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David Eggerschwiler

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  • The Illustrated Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    A hiker meets a man whose upper body is covered with illustrations so vivid and beautiful that they literally come to life. One by one, the images quiver with fantastic tales guaranteed to stir your imagination. The illustrations tell tales of a future where space travel is commonplace and technology has a tendency to turn sinister. Full of realistic details and dialogue, the stories make what was unthinkable believable, blurring the fine line between reality and fantasy.

    Michael says: "Nice Tattoos"
    "Science Fiction Fans take note"
    Overall

    A very varied science fiction collection from the early years of this master story-teller. The stories are held together by the Illustrated Man, a man whose full-body tattoos move and tell stories. If you like science fiction then you should definitely give this collection a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (562)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Brilliant story with fantastic narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Dimension of Miracles the most enjoyable?

    First of all the brilliant imaginative story and second John Hodgman's great narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's wittiness, bizarreness and brilliance.


    What about John Hodgman’s performance did you like?

    The way he narrated the varied characters that Tom Carmody meets on his travels. It always felt authentic.


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

    The ending.


    Any additional comments?

    It is called the precursor to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and even though the story is very different they share the same style. So if you love HGttG then you will love this book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Thorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    Set and written in 1726, This is a marvelously imaginative tale of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver. He finds himself shipwrecked and the prisoner of captors ranging in size from 6 inches tall to 60 feet tall and of various other persuasions. But this is just the beginning of a story written, strangely enough to satirize the foolishness and vices of modern men as they were perceived at the time. No one, young or old, can ever forget the Lilliputians and the Yahoos that starred in these wonderful and riveting stories of long ago.

    David Eggerschwiler says: "Terrific Narration, Very interesting story"
    "Terrific Narration, Very interesting story"
    Overall

    Written about 300 years ago this story has aged very well and Gulliver's adventures are event today very entertaining. Gulliver's Travels was meant to mock the hordes of books about adventurous travels released at the time which often exaggerated the dangers faced and the belitteled the intellect of the natives encountered. And so Gulliver meets giants, tiny people, horses which rule over men and people living on a floating island. In addition to the entertainment value these episodes hold it is also very interesting to see how critical Jonathan Swift was of English society and values. This criticism is never voiced by the main character directly, but surface through the discussions Gulliver has with the people he meets.

    The Audiobook version published by Alcazar AudioWorks features a terrific Narrator which makes the story a joy to listen to.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Selected Shorts: Lots of Laughs!

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nicholson Baker, John Updike, David Schickler, and others
    • Narrated By Thomas Gibson, Charles Keating, David Rakoff
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Selected Shorts is an award-winning series of classic and contemporary short fiction read by acclaimed actors. The readings are recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. The Selected Shorts radio series is a co-production of Symphony Space and WNYC, New York Public Radio, and is heard on public radio stations nationwide.

    Steve says: "Wonderful Radio Show"
    "Funny live recordings"
    Overall

    This collection contains seven humorous short stories recorded live by Symphony Space. The live recording has the advantage that you can hear the audience's reaction, however, a couple of verbal errors crept in which couldn't be edited out.
    My favorite stories in this collection are 'Chivalry' by Neil Gaiman, 'On the U.S.S. Fortitude' by Ron Carlson and 'Fatso' by Etgar Keret.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Utopia

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Thomas More
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    Utopia is the name given by Sir Thomas More to an imaginary island in this political work written in 1516. Book I of Utopia, a dialogue, presents a perceptive analysis of contemporary social, economic, and moral ills in England. Book II is a narrative describing a country run according to the ideals of the English humanists, where poverty, crime, injustice, and other ills do not exist.

    Darwin8u says: "More's unobtainable vision of the ideal society"
    "Fascinating look at the 16th Century"
    Overall

    Utopia offers an interesting critical look at live in the 16th century on the one hand as well as proposing an idea for an ideal civilization. Whether Utopia was meant to be a satire or represented More's personal views remains unclear, however, the discourse on Utopia contains several jokes and offers light reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Brightonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Rankin
    • Narrated By David Warner, Rupert Degas, Andy Serkis
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Were you aware that there are, hidden in the streets of Brighton, 12 ancient constellations, like the Hangleton Hound and the Bevendean Bat? Well, there are, and on each one hangs a tale, a tale so strange that only The Lad himself, that inveterate spinner of tales and talker of the toot, Hugo Rune, can get to the bottom of them. And he'd better do it quickly, because if he doesn't solve the dozen mysteries before the year is out, that'll be the end of the world as we know it.

    Jamie says: "A good car listen."
    "Great Fun"
    Overall

    The radio adaption of Robert Rankin's Brightonomicon is simply brilliant. In 13 episodes Hugo Rune and his trusted acolyte Rizla, who can't remember his past, try to solve mindbogglingly difficult conundrums to prevent the end of the world. But be warned, there is Spaniel involvement.
    Fans of Robert Rankin's work shouldn't miss this adaption as it works perfectly as a play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Vampire Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By various
    • Narrated By Richard Pasco
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Here are some truly spooky stories, given a spine-tingling read by Richard Pasco. The stories include "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling, "Aurelia" by E.T.A. Hoffmann, "Ligeia" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Mrs. Amworth" by E.F. Benson, and "Dracula's Guest" by Bram Stoker.

    David Eggerschwiler says: "A very good selection"
    "A very good selection"
    Overall

    A very good selection of classic vampire stories, giving an impression of where the whole genre started. It is an excellent choice to pick as an audio book because Richard Pasco does an excellent job, making the stories very lively and gripping.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blackadder's Christmas Carol

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Dickens' classic tale of kindness, truth, and virtue is utterly ruined here by having a member of the Blackadder family involved. Stuffed with deeply horrible people and groaning with cartloads of seasonal bottom jokes, it manages to squeeze a Victorian Blackadder and his Elizabethan, Regency, and Space Age relatives into a huge pie of entertainment which will satisfy everyone, unless you're a beadle, an orphan, or a long-dead member of the Royal Family.

    David Eggerschwiler says: "Very Entertainig!"
    "Very Entertainig!"
    Overall

    Dicken's classic Christmas tale is turned upside down in this episode of Blackadder. Ebeneezer Blackadder is an upstanding citizen who helps everyone even if it means his own ruin. But one fateful night he is visited by a ghost...
    Very entertaining!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Best friends Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade know there's something odd in the late October air. It all begins when a lightning-rod salesman appears one evening and insists that they take one of his contraptions covered with mystical protection symbols. Later, the boys look on as an eerie carnival rolls into town. Mysterious and sinister events take place, and what they witness on the carousel is enough to send them running.

    David Eggerschwiler says: "A finely crafted story"
    "A finely crafted story"
    Overall

    A finely crafted story about two boys who try to uncover the secrets of a visiting carnival and bring themselves in grave danger.
    Paul Hecht is an excellent Narrator, bringing the character to life and making each instantly recognizable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eric: Discworld, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    You've heard of Faust - this is Eric. There's a difference. Eric is 14, lives on the famed and magical Discworld, and is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).

    David Eggerschwiler says: "Rincewind returns"
    "Rincewind returns"
    Overall

    Through a million to one chance Rincewind manages to escape the Dungeon Dimensions and finds himself under the control of Eric, a teenage-Demonologist. Eric's only desires are to be ruler of the disc, have the most beautiful woman and live forever. No one is more amazed than Rincewind himself when the wishes seem to get fulfilled, however, with unexpected side-effects...
    Pratchett delivers as always a fantastic story taking dozens of jibes at world history such as the Trojan War or modern Management methods. Even though the story is short (by Terry's standards) it is very fast paced and never gets boring :).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jack Finney
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loves, and the world as he knows it.

    Jenna says: "Warning!"
    "A thrilling listening experience"
    Overall

    An eerie tale of a small town where people start behaving slightly different then they used to. At first this is attributed to a mass delusion, but soon the real threat to humanity reveals itself...
    A fascinating story written in 1955 about an alien invasion of a special kind. The plot is mostly dense and fast paced making it a thrilling listening experience.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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