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Philip

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  • V for Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steve Moore
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (557)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (342)

    Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

    John says: "Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?"
    "Narrator is the worst..."
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    I guess after seeing the movie, it is a tough act to follow. But this narrator is the worst. He manages to drain the drama and power out of the story. The different characters are poorly distinguished and have an overall tone that is out of sync with the material. Its whinny and stilted, just bizarre. I've listened to other books he's read that are good. But here, he was either the wrong choice, didn't get it, or just blew it. Couldn't listen to more than an hour of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Charles Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished America in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.

    M. Dunn says: "Cold Mountain (Unabridged)"
    "Author Narration That is Amazing"
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    What an incredible work. The novel is powerful and compelling. The authors narration makes it so relatable and authentic. It's transporting to another time, like being told an incredible tale by a witness. Truly amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17065)
    Performance
    (15149)
    Story
    (15106)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Great in So Many Ways"
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    The narration is perfect for the story. The story is original and unexpectedly touching. It's is truly and with a broad range. These different elements and styles combine into a masterful whole. It's really something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halo: Glasslands

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Karen Traviss
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (398)

    The Covenant has collapsed after a long, brutal war that saw billions slaughtered on Earth and her colonies. For the first time in decades, however, peace finally seems possible. But though the fighting's stopped, the war is far from over: it's just gone underground. The UNSC's feared and secretive Office of Naval Intelligence recruits Kilo-Five, a team of ODSTs, a Spartan, and a diabolical AI to accelerate the Sangheili insurrection.

    S. Blackwell says: "Traviss at the top of her game"
    "Huh?"
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    I've listened to the other books in the series and this came out of nowhere. Though it takes place in the Halo universe the entire tone and style of it is very different. The new author changed characters in a ways that are very inconsistent with the previous books. It has interesting elements but is at times annoying as it assigns behaviors and attitudes that don't seem right. The Halo books are pretty standard epic fare. Yet with an underlying optimism and consistent sense of overcoming adversity, comradery, and introspection to the cost of war. This book comes from a different place and is much darker. There are almost no fight scenes and it drags in a number of places. It may in some ways be a better novel, but that's not what any of the Halo books are about. It's not about euradite writing, they're about engagement, fun, and bringing the Halo game universe to life. This book fails all three.

    As if that's not enough the choice of narrator is inexplicable. It's an about face stylistically from the previous audiobooks. A barrage of accented voices, often indistinguishable from each other often making it confusing. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks and know the challenge when the narrator changes in a series. But this is so beyond that.

    The change in author, tone, and narrator combined make this a truly bad continuation in the series. Bad enough, that I've never written a review here and was prompted to write this out of the disappointment I felt for this book and having a fun series changed into something else for no understandable reason. Bummer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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