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Deborah

NEWBERRY, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 141 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10414)
    Performance
    (9698)
    Story
    (9699)

    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"
    "Wil Wheaton is Terrific"
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    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    Possibly. The story itself was only ok, but the amount of real history it contains is extremely interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The amount of work that went into creating the detailed background for this story was huge. I learned a lot about pop culture and a lot more about the history of video games.


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    Wil Wheaton's enthusiasm for and understanding of the subject matter gave this story a whole new dimension that I have not heard in audiobooks before. His use of accents and intonations brought it to life. It's likely I would not have enjoyed this book nearly as much if I had read it myself instead of listening to him tell it.


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

    No. Way too information to process all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    The plot of the story was fairly predictable, but the richness of the background detail and Wil Wheaton's reading of it made it a really, really good listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2656)
    Performance
    (1225)
    Story
    (1240)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Heinlein: Verbose, Sexist, Bigoted"
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    Funny...I read this book forty years ago and it didn't seem out of whack with the times. Listening to it now, Heinlein takes way too long to say what he needs to say, he lectures, and the anti-gay and anti-feminist prose is obvious now. His protagonists, who are supposedly free sexual spirits, are disgusted by homosexuality and the main female character says at one point: "Nine times out of ten, if a girl gets raped, it's at least partially her own fault."

    How times change. I could barely finish the book this time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1632: Ring of Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Eric Flint
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (542)

    New York Times best-selling author Eric Flint has received glowing critical praise for his Ring of Fire alternate history series. In this first installment, a West Virginia town is transported from the year 2000 to 1631 Germany at the height of the Thirty Years’ War. Thrust into conflict, the town residents must also contend with moral issues such as who should be considered a citizen.

    Ben says: "Finally on Audible!!"
    "Great story, one-dimensional characters"
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    The idea is terrific, and the author clearly knows his military history and weapons. The story line develops well and you get a lot of interesting tidbits of European and American history. But, the characters are one-dimensional. They are either good guys or bad guys, and the character development is a bit like a teen novel.

    The worst part for me is the narrator. I know everyone else apparently thinks he's great, but I almost can't listen to him. He sounds like he always has such a mouthful of saliva that if you were talking face-to-face, he'd be spitting on you. I can barely get past that.

    However, overall, I enjoyed the story enough that the whole package was a worthwhile read. I liked it enough to download 1633, so that says something.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5195)
    Performance
    (2085)
    Story
    (2097)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Ruined by the narrator"
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    Based on other reviews, I really, really wanted to hear this book. I learned a valuable lesson--never buy an audio-book without listening to the sample audio. I tried several times, but could not get past the first ten minutes, because the narrator's voice is that of a seventy-year-old, two-pack-a-day smoker. The hoarseness made me want to continually clear my throat.

    I'll chalk it up to a lesson learned and buy the Tenth Anniversary, multi-cast edition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Best Bondage Erotica

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alison Tyler
    • Narrated By Mirron E. Willis
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    One of the most prolific writers of erotica today, editor Alison Tyler has assembled twenty-one steamy stories of women and men in the throes of pleasurable restraint-intricately secured by ropes, locked in handcuffs, or bound simply by a lover's command. Always playful and dangerously explicit, these arresting fantasies grab you, tie you down, and never let you go.

    Kevin says: "Every which way but loose..."
    "Not Worth The Time"
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    The male voice was so annoying, I could not even get through the first 20 minutes. I kept hoping I would get used to it, but there was no way I could find anything the least bit erotic about anything being narrated in that voice. Sorry, it was a big fail for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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