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Cailean Babcock

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  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2810)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1511)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Audible Echos"
    Overall

    As far as the story goes, the Ringworld universe is a fascinating place. Unfortunately, Niven doesn't invest as much time into his character interaction as he does into the back story.

    On the technical side, there is a definite, annoying ghost echo of the narrator's voice, lagging about a second behind. It's distracting and disappointing to say the least, and something that Audible could fix by running a simple audio filter on it.

    The book is a must-read for any science fiction fan; however, its rich descriptions might be better served in their original book form. I often found myself wanting to skip back a few seconds and listen again to certain passages. Still, if you can't find the book, getting the audio book is definitely worth it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4157)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2400)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Narrator: bad. Audiofile: also bad"
    Overall

    The choice of John Lee over Roy Dotrice a horrible mistake, lacking the engrossing characterizations of the former narrator and worse still showing a complete lack of understanding of the material. It sounds like a cold read - as if John Lee was sitting down and reading the book for the first time at the microphone. Truly awful. Ironic, considering that I found an interview with him where he boasts of his mastery of accents from many lands.
    In addition, the AudioFile review on this page inaccurately gives John Lee credit for his characterizations since the very first book, rather than Roy Dotrice. They obviously didn't do their homework before writing their review, either, which doesn't exactly make me want to rush out and buy a copy of their magazine.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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