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  • The Gods of Mars: Mars Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Peter Delloro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    The Gods of Mars begins with John Carter's arrival back on Barsoom (Mars) after a 10-year hiatus, separated from his wife Dejah Thoris, his unborn child, and the Red Martian people of the nation of Helium, whom he has adopted as his own. Unfortunately, Carter materializes in the one place on Barsoom from which nobody is allowed to depart: the Valley Dor, which is the Barsoomian afterlife.

    KMB says: "Choose another narrator for this book"
    "The narration is distractingly bad"
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    Another reviewer said that the narrator only speaks in all CAPITALS. That reviewer couldn't be more right. It's as if Mr. Delloro speaks with capslock on at all times. This voice suits action scenes, which there are many, but it does not change for the non action scenes and becomes distractingly annoying to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2135)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1464)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Sara says: "A Haunting First Book in the Series"
    "The best narrative performance I've heard"
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    The book has won many awards for good reason, but it's not really my preferred sci-fi. What made the experience of reading this audio version one of the best yet, for me, was Jenny Sterlins narrative performance. She made the characters alive, very distinct from each other, and gave them believability. I believe that her performance made the story even more moving than it would have been had I simply read the txt of it.

    Well done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stand on Zanzibar

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Brunner
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Written in a way that echoes John Dos Passos' U.S.A. Trilogy, Stand on Zanzibar is a cross-section of a world overpopulated by the billions and society is squeezed into hive-living madness by god-like mega computers, mass-marketed psychedelic drugs, and mundane uses of genetic engineering. Though written in 1968, it speaks of our present time and is frighteningly prescient and intensely powerful.

    Darryl says: "perfect audio experience"
    "Buy the paperback."
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    Throughout the book are whole chapters of schizophrenic commercials chopped off and randomized to give the reader an impression of someone changing stations rapidly. I'm sure the author intended this to help immerse the reader in his universe, however in AUDIO book form it has the opposite effect. If you're the kind of person that mutes tv or radio commercials you will hate the Audio version of this book.

    The narrator does a great job of painstakingly voice acting every commercial in the book. This is part of the problem. Imagine you're listening to any given audiobook you've already bought from audible. Now imagine that story being CONSTANTLY interrupted by 7-15 minutes worth of well voice acted radio commercials.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful

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