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DancesWithLights

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  • Endworld Doomsday: Endworld Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Robbins
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    At a remote site in Minnesota, filmmaker Kurt Carpenter has built a secure compound and invited a select group of people to bunker down until the worst is over. The world into which they re-emerge is like nothing they've ever seen. At first they think they're the only ones left. But they soon find out how wrong they are. In the wasteland of what used to be America, their battle to survive is only just beginning.

    Steve says: "Didn't live up to its expectations"
    "total crap"
    Overall

    Dear Mr. Robbins, please do the world a favor and never write another book.

    This is the worst book I have ever read, and I am not hard to please. Ren and Stimpy seems profound compared to this book. I could not take anything seriously in this work of garbage. Crap story, disconnected characters and an abrupt ending - save your credits folks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2804)
    Performance
    (1661)
    Story
    (1676)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Wonderful story but the narrator is horrible."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Judas Unchained again? Why?

    I'll listen to it again, because the story is so good. The narrator should never read another audio book ever again though.


    What didn’t you like about John Lee’s performance?

    John Lee is an awful narrator. One of the worst I have EVER heard. The volume levels are all over the place - the audio is either too low to hear or in some parts it blows your ear drums. His voice is VERY boring and lacks emotion. The production quality of the recording is very bad also. At one point there was so much background noise I thought the narrator was doing dishes or something. John Lee sucks.


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

    Dune meets Firefly


    Any additional comments?

    Please please please never let John Lee narrate anything...... EVER. He took such a fantastic book and made it mediocre. Shame on you John Lee. You read this book like its an obituary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3429)
    Performance
    (2025)
    Story
    (2051)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Jay Stone says: "Enduring Classic"
    "Verbal Diarrhea"
    Overall

    I read this book about 15 years ago in high school, and did not enjoy it. I thought I'd give it another try now, to see if I'd view it in a different and wiser perspective. Given the rapidly expanding government of today along with the weak economic situation, I thought I would be able to draw some parallels from this book in relation to the modern world.
    Having finished it, I feel thoroughly disappointed. While I grasp the ideas the author attempts to convey to the reader, I feel it is done in the poorest context ever. The story is so utterly mundane and boring that I found my mind drifting from the story to more interesting things - like my fingernails and shoe laces. The characters are so disconnected and the relationship between them and the reader so weak, that even at the end of the book I could not get myself to care about Winston (main character) enough to give a crap about whether he lived or died. The ideas and their implications in the book are deep but are presented so poorly that I would compare it to the reading of a dictionary, or a ceiling fan warranty manual, only less interesting. It did not take long for me to remember why I hated reading this in school.
    For the life of me I cannot understand why this book is so highly regarded in the world of literature. Yes, it has ideas that could cause one to have complex thoughts on many levels, but I found that the actual reading of this book was so awfully boring that it totally negated anything positive that could be derived from this novel. The main character is subjected to a great deal of torture at the end of the book... and so is the reader - as I found that the only thing more painful than the torture was reading about it. George Orwell is no wordsmith and his style of writing stinks and flows like verbal diarrhea. It even leaves a bad aftertaste, as diarrhea should, preventing one from revisiting the ideas in the book due to the runny, turd-like substance that Orwell considers to be the storyline

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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