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Harry

Pseudo-Writer

Moscow, Russia | Member Since 2011

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  • Cain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    In this, his last novel, Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Bible through the story of Cain. Condemned to wander forever after he kills Abel, he is whisked around in time and space. He experiences the almost-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joshua at the battle of Jericho, Jobe's ordeal, and finally Noah's ark and the Flood.

    TL says: "god awful narrator"
    "A rare misstep for a literary master"
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    I love reading books written by Jose Saramago. I find him both insightful and tremendously amusing. It is a rare talent that can write the way he can.
    Unfortunately, Cain was a rare misstep. It is full of bitterness and hate. I understand that people have different views on God. I am perfectly willing and appreciate reading or listening to others views. The problem with Cain is that Saramago doesn't set up a good argument. He starts by claiming that God is evil and then goes on to show again and again that God cannot be trusted and that nothing good can come of any dealings with God.
    I do not fault Saramago for his stance. I have read other books that portray God in a less than favorable light and have loved them.
    The trick is that the argument needs to be balanced. Both good and bad need to be shown and then the reader is free to make up his own mind. Here we get nothing but propaganda. There is no intelligent argument, prevalent in all other Saramago works, there is only the one-sided rantings of a bitter man.
    This books pains me and writing a bad review for a novel by my favorite author pains me more. Alas, I cannot in good conscience say that this book is anywhere near what Saramago is capable of.
    I expected a lot more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (822)

    Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

    Karen says: "Great Story, Fantastic Production"
    "Great Start to a Trilogy"
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    This is a great start to what promises to be a great trilogy. I have been wanting to read this trilogy for a while but never had the time. I am glad that Audible.com finally stocked the unabridged version.
    The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because there are a few grammar mistakes. For instance the word dived instead of dove. I found these to be jarring and take me out of the story. It is nothing too bad but I think 5 stars should be saved for perfection.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1599)
    Performance
    (1503)
    Story
    (1500)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Mike Naka says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "Misleading but GREAT!!!"
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    This isn't really the story of Darth Plagueis as the title and description would have you believe. In fact he rarely appears in the second half of the book. It gives very little information on his trying to use the force to extend his life. If Darth Plagueis interests you, this book will hold your interest but not answer all your questions.
    What this book really focuses on is Darth Sidious and the events that led up to Episode 1. What I can't understand is why they didn't just call it Darth Sidious. I am sure it would have sold more copies with that title as Sidious is a much more well-known Sith Lord.
    Aside from being misleading the writing was great (for a Star Wars book) and the narration was top notch. I will definitely read more Star Wars books in the future.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18525)
    Performance
    (16488)
    Story
    (16448)

    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"
    "Just Like Living Through the Early 60's"
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    I read a review for this book that claimed it was just like living through the early 60's and while I wasn't alive in that time period and cannot say if it does fulfill this quote ornot I can say that I had no idea how boring, repetitive, and pointless the early 60's were. This book had a great idea and had all the potential in the world to be great. I tried my best to ignore the fact that it was written by Stephen King and just listen to it as if it were a normal book. The thing is though that I cannot ignore the fact that it was written by him and therefore have to judge it more harshly. King should deliver a tighter more well-put-together story. He has written some meaningful novels and the fact that this book uses his name in every bit of marketing he should be held accountable for writting something a pointless as this. It barely brushes on the interesting things that could have developed and the ending is both predictable and surprising. When it finished I thought "Seriously? That was it?" - SURPRISE. An afterword by Stephen King tells you that themain character didn't really travel back in time and change the past, which was a load off of my mind because I was worried that he had. Thanks for pointing out that fiction is ficticious Mr. King, we don't want another War of the Worlds situation. All in all it is ok, but Stephen King should be great and not merely OK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Map of Time: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Felix J. Palma
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    Set in Victorian London, with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H. G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including Dracula and The Time Machine, from being wiped from existence. What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this question, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting

    CRISTY says: "Langton couldn't have done a better job narrating"
    "A Brilliant Begining That Led To A Mediocre End"
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    This book is divided into 3 parts. The first part is what earned the three stars I am giving the story. Parts 2 and 3 were progressively worse. I was left wondering how the author could have gone so far off course and towards the end I was sure that he would not be able to redeem himself. In fact the book ends with the author telling the reader what he should have gotten from the book. This is never a good sign, and basically points to the fact that the author knew he messed up and rather than fix it he just slapped a here is what I wanted to write on the end and actually expects it to be acceptable...WELL IT'S NOT!!!
    The sad part is that the autthor does display and immense talent with the first part of the book and if he had only stuck with it instead of trying to turn the story into something it was never intended to be I would have easily given this book 5 stars.
    Listen to part one, then listen to something else.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jonathan L. Howard
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (287)

    Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

    Stuart says: "Methadone your Gaiman or Pratchett fix"
    "Great Read of a Great Book"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed both this book and Christopher Cazenove's reading of it. It delivers on every promise it makes and does keep you guessing until the end.
    Towards the end of the book, while listening, I felt that some things were thrown in just to make the story longer. A lot of it seemed unneeded. After finishing the book I realized that it wasn't.
    I gave the story 4 stars because of this. I think the author could have worked the extra material into the book in a much better way so the story didn't seem to lose direction.
    All things considered though, this is a wonderful book and I can't wait to listen to the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It's Superman!

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom De Haven
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.

    G. Bledsoe says: "It's Superman!"
    "O.K."
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    This book was OK but definitely not anything special. The narrator did a good job for the most part, but sometimes his inflection or rhythm would bring you out of the story and focused on him. These are the times when he keeps repeating the word 'said' and while this is normal an unemphasized word he felt the need to overemphasise it.
    The story really doesn't go anywhere and while I did care about the characters it wasn't because of this story but rather because I knew them from before. I guess it really did add anything to the characters and before listening to this book, all the reviews seemed to point that this book would change the story we knew and add to the excitement.
    Well it changed the story but not in a memorable way at all.
    With that said I did enjoy the 1930's setting and think the author and narrator did a good job sticking to the 30's, but it could have been great and not merely OK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son of a Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By Gregory Maguire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (467)

    Ten years after the publication of Wicked, beloved novelist Gregory Maguire returns at last to the land of Oz. There he introduces us to Liir, an adolescent boy last seen hiding in the shadows of the castle after Dorothy did in the Witch. Bruised, comatose, and left for dead in a gully, Liir is shattered in spirit as well as in form. But he is tended at the Cloister of Saint Glinda by the silent novice called Candle, who wills him back to life with her musical gifts.

    Vernette says: "A good writer does not a good reader make"
    "0 Stars was Not an Option"
    Overall

    As others have stated the author's voice KILLED this book. I wish I had never made the attempt at listening to this as now the whole series is ruined for me. I tried turning off the audio after a while and went to find the print version. I kept hearing the voice. Listening to this will seriously make all of Gregory Maguire's books unreadable.
    The sad part is that I know he is a decent author and puts a lot of time and thought into his books. Why did they let him read it? Whose idea was that? And who didn't have the guts to stand up and say "This project is going horribly wrong, let's scrap it and start over."?
    I am not saying an author shouldn't read their work. Neil Gaiman does it all the time with great results. I am merely saying the Gregory Maguire should not read his works and that by listening to this and how the author imagined it all sounding the book will be ruined forever.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Supervillains

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lois H. Gresh, Robert H. Weinberg
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Ever wonder why comic book villains, such as Spiderman's bionic archenemy Dr. Octopus or the X-Men's eternal rival Magneto, are so scary and so much fun? It's not just their diabolical talent for confounding our heroes, it's their unrivalled techno-proficiency at creating global mayhem that keeps comic book fans captivated. But is any of the science actually true?

    Harry says: "A Decent Follow-Up But..."
    "A Decent Follow-Up But..."
    Overall

    The Science of Supervillains is a decent follow-up to The Science of Superheroes. I was happy that this time they decided to stick only to comics in the superhero genre and left Disney characters out of it.
    It only got three stars because at times I felt like the authors were really stretching in order to fill space. For instance the Batman villain Poison Ivy does not have and never claimed to have the powers of the plant Poison Ivy. It is merely her supervillain name. I don't think a 10+ minute discussion on the dangers of the plant poison ivy was at all necessary. The worst part is I kept thinking with all the supervillain questions this is taking up valuable space in the book and making it so another villain was left on the cutting room floor.
    Also some of the book, much like the first one is now out-of-date. This however is not the fault of the authors as science changes all the time and when you put something about technology in a book, it is bound to be out-dated quickly. I would love to have an update version though.
    Also if a third book is to be made, perhaps they could ask fans of superheroes what their questions are and cover those.
    All-in-all not a bad book, but coul have used a lot of editing for relevancy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Superheroes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lois Gresh, Robert Weinberg, introduction by Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    If the planet Krypton had a gravitational field strong enough to account for Superman's amazing strength, would it be possible to launch a rocket ship from the planet's surface? Could evolution actually produce X-Men? The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clearheaded look at the real science behind some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time.

    Shaquille says: "To much irrelvent information"
    "Great Book Except a Little Inaccurate"
    Overall

    I love the concept of this book. As a hardcore superhero fan I was delighted to find out that someone had gone through the trouble of answering the questions I had always wanted to know. The narrator was top notch and kept things interesting.
    The only real problem I have with this book is the last chapter. Listening to the book, things kept building and getting better, I was actually on the edge of my seat trying to guess what the final question would be. Seriously on the edge of my seat over an educational science book - WEIRD!
    The thing is that the last chapter was about Donald Duck comics. And while Donald Duck had a great comic I am sure, he is in no way, shape, or form a superhero or anything that resembles a superhero.
    How could the authors get it so wrong. It should have been called the Science of Comics not of superheroes.
    This small complaint last them a star but it is still a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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