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Troy

Muncie, IN, USA

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  • King Kong

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edgar Wallace, Merian C. Cooper, Delos W. Lovelace
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    His very name inspires awe, horror, and, for some of the greatest masters of contemporary science fiction, a strong affection. Find out why in this special collector's edition of the original 1932 novelization of Wallace and Cooper's movie that includes commentary by masters of science fiction Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Orson Scott Card, Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven, Catherine Asaro, Jack Williamson, and Marc Zicree.

    Troy says: "Adds little to classic movie."
    "Adds little to classic movie."
    Overall

    I just finished listening to the Blackstone audiobook production of the original novelization by Dellos Lovelace of the Wallace screenplay for _King Kong_. I am struck by just how little visual description is given in Lovelace's text. If it weren't for this lack, I think the story would be a fun, if not exactly intellectual read. As it is, I can't help but wondering if Lovelace wasn't counting on all of his readers having images from the movie already in their heads. I have read very few novelizations of films. I figure the book will nearly always be less interesting than the movie, just as surely as the reverse (any movie based on a book) is nearly always a disappointing, watered down product. I do recall reading Alan Dean Foster's _Alien_ as a child, because there was no way for me to sneak into an R-rated film and I really wanted to see what my older cousins were talking about. The book was tedious, but I do love the film. Anyway, I can't say that I would recommend reading _King Kong_ (the orginal). ...And I'm not even tempted by the novelization of the generally awful Peter Jackson movie of the same name. The audiobook reader, Stephan Rudnicki, is more than passable, though his voice is a bit too deep and croaky for my taste. The real problem is that the book doesn't add anything to the experience of having seen the film. It's kind of like having someone who IS watching the movie describe the action to you. Having said that, if you are looking for a light-hearted romp that you don't have to pay much attention to while, say, driving through heavy traffic, then this audiobook might be just the thing for you. I should add that there are some substantial comments at the end of the story by Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Orson Scott Card, Ray Harryhausen, and others. Most of them have something interesting to say, though I think a bit more editing in this section would have been wise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Biography: Solomon & Sheba

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By A&E Television Networks
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The story of Solomon, the legendary king of Israel, and Sheba, the beautiful queen who was dazzled by his wealth and wisdom. Theirs was one of the most enduring love stories of all time.

    Troy says: "Short praise for this TV scrape."
    "Short praise for this TV scrape."
    Overall

    The fact that these A&E Biographies are simply scraped off audio from their famous television series is painfully obvious when the fastest talker in the world breaks in intermittantly to assign credits to each speaker. I could only recommend this show for someone who needs some quick background on the subject for a class, presentation, or similar event. In this particular case, I would add that it's pretty irresponsible to try and make a serious show out of such a thinly documented subject. Very little is known about Solomon and Sheba, so the A&E show is about 90% speculation and gibberish.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Biography: Tokyo Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By A&E Television Networks
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (26)

    The story of the women who broadcast Japanese propaganda to American troops in WWII. Focuses on Iva Toguri, a U.S. citizen, who became known as "Tokyo Rose" for her radio broadcasts. Toguri was convicted of treason in 1949 and imprisoned, but was pardoned by President Ford in 1977.

    Molly says: "Tokyo Rose a look behind the voice on the radio"
    "Short praise for this TV scrape."
    Overall

    The fact that these A&E Biographies are simply scraped off audio from their famous television series is painfully obvious when the fastest talker in the world breaks in intermittantly to assign credits to each speaker. I could only recommend this show for someone who needs some quick background on the subject for a class, presentation, or similar event.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Interview with Simon Winchester

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    In this interview, Simon Winchester, the international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa, talks about his new book, A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906.

    Gregory says: "Winchester as Fascinating an Interviewee as Author"
    "Simon says ..."
    Overall

    I wasn't as enchanted by this interview as I have been with some others on this site, but it was good. I was intrigued enough to go out and pick up an earlier work that Simon mentions. If you don't know much about this author, and how a geographical event can make a good non-fiction narrative, then you should tune in to this interview.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7807)
    Performance
    (2985)
    Story
    (3040)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Good fantasy, but derivative and overhyped"
    Overall

    The inevitable subject when reviewing this book is the age of Paolini when he wrote it. Let's get this elephant out of the room by saying it is an impressive feat, to say the least.

    Moving on, Eragon is a solid read for any fan of fantasy. My complaints are that it is a bit predictable at points and it is very derivative of several classic fantasy authors. Yes, I know that borrowing ideas is tradition in good writing, but some of the references (e.g. place names and such) are such obvious homages that they proved distracting for me. The escapist fantasy bubble in which I like to read was burst. Also, there are a few sloppy chains of thought in the book that I was disappointed to encounter. I would love to give examples of these criticisms, but they include plot spoilers.

    Lest you think this review is entirely too negative. I will point to the 4-star rating I set for Eragon, and simply say that I DID enjoy listening to the story quite a bit. I will likely pick up Eldest as well, also available on this site.

    I would simply warn any hard core fantasy readers that this book has almost no chance of living up to the "hype." If you walk into this with expectations that it will be the best fantasy novel you ever read or will read, you will be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (504)

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Comfort Listening"
    "Fantastic Book, Decent Recording"
    Overall

    I love this book and the choice of narrator was fortunate, since he played JH in the television version as well. I won't gush on about the greatness of the book or the reader though, since others have done that. Let me just note that there is one oddity in the file. At 5:27:07 - 5:27:39 of the second part, there is a bit that audible.com forgot to delete, announcing that "This is the end of side 20 ..." If you couldn't already tell by the acceptable but not stellar audio quality, this audiobook was re-recorded from a cassette tape source.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Logan's Run

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson
    • Narrated By William F. Nolan
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Troy says: "Abridgement and Sound Quality Regrettable"
    "Abridgement and Sound Quality Regrettable"
    Overall

    I have always liked this somewhat dated but juicy little novel. The original book is quite short, so I really don't understand the point of abridging it. There are no "slow parts." The real shame here, though, is that the audio quality is really bad. I would love to see a new recording of this book. If all you know about this title is the cheesy 1970's movie, then you should pick up the book. It's a great and fun read. If you can handle some garbled listening, then this abridgement is a marginally acceptable substitution for the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Conversations with John Eldredge

    • ORIGINAL (48 mins)
    • By John Eldredge
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    John Eldredge, best-selling author, is also a counselor and lecturer. For 12 years he was a writer and speaker for Focus on the Family, most recently serving on the faculty of the Focus on the Family Institute. Now, John is director of Ransomed Heart¿ Ministries, a teaching, counseling, and fellowship devoted to helping people recover and live from their deep heart. He talks here about his books The Sacred Romance, The Journey of Desire, Wild at Heart and Waking the Dead.

    Philip says: "God is working through this Guy!!"
    "God? or Ego."
    Overall

    I couldn't make it all the way through this free introduction to "Conversations." Eldridge's "schtick" is dripping with sentimentality and ego; he barely mentions God. Maybe I am being too unkind, but I just feel like Eldridge is pushing his own largely unqualified self-help philosophies rather than Christianity in his books. The book _Wild at Heart_ for instance would have men judge their lives by standards taken from the movies. If Jesus Christ is the perfect example of how to be a good person, why do I need to watch Braveheart or Last of the Mohicans fifty times to learn what it is to be a man? Jesus never carried a sword or a gun. His heroic triumphs were more complex, humane, and above all not fictional. I suggest that those looking for a spiritual direction in their lives find a more authentic mentor.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • VangoNotes for Janson's History of Art, 7/e, Vol. 1, Ch 01: Prehistoric Art

    • ORIGINAL (22 mins)
    • By Penelope Davies, Frima Fox Hofrichter, Joseph Jacobs, and others
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy, Jessica Tivens
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    You're busy. We get it. With VangoNotes you can study "in between" all the other things you need to get done. VangoNotes gives you the confidence you need to succeed in the classroom. They're flexible; just download and go. And, they're efficient. Use them in your car, at the gym, walking to class, wherever. Get yours today and start studying.

    Troy says: "Nicely done, but a little thin."
    "Nicely done, but a little thin."
    Overall

    If I were back in my art history class studying this text again (it has been well over a decade now) I would have appreciated this intro to/overview of the chapter. The audio was crisp and clear, the voices good. The only complaint I have is that the coverage is a little "basic." I toyed with the idea for a moment of playing this for the Honors Humanities class I teach, but decided there just wasn't enough tooth to the material to justify the time spent. I wished a few concepts that were of a more advanced nature would have been discussed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with Cast Members of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

    • ABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By William Moseley, Skandar Keynes
    • Narrated By Craig Hutchison
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In this exclusive interview, Audible talks to actors William Moseley and Skandar Keynes, who play Peter Pevensie and Edmund Pevensie, respectively, in the new movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, based on C.S. Lewis' classic masterpiece. The young actors talk about making the movie, riding horses, and what books have influenced them and their acting.

    Troy says: "So-so for me."
    "So-so for me."
    Overall

    Maybe I have just heard one too many interviews with this cast, but I thought this one was a little flat. The only spark of life was when one of the boys talked about having the ending to _The Lord of the Flies_ ruined for him. That moment was funny. The rest seemed like DVD filler material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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