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Carol Stream, IL | Member Since 2008

  • 3 reviews
  • 105 ratings
  • 302 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • The Ringworld Throne: The Ringworld Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia

    Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written.

    The human Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee: legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the protectors.

    Aerindel says: "Should have stopped at the second book."
    "Low point of the Ringworld series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Disappointing. I loved the original Ringworld book, but the sequels have gotten progressively worse. Most of this book seemed to focus on how much the Ringworld inhabitants are obsessed with having sex. I found it hard to follow, and unsatisfying. The hard science (fiction) of the Ringworld was nearly absent.

    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    The narrator was actually quite good. I enjoyed the various voices he used for the different characters. They were convincing, and appropriate.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James W. Loewen
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler

    This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

    Timothy says: "Of course he has an agenda. He wrote a book!"
    "Distracting audio performance"
    Any additional comments?

    I found the narrator's performance somewhat distracting. I don't know if they needed to use a different mic, or maybe they needed a better filter, but I could hear every swallow, lip smack and breath. The delivery often had... awkward pauses.... which sometimes made me think he had stopped, but I think the narrator was just taking a drink of water.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3-million-times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

    Ausbin says: "Great Sci-Fi"
    "Disappointing narrator compared to previous books"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    I've listened to all the previous Ringworld and some other of Niven's books on audio, and this is the first one where I found the narrator's performance disappointing. Not only were names from previous books pronounced completely differently (which alone, I might forgive, if no guidance was given by the author), but this narrator made some bizarre choices for portrayal of some of the characters. For Acolyte, the Kzin, the narrator chose a rather goofy sounding voice, which actually reminded me of Goofy as opposed to a 7-foot speaking tiger! For the Protector Tunesmith, he made no attempt to sound like a protector might sound, speaking with a hardened beak-like mouth. Previous narrators have very convincingly portrayed how this speech "impediment" might sound. The puppeteers voice didn't convey the musical or feminine nature that is usually used to describe them. On the whole, the voices were just more whimsical and jovial that I would have expected. There were also some off inflections which made me think the narrator didn't understand what he was reading... like when referring to Louis Wu as a "current addict". The inflection made it sound as if he meant current as in "right now" as opposed to "electricity". Perhaps if I was completely unfamiliar with Niven's universe or previous books, I might not notice these subtleties, but I found them quite distracting.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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