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John

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  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (505)

    Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Patricia says: "Thank You for a New Narrator"
    "Terrible"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about A Wrinkle in Time?

    This is a children's book. The story is short and contains nothing interesting and the reader is really annoying, especially when she uses her voice for the main character. I wish I didn't waste my time and credit on this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Richard Morgan. Great writer!!!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Quality was good, but the performer whined a lot. More annoying than enjoyable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3381)
    Performance
    (2560)
    Story
    (2571)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Not good at all"
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    What disappointed you about Cloud Atlas?

    The story was disjointed and confusing. Each story should have tied into a common plot or theme, but didn't deliver. Dan Simmons is a much better writer for this kind of story. Start with Hyperion.


    Has Cloud Atlas turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it has made me weary.


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    It was likely the story that I didn't like, but parts of the narrative I just didn't care for either.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. And sad that I lost a credit for it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1098)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (432)

    Marsalis is one of a new breed...literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth's distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back.

    L. says: "WOW, Morgan Does it again!"
    "Not a great book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Thirteen?

    The story was not what I expected from Morgan. Just disappointed.


    What was most disappointing about Richard K. Morgan’s story?

    Not interesting


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thirteen?

    Didn't finish


    Any additional comments?

    No longer getting any more books from this author

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saturn's Race

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Steven Barnes
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Chaz Koto is a citizen of Xanadu, a near future perfect society hosting the wealthiest men and women on Earth. Along with his fellow citizens, he bears the burden of a dark secret that the outside world would be shocked to hear. Lenore Myles is a student who travels to Xanadu and becomes involved with Koto. When Koto unwittingly lends her his access codes, Lenore stumbles upon the grisly truth behind Xanadu's glittering facade.

    Kennet says: "Bland and Cheesy"
    "Great way to get into sci-fi"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Saturn's Race rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Saturn's Race is a pretty good story. It isn't the greatest and is probably best for those who enjoy classic sci-fi. It can get pretty lame whenever there is a love scene, but isn't any different in that respect to titles like "A Brave New World"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3427)
    Performance
    (1626)
    Story
    (1637)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "This is my favorite book in my entire library"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Altered Carbon?

    The story is so unique and full of action and science fiction for adults. So refreshing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1753)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (784)

    Cynical, quick-on-the-trigger Takeshi Kovacs, the ex-U.N. envoy turned private eye, has changed careers, and bodies, once more, trading sleuthing for soldiering as a warrior-for-hire and helping a far-flung planet's government put down a bloody revolution.

    crazybatcow says: "Very very good story, very very "adult""
    "Flawless"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is amazing, the narrator does an excellent job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Angels?

    No peeking, just get the book


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    All of it. The story doesn't have many slow spots, but I was engaged in the story the entire time.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1311)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (567)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "Still a great book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Woken Furies to be better than the print version?

    So as others have stated, the narrator isn't very good and the studio that recorded this book decided that an echo effect would help us understand the difference between the story and the main characters thoughts. If you can ignore that condescending little part, go into the playback settings and increase the narrator speed to 1.25, the experience is noticeably better. Cheers!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The only thing that salvaged this audiobook is the story.


    Did William Dufris do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Once the narrator speed was increased, yes. Dufris talks really slow and somehow makes the main character sound like Jack Nicolson. The small subtle differences he uses are noticeable with the increased speed.


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

    "If people liked the tagline, it didn't show."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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