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  • Games of State: Tom Clancy's Op-Center #3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik, Jeff Rovin
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    In the newly unified Germany, old horrors are reborn. It is the beginning of Chaos Days, a time when neo-Nazi groups gather to spread violence and resurrect dead dreams. But this year Germany isn't the only target. Plans are afoot to destabilize Europe and cause turmoil throughout the United States. Paul Hood and his team, already in Germany to buy technology for the new Regional Op-Center, become entangled in the crisis. They uncover a shocking force behind the chaos - a group that uses cutting-edge technology to promote hate and to influence world events.

    Pint-sized Bookworm says: "Op-center vs neo-nazi maniacs"
    "NARRATOR READS LIKE A 1 MAN STAGE ACT-JARRING!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Games of State?

    THE WAY THE STORY WAS WELL CRAFTED. (AS USUAL...)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Games of State?

    IT WAS VERY HARD TO CONCENTRATE ON THE STORY LINE AND IT BECAME SO "CHOPPY" IT'S HARD TO ISOLATE A MEMORABLE MOMENT THAT DIDN'T INVOLVE THE NARRATOR'S SNAFUS. I'M ATTEMPTING TO FIND A WAY FOR THE MAC READER VOICE THAT IS AVAILABLE IN THE ACCESSIBILITY SECTION READ IT TO ME INSTEAD FOR THE OTHER 9 BOOKS.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    THE ACCENTS AND VOCAL INTONATION TO DENOTE GENDER CHANGE WAS SO DISTRACTING FROM THE ACTUAL FLOW OF THE NOVEL. IT WAS QUITE JARRING. TOTAL KILLER OF MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT! I FEEL THE NARRATOR SHOULD BE A STORY TELLER NOT A PERFORMER. A GOOD NARRATOR IS NEARLY INVISIBLE AND YOU ARE LOST IN THE PLOT MACHINATIONS VICE THIS ONE WHO SEEMS TO BE AUDITIONING FOR A PART RATHER THAN CONTRIBUTING TO THE UNOBTRUSIVE TELLING OF THE STORY. IT CAN DEFINITELY BE DONE MORE SUBTLY. RAINBOW 6 NARRATOR WAS ONE OF THE BEST. LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS IS ALSO SUBTLE EXCEPT HIS AUSSIE SASR RENDERING. SAME PROBLEM WITH THE "ACTOR" FOR "WITHOUT REMORSE" YEARS AGO...EVERY TIME HE READ THE WOMAN'S PART HE RAISED HIS VOICE 2 OCTAVES, YET PHILLIPS ACHIEVES THE SAME RESULTS WITH A SOFTER TONE OF VOICE IN RELATIVELY THE SAME OCTAVE!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    NEITHER - EXCEPT I WANTED TO CRINGE EVERY TIME THERE WAS A CHARACTER CHANGE!


    Any additional comments?

    IF THERE'S A WAY TO COMMUNICATE THIS TO ALL AUTHORS CHOOSING NARRATORS, PLEASE DO. IT SO DISTRACTS FROM THEIR WORK. THAT'S THE REASON I HAD TO TAKE A BREAK FROM THE OP-CENTER SERIES AFTER THIS BOOK.

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