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D. Myerscough

Denison, TX United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2026)
    Performance
    (1839)
    Story
    (1847)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Dull"
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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Emily Rankin ?

    I have read everything Card has written, this book is pure formula. I hope it isn't a warning bell of things to come. The performance was great, the book was not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orson Scott Card again?

    Probably - because he has written well in the past and I hope he will again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the books beginning - the first two chapters drew you in. After that, it became predictable.


    Did The Gate Thief inspire you to do anything?

    no


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (622)

    This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

    Matthew says: "Beyond the film..."
    "So bad, I had to stop listening."
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    Considering this was 5 hours plus, I thought they would be fleshing the story out more - they did a bit, but much of the extra time was intro and exit from a 30 minute radio broadcast from which this was taken - very irritating. Star Wars, as it turns out, is pretty dull without the visual special effects. I made it about half way through before turning it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1149)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1093)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "I almost returned this audioplay after an hour"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I almost returned this after the beginning, which is absolutely awful. The six year old Ender is read by an adolescent with a deepish voice - horrible casting. It's not that the young man doesn't do a good job of reading, but his age was too advanced. His voice was to deep for the entire play, but worst at first both because of the shock that they would do that after the complete disaster of a movie where Ender was 16 from beginning to end and Bonzo was a midget.

    I honestly was about to turn it off and decided to listen a bit more to see if I could ignore the actor obviously being far too old for the role. I managed, although it was still irritating for a while. Everything else is wonderful however although several of the children have obviously gone through, or are going through puberty.

    The story is well written and deviations from the original are all sensible and in some cases better than the original.

    I will not spoil anything other than to say that this stands up well by itself, and I did care about the characters - something the movie completely failed to do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3770)
    Performance
    (2227)
    Story
    (2254)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "One of the all time greats- horribly narrated"
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    What did you love best about The Mote in God's Eye?

    The story is brilliant.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Sounds wooden. Doesn't really sound like he understands what he's reading in many spots. It is very much like he didn't read the book first and just sight read the whole thing using the notes of someone else. Voices are all very similar, accents fake.


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

    Couldn't finish it - had to turn it off because of poor narration. I've read the book and loved it - that made this very disappointing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov, Maurice Denham, Prunella Scales
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Beevers, Lee Montague, Julian Glover, and others
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (200)

    The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward 50 years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin....

    James says: "How can you go wrong with a must read book for $2"
    "Can't even get through the first few minutes"
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    What would have made The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized) better?

    This should be taken off the sales list. I couldn't even get past the first few minutes of the nonsense sound effects.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized)?

    Turning it off.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Not even if I was paid thousands of dollars, given great drugs, and beautiful women.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    There's a few minutes I'll never get back.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your two bucks.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spirits of Flux & Anchor: Soul Rider, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (31)

    Cassie did not feel the soul rider enter her body...but suddenly she knew that Anchor was corrupt, and that, far from being a formless void from which could issue ony mutant changelings and evil wizards, Flux was the soure of Anchor's very existence.

    The price of her new knowledge is exile, yet Cassie and the Rider of her soul are the only hope for the redemption of both Flux and Anchor.

    Michael says: "Christmas in February! Chalker's Triumph Arrives!"
    "Great book, lousy performance."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Spirits of Flux & Anchor to be better than the print version?

    No - the performance is the worst possible. This needs to be redone by a female. The main character is female and this reader makes all female voices sound like gay football players. Very distracting and difficult to get past. You will find yourself laughing and shaking your head at the reader during serious moments because the voices are so ridiculous.


    What other book might you compare Spirits of Flux & Anchor to and why?

    This book has few comparisons. I can see it's influence in many sci-fi books that were written after, but nothing that came before.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The female voices were horrible, and many of the male voices were over the top. Since the main characters are female, and there is quite a bit of dialog, this makes for an uncomfortable listening experience. It takes quite a while to ignore the reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Everything changes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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