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Dan

Richmond, VA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Life, the Universe, and Everything: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Martin Freeman
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (639)

    The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads, so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

    Dan says: "It's my favorite of the series"
    "It's my favorite of the series"
    Overall

    This book started out as meast least favorite of the series, but has grown on me ever since. It's now my favorite and, in my opinion, is Adams' most creative Hitchhiker book. Martin Freeman is a top rate narrator. He is much more versatile in his voice acting than I would have thought, has unique voices for each character, and is highly entertaining. I highly recommend this book, or any of this series.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2943)
    Performance
    (1545)
    Story
    (1551)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Good story, terrible recording"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or the narrators?

    I have listened to and enjoyed many of Orson Scott Card's book by this creative team. While I enjoyed the books (with one notable exception), the performances and production have always been top notch. Until this book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The recording and production of this book are the worst of any Card novel I've heard. Apparently no one could decide how to pronounce "Hegemon" during recording, but someone obviously went back in and overdubbed the pronunciation of that one particular word, over and over again. Plus the music was terrible cheesy, and the overall sound quality was not up to spec. Disappointing from a group I have known can produce top quality recordings.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5574)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2233)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Spare and Haunting"
    Overall

    The book itself is as beautifully spare and desolate as the landscape it describes. The text is relentless, and sets the tone for their slow march to the sea.

    The narrator did a superb job giving voice to the characters, and I am even more impressed with him now that I have heard him read No Country for Old Men, which shows off his range even better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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