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Kara Davis

Orem, UT United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 177 titles in library
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  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (552)

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel says: "A Classic"
    "Weird. Enjoyable listen, but cerebral"
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    What does Tom Weiner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voice performance is great... the different characters, the Western accents speaking latin, etc. Unexpected and as strange as the story. Reading it would be a completely different experience.


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

    Not really; it's pretty disjointed and isn't really a narrative story. I found myself thinking more about how Miller came up with it rather than aspects of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Strange, but worth a listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3156)
    Performance
    (2759)
    Story
    (2771)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "A good thriller; Phillips isn't for me"
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    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I guess I'm weird, because the way Lou Diamond takes a quick little breath before each sentence was very distracting to me, and just about drove me batty. After a few minutes of each listening session I started to disregard it and focus on the story, but for a while I was annoyed almost to the point of turning off the recording.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (601)

    Two men possess vital information on Russia's Star Wars missile defense system. One of them is Cardinal -- America's highest agent in the Kremlin -- and he's about to be terminated by the KGB. The other one is the American who can save Cardinal and lead the world to the brink of peace . . . or war. Here is author Tom Clancy's heart-stopping masterpiece -- a riveting novel about one of the most intriguing issues of our time.

    Tom says: "Great Story, a Less Great Reading"
    "Great story, bad narration"
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    What did you love best about The Cardinal of the Kremlin?

    It's a little slower than the typical Clancy, with more character development and less shoot'em'up, but I liked it a lot.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator was annoying to the point of almost intolerability at first, but I got used to it later, particularly as I got more engaged in the story. A different narrator would have been better.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sum of All Fears

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (636)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (534)

    Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?

    Ray says: "Thoughts on The Sum of All Fears"
    "Scott Brick is great, story just good"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Sum of All Fears the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is great and the characters, particularly the bad guys, are written well and you find yourself caring about them. The plot is a little unbelievable by Clancy standards, but he can be forgiven for that.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Brick is one of my favorite readers... very capable in all regards. No distractions from the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Remorse

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By David Dukes
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    John Kelly, former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, has a mission - but the Pentagon wants him for a mission of their own. As Clancy takes us through the twists and turns of Without Remorse, he blends the exceptional realism and authenticity that are his trademarks with intricate plotting, knife-edge suspense, and a remarkable cast of characters.

    Billy says: "Not His Best, But Worth The Read"
    "Terrible abridgment; definitely get unabridged"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I bought the abridged version by mistake and the narrator is horrible. And due to the sloppy abridgment I was often lost and didn't really care about anything going on. My fault for not checking but I seriously wonder who benefits from these abridged recordings.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    any other Jack Ryan book that hasn't been abridged and performed badly.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Dukes’s performances?

    NO.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prelude to Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (303)

    It is the year 12,020 G.E. and Emperor Cleon I sits uneasily on the Imperial throne of Trantor. Here in the great multidomed capital of the Galactic Empire, forty billion people have created a civilization of unimaginable technological and cultural complexity. Yet Cleon knows there are those who would see him fall - those whom he would destroy if only he could read the future.

    Svenghali says: "Trantor, capital of a galactic empire!"
    "A bit formulaic, predictable"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No... the Foundation series is "just okay," in my opinion. The earlier books (written earlier) were interesting primarily because of their examination of social mores and structures. None is what I'd been expecting from a "science fiction" classic. This one is obviously written by an author more experienced and shaped by fans' desires for "a normal novel," and it's not a particularly interesting one.


    What could Isaac Asimov have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it... the "prequel" thing doesn't work.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    As good as any; he's a great narrator.


    Could you see Prelude to Foundation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8332)
    Performance
    (4112)
    Story
    (4167)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Now I know why everyone thought the movie sucked"
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    Where does Dune rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good listen. I liked the music and the "acted" out scenes, but I still wouldn't have been disappointed with just the single narrator. I thought the kid who voiced Paul could have been much less wooden, for one thing. It was a bit confusing jumping from the narrator's version of the characters' voices to the acted-out version and back all the time. But it was still a good listen. The story? Mmmmm... not the astoundingly good one I'd been led to expect by Dune fans, but interesting enough. I have no desire to read it again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grey King: Book 4 of The Dark Is Rising Sequence

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Susan Cooper
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    There is a Welsh legend about a harp of gold, hidden within a certain hill, that will be found by a boy and a white dog with silver eyes - a dog that can see the wind. Will Stanton knew nothing of this when he traveled to Wales to recover from a severe illness. But when he met Bran, the strange boy who owned a white dog, he began to remember. For Will is the last-born of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to saving the world from the forces of evil, the Dark.

    Kara Davis says: "This series starts out good but gets weird"
    "This series starts out good but gets weird"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Grey King the most enjoyable?

    The discussion of Wales and Mitchley's excellent handling of the language and accent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    see above


    Any additional comments?

    At first I was hesitant to try a new narrator, as Alex Jennings handles the others in the series with aplomb, but after hearing Mitchley's Welsh I don't think Jennings could have done it proper justice. Both are good narrators but Mitchley was the best choice for this particular novel. An enjoyable listen, if a weird book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2280)
    Performance
    (1583)
    Story
    (1597)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Socialism taken to its logical conclusion"
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    Would you try another book from Aldous Huxley and/or Michael York?

    Probably not Huxley, but York's performance is fine.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Aldous Huxley? Why or why not?

    see above...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The discussion of the birth process and facilities.


    Was Brave New World worth the listening time?

    I suppose, but it was rather heavy handed.


    Any additional comments?

    The story loses its originality near the end, with the introduction of the savage. It seems disjointed and unrelated to the first half of the book. I lost interest, but listened to the rather predictable end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation and Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (258)

    Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

    Jerry says: "Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!"
    "McKeever kills this... unbelievably wooden"
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    If you could sum up Foundation and Earth in three words, what would they be?

    Great story, horrible performance.


    What didn’t you like about Larry McKeever’s performance?

    Wooden, artificial, robotic. It's like he doesn't understand human emotion or the English language. I don't think I can make it through this audiobook; I'll have to buy a hard copy.


    Any additional comments?

    Fire this guy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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