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hale_and_hardy

Langley, BC, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • The Haunting of Hill House

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shirley Jackson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (359)

    Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

    Mark says: "Superb Reading of Horror Classic"
    "Was she crazy or did it happen?"
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    For those who have only seen the original "the Haunting" (Hollywood film), the original story is much more about what is happening inside the mind of the main character. Julie Harris portrayed her very well, and her unbalanced mind came through in the film, but the book is able to better convey the mental issues that the character was dealing with, without being able to differentiate between reality and what was happening inside her own mind.

    The story leaves you wondering what actually happened, and what was merely a reflection of the character's perceptions only.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (150)

    The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

    Paul says: "Its not the movie but its still good"
    "Much more to it than the film ever showed"
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    I didn't like the film, and was surprised that the book had a lot more in it than what was in the movie. An interesting listen for any time of year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (806)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (727)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Not Discworld, but it doesn't matter!"
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    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. Very reminiscent of Discworld, including the irreverence and humorous character portrayals. A sort of alternate-history version for our world. Very true to the times and circumstances of the Victorian era. Gritty, grimy, and squelchy -- you can feel for Dodger in a very real sense. LOVED Stephen Briggs's narration and characterizations - top notch!

    Another great Pratchett novel! :D You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6367)
    Performance
    (5624)
    Story
    (5674)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Good story telling!"
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    I haven't read this in years and it was great being able to listen instead. Good narration makes it easy to drift into the world and imagine how everything appears. I did find myself remembering scenes from the TV mini-series, including the various actors who portrayed the significant characters instead of "seeing" who they were, as described.

    Still, a very compelling "what if" tale with some interesting supernatural connotations added for good affect. Randal Flagg is even scarier in the story than he was ever portrayed in the mini-series and I love the epilogue and final scene of the book. :D

    This story was originally inspired by "Earth Abides" (also available in audiobook), which I've also listened to. Its story takes place over MANY years and is an excellent read, very factual, and less "dramatic." Mr. King took that and added an interesting twist and some villains that sped up the pace. I definitely recommend listening to both books and the order won't matter as they are still so different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shark Trouble: True Stories About Sharks and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter Benchley
    • Narrated By Peter Benchley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Master storyteller Peter Benchley, author of Jaws, combines high adventure with practical information in Shark Trouble, a book that is at once a thriller and a valuable guide to being safe in, on, under, and around the sea. Booklist calls this "a suspenseful and resonantly informative overview."

    Amazon Customer says: "Before diving with sharks be sure to read this..."
    "Mending Bridges, really."
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    I really got the impression that Peter Benchley wrote this book to repair the damage that his book JAWS did to the image of sharks. Now, of course, the book wasn't nearly so bad as the film (I've read the book, and seen the film) at portraying sharks as fishy devils.

    This endeavour is setting the record straight. He is telling how he came to write the JAWS novel and then finally actually meeting the animal that was so affected by both his book and the Hollywood production of the same.

    Humans ARE the problem, not the sharks. Humans have always been the problem, and he makes no bones about saying so and illustrating the fact with many observations from many different sources.

    Very informative and eye-opening - worth the time and thought.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing's Sacred

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (99)

    You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.

    Adam says: "Nothing's creative in this clunker"
    "I'm not sure what others were listening to..."
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    I enjoyed this! I was like being at several back-to-back Lewis Black rant performances. There were funny moments, maddening moments, and heart-felt moments, but it was all Lewis Black. How could anyone be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2571)
    Performance
    (2245)
    Story
    (2247)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Pleasantly surprised!"
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    I've never read this book before, and will recommend this to anyone who enjoys their sci-fi with a touch of humor and action. Love the twists and turns the story takes. Contains protagonists you can sympathize with as well as villains you can hate, and even "bad guys" that you can like and respect! It's got everything.

    Excellent narration by Wil Wheaton, with just the right amount of irreverence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Fuzzy [Audible]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By H. Beam Piper
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.

    Harry says: "Interesting accents"
    "I hope they put out more "Fuzzy" audiobooks."
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    I love this story and being able to listen to it again after many years was great. This is another "one sitting" book for me (one really LONG sitting) and it kept me listening intently throughout the day, evening into the wee hours.

    The narrator did an excellent job giving each character their own voice and that makes it easy to enjoy.

    Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3305)
    Performance
    (2847)
    Story
    (2851)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "I couldn't stop listening! :D"
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    I found this story hilarious and couldn't stop listening. From the moment I started it, I only paused it when someone insisted on talking to me, otherwise I kept going through my day, ignoring the phone, my squawking parrots, and even my exercise routine. I wanted it to keep going, and going, and going. I've been never so disappointed to reach the end of a book. Encore! Encore!

    BTW, BRAVO to Wil Wheaton who did such a fabulous job narrating and giving each character their own voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton Stevens
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

    Amy W says: "World and not Character Building"
    "Not enough Pratchett-isms"
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    What did you like best about The Long Earth? What did you like least?

    It's a good way to preview a new storyline, and if you don't like it you can return it.

    I didn't like how it ended so abruptly, with so many loose ends.


    Would you recommend The Long Earth to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't recommend it to Pratchett fans, but Sci-Fi fans may find the premise interesting, if they can get past some of the oddities of the presentation.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration set the pace of the story. A bit monotonous in places.


    Did The Long Earth inspire you to do anything?

    Only to consider re-gifting the hardcover book that was given to me for Xmas.


    Any additional comments?

    This book definitely suggests to me that it is an opening story for a whole new storyline/multiverse in which Terry Pratchett can participate in without needing him to carry that much of the load. Some of his humor shone through, but the story was not compelling or that memorable to me. I was disappointed with it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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