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Ray Staar

Ray Staar

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  • Don't Know Much About Mythology

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By John Lee, Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (145)

    Ever familiar and instructive, Davis shows why the ancient tales of gods and heroes, from Mount Olympus to Machu Picchu, from ancient Rome to the icy land of the Norse, continue to speak to us today, in our movies, art, language, and music. For mythology novices and buffs alike, and for anyone who loves a good story, Don't Know Much About Mythology is a lively and insightful look into the greatest stories ever told.

    Kermit says: "History isn't boring"
    "Kenneth C. Davis - Narrate Your Own Books"
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    What disappointed you about Don't Know Much About Mythology?

    John Lee, the narrator has a wonderful voice, but I bought this book based on the sound of Kenneth C. Davis' enthusiastic introduction. I love this topic. i have scores of books and not a few audiobooks on mythology. I was looking forward to 20 hours of recounts and reflections on some of the greatest stories ever told, and in the voice of a fellow enthusiast, not in the voice of a classically trained actor doing a job...however good a job that might be.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Lee and Lorna Raver ?

    Kenneth C. Davis


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

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (609)

    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.

    Brett says: "Pretty Fun Space Opera"
    "Nice try Mr. Scalzi, but you need a good editor"
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    What could John Scalzi have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Every line of dialog spoken by any and all of the characters was followed by: X said. or Y said. That's tiresome. Not only that, but the narrator read each one of those "X saids" with exactly the same tone and expression.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    Dufris could have done a fine job, had the script been more interesting and/or had his director worked with him.


    What character would you cut from FREE The Human Division, Episode 1: The B-Team?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I like the idea of the story. I simply felt that the author did not develop it as carefully as he might have. I got the impression he dashed off his first draft and left it at that.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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