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Thomas

Penfield, NY, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • The Hades Factor: A Covert-One Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (148)

    In the first installment of an exciting new series from Robert Ludlum, a teenage girl in Atlanta, an Army major in California, and a homeless man in Boston all die a horrible and painful sudden death from the devastating effects of an unknown virus. Join the search for the truth behind the deadly virus in this heart-stopping listen! Also available href=javascript:linkThis('/store/product.jsp','&productID=BK_AREN_000203')>abridged.

    Deb says: "Excellent"
    "OK story but way too wordy"
    Overall

    This is my first encounter with Ludlum. The story was exciting but the whole thing seemed to just go on and on. By the end of the novel, I thought I began to catch where each of the authors ended and the other started. There's a lot of description that struck me as being overblown.

    The reading was well-done for the most part. The brit started to sound a lot like Cary Grant as it went along, though.

    All in all I found the book OK but I'm not jumping into the rest of the series. I may try another Ludlum to see if this excess wordiness is unique to working with a co-author.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Deathstalker Collection: Episodes 1-5

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan, Terence Aselford, Colleen Delany, and others
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The imperial Majesty Lionstone XIV ruled the human Empire with fear. When Owen Deathstalker, unwilling head of his clan, sought to avoid the perils of the Empire's warring factions, he unexpectedly found a price on his head. He fled to Mistworld, where he began to build an unlikely force to topple the thrown. With the help of his crew, Deathstalker took the first step on a far more dangerous journey to claim the role for which he'd been destined since before his birth.

    Jeff says: "What do you get...."
    "Brain Candy === Great fun listen"
    Overall

    So it's not deathless prose and William Shakespeare isn't shaking in fear that he'll be overthrown as a great writer, but this is just plain FUN. Disengage the higher brain functions and go along for the ride.

    I enjoyed every minute of this little jaunt and am looking forward to the rest of the series. This is a great idea and a great presentation of the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Manx and the Trouble On Chromius

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Larry Weiner
    • Narrated By Claudia Christian, Andy Hallett, full cast
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Claudia Christian is back as Anne Manx, the Galaxy's smartest, toughest, most durable private investigator! Chromius is a backwater world whose President Josephson has replaced democracy with tyranny. Patriots are planning a revolt to restore liberty, and Anne is caught in the crossfire and then thrown right into the midst of the struggle.

    Thomas says: "Fun again."
    "Fun again."
    Overall

    Not what one would call 'intellectually stimulating' but just plain fun. I'm really liking this series

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Eagle: Book VIII of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Here is one of those rare novels, the first in an epic series, that completely transports the listener to an unforgettable time and place in history. At Talavera in July of 1809, Captain Richard Sharpe, bold, professional, and ruthless, prepares to lead his men against the armies of Napoleon into what will be the bloodiest battle of the war.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Great and you don't have to have read the others"
    "A giant ditto"
    Overall

    "Sharpe's Eagle" was a fascinating book. The action scenes were read just right to keep the flow moving and the characterizations fit throughout the reading. I'm hooked. Off to get more of Sharpe and see what other problems he runs into as the war goes on.

    By the way, the historical accuracy also helped make the book believable.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By John Bolen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Ex-confederate army captain John Carter finds himself unwittingly transported to Mars, while fleeing Apache Indians. This new world is populated by a race of monstrous Martians, whose culture is based on the ability to fight for their race. John must fight for survival on this hostile planet...This is the first in Burroughs' 11-volume Mars series, a blend of sci-fi and romantic adventure.

    Ken says: "Excellence"
    "Got to agree about the reading"
    Overall

    OK. I was really looking forward to this as a great example of escapist fiction, but that accent, and I use the word advisedly, gets in the way of everything. It attracts attention to itself and hides the action in the text. Long drawn out vowels at the worst possible time. I'm disappointed. I won't be getting the rest of the series - unless another version becomes available. Oh well! Such is the way things are in the audio world, I guess.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Wizard of Earthsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    This first volume of the Earthsea Cycle is an adventure story, a Quest, a tale of a proud, incautious boy who meddles too early with the Dark. It is a pure fantasy telling about a real thing: a boy coming into his power and his manhood...coming of age.

    Wyonia says: "Great Book...Frantic Narrator"
    "A Most Intriguing Interpretation"
    Overall

    I first read this book many years ago while in High School (and no, I'm not going to tell how long ago that was). I really enjoyed it then and looked forward to hearing it now. This audio presentation with Harlan Ellison reading is most intriguing though his interpretation is very dramatic, sometimes a bit too dramatic. For the most part, I liked what he did with the story. It was a fun 'listen' and I recommend it.

    If you're not familiar with the story, I'm not going to give you any spoilers. The story of Ged and his quest is one you should learn of on your own. Enjoy your visit to Earthsea.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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