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JeffB

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  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (346)

    The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

    Jaq Greenspon says: "One of the worst performances"
    "Way to ruin a good book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Barely. Many times I almost just deleted the audio.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having read the book before I like the story. the descriptions alway get to me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    bad pacing, stops and starts, monotone, boring.


    Was The Time Machine worth the listening time?

    MEH


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julius Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (277)

    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

    David says: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars"
    "Shakespeare novice, good story"
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    What did you love best about Julius Caesar?

    learning that several utterances we say unto today are from this story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Julius Caesar?

    the death of Brutus.


    Which character – as performed by Andrew Buchan and Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    Brutus


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, over several days on my drive to and form work.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (2276)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1359)

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    Amazon Customer says: "So much truth, much of it scary."
    "Enjoyed greatly."
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    Would you listen to The Screwtape Letters again? Why?

    I find in very interesting how the author turns the tenants of Christianity. To have daily trials and tribulations, decisions made and consequences earned, interpreted in a different light was fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Screwtape Letters?

    A caterpillar. Really???


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Great job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's hard to be good... Now you know why...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timebound

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rysa Walker
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1192)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1086)

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    Lessa says: "Completely Enjoyed It"
    "VERY worth listening too."
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    Where does Timebound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    amongst the best. I really enjoyed this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Trey because he is very accepting of waht is happening around him. He allows himselft to be open enough to see the truth.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Kate. Though she did a fabulous job on all of the characters. keeping them seperate was easy. She did male and female voices with destinction.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am sure I laughed from time to time. Cry... nah.


    Any additional comments?

    This book ended with a hook for more. If there are more I will read them. I write time travel based sci-fi myself and this author does a very good job keeping out of messy paradoxes.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld's Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (241)

    The Ringworld is a landmark engineering achievement, a flat band 3-million-times the surface area of Earth, encircling a distant star. Home to trillions of inhabitants, not all of which are human, and host to amazing technological wonders, the Ringworld is unique in all of the universe.

    Ausbin says: "Great Sci-Fi"
    "Good story - Narration Not So"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ringworld's Children the most enjoyable?

    Concluding the forth book of the series. I know there are more but I may just stop here.


    What other book might you compare Ringworld's Children to and why?

    Any other Ringworld book, Fuzzy Planet, and Old Mans War. All deal with interaction with alien entities, learning about new ways of thinking about things.


    What didn’t you like about Barrett Whitener’s performance?

    I think is should be required to listen to the other audio books in a series before one sets out to narrate. There were SEVERAL character names and Item names that were just wrong. Key example - FLUP - Barrett kept pronouncing it FLUPE... nowhere in the book does it have a long U. As stated character names have the same issue.

    The reading was slow and without much emotion. It teetered on boring... RingWorld is not boring. Though Barrett tried to use different voices to distinguish the different characters he sis not do so well.

    There were several time I almost stopped but I could not find this book read by someone else.

    The previous 3 books were done by 2 different narrators and either would have made this book much more enjoyable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Really and truly… it should be a requirement to review the pronunciation of the established items and characters in a book series, any book series. Imagine reading a Star Wars book where Luke becomes Luk and Vader becomes Vadder or a Star Trek book where Picard is Pickerd. It is very annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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