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Jason

GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT, United States

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  • On the Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nevil Shute
    • Narrated By James Smillie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (69)

    Australia is one of the last places where life still exists after nuclear war starts in the Northern Hemisphere. A year on, an invisible cloak of radiation has spread almost completely around the world. Darwin is a ghost town, and radiation levels at Ayres Rock are increasing. An American nuclear-powered submarine has found its way to Australia where its captain has placed the boat under the command of the Australian Navy.

    Jason says: "What could have been."
    "What could have been."
    Overall

    An almost true story about the aftermath of the very brief WWIII (due to the inclusion of nukes). Considering how one man prevented this from happening during the Cuban Missile Crisis, this story is quite realistic. It lets you look into the psychology of people who have the luxury/curse of knowing the date of their death because of the upcoming nuclear fallout. It gives them fear while also letting them truly live. It's an interesting concept to observe as you wonder just how you would live if you knew when you were going to die. Nevil Shute pulls no punches as this is a very sad story overall.

    Be warned however that unless you find the subject matter fascinating you may not greatly enjoy this. It can be a little depressing and there isn't much excitement in the story. It is more about observing how ordinary people in Australia live knowing they will soon be dead because of a war they did not want.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jurassic Park

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Heard
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    From the ever-inventive, ingenious mind of Michael Crichton comes the terrifying tale of a "theme" park that even Disney never dreamed of! A shroud of secrecy covers a privately-owned island off the coast of the Dominican Republic where an American bioengineering firm is quietly building a resort theme park. Even the expert consultants on the project don't know exactly what it is. And local doctors are mystified when an injured park worker arrives at the hospital with gashes on his body as if an animal of monstrous proportions has mauled him.

    M. Smalley says: "Just plain wrong!"
    "Don't buy this."
    Overall

    I thought this was unabridged. I can't believe there isn't a single unabdridged version anywhere. Not only do people not want to read the books, but they can't even listen to the whole thing anymore?! The narrator sounds like he really does not want to be reading this and makes little effort in voice differentiation between characters. How can I stay interested when the narrator isn't? Don't get this.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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