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Mark

Whittier, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neal Gabler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    Seven years in the making and meticulously researched - Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives - this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth.

    Amanda says: "Diane Disney"
    "Wonderful book for Disney fans and critics alike."
    Overall

    Neal Gabler has one of those voices you could listen to for hours. The story was well written and goes into amazing depth, This is no white wash of Walt's life. This is Walt Disney with all the warts, You will still end up sheding a tear when he dies if you have a heart. This is my favorite audio book and I have listened to it 5 or 6 times. Well worth a listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2555)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1283)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Surgeon General's Warning!"
    Overall

    This book can be quite addictive. Great characters and a story you wish would never end. Thankfully there are lots of sequels. If you liked Rendevous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke you will probably like this one. Has a somewhat similar premise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8342)
    Performance
    (4122)
    Story
    (4177)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Absolutely Wonderful Version - WELL DONE!!"
    Overall

    Being a big fan of the book, the movie and sci-fi in general I had high hopes for this audio book and it didn't let me down one bit. Many of the words and names in the book are tongue twisters and the readers (actors) did a splendid job in voicing tham. This was closer to a radio play than an audio book. This is the best audio book I have listened to and can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Theorem

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The historic collaboration between Frederik Pohl and Arthur C. Clarke is both a momentous literary event and a fittingly grand farewell from the great visionary author of 2001: A Space Odyssey

    This is a story of one man's mathematical obsession, a celebration of the human spirit and the scientific method, and an intellectual thriller in which humanity, facing extermination from all-but-omnipotent aliens, must overcome differences of politics and religion and come together or perish.

    Mark says: "Good but not Clarke's Best"
    "Good but not Clarke's Best"
    Overall

    I think this story was more Pohl than it was Clarke. I kept reading Clarke's later work trying to find something to equal to what I consider his best work, Childhood's End, and I never found it. This was pretty good but you had to pay pretty close attention as the story got really involved. This isn't one of those you can listen to while you do your taxes and still keep track of the story. Worth a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Robots of Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (547)

    Detective Elijah Baley is called to the Spacer world Aurora to solve a bizarre case of roboticide. The prime suspect is a gifted roboticist who had the means, the motive, and the opportunity to commit the crime. There's only one catch: Baley and his positronic partner, R. Daneel Olivaw, must prove the man innocent. For in a case of political intrigue and love between woman and robot gone tragically wrong, there's more at stake than simple justice.

    Yvonne says: "Refreshing"
    "Cool Asimov Robot Tale!"
    Overall

    Always get a kick out of robot stories and detective books and this was the best of both worlds. Interesting bit of the story had a branch off to the later "Positronic Man" book from 1993 which became "Bicentennial Man". You will recognize the refference to "Little Miss" in the book. Well woven story by the master and well voiced. I was confused and thought the reader was William Devries at first as he sounded similar to the actor and the spoken version of his name is a little confusing. That was my fault though. Well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2827)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1522)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "Another great Niven / Pournelle Masterpiece"
    Overall

    Being a big fan of Niven I have to admit there isn't much he writes that I don't love but this was very well done. Despite the long length, I never tired of it and even though I had read the story years ago, I still enjoyed the audio version as well as if it were new to me. Great job!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Worldwar: In the Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    War seethed across the planet. Machines soared through the air, churned through the seas, crawled across the surface, pushing ever forward, carrying death. Earth was engaged in titanic struggle. Germany, Russia, France, China, Japan: the maps were changing day by day. The hostilities spread in ever-widening ripples of destruction: Britain, Italy, Africa...the fate of the world hung in the balance. Then the real enemy came.

    W says: "Awesome"
    "Very interesting but open ended."
    Overall

    This was my first exposure to Harry Turtledove and I liked the way he wove the tale. I do wish though that he tried to bring this tale to an end instead of leaving you hanging. If I had known this was to just be a cliff hanger to get you to buy the next book I probably wouldn't have bought it. After spending over 20 hours listening, I think it would only be fair to have the story wrap up. Especially since the next book is NOT available as an audio book. The writing was great and I will end up getting the other books when they become available but I did end up feeling just a little cheated.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8752)
    Performance
    (3548)
    Story
    (3530)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Could use some updating."
    Overall

    I have read both the original version and several of the rewrites of the paper versions and this audio book could definitely use a similar face lift. For one thing, the use of the rifts of loud classical music get pretty annoying as time goes on. In addition, the reader doesn't spend enough effort to emphasize the key points at the end of each chapter. Remembering those points is essential if you are going to get anything out of the book. I highly recommend that you hit Wikipedia before you listen and print out the list of key points listed there before you listen. That will help you get the most out of the book. This however may be one of those books that just don't translate well into an audio version.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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