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Glen

Delray Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Maskerade: Discworld #18

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (362)

    It's Phantom of the Opera, Discworld style, when an aspiring singer and part-time witch wins a part in the big city opera, and quickly learns of a shadowy figure haunting the house. Now her sorceress companions Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg must come to her aid, before the fat lady sings her last rites!

    Glen Phipps says: "A Couple of Nights at the Opera"
    "A Couple of Nights at the Opera"
    Overall

    The Marx brothers would have been green with envy at the savaging given opera here (Wagner - 3 days of the gods screaming at each other interspersed with about 20 minutes of good tunes). This one had me laughing out loud during my commute - on I-95! - in Southeast Florida, no less! Pratchett is at the top of his form in this one. Even though I have a slight preference for the novels about the night watch, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg get in to mischief that is some of the author's best (try the chocolate pudding with SPECIAL sauce). Listen, it's great. And so is Nigel Planer's reading, as always.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    John Carter returns to the red planet 10 years after his Martian death in search of his wife, Princess Dejah Thoris. His adventures reveal the truth about the Gods of Mars...This is the second in Burroughs' 11-volume Mars series, a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure.

    Christopher Tower says: "Awful narrator"
    "An annoying triumph of form over substance"
    Overall

    Burrough's Mars novels may be my favorite escapist literature of all time. I was not prepared for a reading where the reader adopts a broad southern accent, I guess because John Carter is from Virginia. I would have much preferred a simple straightforward reading. The affected accent is very annoying and detracts from the enjoyment of the story.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful

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