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ArtRobot

Video Game Artist, loves imagining the future. Listens to Star Trek, science/physics, language, comedy

Orlando, FL United States | Member Since 2002

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  • To The Stars: The Autobiography of Star Trek's Mr. Sulu

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By George Takei
    • Narrated By George Takei
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Best known as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise and Captain of the Starship Excelsior, George Takei is beloved by millions as part of the command team that has taken audiences to new vistas of adventure in Star Trek, the unprecedented television and feature film phenomenon.

    Johnnie57 says: "Easy Listen"
    "just OK"
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    What would have made To The Stars better?

    Takai should have softened his reading voice and come up with a more mature way to refer to his mother and father, since he talked about them so much.

    In recent years, Takai has shown a healthy sense of humor that seems to be completely absent here.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George Takei again?

    Probably not


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Takei?

    Takai can do different voices. He should just soften his reading voice.


    What character would you cut from To The Stars?

    not cut, but less use of the endearments: "mommy" and "daddy"


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate his perspective on Star Trek but that doesn't' come until the last half/third of this narrative. Unfortunately everything before is just not interesting. I guess I was hoping for more of the asian actor perspective in hollywood and there seemed to be very little of that here.

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2654)
    Performance
    (1339)
    Story
    (1355)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    W. Seligman says: "What more can be said?"
    "Great Story Performed Poorly"
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    Where does Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Time Travel and this is a unique one. A man comes unstuck from time and this story provides a thought provoking perspective on our perception of time and death, and so it goes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ethan Hawke’s performances?

    No, I don't think so but maybe Ethan Hawke just didn't get the tone of the book. There certainly is a grim tone in this anti-war book, but there is at least a thread of humor that Mr. Hawke completely misses in his reading, maintaining a sleepy dull tone of voice that's almost a whisper.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "So it goes"


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  • Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By J. M. Dillard
    • Narrated By George Takei, Leonard Nimoy
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    On the planet Nimbus III, a harsh world deep in the neutral zone, the three major powers -- Federation, Klingon, and Romulan -- attempt a revolutionary cooperative program, jointly developing the planet as an experiment in peace. But that makes Nimbus III an irresistible target for terrorists, who seize control of the planet, and the Enterprise is sent on a daring mission of rescue.

    ArtRobot says: "disapointing"
    "disapointing"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is not just an abridgement of the book but also of the movie, offering less than the movie in terms of narrative. The length of this recording should have been a sign of that.

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