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Alex

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  • A Short Stay in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steven L. Peck
    • Narrated By Sergei Burbank
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (177)

    An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

    Janice says: "I'll be thinking about this one for a while."
    "My Brief Stay in Hell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps both narrator and quality of recording are coloring my view of this book. Perhaps I haven't read the original Borges. But this story was like a leaky balloon that just fizzled into flaccid rubber pile for me. Had such promise. What were they there to learn? Why were they all white? I don't need everything resolved, but aside for some moments I found the story empty overall. And not in any meaningful or provocative way that leaves a gaping hole that needs tending, ministering, or to be transformed. Maybe that's hell.

    For me, the performance is a critical part of an audiobook. I found this one lifeless and wondered sometimes whether the reader read or rehearsed the text beforehand the way some sentences were delivered. Worse were the numerous mid-sentence dubs with clips so unmistakably different in sound quality they shot me right out of the story. It sounded like every 10 minutes they had to quit and use a different sound booth. At one point I thought I even heard the faint sound of people in the background. Lame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3723)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1622)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Awesome book, authentic delivery (but of course). Looking forward to listening to all the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16299)
    Performance
    (13555)
    Story
    (14179)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Unfortunate V/O"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better voiceover talent would have made this a 4-5 star listening experience. Couldn't stand it anymore past the first few chapters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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