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Jeff

Moncton, NB, Canada

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  • 11 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 148 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Jasper Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (231)

    Treasure Island must be the most enthralling adventure book ever written. As we listen to the voice of Jim Hawkins telling his extraordinary tale, and later that of his companion Dr. Livesey, we are plunged into a world of pirates, buried treasure, mutiny, and deceit.

    Jason says: "Rousing tale"
    "Loved it and would have given it 4.5 if possible!"
    Overall

    I don't read fiction often but have to say I loved this book and loved the performance. My Stevenson has great skill as a writer and this title deserves it's reputation as one of the best adventure books ever written. The book is very well paced, has fantastic characters and great actions sequences.

    This book really came alive as a result of Mr Britton's voice acting skills. In my opinion he is one of the best along with William Hootkins who narated Moby Dick

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (934)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "Interesting history angle but not much else"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The history aspect of the book was educational and entertaining but the modern heroine and her 'drama' should have been completely removed from novel . In summary the novel is not complex and a bit shallow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (835)

    Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

    Karen says: "Great Story, Fantastic Production"
    "An essential read for lore enthusiasts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written, organized and presented.This book provides and excellent overview of the 'Rule of Two' and why, in Bane's opinion, it was a necessary 'adjustment' to the current 'brotherhood of darkness' model. Bane's character is developed nicely throughout the novel. I particularly enjoyed his 'rise to power' which was not a sudden affair and included some substantial setbacks/beatings. Also, one of the first SW offerings that I've read which showed specialization in certain aspects of the force and explains how a good 'blade master' can tactically take down someone who is stronger in the force.; also discussed the pre combat activation of a force shield and why it is necessary.Some great stuff on Revan history in here as well as quality material on the gritty Jedi General Hoth.


    What I am disappointed in- which is not related to this novel- is the fact that Mr Karpyshyn failed to deliver a similar quality in his recent 'Revan' offering. Pity!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Long before Oliver Sacks became a distinguished neurologist and best-selling writer, he was a small English boy fascinated by metals - also by chemical reactions (the louder and smellier the better), photography, squids and cuttlefish, H.G. Wells, and the periodic table. In this endlessly charming and eloquent memoir, the he chronicles his love affair with science and the magnificently odd and sometimes harrowing childhood in which that love affair unfolded.

    Dayle says: "Fascinating"
    "Self indulgent."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've read a number of Oliver's books and have enjoyed them all. This offering however had me reaching for the fast forward button on multiple occasions. There are chapters in this book where the author drones on and on about various minerals, alloys, compounds and chemical processes .... These section book simply confuses the reader and I found myself thinking 'why is Oliver telling me these things?'

    There are sections in the book that I did enjoy such as the author's experiences during the war and excellent descriptions of his parents and household.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (1534)
    Story
    (1532)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Mike Naka says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Darth Plagueis is by far the best star wars title I've consumed to date{read 25 books including Thrawn Trilogy}. I'll be watching closely to see if James Luceno is nominated for a literary science fiction awards this year.

    Finally a Star Wars book that is written for adults and hard core star wars fans! . Great pacing, plot, use of language and atmosphere. Once finished you will understand the Sith lineage all the way back to Darth Bane and beyond. This book is written in more of a classical style similar to the Count Of Monte Cristo. It's very interesting to see an entire offering from the view point of the dark side. Plagueis is well aware of the fact that Sith are being hunted by the Jedi and that he cannot afford to confront them. He does however indirectly use them to eliminate certain undesirables.

    It took me an hour or so to get used to the narrator. I completely disagree with other commentator and I think Daneil Davis is a perfect fit for the novel {reader played DR Moriarty in the Star Trek Next Gen series}. Mark Thompson would not be a good fit to narrate as his cartoonish and campy style would have had a negative impact.


    I've read many sci fi classics and am confident that this compares quite well. Would make a fantastic movie as long as Lucas is forbidden any sort of input.




    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1202)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1129)

    There’s something out there: a juggernaut of evil bearing down to crush the Republic - unless one lone Jedi, shunned and reviled, can stop it. Revan: hero, traitor, conqueror, villain, savior. A Jedi who left Coruscant to defeat Mandalorians - and returned a disciple of the dark side, bent on destroying the Republic. The Jedi Council gave Revan his life back, but his memories have been erased. All that’s left are nightmares - and deep, abiding fear. What exactly happened beyond the Outer Rim? Revan can’t quite remember, yet can’t entirely forget.

    Ryan says: "Did you play Knights of the Old Republic?"
    "The author has failed Revan!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fairly good buildup but the ending was ridiculous which nearly resulted in me smashing my iphone against the wall. Revan is a fantastic character and should not spend the prime of his life sitting in prison cell after prison cell. My only hope is that the story line left potential for Revan to be re-re-born and then perhaps he may reach his full potential! I am not holding my breath as I am still recovering from the lame death of Mace Windu at the hands of the writers.

    I consider KOTOR one of my all time favorite video games and feel let down by this novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christie Golden
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (589)

    Luke and Ben Skywalker pursue the formidable dark-side being Abeloth, the Lost Tribe of the Sith is about to be sundered by an even greater power - which will thrust one Dark Lord into mortal conflict with his own flesh-and-blood. On Coruscant, a political vacuum has left tensions at the boiling point, with factions racing to claim control of the Galactic Alliance. Suddenly surrounded by hidden agendas, treacherous conspiracies, and covert Sith agents, the Jedi Order must struggle to keep the GA government from collapsing into anarchy.

    R. A. James says: "Greatest Narrator of all time!"
    "Average at best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Excellent performance from Marc Thompson. Loved some of plot lines of this book and fast forwarded through other sections.

    Likes :
    - Abaloth visits Lost Tribe's Home world was excellent but way too short. Author missed a great opportunity here.
    - Epic Space battle involving Dalah and Jag.
    - Gavar Khai , Vol and other Lords are always good.
    - Nasty interrogation robot


    Dislikes:

    - Is Vestara good or bad? Enough already! Send Ben and Vestara to summer camp for duration of the series.
    - Jedi running around looking for ship should be edited out as it did nothing for the plot. Jedi could have been on vacation for all that matters and would not have affected out come.
    - No battle strategy/tactics used by Jedi or Sith for that matter. Run into battle and then run away.
    - Author's grossly underused Khai and Grand Lord Vol..two of my favorite characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Paul S. Kemp
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (970)

    The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars: The Old Republic ramps up the action and brings listeners face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords: Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy....

    Conrado says: "Another Great Old Republic novel"
    "Better than expected"
    Overall

    The Sith and the supporting non jedi cast steal the show. The Sith agenda and in-fighting was very entertaining. Novel had good pacing with minimal story line jumps {unlike the Jedi Outcast series}

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Redwall: Redwall, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brian Jacques
    • Narrated By Brian Jacques, Full Cast
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (277)

    When Redwall was published in 1987 it catapulted author Brian Jacques to international stardom. And small wonder! This enthralling tale is jam-packed with the things we long for in a great adventure: danger, laughter, hairbreadth escapes, tragedy, mystery, a touch of wonder, a truly despicable villain, and a hero we can take to heart.

    David says: "Two paws up from an initially skeptical listener"
    "Quite Enjoyable"
    Overall

    Excellent story with great characters. Was suprised by the level of violence so I would not recomend this for kids younger than twelve or so. Some of the voice actors in this audio book are exellent while others are more amateurish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Stroke of Insight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Narrated By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (343)

    In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

    Lisa says: "very, very illuminating!"
    "Second part was not insightful"
    Overall

    Would give the first part of the book - the section where she described having the stroke and recovering from it - a four star rating. The second half of the book was new agey and simplistic [too much right hemisphere and not enough left!] and warrants only a 2 star rating.

    As far as the audio portion goes the author read her own material and did an okay job at it.

    My opinion of the book has nothing to do with my respect for the author. I greatly admire the author's will to survive and sheer determination; I give Jill a 5 star rating.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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