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Often Disgruntled Consumer

Evansville, IN United States | Member Since 2006

  • 4 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 758 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber

    Jim says: "The narrator is stunningly wrong for this book!"
    "Great story, but the narration misses the mark"
    If you could sum up Friday in three words, what would they be?

    Great SF yarn

    What did you like best about this story?

    Friday herself. Her triumphs, her pains, her realization of who she really is.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Hillary Huber’s performances?

    Possibly. Huber does a good job with the peripheral characters, but is terrible at voicing Friday. Friday is not stereotype of a Valley Girl from the late 80's. There is just too much of that in the performance of Friday. Friday is one of the great SF protagonists from one of the grand masters of SF, and her story is one of my favorite Heinlein pieces. She deserves better.

    Again, Huber is obviously talented, but she so misread the character that the performance was distracting.

    Any additional comments?

    I read this back in the 80s shortly after publication, and must confess that I have reread most of Heinlein’s works since then, including this one. It’s amazing, 30 years later, to see how much Heinlein got right. It’s also interesting to see little things that he missed (for example, he assumed we would still be predominantly using microfilm and magnetic tape for storage. The 128GB thumb drive just was not on the horizon for him).

    In any event, while looking at future technology and societal norms through Heinlein’s eye remains instructive, even if some of his premises have not panned out (yet, some might say), the story is still a lot of fun. When Heinlein died, I knew that one of the great voices had gone silent. Because of him, though, Friday lives on with her family, enjoying the PTA meetings, and the trials and victories of a regular life. I think that is what he wanted for her.

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  • Marine One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After the presidents' helicopter, Marine One, goes down in a brutal thunderstorm, the government blames the European manufacturer of the helicopter, accusing them of killing the president. Senate investigations and Justice Department accusations multiply as Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and trial attorney in civilian life, is hired to defend the company from the criminal investigations and a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the most notorious lawyer in America.

    Ron says: "Great courtroom thriller"
    "Fun legal/techno thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Kind of like Clancy meets Grisham. Thriller that has elements of military and aviation combined with legal tussling, with a dash of politics thrown in to boot. Not quite as good as Clancy or Grisham, but good fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sagan Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolfe, John Scalzi

    Jane Sagan: Soldier. Killer. Lover. Dreamer. In John Scalzi's best-selling Old Man's War series of science-fiction novels, we see this warrior woman as the other characters see her - silent and strong, from the outside. But now The Sagan Diary shows us Sagan from another point of view: her own, as she prepares to leave military life and join her new husband and adopted daughter on a colony world.

    Robert says: "Nothing like Scalzi's old man's war."
    "Too much of a departure."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not many.

    What was most disappointing about John Scalzi’s story?

    Sagan spends the whole book contemplating her navel. It's not just introspection, it's boring introspection. This is the first book I've listened to at 2x speed. I kept hoping something would happen, but it did not.

    I will grant that the author wanted a departure from the action of the prior two books, and if it were well done that would be fine. Sagan writes a love letter to the protagonist of book one explaining all she is giving up to be with him. The problem is that i don't think Sagan is the horrible poet she is made to be. The book is full of poor verse. It does not advance the story, and ultimately is a disservice to the character.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was short and free; however it wasted my time.

    Any additional comments?

    Even if you like the series and can get this free, skip it.

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  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "The narrator does a good job at a fun story."

    I am surprised at the negative reviews for the narrator. She does a good job with characterization, and her voice fits the role well. She has the ability to render the voices of the female protagonist and male supporting characters well and believably.

    The stories in this series so far (at this writing, I've read 1-3) are fun, light SF yarns. They are not deep, but they are well written, Harrington as a character is very easy to like, and I have trouble shutting them off when the drive home is over.

    While I agree that it is VERY annoying when a pronunciation changes halfway though a series, this narrator has been consistent with her pronunciations throughout, and I don't think that such a criticism is well founded here. That's not always the case (Jim Dale's correct pronunciation of "Voldemort" with a silent "t" changing to an audible "t" after the 4th book in the Harry Potter series comes to mind), and I sure hope that authors will be more diligent about giving the narrators pronunciation guides at the series outset to prevent the problem. Again, though, this narrator has been consistent with her pronunciations throughout to this point.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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