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Mara

Mara P

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3220)
    Performance
    (2770)
    Story
    (2772)

    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"
    "What a surprise!"
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    Performance
    Story

    I hadn't heard of this book before and don't remember what made me buy it, but I'm so glad I did. The story is wonderful and Mr. Wheaton is superb. My only complaint is how the last few chapters are formatted, giving us only snapshots of the action. But well worth the money and time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5263)
    Performance
    (3228)
    Story
    (3242)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "A Major Disappointment"
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    I had really been looking forward to listening to this book. But i found Mr. Brick's narration just too snide and sarcastic. It would be one thing to have the characters conversations read that way, but there was simply no break from it and it grew old. I wanted to stop, but decided to see it through to the end. Every character was endlessly preachy. Speeches going on for hours.... While I understand that the author was expressing a specific philosophy, i just wish that brevity or at least succinctness had been a part of it. Had the philosophy required this degree of explanation it may have been worth it. But too much was simply a repeat of what had previously been said. In my favorite books I find myself hitting the skip back button to make sure I don't miss anything. With this book i wouldn't even bother to rewind if I fell asleep.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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