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Albert H. Nakano

bertman4

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2003

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  • Minority Report and Other Stories (Unabridged Stories)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Keir Dullea
    Overall
    (642)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (253)

    Viewed by many as the greatest science fiction writer on any planet, Philip K. Dick has written some of the most intriguing, original, and thought-provoking fiction of our time. This collection includes "The Minority Report," "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," "Paycheck," "Second Variety," and "The Eyes Have It."

    Travis says: "Nice Collection of Four P.D.K. Short Stories"
    "better than the movies"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this audiobook. The short stories of Phillip K. Dick are a fascinating glimpse of one man's vision of various futures. They are definitely quirky and very non-Hollywood. If you expect neatly wrapped up happy endings, these stories are not for you. The reader Keir Dullea is excellent. If I'm not mistaken, he is an actor who is most famous for playing Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey. He brings the various characters to life, imbuing them with individual personalities. I highly recommend this title.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • My Year of Meats

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    Jane, a struggling filmmaker in New York, is given her big break, a chance to travel through the United States to produce a Japanese television program sponsored by American meat exporters. Meanwhile, Akiko, a painfully thin Japanese woman struggling with bulimia, is being pressured by her child-craving husband to put some meat on her bones, literally.

    Emily says: "Entrancing story, unbelievable narration"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall

    I chose this audiobook because I had first listened to Ruth Ozeki's other available novel, All Over Creation. The story was extremely interesting to me, but the reader Anna Fields was just fantastic. So I picked up this book because Anna Fields was also the reader. I was not disappointed. The story is definitely quirky with its cast of characters and intertwining story lines. It made me go through a gamut of emotions. Totally engrossing. I would definitely recommend this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • All Over Creation

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (55)

    Meet Yumi Fuller. A Japanese-American prodigal daughter, Yumi (aka Yummy) is returning home to the Idaho potato farm she ran away from twenty-five years earlier. Then a freewheeling hippie chick, Yumi is now a fairly responsible parent and a professor with a side gig selling lava lots in Hawaii. But can she possibly be prepared to face her dying father, her Alzheimer's-devastated mother, and Cass, the best friend she left behind?

    Kim says: "fantastic"
    "i say potato"
    Overall

    Wow! What a pleasure to listen to. The book is very well written but the reader really brought all the characters to life. What really impressed me was how real the characters appeared in the book. They all had their good points and bad points. Many were deeply flawed, which made them that much more real to me. This is not a black and white story. Infinite shades of gray color this wonderful novel. I would definitely recommend this.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6925)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1716)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Intriguing but plagued with bad writing"
    Overall

    I'm giving this book 2 stars with much hesitation. The topic of the book, a historical conspiracy surrounding the truth behind the Holy Grail, is very intriguing. The reader is excellent, bringing all the characters to life. Unfortunately, the book itself is the problem. I don't understand why Dan Brown is highly praised. His writing style is quite immature. At several points in the listening experience, I wished that someone else had written the book. His constant, and I mean constant use of flashbacks became irritating after chapter 10. Pacing suffered as a result and the short chapters make the listening very choppy. The narrative could use more descriptors. The dialogue is more like a movie script than a novel. He tends to repeat some phrases over and over. If I was reading the text, I would simply skip over it but being in an audio book, you really cannot. I also found some of the plot elements to be ridiculously transparent. There is no suspense left when some events are revealed after the numerous foreshadowing. I listened to it once, and that was enough.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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