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flossdaily

I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

Bayonne, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1790)

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    Anthony says: "Painful"
    "Zzzzzzzzzzzz..."
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    Don't give my review too much weight. I only listened to the introduction and the first story.

    The introduction worried me a lot... the premise for this collection of stories was both vague and boring... something about similarities between cities... what? What are you talking about? Is that it?

    And then they started the collection with, what I hope was the worst story of the bunch. It was weird, impossible to relate to, and way too focused on Telling instead of Showing.

    I erased this book from my phone before I even finished the first stupid story. I regret nothing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (120)

    If you happen to find a map in a dead buccaneer's sea trunk, you can't very well ignore it, not if you are Jim Hawkins and his friends Dr. Livesey, Captain Smollett, and Squire Trelawney! But even with a map, buried treasures are not easy things to come by.

    Darwin8u says: "A Pirate's Life Indeed."
    "A fun classic which has aged fairly well"
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    I wasn't exactly captivated by the story. In fact, it took me a few tries before I was able to really get into the book, and even then, it nearly lost me in the middle.

    That being said, I got a huge kick out of finally meeting the character of Long John Silver, who Neil Hunt brought to life masterfully.

    The tale was pretty interesting, and there were parts that were quite thrilling and engaging. I can see how it would have been an absolute gem in its time. Today's audience has been raised on movies full of epic adventures, so we're a little numb to a simple story like this. That being said, the narration helped to make it very relatable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Call of the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By Roger Dressler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    In "Call of the Wild", a domestic dog is kidnapped from his comfortable life on a California estate and thrown into the wild north woods. Buck, half St. Bernard and half Scottish shepherd, is a strong dog but not accustomed to the harsh life of the north and he must fight for survival. He learns how to work hard; how to dig a hole in a snowbank to stay warm; how to eat anything no matter how loathsome; how to scent the weather; how to break ice to find water; and most importantly, how to survive cruelty.

    Jefferson says: "A Great Bargain: Four Vigorous Klondike Tales"
    "Did not make a fan out of me"
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    I remembered enjoying White Fang as a kid, and I purchased this book during a classics binge, without reading the description. I was surprised to find I was reading yet ANOTHER Jack London book about a wolf/dog. Oh well.

    I don't think I found this book as engaging as White Fang, but it's been a decade since I read the latter, so I could be warping things in my mind. Either way, I feel I'm a bit too old to be reading stories about anthropomorphized dogs. It just didn't do anything for me.

    Still, I enjoyed the prose, and this audiobook contained one of the greatest short stories of all time: To Build a Fire. So it was worth my time, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is both a whimsical fantasy and a social satire chock-full of brilliant Twainisms. Hank Morgan, a nineteenth-century American---a Connecticut Yankee---by a stroke of fate is sent back into time to sixth-century England and ends up in Camelot and King Arthur's Court.

    Ian C Robertson says: "A Classic Yarn"
    "This book has aged remarkably well"
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    I've been listening to a lot of classics on audible lately, and while I appreciate their literary value, I find most of them difficult to slog through. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, however, didn't feel like an aged classic. It felt downright modern.

    Dufris narration undoubtedly helped with the modern feel of the book; it was smooth and natural.

    Oddly this production reminded me of "Off to be the Wizard" or a Scalzi book. Except funnier at times, because Mark Twain is a a genius with language. His wit is, if not timeless, than still well before its Use-By date.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sarah Silverman
    • Narrated By Sarah Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (638)

    From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. If you like Sarah’s television show The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs such as Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea and Artie Lange’s Too Fat to Fish, you’ll love The Bedwetter.

    Teddy says: "Adequate but not great..."
    "Okay, but not her best work"
    Overall
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    Sarah Silverman is sometimes brilliant, and often just so-so. This is one of the so-so times.

    I think she's over-done the crudeness. Not because I'm a prude, but just because I'm numb to it from her over-use. Reminds me a bit of Howard Stern in that sense. It's not shocking anymore. Now it's just unfunny and drab.

    I wasn't terribly moved by this book, and having just listened to David Mitchell's autobiography the bar was really, really high for humor.

    I give it a solid "eh".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (262)

    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"
    "update the firmware on the robot who narrated this"
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    The narration is horrible and full of weird pauses that make no sense at all.

    Way to kill a great story, Alan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Mitchell: Back Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By David Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (198)

    David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

    Delia says: "One of the Funniest, Clever Brits around"
    "Hilarious, honest and a bit touching"
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    I love the way David Mitchell's mind works. This book is heavily peppered with extremely clever observations, turns of phrase, and all the dry wit that David Mitchell is known for.

    I enjoyed every bit of this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of British comedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Williwaw!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Bodett
    • Narrated By Tom Bodett
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Growing up in a remote part of Alaska, Ivan and September Crane know that autumn is an unpredictable season - days of clear blue skies can give way to fierce, sudden storms in a blink. They know the trouble signs: changes in the wind, the temperature, or even the color of the dawn. But somehow, this time, left alone when their fisherman father is delayed at sea, even their keen sense of their surroundings and the lessons they've been taught fail them.

    Margo says: "Good listen for kids on a car trip"
    "Poor production quality - good, not great story"
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    This is not a series of stories like other Bodett listens I've found. It is a short novel that follows a couple of young kids who live in the wilderness of Alaska, and have to fend for themselves while their dad is away.

    This was very captivating and charming, once you get passed the crapping recording quality.

    My only real gripe with the novel is that the ending was a bit of a let down. It is a bit too predictable, and the kids act in ways that are out of character.

    Still worth the listen, though. The ending wasn't horrible, it just wasn't great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Decent Parking Place in North America

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Bodett
    • Narrated By Tom Bodett
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Bodett offers his keen, unforgettable observations of the lives of the people of Homer, Alaska, who "just ended up there, and stayed". Includes stories about Clara's coffee cup, Emmitt Frank, Jenuwine McDoogan, "the expert", "a lucky break", "missing youth", "Doug's stuff", and "the best sauna story so far".

    flossdaily says: "Cute, short, nice stories"
    "Cute, short, nice stories"
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    A fantastic listen for a family car trip. Fun and wholesome entertainment, spoken by a true master storyteller.

    I listened to these as a kid, and again as an adult. I enjoyed them both times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Silo Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (830)

    Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.

    Tango says: "Meanders, then races to a satisfying conclusion"
    "okay ending to a mixed-bag series"
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    It's clear that Wool, Shift & Dust are the end product of a short story that got stretched beyond its natural length. The premise was so flimsy and ill-conceived that it could not support the weight of so much exploration.

    This ending did give some resolution to the plot and to the characters (most of them, not all). You won't find any big surprises here. The story plays out the way it had too.

    Ultimately I feel that this entire series was a waste of time. It could all have been told in one book. The second in the series didn't even have to exist, and this one was way longer than it had to be.

    Post-apocalyptic sci-fi is my favorite genre, so the fact that I was bored nearly the entire time came as a bit of a shock. I guess I just never got over how stupid the setting was, or the fact that the author based the entire premise on an arms race that wouldn't have had a stalemate any different that the nuclear arms race (mutually assured destruction, anyone?).

    The scope of the building of the silos was too big for us to believe that the architect wouldn't have been a need-to-know person, so that entire character was silly. I also can't believe that a small handful of people could have orchestrated the whole thing, or that at the end of the day, they could have nuked the planet.

    The story drags on through 3 books, and feels just as claustrophobic as the silos. The author could have been braver and let us explore the world outside... but again, this was a short story, with little thought given to anything outside of the teeny tiny slice of the world we see.

    The books weren't horrible. Well, Shift was, but Wool and Dust weren't. I guess I'm going to give this a middle-of-the-road rating. Had I known what I was getting into, I never would have picked up the series. It's just not worth the time. It doesn't leave you with anything to think about. It's just a silly, flat story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2281)
    Performance
    (1646)
    Story
    (1638)

    Honor Harrington has been exiled to Basilisk station and given an antique ship to police the system. The vindictive superior who sent her there wants her to fail. But he made one mistake: he's made her mad....

    gerry says: "Damn you Steve Gibson"
    "An unexpectedly well-written story."
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    Story

    There are some genre cliches in this sci-fi serial, and at first I was doing a bit of eye-rolling.

    But Weber quickly won me over, and I found the story to be very engaging and fun. The characters were likable and believable. No one was too evil, or too stupid. I won't say that every character was nuanced, but they certainly weren't as flat as I feared they would be.

    This book was fun, and mostly a page-turner. It did hit some notable lulls where Weber almost lost me. A lot of what happened on the planet was just boring to me. And at times Weber did a little bit too much "telling" instead of "showing"-- a classic rookie mistake.

    The climax of the book was extremely well-done, if a hair predictable.

    One thing that was notably absent was the presence of artificial intelligence, and any number of other technological advances that one would expect from a society that could build huge spaceships. This is a very hard oversight to swallow from a book written in the early 90s, well into the computer revolution.

    I enjoyed this book for what it was: a book about the navy, but set in space. In that context it was really fun.

    I've got the second one in my queue now. I'm hoping it's just as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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