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David

Annoyed with Audible because they wouldn't print my review about Ken Follett's "Fall of Giants"

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HELPFUL VOTES
27

  • Dimension X: Hello Tomorrow (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Dimension X
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This post-apocalyptic episode of Dimension X originally aired on September 15, 1950.

    David says: "Past visions of the Future"
    "Past visions of the Future"
    Overall

    This is pretty much what you'd expect from a 1950s scifi radio drama- lots of ponderous speechifications by the characters about the nature of man and life and what it means to be human.
    After apocalyptic nuclear war in 1991 drenches the surface of the Earth in radiation, humanity goes underground for over 2000 years, paying very close attention to genetically optimal breeding. Apparently in our underground oasis in the year 4195, we will be using rotary phones and operators to connect calls and people will talk like Ward and June Cleaver but a fun story nonetheless. Interesting take on evolution (though its not referred to as such) but I am not sure the science holds up.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caribou Island: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Vann
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    On a small island in a glacier-fed lake on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, Gary and Irene’s marriage is unraveling. Alone now that the children are grown, Gary, driven by 30 years of diverted plans, is determined to build from scratch the cabin he has always wanted, believing it will recapture what once drew him to Alaska. Irene knows better. She suspects that the cabin is Gary’s first step to leaving her.

    glamazon says: "Stunning story!"
    "Grim..... and then grimmer"
    Overall

    Felt very real and overpoweringly grim. The characters are different degrees of selfish complainers. Not fun but gripping. A bit too long perhaps- the abstract internal monologues (as opposed to the whining ones) get a bit disconnected. The supporting character everyone describes as a worthless loser is really the only one who seems happy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Seventy Four: Red Riding Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David Peace
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (63)

    Jeanette Garland, missing Castleford, July 1969. Susan Ridyard, missing Rochdale, March 1972. Claire Kemplay, missing Morley, since yesterday. It’s winter, 1974, Yorkshire, Christmas bombs, Lord Lucan on the run, the Bay City Rollers, and Eddie Dunford’s got the job he wanted – crime correspondent for the Yorkshire Evening Post. He didn’t know it was going to be a season in hell. A dead little girl with a swan’s wings stitched into her back. A gypsy camp in a ring of fire. Corruption everywhere you look.

    Lori says: "Disturbing, Uncomfortable - Real Crime Fiction"
    "Exactly As Advertised"
    Overall

    A great noir and period piece- don't look for uplift but it will bring 1974 back if you lived through it.

    Would suggest the narrator tone it down a notch- he starts at 10 on the "sounding desperate" scale and stays there for the duration- its exhausting and not always appropriate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cenotaxis: Astropolis Book 1.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sean Williams
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Sean Williams
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In the far future, in the aftermath of a mysterious galactic catastrophe, a false prophet comes face to face with his greatest adversary yet: a man who thinks he's God - and might very well be right. While the battle for Earth rages around them, they face off, one wanting to conquer the world and the other to redeem it. The victory may well decide the future of the galaxy, and of humanity itself.

    David says: "Don't Start in the Middle"
    "Don't Start in the Middle"
    Overall

    Not a self-contained book. While not bad in terms of some of the ideas (very "talky"), its confusing without having read the prior book

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chalmers Johnson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Drawing comparisons to empires past, Johnson explores in vivid detail the likely consequences of US dependence on a permanent war economy, and what it will mean when the globe's sole "hyperpower" is no longer capable of paying for the vaulting ambitions of its leaders - and becomes the greatest hyper-debtor of all time. In his stunning conclusion, Johnson suggests that the crisis of a financial breakdown could ultimately prove to be the only path to a renewed nation.

    Winston says: "The Tone is too harsh"
    "Mr Johnson needs an editor"
    Overall

    Very informative and well-researched book and the narrator is very clear and easy to understand. However too one-sided and Mr. Johnson is often in internally contradictory in his efforts to demonize (He criticizes the Americans for both ignoring the language of written agreements and treaties and then later for insisting on strict readings of those same written agreements) There is a fertile area to research and Mr Johnson is an admirable researcher and writer but his impersonation of an left wing version of FOX NEWS heavily damages his credibility.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Tomorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Graham Swift
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    One o'clock A.M. Paula Hook lies awake next to her husband, Mike; her 16-year-old twins, Kate and Nick, are asleep down the hall. When the day begins, she and Mike will share a secret with their children that may change all their lives forever.

    A User says: "not what I expected"
    "Not As Bad As All That"
    Overall

    Kind of a meandering story about unexceptional people. Not plotty but the story of a life and some pieces from it. Narrator is clear and easy to understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elric of Melnibone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moorcock
    • Narrated By Jeffery West, Michael Moorcock
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair that flows below his shoulders is milk-white. From the tapering, beautiful head stare two slanting eyes, crimson and moody.

    Tony says: "Great Listen (Ignore the Sample Listen)"
    "Better if no background music"
    Overall

    Interesting story from a prolific author I had never read before. My comments mainly concern the audio performance. The background music was distracting to the point of irritation and made the narrator's accent hard to understand. There should be a warning on selections with music- I get that some people like it or are not affected (its probably a function of the state of the listener's eardrums) but I felt the background noise ruined what would have otherwise been an enjoyable listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freddy and Fredericka

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (93)

    Best-selling, critically acclaimed author Mark Helprin's work has drawn favorable comparisons to an elite group of literary legends, including James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, and Thomas Mann. Helprin's sheer comic brilliance shines in this ingenious farce.

    Chris says: "God save Craig-Vyvyan! I liked it."
    "Great Farce"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book and I could not stop laughing out loud as I listened (which is a first for me). While the narrator's inability to even try an American accent is jarring, you can get used to it eventually and he does do an excellent job with the English characters. His high class "twit" (think Monty Python- the Graham Chapman and John Cleese characters) voice for the absurdist "Who's on first?" colloquys between the title characters are right on point. In fact I'm not sure they would be so humorous if I read them as opposed to listening to this narrator.
    The overall themes of the novel are somewhat forgettable (hard work and bravery are the spice of life....) but cannot overshadow the essential humor. Prepare to be entertained not edified.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuculian Trilogy: The Coming, Triumph, and Passing of Cuculian

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Standish O'Grady
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Cuculian, "The Hound of Ulster," is the champion of Ireland and is best remembered for his single-handed defense of Ulster. The author of these accounts is Standish O'Grady (1846-1928), whose writings earned him the title "Father of the Irish Renaissance."

    H. Connelly says: "Take a pass on this one..."
    "Not easy but rewarding to the studious"
    Overall

    This is perhaps not a good book for the audio format for someone unfamiliar with the subject- Many strange unrecognizable names and a lack of modern narrative flow typical of some mythical writings combined with a monotonal narrator make it very easy to zone out while listening. That being said- to someone familiar with the legends herein described,and they are fascinating once you dig in, this book provides an interesting perspective on some old stories.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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