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Bob B.

Phoenix, AZ USA | Member Since 2014

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  • Pirates of the Thunder: The Rings of the Master, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jack L. Chalker
    • Narrated By Jamie Du Pont MacKenzie
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Hawks had refused to help the ambitious Lazlo Chen in his quest to find the five gold rings that could break Master System's hold over humankind -- and that refusal had landed him on the deadly prison planet Melchior. But when Hawks and some fellow prisoners engineered a bold escape, it seemed almost too easy. Hawks guessed that Chen was pulling the strings, but he couldn't shake the feeling that there was another, greater power involved. And that scared him. Now the stakes were rising, and Hawks was more determined than ever to find the gold rings. But Master System was out to capture him, and Chen was trying to follow him -- and the only place his small band of rebels could hide was smack in the middle of pirate territory...

    Bob B. says: "Perhaps the worst performer on this site"
    "Perhaps the worst performer on this site"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How could the performance have been better?

    I'm sorry, the performance is dreadful. Much too fast a read and so flat it doesn't deserve to be called a "performance". I wonder what the story would be like with another.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saucer: Savage Planet: Saucer, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    A year after young engineering student Rip Cantrell discovered the first flying saucer buried deep in the sands of the Sahara, another saucer is brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic. The recovery is funded by a pharmaceutical executive who believes that the saucer holds the key to an anti-aging drug formula that space travelers would need to voyage between galaxies. But one of his technicians, Adam Solo, an alien marooned on Earth for a thousand years, steals the saucer, hoping to summon a starship to rescue him.

    Harry Boyle says: "Okay finale for the series"
    "I miss performer Eric Conger."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The performer and/or producer of this third installment has diverged so far from the tone of the second volume that the characters are unrecognizable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Mr. Hill reads this installment as if we've been dropped into the mob culture of the roaring twenties. Our heroine, an accomplished pilot and confident woman, has been transformed into a sheepish maul. Our hero, a punk. Everyone else a mobster or thug.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4439)
    Performance
    (4010)
    Story
    (4079)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "2 hour book for 1 credit?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Legion?

    Just two hours? This is a short story, not a book. For the cost I would expect MUCH more.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of Krypton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (77)

    Finally, the epic tale that has never been told: the tragic story of the destruction of Superman's home planet. Everyone knows how Kal-El (Superman) was sent to Earth before his planet exploded. Now Kevin J. Anderson unfolds the riveting backstory of this iconic superhero. The Last Days of Krypton is a sweeping tale of the politics and betrayals that blinded both heroes and villains to the disaster that would destroy Krypton.

    MM says: "Great book, Lousy Narrator"
    "Was this a picture book?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Last Days of Krypton?

    I really couldn't believe that this was written by K. Anderson. I've enjoyed many of his other works and to think that this is the same author who gave us the Sage of the Seven Suns is just hard to believe. Unless, Mr. Anderson, decided to write "a children's book" and this is the result.Could be, I guess, since the narration belongs in a Saturday Morning Library Reading Room where eager tweens sit around and listen to a condescending volunteer reader who turns pages to show pictures as they over-emote.Did I like it? Nope. Would I like it if someone else had read it? Nope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon's Time: A Dragonriders of Pern Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey, Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (151)

    For the first time in more than three years, best-selling authors Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey have teamed up again to do what they do best: add another chapter to the Dragonriders of Pern. Even though Lorana cured the plague that was killing the dragons of Pern, sacrificing her queen dragon in the process, the effects of the disease were so devastating that there are no longer enough dragons available to fight the fall of deadly Thread. And as the situation grows more dire, a pregnant Lorana decides that she must take drastic steps in the quest for help.

    Josie says: "Too confusing!"
    "Under produced and poorly performed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Dragon's Time? What did you like least?

    It's going to be a chore to get through this book. I love this series but wish it were read by the past narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Emily Durante’s performance?

    I'm sorry but I just hate listening to this narrator. She has just one manner of speaking that does not change through the entire book. Her range is just not there and it becomes a chore to keep up with which character is speaking and what the drama is. Flat, unemotional and boring.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Meredith MacRae
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (202)

    Travel back to the earliest days of Pernese history in this first-ever Dragonriders of Pern short story collection. Building a new life on a distant world, braving the dreaded Thread that falls like silver rain from the sky only to destroy every living thing it touches, flying heroically on the wondrous dragons - The Dragonriders of Pern!

    Matthew says: "Good stories, poorly read."
    "I enjoy Dick Hill as narrator best."
    Overall

    The few women that have narrated just can't pull off the right tone.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2345)
    Performance
    (1703)
    Story
    (1717)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    ""Intelligent Design" in sheep's clothing"
    Overall

    This is not sci-fi, it is god-fi.

    The religious right has a friend in Robert J. Sawyer. I should have Wiki'd... "Sawyer's work frequently explores the intersection between science and religion."

    I could not get very far into this before I just had to yank the earbuds out of my ears. It's not that I don't mind a religious theme now and then but this was blatant preaching and lecturing.

    9 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Voyagers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ben Bova
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Ben Bova
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (105)

    Stoner knew. The fiery object hurtling toward the Earth was an alien spacecraft. But the world might never know. He was trapped in an iron cordon of secrecy, for the discovery had shattered the world power balance, setting off a brutal struggle for supremacy that raged from the sacred halls of the Vatican to the corridors of the Kremlin and the Pentagon. The forces of fear and treachery would use any weapon at their command, from mind war to sabotage, to keep the world in darkness.

    Noe says: "Not Quite "Rendezvous With Rama""
    "Not sci-fi so much as soft-porn"
    Overall

    There is a remarkable percentage of this book devoted to the sexual tension between scientists. I'm not being prudish, just saying that there is VERY little science or fiction - mostly angst and drama - and juvenile at that. Pass this one by.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4775)
    Performance
    (3224)
    Story
    (3257)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    Michael says: "The Shrike Awaits. Enter The Time Tombs..."
    "Yawn"
    Overall

    Seriously. If this book started any slower I'd need a defibrillator. I'm an hour into this and I could still give a rat's butt.

    4 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The White Dragon: Dragonriders of Pern Volume 3

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Adrienne Barbeau
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Katherine says: "Excellent read; very poor recording"
    "Totally insulting performance"
    Overall

    Please do not buy this audio book - you will be very disappointed.

    1. The audio quality is very, very poor. The worst I have ever heard from this site and I got the best that is available and played it on an iPhone.

    2. The production is rushed - the speaker flies through the text such that you might miss much of the content. Pauses between scenes? Non-existant. You'll wonder want is going on because the dialog suddenly seems completely out of context when all that was required was a simple 2-3 second pause.

    3. Ms. Barbeau should never read another book aloud. Her performance is geared towards 1st graders, is condescending, and does no justice to this series. Her characterizations are appalling. The rendering of Jaxom and all young characters, is infantile and does not communicate the maturity of the culture. Litol sounds like a witch-hag from a Disney cartoon or the wicked witch of the west. Just dreadful.

    The customer reviews are obviously based on the value of the written work as this performance has no value whatsoever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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