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Jacquie

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  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: Star Trek Movie Novelizations, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Alice Eve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    Pioneering director J. J. Abrams has delivered an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek into darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

    Elizabeth says: "Horrible narrator, great story"
    "poorest choice of narrator EVER!"
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    What did you like best about Star Trek: Into Darkness? What did you like least?

    I only got through about 30% of the book because Alice Eve was a horrible, horrible narrator. Forget the fact that she has a strong British accent - all of her characters sound the same!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Coulnd't get there ...


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I couldn't picture the characters because of Alice Eve's amateurish and horrible narration.


    Do you think Star Trek: Into Darkness needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Actually, this book needs to be redone with a new narrator - why not Zachary Quinto from the first book?


    Any additional comments?

    I want my credit back!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Hegemon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3377)
    Performance
    (1931)
    Story
    (1946)

    Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

    Michael says: "Great book, poor transfer"
    "Awesome book, sloppy performance - needs a do-over"
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    I've listened to this about 5 times (yeah, I love the whole Bean story and visit it whenever I can). Each time, I swear I'll write a review and complain about the sloppy, sloppy performance. This is it. First, the book is read by several people, which is great because it relieves some of the monotony. However ... "The office of THE HEGEMON was now powerless." Why the caps? Because that part of the sentence was spoken by A DIFFERENT FRIGGIN' PERSON!! Instead of asking each narrator to re-read the sentence, they had one person say THE HEGEMON and then dubbed it in throughout the book. You jump every time and lose the story for a few seconds. Totally frustrating. Secondly, Card clearly explains in Chapter 2 that Achilles is pronounced "a-sheel" and yet several of the narrators (not all) pronounce it "a-kill-ees." It's irritating to hear a character say "a-sheel" in one chapter and "a-kill-ees" in the next because the narrator changed.This was produced by Stefan Rudnicki. Come on, Stefan! Have some pride in your work and fix it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindred

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Kim Staunton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (420)

    Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes she's been given a challenge.

    Kirsten says: "Octavia is awesome!!"
    "powerful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    one day later and i can't stop thinking or talking about it. disturbing and hard to lisren to, but i just couldn't stop listening!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (817)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "boring with no plot"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The subtitle says "a novel" ... novels have plots, this doesn't. It meanders. It's more of a character study. It never explains the minotaur's history, just hints at it. In the middle of the book, Deadalus appears for 10 minutes and then disappears. I bought this book because of the really cool title and because it's a Neil Gaiman feature. I was so disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6243)
    Performance
    (5366)
    Story
    (5361)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Bring back Marsters !!"
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    Wow, I just cannot express how disappointed I am that Marsters is not narrating this book. Glover lacks the warmth of Marsters voice, the resonance that was inherent in all the other narrations. His characters are monotonous and he screeches when he gets excited. We want Jim! We want Jim!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4234)
    Performance
    (3760)
    Story
    (3781)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Horrible narration, misleading title"
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    O'Reilly reads like it's a race - really fast with no inflections. I've gotten 2 1/2 hours into it (1/3 of the book) and we're still going over battles of the civil war, details about strategies and how generals were killed. Very, very little about the key leaders in the assassination with the exception that Booth was at the 2nd inauguration and that he had sex with his fiancee. I am very, very disappointed so far and don't know if it's worth continuing, which is sad, because I am very interested in this topic --- if only O'Reilly was as well!!!

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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