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E.SanMiguel

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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (151)

    With his marvelous sense of the absurd, Lewis Carroll's whimsical, fantastical tale delighted children and adults when it was first published in 1865 and has since become a treasured classic of literature.

    Patricia says: "Don't you just LOVE Jim Dale!"
    "Truly surreal"
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    There are many versions of Lewis Carroll's novel and this version was not one I would recommend for children. While Jim Dale is a wonderful reader/narrator it did not quite match the surreal quality of the writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Touched by an Alien: Alien Novels Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gini Koch
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt steps into the middle of what appears to be a domestic dispute turned ugly. And it only gets uglier when the man turns into a winged monster, straight out of a grade-Z horror movie, and goes on a killing spree. Though Kitty should probably run away, she springs into action to take the monster down. In the middle of the chaos, a handsome hunk named Jeff Martini appears, sent by the "agency" to perform crowd control. He's Kitty's kind of guy, no matter what planet he's from. And from now on, for Kitty, things are going to be sexy, dangerous, wild, and out of this world.

    Betty says: "Fun stuff!"
    "Fun read but not the audio version"
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    What made the experience of listening to Touched by an Alien the most enjoyable?

    I looked forward to the audio version of a fun book. Sadly the narrator chosen is just not right for this book. Usually you can tell right away if the narrator works for you, but I have had at least one occasion when it took a while to become comfortable to a narrator. So I tried very hard but this narrator is all wrong for this book. I recommend you read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Touched by an Alien?

    You have to suspend your logic and just enjoy the ride. This is a funny book with laugh out loud plot twists, snarky humor and a great introduction to an interesting cast of book characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Romy Nordlinger?

    As a fan of Gini Koch's Alien book series I had wondered who would be the most appropriate narrator and looked forward to who would be selected. Sadly Ms. Nordlinger may be fine for other books but not this one.


    3 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3279)
    Performance
    (2972)
    Story
    (3032)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "Creative, quirky and over all too soon"
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    Where does Legion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Purchased the Audible (audiobook) version first (may have been one of their Daily Deals) and was immediately pulled into this quirky little story. Love the premise of Leeds who is acknowledged to be a brilliant mind but odd due to his hallucinations which he calls "aspects". That is well named because each "aspect" character has a unique personality and one is led to believe that each is a different part of Leeds own personality and intellect.The intro is funny and a little puzzling but the story pulls you in quickly. You can become very fond of the different "aspects" and the (excellent) narrator Oliver Wyman gives each one a unique voice. The story is over all too soon. One can hope that Mr Sanderson will invite us back to Leeds world.I found this story so fascinating that I looked in the local bookstore for a paper copy. Alas, no copy found but thankfully a Kindle version is available. So now I get to enjoy the story again from a different viewpoint (from listening to reading or both together).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tobias


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many to choose from, but a definite chuckle in the beginning when Leeds interacts with his butler Wilson (after making a visitor wait for 4 hours).


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator Oliver Wyman did a wonderful reading giving each character a unique voice that matches and enhances each one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3193)
    Performance
    (2744)
    Story
    (2746)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Agents and aliens"
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    What did you love best about Agent to the Stars?

    Wil Wheaton is the perfect reader for this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unique and funny


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are lots of great scenes so it is too difficult to pick just one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It had a relatively slow build up so I would say 2 sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    Laughed out loud and since I was listening during my daily commutes there were a couple driveway moments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Equations of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Simon Morden
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Short-listed for the World Fantasy Award and a finalist for the Catalyst Award, bona fide rocket scientist Simon Morden has won a considerable fan base for his mind-bending brand of SF. The first in a planned trilogy, Equations of Life stars Samuil Petrovitch, a survivor of the nuclear fallout in a futuristic St. Petersburg.

    Ray Price says: "Shakespeare's Tempest Sideways"
    "Patience is rewarded"
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    What made the experience of listening to Equations of Life the most enjoyable?

    I read a hard copy version of the book and excited to see that an audiobook version is available. It took some patience but worth it to enjoy the book again from a different (audio) viewpoint.In the un-dated future a worldwide catastrophe (which is not explained in the book) has transformed London (and presumably other places) into a crowded city of refugees. Simon Petrovitch is a Russian refugee with a past. While he just wants to blend into the crowd he surprises himself by acting when he witnesses a kidnapping in progress. That one event triggers a whole sequence of events while he tries to extricate himself from crime lords, an interfering police detective, an angry priest, a nun bodyguard, and the birth of an artificial intelligence (AI) which takes control of the city.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The pacing was slow and it felt like he was reading each sentence like a paragraph. Since I was already a fan of Simon Morden's work I was patient and eventually Mr. Moore's reading began to slowly flow into a rhythm.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was a book I wanted to read in one sitting but not listen to since the performance took a while to become comfortable.


    Any additional comments?

    While some people may not like the performance, the book series (3 books) is well worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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