I only have about 60 audible books under my belt so far but I already have a small list of favorite narrators. Poor narration can really hurt a good story.
In this case, True Grit is a fun story but I really don't like the narration. The lip smacking, lack of emotion and what sounds like a microphone clicking on and off were just too distracting for me to really enjoy this story.
The story is perfect. It's almost like a current event. You can believe it is all happening. R. C. Bray's narration - rarely varies the voice per character but that's no problem really. Most of the talking is by the main character. The voice matches the good, dry humor.
Really enjoyed this story... a few times.
Made it through about an hour but couldn't handle it any more. I guess if I were a Marine and didn't mind the stereotype it might have made sense to me but I just couldn't get past the crude talk. By the way, I was in the Navy. ;)
Well if giving a free novelette is intended to entice me to listen to the series it worked. The story requires background. It almost sounds like the characters are well thought out with interesting personalities but I've missed that by not getting into the series.
After I catch up I'll come back to this and see how it all fits. I'm hoping I'll enjoy the series. The way Sanderson took over for Wheel of Time he has to be an amazing author. Jordan left some tough shoes to fill but Sanderson didn't miss a beat.
For me it was 9 hours of storytelling misery. I could not understand any of the concepts and kept losing the story and the characters. Maybe my sci-fi needs are more simple and I just got out of my depth. Some people wandered through some sort of anomaly into some sort of other dimensions. They had sex a couple of times, killed each other, were cataloged in a city computer and met Cleopatra. And there's a sequel?
I just went with the wrong story and need to get back into more comfortable settings.
Mr. Rudniki - a storyteller's voice. Always enjoy listening to him even when I don't like the story.
Nothing negative about Rudnicki's performance. He's one of the best. But the editing was absolutely terrible. You can hear multiple takes being included in the story. It gives an interesting insight into how audio books are created but it is not appropriate to a final product.
The story is good. As good as Ben Bova gets.
I don't know - maybe I'm a little too American-centric but I just wasn't able to get into the story. Probably sounds bad but not meant to be. The story was kind of like a scavenger hunt but I had no understanding of the goal in mind. People just headed off because some dead person told them to do so. The story ended with hope for the follow-on books if developed properly. I'll give "On the Steel Breeze" a try just because the last chapter or so of BRE finally seemed to go somewhere.
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's reading and accent were actually very pleasant. Some of the characters voices were a bit outrageous, funny even, but for the most part I really enjoyed the narrator's work. Personally, I don't think the narrator would need to be ethnically limited. I'd listen to any sci-fi story he decided to read. Obviously, he was the perfect choice for this book. I hope Adjoa Andoh does as well with the second book.
I didn't read any Ralph Waldo Emerson in school. I'm not sorry I didn't because now I think I can enjoy an appreciate it more. This was a great listen with some very interesting life-analysis. I'm not sure why this work isn't more relevant to and referenced by today's culture.
Kurt Andersen did a fine read. I didn't quite understand the transition into Joyce's part of the book. Was that just expert commentary on parts of the book? Not quite as interesting. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up another book narrated by Mr. Andersen.
I'm not sure how to review this. I bought it as a trial of Amazon's new monthly purchase program so it was essentially free. I should have paid more attention to what I was doing. I didn't realize it was a young adult/teen book. For what it's worth, the time travelling part of the story was pretty interesting. I just wasn't prepared for the young romance part of the book. Definitely not me.
Kate Rudd did a fine job of narrating, making each character recognizable by the voice she used. Clear and without distractions.
I won't keep up with the series of course but I don't want to rate this book poorly for my mistake.
I never buy abridged but in a spree of Alistair Maclean purchases I wasn't paying attention. The story is good but - being abridged - not fully developed. I saw the movie years ago and this book didn't really add much to it. One of the few times I would say the movie was better (and it wasn't that good for the acting). If I find it unabridged I would buy it again.
The narrator, Michael Jayston, did a fine job by adding accents where required and reading each character with unique voices. No background noise or other distractions. Nice job. I'd definitely listen to books Mr. Jayston narrates in the future.
Once I start a series I usually stick through to the end. Worse than a long, drawn out series is wondering and not knowing whether things will get better. Generally I'll go along with a weak but promising first or second book in a series in hopes of the author and the story developing further.
Unfortunately Star Carrier series never developed. Each book was basically the same formula. Very light on the development of characters, very details on the individual shots of a battle but weak on the overall strategy and progress. Terribly detailed and repetitive in technical descriptions of planets, atmospheres and right or left hand sugars - most of which made zero difference to the story but was repeated often enough to believe something was coming up.
Unfortunately nothing ever came up.
I love sci-fi. I love a good space story especially. If another book comes out in this series I will buy it but my expectations will be quite low.
In the same category of military sci-fi give The Lost Fleet by John G. Henry a try. It's still not the drama of Orson Scott Card or the willd rides of Larry Niven but it is good listening. Something on the fantasy side (I do not believe fantasy and sci-fi are one in the same) you need to give Jim Butcher's Dresden Files a shot. An excellent series!
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