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Glenn E. Mitchell II

Mitch

Tallahassee, FL USA | Member Since 2008

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  • More Than Human

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Theodore Sturgeon
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (97)

    In this genre-bending novel, among the first to have launched sci fi into literature, a group of remarkable social outcasts band together for survival and discover that their combined powers render them superhuman. Together, they may represent the next step in evolution - or the final chapter in the history of the human race. As they struggle to find whether they are meant to help humanity or destroy it, Sturgeon explores questions of power and morality, individuality and belonging.

    LEVI says: "Beautiful words, wonderfully spoken"
    "Hard to Finish"
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    What would have made More Than Human better?

    A shorter novel. The novel was a conglomeration of three short stores. Together, in my opinion, they merit a single short story. There is simply not enough story to sustain a novel format.


    Has More Than Human turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it has not turned me off from Science Fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Part 2, narrated by Harlan Ellison. Part 1 nearly bored me to death. Part 3 brought closure, but it was still too long and tedious.


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

    A lot of boredom and feeling of tediousness. I found myself frequently feeling, "C'mon, get on with the story."


    Any additional comments?

    I am unsure why this book is such a classic, since it is so overwritten. The basic plot is interesting. I can understand why that would merit classifying it as "classic." But the story could have been told in 15-20 pages easily enough.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1798)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (894)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "Well-Written, Painful Narration"
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    The book is generally well-written. It is less a military history and more a series of biographical vignettes. The book is a bit repetitious, right down to sentence fragments and even whole sentences being repeated in close enough proximity to be noticeable.

    I would prefer a different narrator. Grover Gardner's voice is high pitched and nasal with an almost whinny quality to it. The audio editing, as others have noted, is below average with occasional fluctuations in volume, fullness, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Reliance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Ralph Waldo Emerson
    • Narrated By Kurt Andersen, Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (138)

    Redefining the classic essay, this modern edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous work, Self-Reliance, includes self-reflections from both historical and contemporary luminaries. With quotes from the likes of Henry Ford and Helen Keller to modern-day thought leaders like Jesse Dylan, Steve Pressfield, and Milton Glaser, we're reminded of the relevance of Emerson’s powerful words today. Emerson’s words are timeless. Persuasive and convincing, he challenges readers to define their own sense of accomplishment and asks them to measure themselves....

    jumping_cat says: "Religious"
    "Narcissism Without Bound"
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    Libertarians will find much to like in this book. Emerson is totally self-absorbed and the philosophy he espouses in this essay offers no sense of social responsibility. I found the essay to be tiresome, since it can quickly be summed up as the philosophy of "Me."

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov, Maurice Denham, Prunella Scales
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Beevers, Lee Montague, Julian Glover, and others
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (257)

    The opening episode begins on Trantor, capital of the Galactic Empire, with the meeting of Seldon and Dornick, their trial, and their exile to Terminus. The action then jumps forward 50 years, to the first Seldon Crisis, where the repercussions of the recent independence of the Four Kingdoms of the Periphery are being felt on Terminus, and are handled by the first Mayor, Salvor Hardin....

    James says: "How can you go wrong with a must read book for $2"
    "Uneven Narration and Adaptation"
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    I would recommend the Foundation series to a friend. It is truly a classic. I'd be much less likely to recommend this dramatization, however. The sound effects were quite irritating at time. The volume varied, causing me to adjust it more than an audible book I've ever heard. The adaptation had more of the "cheesy" feel of Dr. Who or "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" than the Asimov Foundation series itself. If a listener's only experience with Asimov's "Foundation" series is this dramatization, they would have a very incomplete appreciation of the series. They should read "Foundation" first, but then I expect they would likely find this dramatization very disappointing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Fuzzy [Audible]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By H. Beam Piper
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    The chartered Zarathustra Company had it all their way. Their charter was for a Class III uninhabited planet, which Zarathustra was, and it meant they owned the planet lock stock and barrel. They exploited it, developed it and reaped the huge profits from it without interference from the Colonial Government. Then Jack Holloway, a sunstone prospector, appeared on the scene with his family of Fuzzies and the passionate conviction that they were not cute animals but little people.

    Harry says: "Interesting accents"
    "A Classic Story, Read Well"
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    This is a classic sci fi story that I never read. When Audible included it as part of a sci fi sale, I decided to download it. I'm glad I did.

    The story is a delight. Dated, to be sure. It's from 1962. (Which sci fi title from that era isn't?)

    I disagree with the comments about narrator. He's not the best Audible narrator, perhaps. But his telling of the story is perfectly acceptable. I especially like his narration of "Old Pappy."

    I've enjoyed every minute of this story, even if it is predictable and stretched a bit. While it is a short book, it really should have been a novella or maybe even a short story. Still, it's definitely worth a listen, even if you're just looking to broaden your classic sci fi education.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (217)

    Rand's Protagonist, Equality 7-2521, describes a surreal world of faceless, nameless drones who "exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen." Alone, this daring young man defies the will of the ruling councils and discovers the forbidden freedoms that prevailed during the Unmentionable Times. In other words, he finds and celebrates the power of the self. In doing so, he becomes the prototypical Rand hero, a bold risk-taker who shuns conformity and unabashedly embraces egoism.

    Steve says: "Great Narration"
    "Tedious, Sophmoric"
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    The narration was OK. A bit flat, which did not help with the tedious, repetitive, sophomoric prose. If you're a budding narcissist with delusions of grandeur, then I do not doubt that Anthem will be a stimulating credo. If Anthem is an exposition of Ayn Rand's "objectivist" philosophy, where is the philosophy? This is not a literary expression of philosophical principles. This book exhibits nothing approaching modern or classical philosophy.

    It is a tedious story about elevating egoism and selfishness as the most important life guiding principles.

    At least Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead had some interesting characters and some interesting plot.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Otto Penzler (editor), Kim Newman (foreword), Neil Gaiman (preface), and others
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (224)

    The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

    Kang, D. says: "Fabulous!"
    "Superb Collection, Well Narrated"
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    I can't say if this IS the most complete volume of vampire stories ever published, but it certainly covers a very broad watershed. When I saw that the stories go back as far as the 19th century, I expected some dull and even downright tedious stories among this collection. Not at all! The stories are all interesting. The range of narrators adds to the interest. This is a really well-done collection of horror stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Afraid

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (274)

    Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now.... A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven's only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom.

    coreybeth says: "Run, catch, torture, repeat puhleeezz"
    "Excellent Thriller"
    Overall

    I agree that the plot is weak. The way that J A Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn) tells this tale, however, really captivates. It's a definite page turner. I bought the Kindle version and started reading it. I decided to buy the Audible version so I could listen to it at work in my office. Phil Gigante does an OK job with the narration. Not the best audible book narrator. This is an Audible book where I found the written version to grab my interest more than the audible book version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the 20th century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and, ultimately, a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone.

    Chris says: "Delightful rendition"
    "Great Narration, Excellent Novel"
    Overall

    Granted, there will be people who object to the homophobia. Others will object to the drug addiction. Still others, to the utter amorality. Then, there will be those who object to all the profanity. I find Burroughs prose to be almost lyrical. The narration is dead on perfect for the main character and really pulled me into the novel. If you want a novel with a linear plot, you won't like The Naked Lunch. You could pull the chapters out and mix them up and read them in just about any order. Just as an addict losing focus and returning to reality, The Naked Lunch shifts through time and space. If you want some memorable vignettes about the human condition (in an R. Crumb comix kind of way), this novel will deliver.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • We Could Do Worse: A Millennial Collection of Alternate Histories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Larry Niven, Howard Waldrop, Harry Turtledove, and others
    • Narrated By Richard Gilliland, Yancy Butler
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Gary says: "Mediocre"
    "Agree, Mediocre Selections"
    Overall

    I was disappointed with this collection of alternate histories. When I saw that Harry Turtledove was involved, I had high expectations. Every one of the stories in this anthology was a clinker.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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