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Craig

Spring, TX, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (193)

    Following his two New York Times best sellers, Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty, comes George Carlin's third audiobook, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, a riotous journey through the mind of one of America's premiere comic observers.

    Dana Wolfe says: "Wonderful!"
    "Prolific Hystericalness"
    Overall

    This book contains a few of Carlin's known bits used mainly in the late 90's and 00's HBO concerts, but it also contains a plethora of previously "unperformed" material. The fact that Carlin reads this himself is important as he adds his own personal flare to his material. There are some pieces which left me with sore sides from the laughter.

    Carlin's command and use (or usage) of the English language is sublime. Indeed, there are numerous related pieces about euphemisms, going for more in-depth than any of his concert material had ever done. His clever wit and repartee is released and unbounded in this performance.

    If you disapprove of profanity, than Carlin is not an artist you would appreciate, as he sometimes uses profanity the way Van Gogh used bush, paint, and canvas. And, I imagine some of this is "B material" as it didn't make the cut for his stand up concerts. Or perhaps he didn't have enough time to perform these bits, as there is probably six hours of previously unperformed material.

    If you are a Carlin fan, you'll want to get this performance. Jesus/Pork Chops is an important capstone to his lengthy, prolific and influential career. Though not his last recording or performance, it certainly contains hours of previously unreleased material, that is mostly of as high a quality as the material from his albums and HBO concerts.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10645)
    Performance
    (9912)
    Story
    (9916)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "80's Geek Extravaganza!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a fun trek into a future dystopia fixated on 80's pop and geek culture. If you grew up in the 80's you probably will enjoy this book.

    This is an adventure story which takes place mostly in a computer simulation, but also partially in the real world. (Others have adequately described this as The Matrix mashed up with Willy Wonka/Charlie and the Chocolate factory.) The hero is on a quest to best a multinational corporation in a series of video games to win control of a huge pile of money and controlling stock in the simulation's holding corporation. As this competition is open to any user of the simulation, the entire world is fixated on 80's pop culture as knowing the video games, music, and movies of the day is essential to solving the various puzzles, riddles, and games in the competition.

    Wil Wheaton does a great job of bringing this story to life, as it is told from the first person perspective of the hero.

    This audio book is great fun, and is a great brain candy, with some nostalgia thrown in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17185)
    Performance
    (13332)
    Story
    (13368)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "More Engrossing and Tiring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is a flat out sequel to A Game of Thrones, and follows the pursuits of the Stark Clan as well as Daenerys. This story continues to center on greed, lust, and general dishonesty, but does add some elements of honor.

    Dotrice's performance again is excellent. His accents and nuances make it a bit easier to discern who is exposing dialogue from the various points of view each chapter is written from.

    Definitely, this is a satisfying follow up to the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25519)
    Performance
    (19373)
    Story
    (19440)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Engrossing and Tiring Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I started this series as a colleague of mine is a fan of the HBO miniseries, though I've not seen it myself. I found this book to be quite enjoyable and engaging. The story is fairly simple, but the multiple plot lines, and numerous characters make it a much more complex plot altogether. Although, this series does contain elements in the vein of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, this is not as much a magical and wondrous adventure, coming of age, quest for honor and glory, type of story. This story centers on greed, lust, and general dishonesty.

    One of the probable difficulties of listening to this story (and series overall) rather than reading it stems from the abundance of different characters, families (houses), the numerous names of cities, castles, and other locations. It took me about 1/2 way through the first book before I had a grasp on the characters and their various relationships with each other. Fortunately there are some online resources such as maps and family trees which help to sort out some of this confusion. (In this regard, it makes The Lord of The Rings look simple - However, LOTR is a much better story overall.) The entire series of A Song Of Ice And Fire, is filled with course language and sex and is like an afternoon soap opera with swords and some magic.

    This is an excellent performance. The narrator Roy Dotrice does an excellent job giving each character their own accent or other nuances which helps the listener discern who is speaking the various dialogue. (It is unfortunate that in some of the later books, he is inconsistent with the accents he'd been using in these earlier audio books.) I find the regular reading speed painfully slow, and ramp up the speed of the reader to 2X normal.

    It seems that just when you get to know or sympathize with the characters, Martin kills him/her off.
    Although, he sometimes leaves the listener hanging, or even pulls a slight of hand and that character turns up in a later chapter or the next book.

    Upon completing this book I was anxious to get to the 2nd book, and have subsequently listened to the entire series as it is available to date (1-5). Overall, the Song of Ice and Fire series does drag on as one gets into the 4th and 5th books. Too many characters introduced, along with their entire childhood history, everyone they ever had sex with, their dogs, their friends dog's, etc. Only to be killed off in the next book, or in the last chapter. Though Martin has though out an extremely dense and complex world, there are times where the entire story looses its focus on these side characters. I'm looking forward to book six (hopefully) completing this saga.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (223)

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "Thick, Heavy, and Long Winded"
    Overall

    I listened to Friedman's previous book "The World Is Flat." and was completely fascinated. Friedman brings together similar and other far reaching ideas in this edition of Globalization, Economics, Politics, and Environmental repercussions. The points he brings up are essential for the success of America, and the survival of the Human Race.

    It is an arduous listen however. Friedman's points are thoroughly researched and loquaciously laid out. I believe as an audio book, the abridged edition would be easier to deal with, as the unabridged version does get long winded at times. Particularly when he recapitulates points he'd already thoroughly articulated in previous chapters.

    Gaining an understanding of how our American way of life is spreading all around the globe, at a time when we are only just discovering the destructive nature of our life style, and the enormous rate of energy and material consumption is important as we tackle the current issues of repairing the economy and our teetering ecology. Overall, Hot, Flat, and Crowded is an excellent book with great economy and global saving points.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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