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Eric B. Simms

USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 7 reviews
  • 38 ratings
  • 585 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • Dune: The Battle of Corrin

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (331)

    Fifty-six hard years after the events of The Machine Crusade, after the death of Serena Butler, the bloodiest decades of the Jihad take place. The human worlds begin to hope that the end of the centuries-long conflict with the thinking machines is finally in sight.

    Eric says: "The Battle for Corrin"
    "Another Amazing Production by Herbert & Anderson!"
    Overall

    I just finished this book and once again I’m amazed by this writing team. Herbert & Anderson breathe life into their characters and cleverly reveal the origins of the many concepts we adored in the original Dune series. Ever wonder how the cute navigators in the Spacing Guild originated? Curious about the conditions that prompted the formation of the Bene Gesserit sisterhood? Listen and find out!
    The narrator Scott Brick is a one-man ensemble. I’ve listened to several of his readings and I’m continually astounded he can create such a wide range of diverse characters. He makes the reader truly believe in the characters. I only wish the story was much, much longer; I didn’t want it to end. I suggest you read all the Dune prequels in order, then conclude with this one. It’s one of the best purchases you’ll ever make.

    At the risk of committing sci-fi sacrilege, I’d say Herbert & Anderson’s works are even better than Frank Herbert’s original Dune series. They’re THAT good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (554)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Don't be scared off by the different narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was shocked and outraged to hear a different narrator after getting used to Todd McLaren’s performance in the first two books, but then I decided to stop being petty and enjoy the remainder of the story, which I liked so much that I would have listened to Donald Duck narrate it.
    After just a few minutes I could tell that William Dufris, the new narrator, was capable - and then I learned just how good he is. Dufris expresses the protagonist’s (Kovacs’) depth of emotion exquisitely, particularly his world-weariness after centuries of existence and several lifetimes worth of disappointments. This allows Dufris to present a Kovacs that’s a bit closer to his slum upbringing than McLaren’s version. This is ideal for the final book because it shows that Kovacs hasn’t completely left his past behind him, which I believe is essential to really appreciating this book. I believe Mr. Dufris’ version of Kovacs was the best choice for this book’s up-close-and-personal look at the background that made Kovacs who he is.

    Here’s how I suggest you read the series: Enjoy McLaren’s narration of the first two books, then take a moment and prepare yourself for a change in Kovac’s voice and demeanor. His street gang past will be more apparent than before, but you’ll soon see that it allows you to relate to the character much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Heart: Book Nine of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (2156)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (723)

    In Book Nine from The Wheel of Time. Rand is on the run with Min, and in Cairhien, Cadsuane is trying to figure out where he is headed. Mat, who has been recuperating in the Tarasin Palace, is introduced to the Seanchan princess. Will the marriage that has been foretold come about?

    Dan says: "What are you thinking?"
    "Great Story, Bad Audio Production"
    Overall

    Be warned: This recording is replete with repetitions and even a few seconds of scratching that made me stop and check if my iPod's headphones had suddenly died.
    Just so you know...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7196)
    Performance
    (3591)
    Story
    (3645)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Mediocre Narrator, But All is Not Lost..."
    Overall

    The friend who turned me onto this series was amazed I almost quit in the middle of this first book. After beginning the fifth book I realized two narrators are used throughout the series: George Guidall and Frank Muller. Muller does a brilliant job of narrating the second, third, and fourth books; I only wish I could say the same for Guidall.
    In retrospect I don’t think the first book developed slowly, but rather Guidall’s narration was dull and uninspired. It’s worth slogging though this book however, because the next three books are narrated by Muller and are incredibly fun and exciting. Now that I’m 10 minutes into the fifth book I’m listening to Guidall again and I’ve lost all desire to continue the story.
    This series has opened my eyes to the fact that no story is so well written that it cannot be ruined by a mediocre narrator. Still, if you can overlook Guidall’s performance you’ll be treated to a very well-written and engaging tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7001)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1792)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "It gets you thinking about a great many things..."
    Overall

    I found this book appealing because it made me question many things I took for granted without realizing it. It spurred me to do a lot of research into those topics to find the truth behind them.
    Despite all the controversy that has risen concerning it, this book isn't anti-Church. While it does make a startling central postulation, it presents balanced arguments throughout the book. Hopefully Christians will use this book as a great opportunity to deeply examine the basis of their faith.
    Download it! Download it now!! :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (416)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!"
    Overall

    Oh, did I mention that I love this performance?
    The narrator is very fitting and doesn't become boring or dull, and the supporting cast adds just the right flavor to the story.
    Without giving too much away, I was most pleased when Pee Wee appeared on the scene. Her character is cast PERFECTLY! Pee Wee springs to life as you listen to her, and her successful casting helps make the story heartwarming and engrossing. I want to say more, but I'll let you be surprised.
    I've spent many fun hours doing things around the house while enjoying this book, and while I usually never read (or listen to) books twice, I actually look forward to enjoying this one again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deathstalker Collection: Episodes 1-5

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan, Terence Aselford, Colleen Delany, and others
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The imperial Majesty Lionstone XIV ruled the human Empire with fear. When Owen Deathstalker, unwilling head of his clan, sought to avoid the perils of the Empire's warring factions, he unexpectedly found a price on his head. He fled to Mistworld, where he began to build an unlikely force to topple the thrown. With the help of his crew, Deathstalker took the first step on a far more dangerous journey to claim the role for which he'd been destined since before his birth.

    Jeff says: "What do you get...."
    "I much preferred the book..."
    Overall

    If you have the time, read the books. If not, this audiobook is a decent approximation of them.
    It sounds as if there were two narrators throughout the recording. I almost stopped listening to it because the first narrator I heard droned on so despondently.
    The characters are only mediocre and unengaging (Owen is not all that bad, though). If I had been able to listen to a sample of this audiobook I'm sure I wouldn't have bought it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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