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  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (899)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
    "You just know it"
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    What made the experience of listening to George Carlin Reads to You the most enjoyable?

    It's George Carlin. Reading his material. Too me. It was all enjoyable.


    What does George Carlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like no one who buys this book will be unhappy with this book. It is exactly as it says, George Carlin Reads to You. If you don't like his voice or his material, don't buy this. If you do, there is no reason to not buy this. One could say, "its just him performing his material, you get that with any of his CDs." The difference is that this is a reading of a transcribed book. Which means none of the jokes require the element of sight. My only complaint with comedy CDs is that you can't see them, and there are always periods of awkward silence and the laughter of the audience who can see the comic. This eliminates that element and is, therefore, superior to any of his studio CDs.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1508)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1375)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "O ye, of little faith..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Earth Unaware the most enjoyable?

    I let this book sit in my cart for almost 2 weeks before I finally decided to buy it. I wasn't sure if I could get around an Ender book with a totally different cast. I was very wrong. It has its fair share of action, a little romance and taboo and corporate scandal with some aliens thorwn in for good measure. The most enjoyable part was everything. I also find a few small but important parallels between Lem and Peter, who was my favorite character from the Ender and Shadow sagas. The entire cast gave wonderful performances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Princess Bride

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By William Goldman
    • Narrated By Rob Reiner
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (188)

    This adventure story has everything you could want: the good guy, some bad guys, the girl, sword fighting, revenge, romance, of course a happy ending, and rodents of unusual size. Join Westley the plucky farm boy, Buttercup the beautiful young maiden, Inigo Montoya the driven, embittered swordsman, and many other strange and unusual characters in this swashbuckling tale of good-natured silliness. It is read by Rob Reiner, who directed the motion picture based on this classic tale.

    Allison says: "Abridged = buy the whole book instead"
    "Knows what it is"
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    What did you love best about The Princess Bride?

    It captures the adventure of the film in its reading and gives me a better understanding of why it was abridged (something I don't usually like) with its introduction. Its a fun story that knows what it is and doesn't try to be anything else.


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

    ...it is a movie...


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up watching the movie adaptation and it has always been one of my favorites. I got this book to listen to at a job where I had a fair amount of free time but not enough to dedicate to a 12 hour book. I know this story very well and was happy to find that, just like the movie, the book knows that it isn't too serious but fun and somewhat cliche while still being entertaining. I know that the movie was based on this book, but that doesn't always mean that the story will be the same or as well mapped out. It is exactly like the movie, but is just as entertaining. Rob Reiner does a good job with the reading. This was worth it, for a short yet entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Crusade: Assassin's Creed, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Oliver Bowden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Altaïr embarks on a formidable mission - one that takes him throughout the Holy Land and shows him the true meaning of the Assassin's Creed. To demonstrate his commitment, Altaïr must defeat nine deadly enemies, including Templar leader Robert de Sablé. Here, for the first time, Niccolò Polo, father of Marco, shares Altaïr's remarkable story: his ongoing battle with the Templar conspiracy; a family life that is as tragic as it is shocking; the betrayal of an old friend; and a journey that will ultimately change the course of history.

    Beth P. says: "Better than its predecessors"
    "Better than its predecessors"
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    Any additional comments?

    The beginning of this book really got my hopes up, starting with a young Altair, much younger than he is in the game series and it added a real touch of flavor to the story. Then the plot moved back into the familiar paths of the game. I stuck it out, hoping for it to diverge again but when it became obvious that it wasn't going to, I stopped listening. I feel a book like this should either be a direct translation (like the first two books) so that I can enjoy the story of a game I haven't played in a long while or it should add an entire understanding to the character that couldn't have been explored in its original medium (game).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renaissance: Assassin's Creed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Oliver Bowden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (159)

    Betrayed by the ruling families of Italy, Ezio Auditore embarks upon an epic quest for vengeance. To eradicate corruption and restore his family's honor, he will learn the art of the Assassins. Along the way, Ezio will call upon the wisdom of such great minds as Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolò Machiavelli, knowing that survival is bound to the skills by which he must live.To his allies, he will become a force for change in his fight for freedom and justice.

    Jason says: "Great story, Great Narration."
    "Port?"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping for a story that was meant to shine more light on the Assassins Creed universe, whether it was to focus more on the Brotherhood as it exists today compared to the Renaissance or to cover parts of Ezio's story that we didn't get in the games. Instead, we get a literary port of the game, with subtle tweaking. The narrator does a pretty good job, the accent is acceptable and the voices range enough to tell the difference between most characters. The story is still good, as great as it was in the game but it just wasn't what I really wanted. I have to give it a 4 star overall though, because I did buy and enjoy its sequels, complaints aside.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (980)
    Story
    (992)

    The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires, and he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames. He never questioned anything, until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do.

    Casey says: "Still Relevant"
    "As brilliant as I remember"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tough call between Clarisse and Montag. Clarisse is just such a vibrant character and really gives Montag that big push but theres just not enough of her and Montag has some really moving moments in the later parts of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first book in high school I actually read and I had it read three times by the time our assignments were due. In a fit of nostalgia, I had re-read Catcher in the Rye, another high school book I enjoyed. In adulthood though I just find the book whiny and annoying. I wanted to see how my opinion of Fahrenheit 451 would change but I still am in love with this book. Christopher Hurt gives a wonderful performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of the Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (336)

    First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator intones, "No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's."

    Janice says: "Ants"
    "Classic for a reason with a dynamic reader"
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    What made the experience of listening to The War of the Worlds the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did a wonderful job. His voice is perfect for the narrator, aside from the obvious accent his tone carries with it a sense that this is an average man who has done well for himself and is intelligent but is not as stuffy as "high society". His tonal shift when reading as the dim-witted yet intuitive soldier just fits the character. You can believe that while he has valid points, he lacks necessary skill to carry out an otherwise decent plan, based solely on the tone and inflections.


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

    I have never listened to any of Vance's other performances but based on what I heard here, I would not be opposed to hearing them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This entire book is moving. It is easily one of the scariest novels I have ever read (and later listened to). The helplessness of humanity in the face of the Martian invaders is terrifying. The heat ray is a scary weapon and it isn't too hard to imagine that if an alien race wanted Earth, this is essentially how it would go down. There is not a lot of back story but the beginning does cover a motivation for the Martians to come and invade Earth. Just as it isn't too hard to imagine Martians doing this to Earth, perhaps one day mankind will reach a point where we would become the invaders.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Written by H.G. Wells, the great visionary author, this legendary novel is both timeless and thought provoking. Listeners will thrill to this chilling masterpiece as man boldly takes evolution into his own hands for the first time. Dr. Moreau, a scientist expelled from his homeland for his cruel experiments, continues his transplantations on a small South Pacific island, creating hideous creatures with manlike intelligence.

    Beth P. says: "Good but not Wells' best"
    "Good but not Wells' best"
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    Any additional comments?

    Normally I love H.G. Wells but this was, in my honest opinion, one of his weaker books. I find the concepts and the structure well done but I don't find that I care all that much for any of the characters, the only exception being the encounter in the forest after "the incident". The narrator did a good job but I'm hard pressed to say it was a great performance. I listened to it once and that was enough for me. I'll stick to War of the Worlds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2927)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1773)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Peter says: "Heinlein's Masterpiece"
    "Great story, got used to the reader"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress the most enjoyable?

    Heinlein is very quickly becoming a favorite author and The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is second only to Stranger in a Stranger Land. I am a sucker for a good revolutionary tale and after listening to 1984 (for the hundredth time) it was a nice change of pace.


    Any additional comments?

    It did take me a little while to adjust to the readers voice. I listen to these books while I'm at work so I listen in seven to eight hour stretches. While James is a good reader, it took a couple of chapters before my ear adjusted to his pauses and inflections. All in all this is well read and a fantastic story. Worth the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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