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kyleahd

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  • Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (267)

    For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

    Tim says: "A nice road to nowhere"
    "Fun book, interesting mystery"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    While some elements seem a bit eye rolling and predictable, overall it's a fun story with an interesting mystery at the heart of it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    John Lee is probably my least favorite Audible narrator. His voice is very monotone and I have trouble paying attention to what he says. Also he recycles the same character voices for everyone of his books, which is quite annoying. I'm now looking for books that he does not narrate and will get books he narrates in actual book form and read them that way so that I don't end up hating the story just because he's the one reading it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A revolution has taken over the government of the United States, and the environment has been saved. All pollution has been banned and reversed. It's a bright, green new world. But this new world comes at a great cost. The United States is ruled by a fascist green police state, and the corporations are fighting back. Joining them is an increasing number of rebels angered by the dictatorship of Chairman Rahma.

    E. says: "Poorly written, disjointed and disappointing."
    "Ugh!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I actively disliked the Dune prequels, but I had such high hopes for a non-Dune book by Mr. Herbert, having not read anything but a few of the prequels. Alas, this was so bad that it was embarrassing. The author obviously didn't spend any time researching environmental law or the basic tenets of the numerous environmental movements in this country in order to form a complex, realistic picture of what an environmental utopia/distopia might actually look like. Instead, the "environmental" dictatorship created in the book was wholly unbelievable. The Chairman owes more to Stalin than any actual enviro-activist or government employee. The world of this book is just silly and facile, rather than any actual exploration of environmentalism run amok, which, honestly, would make for an interesting book.

    The rest of the book fails as well. The characters are two dimension, the plot nonsensical, and the sentence structure facile. I could go on, but that would be boring. In all, I'm highly disappointed.


    Has The Little Green Book of Chairman Rahma turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I'm a huge sci-fi fan. All this has done is turned me off from other books by this author. I so want to like him, but inevitably I just end up feeling annoyed by the wasted potential. I'm just not going to try anymore.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    I've never been a big Scott Brick fan, but I don't think it's his fault that I dislike his performances. He narrated the Butlerian Jihad (Dune prequel) which was such an abomination (used in the BG sense of the word) that hearing his voice causes a form of post-traumatic listening disorder. Yes, I'm being dramatic, but, God!, that book was a travesty!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, no. I hate being a hater, I really do! I want to find the silver lining in the cloud. But here, no, there are no silver linings. And the glass is bone dry, not half full.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1183)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Troy says: "So worth the wait!"
    "Finally, it ends"
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    Any additional comments?

    The book was just so-so. But the narration was FANTASTIC. Jennifer Ikeda should narrate everything! She's extremely talented. It made a fairly average book quite enjoyable. I doubt very highly that I would have bothered to read through the first half of the first book if I was just reading it on the page. But with her narration, I got through all three books. Thanks Jennifer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (530)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Fun!"
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    What about Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ’s performance did you like?

    Heather Corrigan's voice is hypnotic. I'd listen to her read the phone book!


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

    It was too long to listen to all at once, but I pretty much listened to it whenever I could and didn't want to put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the structure of the book, the parallel stories that came together and moved apart. I also enjoyed the way one's frame of reference for certain characters or institutions would be fundamentally changed as the book progressed. That increased the roller coaster sense of being on a wild ride with the narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Anton: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor, Salman Rushdie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (178)

    On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of a police protection team.

    Lynn says: "Informative, Timely"
    "Fabulous narrator!!!"
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    What about Sam Dastor and Salman Rushdie ’s performance did you like?

    I wish there were extra stars to give the performance of this book. Dastor didn't just narrate the book, he interpreted it. Of all the books I have downloaded from Audible, this was by far the finest performance of any book. It was incredible.

    Also, the book was really good too. Helps to have great material to work with. I was impressed with the warts-and-all honesty of the story. I don't think I would want to air all my secrets and lies and emotions during my biggest life's challenge. Not many people would, I expect. But Rushdie did, with admirable candor. I supported his cause and an thrilled he was able to get his freedom back. It's a travesty that it took 11 years to do so.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodlanders

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Set in the Dorset landscape familiar to Hardy novels, The Woodlanders concerns the fortunes of Giles Winterborne, whose love for the well-do-do Grace Melbury is challenged by the arrival of a dashing and dissolute doctor, Edred Fitzpiers. When the mysterious Mrs Charmond further complicates the romantic entanglements, marital choice and class mobility become inextricably linked.

    Molly Aultz says: "Thomas Hardy lesser known work"
    "Another killer Hardy novel"
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    If you could sum up The Woodlanders in three words, what would they be?

    Sultry. Emersive. Tragic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marty. She's a strong character who makes her own way. She has a natural aptitude for caretaking and remains loyal and steadfast. Also, she's no one's pawn.


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

    West's narration enhances the evocative, rustic setting and his languid reading increases the sense of horror as the book inexorably travels forward to it's tragic conclusion. (Like listening to a train crash in slow motion. :P)


    Any additional comments?

    The description of the woodlands is so detailed one can almost smell the the wood. The novel is also amazingly sexual for it's time (as it common in the latter Hardy novels). I haven't read any Hardy in a while and I pretty much inhaled this book, just couldn't put it down!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Words for Stranger: Trade Pact Universe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Julie E. Czerneda
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    This debut science fiction novel is the story of Sira--a woman on the run from the law, from her own people, and from an unknown figure determined to use her for his own ends. Her memory taken from her by a stasis block, she must stay free long enough to regain both her identity and the full use of her telepathic powers. The price of failure may not only be the loss of her own future, but that of her entire race.

    Heather Dryer says: "Another GREAT Czerneda book!"
    "Average. Nothing Special."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd 86 the romance storyline as it doesn't add to the book and makes it more like a YA book than a serious work a science fiction.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It has an interesting twist on the memory loss trope. I wish more had been made of this.


    Do you think A Thousand Words for Stranger needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not. Though I believe there are some.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5164)
    Performance
    (3163)
    Story
    (3190)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "WORST BOOK EVER!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book loses any credibility as a work of science fiction because it is rampantly anti-science viewpoint (see, e.g., the passages alluding to climate change as a massive hoax). This is a book with a thinly veiled plot written to advance a political agenda. I'll read non-fiction for that. Don't need it rammed down my throat in poorly written fiction. This is soooo bad. Save your money. I wish I could get my mine back.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Judas Unchained

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3040)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1891)

    Robust, peaceful, and confident, the Commonwealth dispatched a ship to investigate the mystery of a disappearing star, only to inadvertently unleash a predatory alien species that turned on its liberators, striking hard, fast, and utterly without mercy.The Prime are the Commonwealth's worst nightmare. Coexistence is impossible with the technologically advanced aliens, who are genetically hardwired to exterminate all other forms of life.

    Susan says: "Exceptionally great book"
    "Epic story!"
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    Would you listen to Judas Unchained again? Why?

    I'd completely listen to it again because it complex and clues to the story leak out in dribs and drabs that explain earlier incidents. Going back and listening to it again will complete that circle and I'll pick up on stuff I almost certainly missed on a first listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toe Chi. Because he (it?) was a very unusual and creative alien. And a calming/zen influence over otherwise chaotic events. Also, he made me laugh.


    How could the performance have been better?

    John Lee is probably my least favorite Audible narrator. His voice is very monotone and I have trouble paying attention to what he says. Also he recycles the same character voices for everyone of his books, which is quite annoying. I'm now looking for books that he does not narrate and will get books he narrates in actual book form and read them that way so that I don't end up hating the story just because he's the one reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    My one complaint about this book, and Pandora's Box remains that the female characters are pathetically two dimensional. I wish Hamilton had spent even half as much time on his female characters as he did the male characters and the intricate plot. This and Pandora's Box are the first Hamilton books I read so I don't know if he just lacks interest in painting fully developed women in his books or it's just a failing of this one series. But it did drive me crazy that the women were so poorly developed and existed only as male fantasies of what women are like - the porn star with the heart of gold, the ball buster, the sexy career girl who really just wants a good f*ck, and so on. Given the length of the book, this got quite annoying. But this aside, the book still was a fun, creative, complex endeavor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Teresa Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (191)

    A complex plot of love and inheritance is set against the English legal system of the mid-19th century. As the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce drags on, it becomes an obsession to everyone involved. And the issue on an inheritance ultimately becomes a question of murder.

    KTMak says: "WONDERFUL NARRATIONS!"
    "Great reading of a fabulous story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bleak House to be better than the print version?

    Not better, but the good performances certainly enhanced and provided an excellent reading of a fantastic story.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett and Teresa Gallagher – was your favorite?

    Teresa Gallagher's performance was lovely. Her voice is so melodic and her children's voices are just lovely. I especially loved Charley. And Sean Barrett was a perfect counterpoint to Ms Gallagher's voice. His dour British accent was exquistely, well, Dickenisian.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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