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P. R. Ecker

Rubyview

New York, NY USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (909)

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Alice says: "I felt totally swept up in this world"
    "Loved the reader.."
    Overall

    and now I love the story even more. There are more expensive versions but I liked this one the best. It did take forever to listen to but I came to appreciate more and more of the subtleties of the story. If I were assigned this in school I would get this audiobook for the work which would keep me awake far longer than the book. I found Frank Muller's voice excellent.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (1013)
    Story
    (1024)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Fantastically odd"
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    Im not sure how Moore's ideas emerge but all of them are so strangely unique. I really liked the story because it included so many factual parts about the painter's lives and yet tells such a bizarre tale of where their inspiration came from. Oddly, for Moore, it is more drama than comedy and even if you read Moore for humor this is an intriguing listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Goliath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (517)

    Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as Prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Airforce.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.

    The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board....

    Eileen says: "Wow!"
    "Entrancing and magical"
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    The story continues after Leviathon, not missing a beat or a step. The characters are fantastic and the writing is wonderful. My whole family, including we parents, have fallen in love with this series of books and have read and listened to them several times. Having Alan Cumming narrate adds the the magic, fun and humor of the story. If I asked my children, they would probably give the books several more stars than allowed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3088)
    Performance
    (2111)
    Story
    (2143)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "Still as prophetic and moving as ever"
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    Yet another of my all-time favorite sci if novels by Clarke. The story is both profound and gut wrenching, moving quickly along a time line without losing impressive narrative.

    My only complaint is the voice of the women-I felt my ears would bleed. For goodness sake, why not get a woman to voice the women?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8929)
    Performance
    (3162)
    Story
    (3240)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "I admit-I couldn't finish it"
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    The plot, the writing, the nausea, it just kept getting worse. It seems that DB simply wanted to have a bigger shock factor to make up for poor story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

    Laura says: "A Light and Still Revealing Read"
    "Understanding Pluto"
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    Any additional comments?

    Before reading this book I was one of the people offended on behalf of Pluto. After hearing this book I had a much greater understanding of several aspects of astronomy and how decisions come to be "They say...." statements that get picked up by the press.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Persistence of Vision

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Varley
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    On the surface, this Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic is about a drifter who comes to stay in a New Mexico commune founded by a group of deaf-blind people. But beneath the story, author John Varley examines deep, universal issues. What is the nature of communication? What does an individual gain - or lose - by subsuming himself to the whole? Can an outsider ever truly "belong"?

    Katherine says: "Fascinating!"
    "Creepy but potent story telling"
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    Any additional comments?

    Another book for the 'classic' shelves of my sci if library. The story was unusual and strange and yet held my attention until my last held breath was released at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Roger Zelazny
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (58)

    It is long after the death of Earth. A band of men and women on a colony planet has gained control of technology. With it, they have given themselves immortalty and godlike powers, and they rule their world as the gods of the Hindu pantheon: Kali, Goddess of Destruction; Yama, Lord of Death; Krishna, God of Lust. All are opposed by him who was Siddhartha, who is now Mahasamatman, Binder of Demons, Lord of Light.

    Erik Hemming says: "A classic well rendered"
    "One of the best sci fi stories ever told."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book has been a favorite of mine for years before listening to the recording. It was fantastic to hear, like being read a favorite bed-time story. The reader disappears behind the writing allowing the mind free to concentrate on the exquisite detail of the story. This is not a casual listen but one that invites participation and demands attention. Zelazny was a genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3758)
    Performance
    (2078)
    Story
    (2130)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Well done, and long."
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is classic and has been the inspiration for so many other stories over the years. The recording is long but never boring and the reading is very good on this edition. Romance, tragedy, revenge, adventure and redemption-it covers most of the basis in such an elegant way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captains Courageous

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Young Harvey Cheyne is rich, spoiled, prejudiced, and totally lacking in the real experiences of life. When the 15-year-old is accidentally washed overboard a great ocean liner headed for Europe, he is picked up by a fisherman and brought aboard the fishing schooner We're Here. Harvey's stories of privilege and wealth mean nothing aboard this hard-working vessel, and the boy receives many lessons in self-reliance, values, and hard-bitten reality in the words of Long Jack.

    Sharon says: "Pleasant Listening"
    "What more to say?"
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    Any additional comments?

    Rudyard Kipling. That's it. Read more Ruyard Kipling for details of life in areas you've never been or scenarios you've never faced. For instance, where did the phrase 'learning the ropes' come from? You will learn that here in vivid detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (769)

    In The Poisoner's Handbook, Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days when a pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime.

    Reagan says: "Fascinating book marred by production errors"
    "What we don't know could kill us"
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    What did you love best about The Poisoner's Handbook?

    I found the content of this book riveting. First the history of medical examiners and the chemistry they worked with. Allmost more importantly the resistance by the government backed by big business to take steps that would have saved lives. The book absolutey whispers and shouts situations that correlate with issues that come up all too often today. The laying out of the contents of tobacco, the ingredients of cosmetics (think back to the not too distant past when mercury was discovered in lipsticks), and the general irresponsibly towards profit.Finally I found it interesting that the curiosity of human beings both destroys and saved lives. Fascinating.


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

    I'm not sure I'd like to see this in movie form given film's propensity for over-the-top gore fests. The subtlety would be lost and the unsung heros still left unsung.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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