good, and not depressing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (1088)
    Story
    (1089)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    "Engrossing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Felt like I was in Appalachia. A Bill Bryson trip gone terribly wrong.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deliverance?

    There were several. This was a stay in the car a little while longer book.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great accent, pacing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not that kind of book. I'd be worried about people moved by this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9762)
    Performance
    (6730)
    Story
    (6739)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Shallow characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about Jim Butcher’s story?

    Characters and plot very shallow. Like a first draft from a new writer.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Marsters’s performances?

    Sigh. (Once you've listened to a sample, you'll get it).


    Did Storm Front inspire you to do anything?

    Fall asleep.


    Any additional comments?

    First book in a long while from audible that I didn't like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time - the Yankees are coming, it warned. Shortly before midnight, Davis fled the capital, setting off an intense and thrilling chase in which Union cavalry hunted the Confederate president. Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy that led to the crime.

    D. Littman says: "good, but not great"
    "As good as manhunt."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Loved it. He manages to make a funeral train with numerous stops interesting. Both books are fascinating, very well narrated history.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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