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Christian

Lombard, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13128)
    Performance
    (5568)
    Story
    (5636)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Unintelligable and boring"
    Overall

    I found the older man's voice to be so gravelly that I could not understand what he was saying. I had to stop listening after 2 hours because I was so bored, and couldn't detect the semblance of a plot. The first part of the book consists of the old guy talking about the boring minutia about his day. Very boring. Save your money.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Canticle: The Psalms of Isaak, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ken Scholes
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, William Dufris, Eliza Foss, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    It is nine months after the end of Lamentation. Many noble allies have come to the Ninefold Forest for a Feast in honor of General Rudolfo's first-born child. Jin Li Tam, his wife and mother of his heir, lies in childbed. As the feast begins, the doors of the hall fly open and invisible assassins begin attacking. All of Rudolfo's noble guests are slain, including Hanric, the Marsh Queen's Shadow. And on the Keeper's Gate, which guards the Named Lands from the Churning Waste, a strange figure appears.

    James says: "Encore, Encore"
    "Needs new Narrator and Sound Engineer"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator at the start is tedious with his church like recitation of every line. Right away, I found the vocal quality to have a very painful resonance in the mid range that the sound engineer should have removed with some EQ. I loved the first book, and I think this would have been great if they hired a narrator who "got it." Do the publishers actually listen to the final product before releasing good books with bad and painful narration?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Company: Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Glen Cook
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (776)

    Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

    Peter says: "Great Story, Narrator Takes Getting Used To"
    "If I never hear another simile..."
    Overall

    I really couldn't find a plot in the first 2 hours of the book. The story line was erratic at best, and at times completely random. There were a few spots where I thought a passable story was going to emurge, but the incredible amount of similes and completely unnecessary elaboration on irrelevant details made it impossible to finish. At times, it seem like there was litterally a simile in every sentense. Many of them were really random comparisons of things that were either annoyingling hokey or hard to follow. I can tell that the narrator is partly to blame for this stinker of a performance, but the heart of the problem is weak storytelling. I regret the $4.95 I spent on this, but I'm glad I didn't waste a whole credit.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Variable Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein, Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (184)

    At his death in 1988, Robert A. Heinlein left a legacy that almost single-handedly defined modern science fiction. But one of Heinlein's masterpieces was never finished. In 1955, he began work on Variable Star, a powerful and passionate tale of two young lovers driven apart by pride, power, and the vastness of interstellar time and space. Now, the Heinlein estate has authorized award-winning author Spider Robinson to expand his outline into a full-length novel. And the result is vintage Heinlein.

    Michael says: "BRVO!"
    "Great audio book"
    Overall

    I'm a huge Heilein fan, and Spider made be very happy with this book. I'm just sad that there won't be any more Heinlein books. Now I'm going to check out some of Spider's other books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revelation Space

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1030)

    Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

    Eoin says: "Defeated"
    "Performance sub par"
    Overall

    I found this audio book hard to follow. The reader had great accents, but his volume often trailed off at the end of sentenses to the point where I couldn't make out words. The audio might have benefitted from an audio compressor to make the low/quiet parts easier to hear. The story also would have benefitted by adding music between the scene changes. The reader would often change between scenes and characters, and I wouldn't realize it for at least a minute. I'm going to try to read this one because I hear it's a good book. I've listened to a lot of audio books, and I would not recommend this unless you are very patient and plan to listen in a quiet environment.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • March Upcountry: Prince Roger Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Weber, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (732)

    Roger Ramius Sergei Chiang MacClintock was young, handsome, athletic, an excellent dresser, and third in line for the Throne of Man. So it wasn't surprising that he became spoiled, self-centered, and petulant. After all, what else did he have to do with his life?

    Euryleia says: "Lots of fun!"
    "Great adventure"
    Overall

    I've been a fan of David Weber from the Honor Harrington Series. This audio book was a fun listen all the way through. Very easy to follow and a good story. It's not a monumental masterpiece, but its very entertaining and a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Scourge of God: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (246)

    Rudi MacKenzie continues his trek across the land that was once the United States of America. His destination: Nantucket, where he hopes to learn the truth behind the Change that rendered technology across the globe inoperable.

    Chris says: "Well Done!"
    "Great followup to Emberverse"
    Overall

    I loved the Dies the fire Trilogy and am reading the Island in the Sea of Time. Great writing and attention to detail about how people would really survive when technology fails. Great characters, action and struggle against good and evil.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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