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H. Hartman

I don't have time to actually read anymore... does that make me undignified?

Member Since 2012

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  • 33 purchased in 2014
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  • Alif the Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By G. Willow Wilson
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.

    Nick says: "Entertaining and insightul"
    "This Sanjiv Jhaveri Guy..."
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    Honestly, this isn't a bad story. I listened to it during my commute and sometimes while at work. IF (and this is a really big IF) you don't mind the narrarator making the most bizarre and uncharacteristic voices for some of Wilson's characters. It really took me out of the story sometimes. One of the djinn characters had the voice of some creepy rapist/pedophile. Even though he's one of the best written characters, I just couldn't handle it. Obviously written by a man, because every time the boy protagonist meets a new woman character, he is always "uncomfortable" at the way that they look him up and down. I appreciated some of the imagery, having grown up on the Arabian Peninsula myself. Accurately described social dynamics. If you can get past the weird performance, as well as all of the pseudo-mysticism (it's like he forgets about it sometimes), then you might enjoy this.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1865)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1026)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Introduced Me to Atwood"
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    I accidentally wrote this review for Year of the Flood, and since I can't delete it there, I'm just going to copy it here, FYI.

    Putting it simply, I loved The Year of the Flood. It introduced me to Atwood and her other writings, and I haven't been able to put her down since.

    The narration is fantastic, and they seem to get the voices just right for every one of the characters.

    The story is cautionary, and intimate. Jimmy is an interesting (protagonist? anti-hero?). He has lots of his own issues, but his story is engaging and made me want to read the sequels as soon as possible. (Well, listen, but you get the point.)

    If you are AT ALL interested in post-apocalyptic literature, get this ahora.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (704)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "Introduced Me to Atwood's Writings"
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    Putting it simply, I loved The Year of the Flood. It introduced me to Atwood and her other writings, and I haven't been able to put her down since.

    The narration is fantastic, and they seem to get the voices just right for every one of the characters.

    The story is cautionary, and intimate. Jimmy is an interesting (protagonist? anti-hero?). He has lots of his own issues, but his story is engaging and made me want to read the sequels as soon as possible. (Well, listen, but you get the point.)

    If you are AT ALL interested in post-apocalyptic literature, get this ahora.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: In Aid of the Royal Theatrical Fund

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons, Joanna Lumley, and others
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Here is a collection of the Oscar Wilde's famous fairy tales, read by a cast of leading British actors. Additional narrators include Geoffrey Palmer O.B.E., Sir Donald Sinden, and Elaine Stritch. Music: 'Reverie De Sebastian' by Steve Davies.

    Jefferson says: "Poignant Modern Fairy Tales Wonderfully Read"
    "Not Long Enough"
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    So I'll start this review by saying that Oscar Wilde is already the biggest literary influence in my life. There are so many good things about this recording, it will be difficult to enumerate them all. Let me start by praising the voice actors. Their rendering of these stories is very emotional (with the exception of the firework story, that one is good but silly), done with obvious attention to the story that it almost feels like it's something that they wrote for their children. BTW, I wouldn't mind being read stories by Judi Dench every night before I went to sleep. My favorite, and always has been, is The Happy Prince. I swear to God I cry every single time I read it anyways, and the audio of it had me almost crying in my office. UGH so good. Some stories were new, others were old favorites, but all of it was just perfect. Everybody should own this/ be sharing these stories with everyone. Also a very good cause. You have literally no reason not to own this.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9287)
    Performance
    (8350)
    Story
    (8492)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Do you really need this review?"
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    If you need to read these reviews, then you probably don't actually want to listen to this book.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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