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Andrew

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  • Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Peter Hook
    • Narrated By Peter Hook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    Joy Division changed the face of music. Godfathers of alternative rock, they reinvented music in the post-punk era, creating a new sound - dark, hypnotic, and intense - that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead, and numerous others. The story is now legendary: In 1980, on the heels of their groundbreaking debut, Unknown Pleasures, and on the eve of their first U.S. tour, the band was rent asunder by the tragic death of their enigmatic lead singer, Ian Curtis.

    Andrew says: "Like sitting next to Hooky in a bar..."
    "Like sitting next to Hooky in a bar..."
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    What did you love best about Unknown Pleasures?

    It's like sitting next to Peter Hook in a bar, while he tells you the story of Joy Division from his perspective. Oh, sure, there's controversy over who has the right to call themselves what, and sure the band had their differences, but this is Peter Hook's version of the tale. And it's a *great* listen - well-told, fascinating, and definitely gives you a new insight into who Ian Curtis was.

    You can even hear the narrator start to choke up at times, when he thinks about the old days.

    If I had one complaint... the timelines don't necessarily work as well in audio form as they might in a book, where you can easily skip over them, or go back to them for reference. I found myself thinking "get on with it" as Hook listed off yet another show Joy Division played at yet another club with yet another description of how "we sounded sh*te, Bernard bruised his elbow..." etc. etc.

    The rest of the book, though... no one but Peter Hook could have narrated this story. His style is relaxed and natural and really fun to listen to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon: The Story Behind the Craze that Touched Our Lives and Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Steven Kent
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    The Ultimate History of Video Games reveals everything you ever wanted to know and more about the unforgettable games that changed the world, the visionaries who made them, and the fanatics who played them. From the arcade to television and from the PC to the handheld device, video games have entraced kids at heart for nearly 30 years. And author and gaming historian Steven L. Kent has been there to record the craze from the very beginning.

    Sean says: "Repetitive but interesting"
    "Seriously in-depth"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ultimate History of Video Games the most enjoyable?

    If Ken Burns ever makes a documentary about the history of video games (which he should, because it's a really interesting story) - he should use this book as his prime source. It's exactly as in-depth, fascinating, and human as Baseball, The Civil War, or any of that stuff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nolan Bushnell has always been a fascinating dude, but Donkey Kong's character arc was reminiscent of Ibsen's tragic heroine Hedda Gabler (I am kidding about this.)


    Have you listened to any of Dan Woren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, but I liked what he did with this.


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

    Losing Gumpei Yokoi (inventor of the Gameboy, designer of "Metroid" and the NES controller, etc.) was tough in real life, and it's tough here too.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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