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  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (2849)
    Performance
    (1675)
    Story
    (1697)

    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"
    "This books is better in audio translation"
    Overall

    Heinlein once wrote (in _The Number of the Beast_ that Tolstoy's works gained from translation. That I cannot judge, but _The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_ which is one of my favorate books and one I reread periodically, gains from Lloyd James's translation. In particular, his voice for Mannie sounds both authentic and more multi-dimentional than the voice I imagined when reading the book. His brief chuckles punctuate Mannie's sly humor beautifully.

    I know this is an audio version I will be listening to again. In fact, I imagine I will pull it out every time I go back to reread the book.

    As for the book itself -- if you only read one book of Heinlein's in your lifetime -- this is the book you should read. Seriously.

    29 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Eminent Hipsters

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Donald Fagen
    • Narrated By Donald Fagen
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    A witty, revealing, sharply written work of memoir and criticism by the cofounder of Steely Dan. Musician and songwriter Donald Fagen presents a group of vivid set pieces in his entertaining debut as an author, from portraits of the cultural figures and currents that shaped him as a youth to an account of his college days and of life on the road.

    Harry Levinson says: "Must-listen for Steely Dan or Donald Fagen fans"
    "imminent dozer"
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    What disappointed you about Eminent Hipsters?

    The author has no use, he says, for the art, music, or culture of today. That's fine, but if the past is THAT interesting, one need not condemn the present. This material could have been so interesting, had anyone but a grouchy old man with an attitude conveyed it.


    Has Eminent Hipsters turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has certainly made me more cautious.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Donald Fagen?

    Perhaps another narrator would have been more sympathetic, but that would have been misleading.


    What character would you cut from Eminent Hipsters?

    Donald Fagen. Seriously.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (433)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    A Fitts says: "Obumwe said, Eagan said, Wilson said, Rickney said"
    "Monsieurs Scalzi & Dufris: Well Played Sirs"
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    Would you listen to The B-Team again? Why?

    I will certainly listen to it again. Scalzi's stories are enjoyable to reread, and Dufris hits all the notes perfectly. I might just go listen to it again when I finish this review. The nice thing about Scalzi is that the story is fun even when you know exactly what is going to happen. Speaking of which, as Scalzi has warned, this series does contain spoilers for the Old Man's War books. If you already know Scalzi, it's moot. You've already read that series and you've probably already purchased this audiobook because Scalzi just rocks. But if you don't know Scalzi and don't want to risk a credit on Old Man's War, my advice would be to buy this audiobook (I mean, 99 cents) and listen to chapter 1 (about 15 minutes) which doesn't give away any major prior events and/or characters. If you like it, you are going to like the Old Man's War books, so go ahead and beg, borrow or steal three credits and listen to the following: Old Man's War/The Ghost Brigades and The Lost Colony before finishing the rest of The B Team. (And if you got so engrossed in the story that you forgot to stop listening after fifteen minutes, never mind. Spoilers aren't so bad.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Wilson! Who else? That guy is just fun to be around.


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

    William Dufris has narrated three of the four books in Old Man's War. He was a great choice and I'm glad he is narrating this series as well.


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

    As with all Scalzi, there's a moment when I settle back with a satisfied sigh. For Red Shirts, he had me at "The rich are different." This time it happened while the ship was readying itself for a skip drive & Scalzi was judiciously sharing enough backstory so newcomers could keep up. Though he never took his eyes off the dialogue, he had a small smile on his face that we old Scalzi fans knew was meant for us. It told us he knew we knew all this stuff and to just relax & enjoy the ride. :)


    Any additional comments?

    Scalzi wrote a short story called After the Coup which features these characters & which takes place shortly before the events in The B Team. The ebook version is on Amazon (http://amzn.com/B003V4B4PM) and I wish there were an audio version. Pretty please?

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shrimp

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Cohn
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Rachel Cohn delivers an irresistible sequel to her extremely popular debut novel, Gingerbread. Cyd Charisse has returned to San Francisco from her summer in New York City to begin her senior year of high school. Cyd has changed in many ways, but one thing remains the same - her feelings for Shrimp. But, how does he feel about her? After all, he has changed too.

    kuaikuai says: "Author's first name is misspelled"
    "Author's first name is misspelled"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the sequel to Gingerbread by RACHEL (not Rachael) Cohn. In the past two years since I bought the book, I've called and written audible multiple times to ask them to correct the mistake. A third book, Cupcake, is available in print or ebook, but not as an audio version.

    Great series. Much more fun than Holden Caulfield and better coffee. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Number of the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Emily Durante, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (290)

    The wickedest, most wonderful science fiction story ever created in our - or any - time. Anything can begin at a party in California - and everything does in this bold masterwork by a grand master of science fiction. When four supremely sensual and unspeakably cerebral humans - two male, two female - find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies - and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller-coaster ride of adventure, danger, ecstasy, and peril.

    Michelle says: "I've been waiting for this book in audio format..."
    "Love the story, hate the narrator for Deety"
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    What would have made The Number of the Beast better?

    One good narrator for the whole book. Or one narrator for the female parts, one for the male.


    What other book might you compare The Number of the Beast to and why?

    Number of the Beast is for hardcore Heinlein fans. It's my favorite Heinlein book -- which is probably why this narration bugs me so much -- but it's not for everyone. If you haven't read Heinlein, get something else first. Tunnel in the Sky is a good juvenile and fun for readers of any age. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is one of his best, period, and listening to the audio is even more fun than reading the book. Time Enough for Love is a good later novel, as is its sequel To Sail Beyond the Sunset. (The latter has has a stellar performance by Bernadette Dunne who narrates Hilda here in this book).


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Five of the narrators are fine: I especially like Bernadette Dunne (Hilda) and Malcolm Hillgartner (Jake). But unless you keep your finger on the fast forward button, Emily Durante can spoil the whole experience. She sounds young and whiny, and her narration does not convey Deety's intelligence and vivacity. It's just not FUN listening to her, and if this book works for you (tastes vary, see reviews on Amazon), it's a FUN book. Listening to Dunne is like babysitting a spoiled toddler. She has apparently done some science fiction, but she is NOT right for this part. She has the range of one of those ornithopters on Mars-10. Someone else should have been chosen for the role of Deety. It's not too late -- get those chapters rerecorded and I'll buy the book a second time!


    Any additional comments?

    If you have a copy of the book and dislike one narrator, you can skip his or her sections by using the lists below. The audio is divided into three parts. Each audio chapter contains one chapter from the book. In the book, the chapters are numbered consecutively across all four parts, albeit with Roman numbers.
    ---AUDIO (Parts 1-3)---
    * Sean Runnette (Zeb) Part 1: 1,2,3,10,11,13,20. Part 2: 9,14. Part 3: 2,5,10,12,15.
    * Emily Durante (Deety): Part 1: 4,7,9,14,17. Part 2: 2,6,8,10,13. Part 3: 8,14.
    * Malcolm Hillgartner (Jake) Part 1: 5,16. Part 2: 4,7,11. Part 3: 3,6,9,13.
    * Bernadette Dunne (Hilda) Part 1: 6,8,12,15,19. Part 2: 3,5,12. Part 3: 4,7.
    * Paul Michael Garcia (Smith) Part 3: 11.
    * Tom Weiner (Narrator): 16
    ---BOOK (Arabic numerals substituted for Roman)---
    * Zeb: 1,2,3,10,11,13,20,28,33,34,37,42,44,47
    * Deety: 4,7,9,14,17,21,25,27,29,32,40.46
    * Jake: 5,16,23,26,30,35,38,41,45
    * Hilda: 6,8,12,15,19,22,24,31,36,39
    * Smith: 43
    * Narrator: 48

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reader and Raelynx: The Twelve Houses, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (113)

    King Baryn has decided that if he marries his daughter Amalie to a high-ranking noble, the rebellious marlords might be pacified and he might be able to avert a war. So he invites all the young serramar to the royal city to court his daughter. To protect Amalie from any unsavory suitors, the mystic Cammon is installed to monitor all of Amalie's courtships, because Cammon is a reader who can tell if someone harbors violence or malevolence in his heart.

    Mysticalsister says: "Great Listen"
    "great writing, poor narration"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Honestly, when I finish Part I, I'll probably stop listening. If you are thinking of buying this audio book, I recommend you buy a print or ebook version instead.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reader and Raelynx?

    Won't spoil the plot but it involves the raelynx!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joe Barrett?

    The original narrator, Jennifer van Dyck, should have been hired to narrate all five books. She does male voices just fine, whereas Joe Barrett makes Kirra sound like a 1980s drag queen. It is extremely offputting. I could not finish listening to Dark Moon Defender and I don't know if I'll be able to finish Reader and Raelynx. I do wish there was a new version of this book with Jennifer van Dyck. I would buy it, even though I've already purchased this version.


    Do you think Reader and Raelynx needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has a followup book. Unfortunately, it has yet another narrator. Jennifer van Dyck should have been re-hired, especially after the fiasco with Joe Barrett.


    Any additional comments?

    Stick to Mystic and Rider, Thirteenth House, and Troubled Waters in audio version. Get the rest in print or ebook. And check out other titles narrated by Jennifer van Dyck, especially those by Jack McDevitt.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Seeker: An Alex Benedict Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Jack McDevitt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (388)

    Thousands of years after an entire colony mysteriously disappears, antiquities dealer Alex Benedict comes into possession of a cup that seems to be from the Seeker, one of the colony's ships. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, follow a deadly trail to the Seeker, strangely adrift in a system barren of habitable worlds. But their discovery raises more questions than it answers, drawing Alex and Chase into the very heart of danger.

    Shannon Peterson says: "Great mix of sci-fi, mystery and adventure."
    "credit worthy"
    Overall

    Just finished listening to this a second time and enjoyed it just as much. Jennifer Van Dyck is the perfect narrator for Chase Kolpath.


    If you want non-stop action, you are probably best off watching an action movie while sitting on your couch instead of listening to an audiobook while operating a moving vehicle. The suspense in this book builds up slowly and with convincing detail so that by the time Chase is fending off the villains, you are right there with her. And while the narrow escapes keep you on the edge of your seat, the actual puzzle that Benedict is solving (with Chase's sometimes reluctant help) engages your attention.


    ***A note on listening order*** There are currently 5 books in this series. Jennifer Van Dyck is the audio narrator for three of them: Polaris, Seeker, and The Devil's Eye. The order doesn't matter for Polaris and Seeker, but you should listen to Seeker before starting The Devil's Eye. All three are good listens, as is Omega from the McDevitt's other series.


    Also, while the last book, Echo, has another narrator, McDevitt's website has the following information:
    "The Tantor audio edition of Echo was inadvertently recorded using a male voice. It will shortly be available with a female narrator from Audible.com."

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Flying Too High: A Phryne Fisher Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kerry Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (314)

    Danger, excitement and love - this is how the glamorous Phryne Fisher is determined to live her life in her second enticing adventure. Walking the wings of a Tiger Moth plane in full flight ought to be enough excitement for most people, but not Phryne Fisher, amateur detective, woman of mystery, as delectable as the finest chocolate and as sharp as razor blades.

    Christy says: "Much better than the first one..."
    "very good fun"
    Overall

    amusing writer, who captures spirit of 20s and is scrupulous about historical research. Excellent narrator. Don't miss last five minutes of audiobook, which contain interview between narrator and Kerry Greenwood.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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