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Brian

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  • A Princess of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    John Carter, an American Civil War veteran, goes prospecting in Arizona and, when set upon by Indians, is mysteriously transported to Mars, called "Barsoom" by its inhabitants. Carter finds that he has demigod-like strength on this planet, due to its lesser gravity. He is soon captured by "Tharks", the planet's warlike, four-armed, green inhabitants, and his incredible adventures begin.

    Glenn says: "Well done"
    "A tortured classic"
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    If you could sum up A Princess of Mars in three words, what would they be?

    classic old sci-fi


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was an enjoyable escapist tale and a bit of science fiction history. Many of Burroughs' twists and story points become tropes that other authors use. While some of the story may seem contrived or trite, it is mostly because we've seen the tales inspired by Burroughs hundreds of times. It was enjoyable to see where it all came from.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was flat and un-inflected. I don't expect everyone to be as talented and exciting to listen to as Jim Dodge's rendition of the Potter books, but this narration was the audio equivalent of poorly washed salad. The salad is still ok, but every once in a while you get grit in your teeth.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A adventure too big for just one world.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to A Princess of Mars. If you have access to a better narration, grab him, otherwise, just go with the flow, and alongside the story imagine how you might narrate it better.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1471)
    Performance
    (1337)
    Story
    (1330)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Solid narrative, solidly performed."
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    What did you love best about Drift?

    I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that Ms. Maddow was performing her own book. This was after I had already learned about the book and nearly decided to purchase it. The book is a solid history of Cold-War and Post-Cold-War military policy, and I'm mightily glad to have read it. The fact that Maddow performs it in her characteristic "wow-can-you-believe-this-nonsense" manner makes a possibly dry subject compelling. Well done.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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