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Ed

Simpsonville, SC, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    Overall
    (2161)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1768)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Maybe a classic to some"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I choose this book based on the reviews, so a lot of people like the book. Personally I found it pretty dull, very slow and generally boring. I like quite a bit of classic science fiction, but this book was not for me. I did like the reader and probably would have not finished but he did a good job. This is the only book I have listened to or read by Stanislaw Lem, if you like the author then this book is probably for you.


    Has Solaris turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but doubt I will read another book by Stanislaw Lem.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not let my comments stop you from choosing the book. But you might want to try the sample first. I choose it based on the reviews and personally I did not care for the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spider Woman's Daughter: A Leaphorn & Chee Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Anne Hillerman
    • Narrated By Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter. Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key.

    rick says: "The slide continues"
    "Glad to see the Series Continue"
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    If you could sum up Spider Woman's Daughter in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyed the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed all of her father's books, some were great, some were good and some were just ok. I would rate this book in the high end of good. I enjoyed the story and had some great detail, very much in keeping with her Dad's books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Bring back George Guidall as the narrator. I did not like the narrator. Eventually just finished reading the book. The narrator's male voices were very distracting


    Any additional comments?

    Keep writing Anne! For a first Novell I think the book is very good, better than I was expecting. I look forward to her next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lunatics: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel
    • Narrated By Dave Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (73)

    Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

    HRM says: "Warning ! may cause uncontrollable laughter"
    "Love Dave Barry - Hated this book"
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    What disappointed you about Lunatics?

    The language in this book is terrible. Sometimes langue sets the tone - in this case made the book awful. I still have a hard time believing this is a Dave Barry book, but that was his voice so I guess its his book. I have read a lot of his works going back many years and loved reading his column but hated this book. I have always loved the way he could do subtle adult humor, but there was nothing subtle here, I did not finish this book and deleted in from my player. Would give the book zero stars if possible.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel again?

    I love Dave Barry's work, but from now I will be much more careful before buying one of his books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Normally I love Dave Barry narrating his books. Just not use to the language.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Big time disappointment. Was looking for a fun, subtle Dave Barry humor book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2282)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1653)

    For 12,000 years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire, both scientists and scholars, and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a fututre generations.

    Alexander T. McMahon says: "The Foundation Trilogy is a True Classic"
    "Great Classic - The start of modern science ficti"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Foundation to be better than the print version?

    I was a little hesitant to read an old science fiction book. I finally gave it a go and glad I did, loved the book. I have since read the book (really read) and the whole series. You can tell a great story if it holds up over time. Sure the technology is out of date, but with a good story you don't care and the story is great. I highly recommend the book, the trilogy and the rest of the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2146)
    Performance
    (911)
    Story
    (920)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "Is this Fiction or Non-Fiction"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Let me start out by saying the book is very fun and enjoyable. Much better than the movie. My problem comes in that the book is portrayed as a true story of Frank Abagnale's history, but if you do some research you will find that it is hard to prove what really happened. The book was written with a ghost writer and even Frank Abagnale has said that some of it was a stretch but he will not say what parts. I was going to read his other books but after doing a little research I decided that I will just move on and not ready any of his other books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The performance is great - really enjoyable.


    Did Catch Me If You Can inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, not ready any more books by the author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Robot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1578)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (568)

    They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.

    Herb says: "Forget the violence - Read this one for the humor"
    "Really Enjoyable Read"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I, Robot to be better than the print version?

    I really liked I, Robot, but probably should not have a picture from the movie since there is very little in common between the movie and the book. Common items, the name, some character names and robots, but that is where it ends. I like a lot of Asimov and found this a very fun read highly recommend the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christian History Issue #43: How We Got Our Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Hovel Audio
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Ever wonder how Christian scholars knew which ancient books were to be regarded as Christian Scripture? Ever think about how the Bible came to be translated into English, and eventually the more familiar King James Bible? Ever wonder how we got our Bible? This collection of highly informative articles answers these and many other questions about how God worked through history to accomplish His will.

    Stephen says: "I Was Hoping For A Book"
    "Enjoyed the selection - Would like more"
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    What made the experience of listening to Christian History Issue #43 the most enjoyable?

    Good information and the reader was did a good job on the material. Only thing I would prefer is not to have the advertisements read. One they were way out of date and they made the reading a little disjointed.


    What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

    Pretty easy to listen to and to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (201)

    From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.

    Betty says: "DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"
    "Holds your attention"
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    Would you listen to Manhunt again? Why?

    I liked the book and will probably listen to it again sometime because there are a lot of details in the book. I did enjoy the book, but the author is not totally objective. I like the insights into how difficult the decision was for President Obama. .


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (480)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Maybe some honest debate"
    Overall

    I wonder how many of those who are trashing this book actually looked at some of the studies quoted. I am not saying he is right or wrong, but at least he is opening a honest debate. Too many people just take the media and press release statements from groups as facts. I do think he has provided a valuable service in this book if he can get people to do their own critcal thinking and stop listening to the 30 sec. sound bytes.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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