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Sebastian

speelbergo

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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (220)

    Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

    Ian C Robertson says: "The Very Good Gatsby"
    "Great story, great performance"
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    The performer had an aire of David Hyde Pierce to him that was very interesting to listen to, and very, very appropriate for the setting of the novel. The only problem i had was with some of the female voices, which were very grating on the ears, and came off like the mom on Bob's Burgers. This was a great listen, and a quick one too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (4011)
    Performance
    (2760)
    Story
    (2773)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "A horrifying story, but not because of the clown"
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    I feel it is my duty to warn people about this book, because something so disturbing and horrifying happens in the last 2 hours of the 45(!) hour book that felt like such a sucker punch. I'm not spoiling any key plot points with this reveal, but it is an important event. So, while the 7 kids (whom are all 11 might i remind you) are lost in the sewers, the lone girl in the group convince the boys that in order to find their way out, they all have to have sex with her, one after another, right then and there in the dank drainage pipes. And it is described in horrifying and graphic detail. It was so bizarre and disturbing! I have read several Stephen King novels. I know he doesn't shy away from sexuality, but this was far and beyond anything i've ever experienced from the author. It was so perverted and obnoxious that I just HAD to warn anyone who was considering this book. It really ruined the whole thing for me. It was like trying to have a good conversation with someone who just broke your nose.
    Even besides that, this book had problems. There's at least 3 decent separate books that King tried to combine here. A homicidal clown was all anyone wanted or expected from this book. Why he decided he needed to turn that into an eternal creature that spans space and time and multi-dimensions is beyond me. I even looked up forums on the subject so i could try to understand the final battles, but I still can't wrap my head around it. The sequences with the children are great. The rest is questionable. The whole thing dragged on far too long and took far too many deviations from the main plot. I would have preferred a 25 hour abridged version and after listening to the whole thing, i can guarantee you that a 40% reduction like that wouldn't have even removed a single actual story beat.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (421)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Entertaining, if not terribly original"
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    Man, half the time i was wondering to myself if the makers of Megamind optioned this novel before they proceeded, because the portion of the book narrated by the supervillain sounds so much like the titular cartoon character, that it's almost as if Will Farrell was parodying the performer of this audiobook. (run-on sentence much?)

    The first third of this book was massively engaging to me. It was a uniquely voiced take on the very familiar superhero genre. I equally enjoyed both points of view, both that of the villain, and of the hero, herself a newcomer to a Justice League-type hero team.

    However I the book started losing a lot of steam when i realized that the majority of the story was going to be given in flashback. That is a really terrible way to tell a story: to set up present events and then spend 75% of the book having the characters recollect past events. Why? It was just so unnecessary. One example: Near the beginning when the hero gave a quick summary of a past event wherein one of the heroes sacrifices their own life. I thought it was brilliant. Then later on when we got an excruciatingly detailed description of the same event i was rather frustrated. That same problem repeats over and over again. Near the end i kept thinking they must be done with all the backstory exposition, but nope, they just kept going.

    So ultimately the book runs out of steam and the ending is fairly unsatisfactory. It's too bad. I really enjoyed the setup. I really didn't mind that so many of the character archetypes were ripped straight from the DC mythos (CoreFire=Superman, Blackwolf=Batman etc) because i like to see authors have fun outside the box with those familiar characters. However this book just can't quite pull everything together in the end. A decent effort, however flawed.

    Having said that, if there was a sequel wherein the characters moved FORWARD instead of spouting nonstop exposition, then i would totally pick it up.

    ***** for Boehmer's performance

    ***1/2 for Marlo

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  • The Night Eternal: Book Three of the Strain Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (881)

    It’s been two years since the vampiric virus was unleashed in The Strain and the entire world now lies on the brink of annihilation. There has been a mass extermination of humans orchestrated by the Master - an ancient vampire possessed of unparalleled powers. The future of humankind lies in the hands of a ragtag band of freedom fighters - Dr. Eph Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez, Vasiliy Fet, and Mr. Quinlan, the half-breed offspring of the Master who is bent on revenge. It’s their job to overturn this devastating new world order.

    Parusski says: "Truly creepy!"
    "An exciting and satisfying conclusion"
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    This is a truly original and terrifying new vampire lore. This third entry in the series does not disappoint. It is both satisfying, but tonally equal to its predecessors. No yub yub Ewoks making it artificially light. There is gravity to the consequences of the characters' actions, and you continue to empathize with all of them, even when they're trying to kill each other. I kind of wish the events of The Strain and The Fall happened in the first novel so we had 2 novels to explore this post vampire world more, but that's a small quibble.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13537)
    Performance
    (8013)
    Story
    (7867)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "A bodice-ripper masquerading as legitimate fiction"
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    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Davina Porter?

    never


    What could Diana Gabaldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    taken out the ridiculous sex scenes, or quit pretending this is a straight-forward novel.


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

    Anger, disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    The book starts out okay enough. It turns south for me pretty much as soon as they introduce Jamie Fraser, the perfect man who only exists in the imagination of undersexed housewives. He's strapping, tough, yet sensitive and virginal. He's completely unrealistic. Then he and the main character spend a better part of the second half having sexy sex in every scenario imaginable. Don't let the "historical fiction" moniker fool you: this is bodice-ripping mom porn at its very core. That is of course before it turns into psychotic man-rape. After 35 grueling hours i finally reached the end to find no resolution whatsoever. I will not be plowing through the rest of the series to see this horribly over written piece of filth meet its conclusion.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6484)
    Performance
    (2947)
    Story
    (2991)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Michael says: "The Dark Tower Review - Part One"
    "What a slow beginning to King's magnum opus"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I didn't enjoy the narrator's overly dry reading, and i didn't particularly like the book.


    Would you recommend The Gunslinger to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not having read or listened to anything else in the series, i am hesitant to say.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    Not familiar with enough narrators to comment


    Could you see The Gunslinger being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could make a very good franchise. I really want to see Josh Holloway as Roland.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, i haven't read anything else in the series, and it may take me a while to get around to it given this sluggish, taxing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15921)
    Performance
    (11896)
    Story
    (11828)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Big hands I know you're the one."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely essential reading for comedy fans everywhere


    What did you like best about this story?

    I didn't expect this to be so gender-centric but it was cool to see how Tina Fey overcame a lot of biases and stereotypes to be the success she is today.


    What does Tina Fey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You have to hear her say out loud:


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, given the time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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