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Rusty

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1437)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (847)

    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    Dusty says: "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."
    "What I expected, nothing more"
    Overall

    This is obviously a classic and if you are reading it, you probably know what you are getting into. I did not like the prologue though. As someone who has never read the book, I did not want to hear analysis of the book BEFORE I read the book. The social, political, and historical context provided in the prologue, however, was useful. When you apply the satire to today’s politics, the correlations are scary.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2318)
    Performance
    (1638)
    Story
    (1647)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Theresa says: "Amazing story, well written & well read"
    "A truly incredible voyage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The greatest minds of fiction could not have created a better story. I bought the book as a filler non-fiction title to feed my history curiosities, but this title quickly pushed my other titles aside.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4208)
    Performance
    (2520)
    Story
    (2559)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Worst narration ever. avoid."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My first time ever to quit on an audio book. This is not a review of the story because I only got a few hours into it. The narration is awful and unlistenable. Every sentence the same. Loud then trails off. It is bad enough that it is monotonous and it adds influence to the wrong words in the sentence, but the deal breaker was that sometimes I couldnt hear the final word of the sentence.

    I tried to power though it, but I just could not do it. Very sad, because I had been looking forward to this book and I guess I will have to read it the old fashion way or else be denied this story forever.

    Too bad I bought this one more than a year ago, but just now listened so no refund.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (9259)
    Performance
    (8505)
    Story
    (8546)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Not ice, not fire, something lukewarm in between…"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about A Feast for Crows? What did you like least?

    First of all I am rating this on a relative scale. The series is a classic. If you read the first 3, you are gonna read this one and the next one and the next one… but nothing is resolved! This is just a filler book. Side plots are started and some are concluded but some are just dropped. Main story lines feel as if they have been dropped. Pretty disappointing; not Martins best work. Dotrice was good as usual, but it doesn’t seem like he did his homework in regards to his pronunciations. He pronounces characters names completely different from what he did in the previous 3 books!


    If you’ve listened to books by George R. R. Martin before, how does this one compare?

    First 3 books are much better. No question.


    What three words best describe Roy Dotrice’s voice?

    Good but inconsistent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Books are always better.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen, it is still a book in the magical world Martin has created. So read the book but have the next book ready to roll; not because of any major cliff hangers, but just because you may feel a little unfulfilled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maelstrom: Destroyermen, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (827)
    Story
    (832)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the U.S.S. Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come, searching for resources to support their forces - even as they look for allies to join their struggle.

    David says: "Fascinating story continues to expand and evolve"
    "Need a break from the series? take it now"
    Overall

    The first two books were great, this was is okay, but starts out really slow. Not much happens the first few hours, just more recap on what happened in the first two books. Any character or event that's tied to something that previously happened each gets a 10 minute recap. This might actually be good if it has been a while since you read the first two books, if not, the first quarter or so of this book is pretty boring.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2330)
    Performance
    (1526)
    Story
    (1528)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    Mitch says: "Destroyermen and The Lost Regiment"
    "Worth the read"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed this series. Has a little bit of scifi elements, but for some reason I don't feel like I am in a scifi world, which is a good thing. I like its historic link; I might like it even more so, if i knew more about ships, specifically historic ones. The book is steadily entertainment. For the most part, I am not so drawn in that I am up all night, but also never feel so board I want to set it down. There are no crazy, shocking plot changes, but also nothing that feels too obvious. I will say that for a series of several books, the characters aren't develop as well as they could be. There are characters that are very involved that i dont feel like I 'know' yet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Princeps' Fury: Codex Alera, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2768)
    Performance
    (1817)
    Story
    (1839)

    Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord - the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike - have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive.

    Christopher P. says: "Great Book. Fantastic Narrator. Engrossing Series."
    "Solid, but with same old flaws"
    Overall

    Like the rest of the Codex Alera books this one is entertaining, but still has the issues of many of the other books. If you have read all of the way to book 5 you probably are in to Butchers new world. Princeps' Fury has plenty of military and battle scenes and less of the love scenes which I enjoyed. The characters still sometimes act out of character and the antagonist seem to just evolve to something worse as the scenario needs it. It seems with this series when I am in the middle of the book I always feel I need to take a break. By the end, however, I always pick up the next book. I also like that Kate Reading does the entire series, she does a good job and is consistent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4199)
    Performance
    (2860)
    Story
    (2895)

    In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

    Jim says: "Remastered into chapters from CD."
    "Entertaining but not great"
    Overall

    The fantasy setting of the book is new and fresh. The rape scene was pretty horrifying though. The book is entertaining, but it is cheaply done. The bad guys are illogically bad when then need to be and the good guys are way over-the-top good at times. The characters’ personalities are all over the place. The romantic interactions are kind of lame. I love you! No, I love you more! etc. All things said, I enjoyed the book and the new fantasy world. If you listen to a lot of books and need some filler books, this series is a good choice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rider of Lost Creek

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By Jim Gough
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Lance Kilkenny's gun is believed to be the fastest in the West, but once the gunfight is over, he disappears. Most folks don't even know what he looks like. Some time back, Mort Davis saved Kilkenny's life after he was shot up. Now Davis needs Kilkenny's help. He has filed a claim on a water hole near Lost Creek in the live oak country.

    Cynthia says: "I was very very upset with this book."
    "Average L'Amour, bad Narrator"
    Overall

    3-4 star story, but the narration brought it to two. The story was your typical L’Amour, maybe too typical. I thought it wasn’t one of his better. I felt like sometimes he was trying too hard to establish something. In my head I was saying, “Okay, I get it already!”
    The narrator was just poor. Good voice, but the pronunciation of sentences was awful. He totally emphases the wrong words! Very annoying and sometimes bad enough to where you can’t understand what’s going on.
    Okay overall. Worth it if you have a few credits lying around, but there are better narrators and better Louis L’Amour stories out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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