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Alexander

Sculptor and costumer

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 269 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2014
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  • Seven Years in Tibet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Heinrich Harrer, Richard Graves
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
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    (41)

    A landmark in travel writing, this is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer’s escape across the Himalayas to Tibet, set against the backdrop of the Second World War. Heinrich Harrer, already one of the greatest mountaineers of his time, was climbing in the Himalayas when war broke out in Europe. He was imprisoned by the British in India but succeeded in escaping and fled to Tibet.

    Alexander says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
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    Where does Seven Years in Tibet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in my top ten of true stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This is better than the movie counterpart. It really goes deeper, and the story is one that leaves you feeling. There is adventure, human development, cultural understanding, and beauty in this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Xenocide

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, Amanda Karr, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4864)
    Performance
    (2706)
    Story
    (2734)

    Xenocide is the third installment of the Ender series. On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequeninos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought. But Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus which kills all humans it infects, but which the pequeninos require in order to transform into adults.

    David says: "full of passion"
    "i do not agree with those who find this boring."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Xenocide to be better than the print version?

    no


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Xenocide?

    i do not think this is a book you can pick memorable moments with. this is a build up and continuation of a great epic story of Andrew Wiggin, Lusitania, the Pequeninos and all the other characters, plots and subplots in the series.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    yes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quara's vehemence that the Descolada is a sentient species and that it deserves understanding and preservation. I see so much parallel between the Ribeira family and the interaction of the virus. The idea that one of the children of Novinha, who lost her parents and subsequent father figure and lover to the Descolada, could defend it shows Card's understanding of family structures, and human behavior.


    Any additional comments?

    I really did enjoy this book. I think Card's handling of the philosophical, ethical, humanistic elements of this series was really well done. I agree with one of the other reviewers in that this series is something of a place to escape, and any one of the books can transport you immediately away and into the Enderverse.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3076)
    Performance
    (2874)
    Story
    (2882)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Do not miss these books!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Zombie Fallout the most enjoyable?

    Sean Runnette read this with aplomb. Mark makes this a very worth while series to get lost in. There is wit, sarcasm, human altruism, imagination and excellent character development in spades in this series.


    What other book might you compare Zombie Fallout to and why?

    I would not compare it to any.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Micheal Talbot with a close second of Tommy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes, many. listen to this.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no complaints with this series. It is not slapstick, it is not a typical zombie apocalypse. Mark really took a lot of chances with his story and character development. It works in every way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (958)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Listen to this you bumrags."
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    What did you love best about Leviathan?

    I love the scenery, the beasties, the boffins, Deryn Sharp, the alternate steampunk history and everything else about this book.


    Any additional comments?

    this is something adults and young adults both can love. this is not trash writing and the adventure has so much to offer in terms of getting lost in a story. I feel everything about this story was handled with care. it is not slap-dash. if you need to just get lost for a while, give this a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4109)
    Performance
    (3615)
    Story
    (3616)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "nicely written, re-imagined, great narrator."
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    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    Scalzi bring s a nice sense of humor to the table in this reboot of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy books. It is deep, but does not get too deep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    humor and handling of the characters.


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil is a great narrator and I enjoy listening to him read the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This has a brevity to it that the originals did not have. You do not get lead down the road of getting to know the Fuzzy's and their human protectors as well in this reboot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (596)

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "The wild inside of us"
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    I spent most of my earlier years, much like McCandless. I stayed lost. I have seen the beautiful underside of the Americas, I have woke up to shimmering purple canyons, and freezing, suffocating snow alike. I understand why he did the things he did. I do not like how people disparage McCandless, and others like him. Who says we all have to stay simmering in the stew of humanity, within the cities and towns and prisons. There are those that crack-off about how he died and how he put his family through hell. If you eat at McDonalds and smoke cigarettes, you are poisoning yourself just as surely. What I am saying is, how dare any judge another's life? We can learn from each life, each death, and each story.

    I think Krakauer gives the McCandless story dignity, and thought. I am glad that he took interest in it and followed the bread crumbs of Alexander's life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4937)
    Performance
    (4435)
    Story
    (4460)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "brilliant"
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    I have been largely resistant to reading Gaiman. My first introduction to him was the co-written book "Good Omens." I had seen Coraline and am a fan of Amanda Palmer. I am glad that I did not attempt this book at a younger time in my life. This story resonates deeply with my life and belief systems. American Gods is a brilliant look into our murder of tradition, our apparent disdain for anything beautiful and spiritual (in that we plaster our mystical places with bill boards, food vendors and gift stores filled with crap we do not need to prove that we have visited the place. I have been a vagabond and explorer of our lands and have experienced first hand the depth of the blindness of our society. It is marvelous to find a narrative by someone who is wide awake and seeing the world for what it is. Do yourself a favor and get lost in the wonder that is American Gods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Earth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By Michael Fenton-Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (613)

    The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong and the wind in the leaves. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of no-man's-land gone? For that matter, where has Percy gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Police officer Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some say mad, others allege dangerous - scientist who seems to have vanished. Sifting through the wreckage, Jansson find a curious gadget.

    colleen says: "A Different Pratchett"
    "slow to get hooked in but glad i stayed with it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Long Earth to be better than the print version?

    I cannot honestly say as I have not read the book.


    What other book might you compare The Long Earth to and why?

    I cannot say I could compare it to any other books I have read. It is an interesting twist on the idea of parallel universes..or in this case "earths."


    What does Michael Fenton-Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a very good job at voicing the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Joshua's initial introduction to the "elves" and the realisations and epiphanies it causes.


    Any additional comments?

    I will say that it took me at least two chapters to actually get hooked into the story. I am glad I stayed with it. This is a thought provoking book and I think that many will find it refreshing and possibly illuminating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6486)
    Performance
    (5771)
    Story
    (5766)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "whimsy, magic, and originality"
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    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it in top twenty for entertainment and night time audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Poppit and Widget Murray. The side story and their birth. I also enjoyed the Bailey aspect of their story. I would like to know more about them, their abilities, and life. I think they are more interesting than Marco and Celia.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    The Murray twins, Poppit and Widget.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Bailey having his fortune read.


    Any additional comments?

    This story would be an amazing series if we could learn more about some of the side characters like Sukiko, Bailey, and the twins. I really did enjoy the imagery and the development of the cirque. It is a place I would love to experience. The time period is perfect for this story. I also enjoyed the story of the clock maker. All around great story to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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