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Davey B

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  • Tell Me a Story: Science Fiction One

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov, and others
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Ready for a story? Here's a selection of some of the finest science fiction shorts of recent years, including stories from Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Robert Sheckley, Terry Bisson, Avram Davidson, and Philip K. Dick.

    Nikki says: "Great stories, bad narration"
    "Good stories, bad narration"
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    What did you like best about Tell Me a Story? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed most of the stories in this book but I really wish I knew who narrated this book so I could avoid ever getting another by him.
    By no means the best of what these authors. Many of the endings were a bit predictable and trite but I still enjoyed them. Just the constant hesitations and extremely odd breaks by the narrator detracted and made the book hard to listen too.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrator’s performances?

    Not by choice but I can't find his name.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 37 mins)
    • By Keith C. Blackmore
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (540)

    "Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice...until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before.

    Ian says: "Kind of Undersells Book 2"
    "A great read could not save this book"
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    What would have made The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain Man Story better?

    The writting feels inexperienced, I've no idea what or how many stories K.C. Blackmore has written, but the work seemed unpolished and overly preoccupied with trying to "feel real" ... and overly occupied with toilet paper. I found the main, really the only, character in the story unbelievable. He seems not the brightest of people and how he alone managed to survive makes no sense to me. The best of science fiction brings to bear man's superior intellect to defeat those bad things that might happen, this character just seems to stumble along making his way using bad movies as his guide. I found him uninspiring and I just, as he would put it, didn't give a f**k about him and whether or not he survived. It's possible seeing more of the book, especially if there are earlier chapters, might improve my attitude toward him, but I don't see myself desiring to pay to find out.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Bray brought some color to words lacking in color. He brought some urgency where I believe had I just read the story I would have felt none.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The main thing this sparked for me was a desire to care about the main character. I just couldn't.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Free Excerpt: Local Custom

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    The first of the seven books set in the Liaden Universe tells a rich and sweeping story of warring families and star-crossed lovers in a fantastic, other-world galaxy.

    Amazon Customer says: "Variations on the Romeo Juliet theme."
    "Variations on the Romeo Juliet theme."
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The somewhat predictability of the story line was my least favorite part. Since this is only a teaser I can't say if it will get better as it goes along.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    Bernadette did a reasonably good job of making the voices seem real and in character.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit slow in building but I liked the overall writing style. I don't think I'll get the full version of this book but I'll be looking at some of their other works to see if I like other of their story lines better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    July 12, 1939: Perry Nelson is driving along the palisades when another vehicle swerves into his lane, a tire blows out, and his car careens off the road and over a bluff. The last thing he sees before his head connects with the boulders below is a girl in a green bathing suit, prancing along the shore.

    Jeffrey C. Coyne says: "Should have stayed in the shoe box"
    "His first work"
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    Any additional comments?

    As I understand it, despite it's release date, this is the first of Heinlein's novels. Very obviously so. Heinlein had a great deal of learning to do when he wrote this though what was to be his style is still very evident.
    I don't think I agree with the many comments that say there is no plot. It is there, a bit thin that's true, but it is there.
    The one thing I enjoyed was getting a chance to look at a young Heinlein and see where he came from.The book is loaded with miss-conceptions and fanciful idea's that just would never work. I enjoyed the book just the same, it's just a long way from the best of his work.
    In short if you're looking for another great book by Heinlein, this isn't it. If you're looking to get to know a little more about who Heinlein was, it's worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (206)

    We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

    Geoffrey says: "Emotionally intense, historically authentic"
    "Not like anything I've read"
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    Which character – as performed by Mary Woods – was your favorite?

    The voice matched exactly what I would expect Kira to sound like. But all the voices were well done.


    Who was the most memorable character of We the Living and why?

    I found Andre to be the most memorable in that he developed and grew more through out the book than anyone else.


    Any additional comments?

    A strong recommendation the all listen to the forward as written by Ayn in 1958. It does much to give you understanding about her, as well as her reasons and desires in writing this book. The characters in the book are very real and very believable and I believe you'll find it hard to not both love and hate many of the prime characters. Often loving and hating them at the same time, you can experience their feelings at an exceptional depth.

    (a little bit of a spoiler here so read at your own risk)

    I think most westerners, myself included, will find the resolutions within the book a little hard to take and a bit unsettling, but I understand the necessity and the value of the reality expressed. Written any other way it would not be exceptional book it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel: Zero Point: The FREE Prequel Novella: Evan Gabriel Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steve Umstead
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    Evan Gabriel wasn't always a feared and respected North American Federation Navy Commander. Before dangerous missions to the ice-bound planet of Poliahu, the deadly jungle world of Eden, and politically corrupt Mars, he was a simple recruit, fighting to make his mark in the elite Naval Special Forces…and was part of a top-secret military experiment that would change his life forever. Zero Point tells the tale of a young man faced with difficult choices and dangerous trials.

    karen says: "A big Thanks for this intriguing freebee"
    "A dramatic "get in your head" story"
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    What about Ray Chase’s performance did you like?

    I like Ray Chase, but his voice seemed a little "gentle" for this particular story. I would have preferred someone with a more gruff tone.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story line, I did find it a little predictable but it was so well written I really didn't care. The development of the characters was terrific and found myself drawn into the scene at every turn despite it's predictability. I had to hear it anyway. If this was made free in order to draw readers into purchasing the rest of the series, it worked!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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