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Andrew

Germantown, MD, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Foundation and Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

    Jerry says: "Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!"
    "Excellent book, poor narration"
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    I love the storyline after listening to the previous 4 recordings from Audible, but the narration of this one makes listening into more of a chore than something enjoyable. For some reason the series switches from Scott Brick's excellent narration to what sounds like an 80s Speak & Spell for the last installment. The lack of differentiation between characters is disconcerting, especially having just listened to Foundation's Edge where the narrator gives the main characters (who return in Foundation and Earth) very distinctive tones.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5030)
    Performance
    (2137)
    Story
    (2129)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Great book, but abridged despite what Audible says"
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    I really enjoyed the book overall, and Scott Brick's narrations are consistently excellent. About half way through I started noticing strange jumps and cuts in the audiobook, however. Events would be referenced that I didn't remember, and chapters would end abruptly. It wasn't until I started going through the reviews here that I noticed previous reviewers billing the title at 40+ hours long, even though the "Unabridged" version available now is closer to 16. Every other vendor refers to the 16 hour version as the abridged version, and after finding a hard copy of the book I compared the first page of a couple chapters with the audio and realized it has been heavily cut.

    Unfortunately the content of the book, being very detail-oriented, does not lend itself to abridgement well at all. Expect to be confused now and then when characters appear suddenly, and scenes end with little resolution. I'm disappointed that Audible has pulled a bait-and-switch, portraying the abridged version incorrectly when it seems like the unabridged version was previously available. Hopefully they will take the opportunity to correct their mistake.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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