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Johanna

Maeystown, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Steampunk Specs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Barzak, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan, and others
    • Narrated By Tom Dheere, Vanessa Hart, Nancy Linari
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    This collection of unabridged, spectacular steampunk speculations includes several classics of the genre. These tales will sweep you away with their amazing automata, daring dirigibles, grinding gears, and scintillating steam as days gone by are infused with tech. In "Smoke City," by Christopher Barzak, a woman comes to terms with the loss of her family to the child labor mills of the city. A doctor tries to cope with a strange plague terrorizing the citizens of London in Jeffrey Ford's "Dr. Lash Remembers."

    Johanna says: "No decent stories"
    "No decent stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Steampunk Specs?

    Most of the stories are just porn. I don't understand how you can sell sex stories as actual short stories.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Mansfield Park


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    There were too many narrators. A few of the narrators used horrible accents but then dropped the accent randomly.


    What character would you cut from Steampunk Specs?

    Most of the characters were flat and predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affinity Bridge: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George Mann
    • Narrated By Simon Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by unfamiliar inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, while ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen, and journalists.

    Doug says: "nowhere near as bad as reviewed"
    "Ok story, bad reader"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from George Mann and/or Simon Taylor?

    I'm going to try another George Mann, I'll avoid Simon Taylor.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Newberry. As a Sherlock he was ok, but it was hard to like him with the reader's too husky voice for him.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Taylor?

    Anyone would be better. His voice was so breathy it was hard to understand. He whispered the main character so husky that I had trouble understanding him.


    Did The Affinity Bridge inspire you to do anything?

    Make sure I don't buy another Simon Taylor book.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a disturbing pop pop pop sound and then a repeat in the reading. It happened twice. I am not sure what this was, but I deleted the book and redownloaded it. The noise was still there. If I'm paying for the reading I would like it to sound nice. The first time it happened I thought I had missed something and rewound it, but it happened again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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