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Jeffrey

Warwick, RI, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5291)
    Performance
    (3046)
    Story
    (3068)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Expectations Thoroughly Exceeded!"
    Overall

    I came to the Wheel Of Time series very late in the game, only to witness the heartbreaking loss of Robert Jordan. I must admit I was very skeptical of Mr Sanderson coming in to finish the job (visions of the Dune series haunting me) but he far exceeded my expectations.

    Maybe it's blasphemous to say this -- but I think Sanderson's style is, in some places, superior to Jordan. It is very obvious (even without listening to the short interview included herein) that he adores the series and put all his creative passion into doing it justice.

    Ignore the previous review about the ending. Utter foolishness. It's been known for a long time that it would be at least two books as the outline was far too long. Even Jordan quipped that he would finish even if the book was 1200 pages, which is simply not realistic from a publishing point of view.

    I eagerly look forward to the next installment of Sanderson's vision.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Laurence Maslon, Michael Kantor
    • Narrated By Laurence Maslon
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, the Avengers, the X-Men, Watchmen, and more: the companion volume to the PBS documentary series of the same name that tells the story of the superhero in American popular culture.

    Phillip says: "Superlative overview of superhero comics history"
    "Good beginning. Derailed in the last third."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The beginning of this novel is a great historical document. Nothing that hasn't been covered before in books like The 10 Cent Plague, Supergods or Marvel the Untold Story. Unfortunately, the last third of the book focuses on the modern age with some major errors, omissions, and ret-conning of history (both current and silver age) with an obvious (and somewhat bitter) feminist promotional agenda.


    What could Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could have checked their information more carefully and kept their 90s fanboyism in check.


    What three words best describe Laurence Maslon’s performance?

    Crisp, sarcastic, condescending.


    Did Superheroes! inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to avoid any more books by Laurence Maslon.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy the first two thirds. It's a fairly concise condensed version of previously published, superior works.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Walking on the Moon: The Untold Story of the Police and the Rise of New Wave Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Chris Campion
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Police have sold more than 50 million albums, made Rolling Stone's Greatest Artists of All Time list, and finished a triumphant world reunion tour in 2008. Now British journalist Chris Campion draws on extensive research and new interviews to trace the inside saga of this iconic group, including the unorthodox business strategies employed by manager Miles Copeland that took them to the top and the intense rivalry that drove Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland to split at the height of their success in the 1980s.

    Joseph S. Wentz says: "Great Book For a Nap"
    "Torture for the author?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book succeeds in the most important way - it's an interesting historical portrait most of the time.


    What was most disappointing about Chris Campion’s story?

    What's disappointing is that Chris Campion comes off as a hate filled troll. Is he a failed musician himself? It sure sounds that way. He's one of those bitter old proto-hipsters who thinks Punk Rock was the be-all-end-all, instead of the corporate fashion product it was created to be. At least New Wave was honest about its shallowness, while giving us far more diverse and interesting music.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Berman – was your favorite?

    As usual, Fred Berman did a fine job narrating.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Chris Campion’s life?

    I don't really want ot know anything else about the author's life, except why did he bother to write this book? It's filled with so much venom directed at the entire Police organization, it's kind of baffling why Campion would torture himself.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, good for historical context, especially Miles Copeland's then-revolutionary marketing techniques - and I'm sure most of it is true - but all the positive aspects of the Police and their music have been completely swept away in favor of character assassination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick, Pamela Jackson (editor), Jonathan Lethem (editor)
    • Narrated By Fred Stella
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine. Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this is the definitive presentation of Dick’s brilliant, and epic, work.

    Christiana says: "A long and often disjointed philosophical exercise"
    "Unfinished. Felt bad for the "freak on display.""
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or Fred Stella?

    Absolutely. Philip K Dick is one of my favorite all-time authors, and Fred Stella's voice work is... stellar. ;)


    What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would have been more enjoyable if the author wasn't having an obvious mental breakdown.


    What about Fred Stella’s performance did you like?

    The sincerity, tonality and diction were all top-notch!


    Do you think The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, I felt guilty listening to the book. I love PKD's fiction, but this is an unfortunate case of a deep thinker and creative master going through a tumultuous mental trial. Drug addiction? A series of strokes? Whatever the case may be, PKD's psychosis is on display for everyone to point and say "look at the freak." He is obviously unable to separate fact from fiction and it's painful to see him falling further and further down into a seemingly unrecoverable spiral of self-conflicting delusion. Perhaps I will return to this at some point and finish it, but it's SO ponderous, repetitive and completely nonsensical that I just couldn't do it right now. But again, the production work and performance were fantastic. Kudos to every editor who worked on this project, but it's perhaps a slice of PKD best left forgotten.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18810)
    Performance
    (12916)
    Story
    (12811)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Boring."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Outlander?

    I have no problem with romance in a novel, or novels written from a female perspective. What I do have a problem with is boring writing. This story is poorly paced and downright dull. The characters are only marginally better than standard romance novel fair, and once you get by the initial setup, the novel drags on interminably . I couldn't finish it.


    What was most disappointing about Diana Gabaldon’s story?

    The most disappointing thing about the story is that it fails the first test of any entertainment form -- IT IS INCREDIBLY BORING.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of Davina Porter's performances before, but I found her reading quite enjoyable. Like a junior Angela Lansbury.


    What character would you cut from Outlander?

    What character would I cut from Outlander? Well... all the main characters/ There wouldn't be a novel left!


    Any additional comments?

    I have 427 items in my audible library. This is the first time I felt like I wasted a credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Towers of Midnight: Wheel of Time, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5938)
    Performance
    (3599)
    Story
    (3636)

    The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight. The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age. Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck....

    Jacob says: "Doesn't wrap as nicely as Gathering Storm"
    "Possibly the best book in the series"
    Overall

    Like the installment prior to this one, Brandon Sanderson brings a focus and smoothness that just wasn't present in Jordan's solo novels. This might be an unfair statement, given that Sanderson is working from Jordan's notes without the latter's penchant for spontaneously adding and expanding to the storyline mid-stride. There is almost NO downtime in this novel and it made me realize that it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to condense the finale of the Wheel series into one book. Simply put, book 13 is a fantastic read/listen and I eagerly look forward to the next, and final, installment of this series. BRAVO!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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