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MR

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Hub of the Universe | Member Since 2002

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  • 7 reviews
  • 151 ratings
  • 328 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Marc C. Conner
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Shakespeare's works are among the greatest of humanity's cultural expressions and, as such, demand to be experienced and understood. But, simply put, Shakespeare is difficult. His language and culture - those of Elizabethan England - are greatly different from our own, and his poetry, thick with metaphorical imagery and double meanings, can be hard to penetrate.

    MR says: "understanding the Bard"
    "understanding the Bard"
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    Any additional comments?

    as this was a non-fiction lecture series - the helpful review questions don't really apply.

    The lectures were short enough to listen to in one sitting without being overwhelming. Each built on the previous, but could stand alone should you be more interested in one play/type of play than the others.

    I found the lectures to be useful in understanding how the plays are structured - and what elements I should pay attention to in order to understand the story line. Often there are multiple stories within the play - being able to sort them out for comparison/contrasting helps grasp the overall theme.

    I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn more or better appreciate Shakespeare.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Hero and the Crown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Roslyn Alexander
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Uncertain of the past, Aerin-sol, daughter of King Arlbeth, decides to forge her own future by challenging the lashing tongues of the dragon’s fire. Aerin’s proficiency as "the Dragon-slayer" sets her on a quest for the stolen Crown of Damar, believed to be in the hands of rebellious northerners who threaten to destroy the Damarian people and their home forever.

    mkc says: "Second only to Blue Sword"
    "longtime favorite"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I've had a paperback copy of this since the 80's. I love this book - it's the sort you can re-read and revisit. I was excited to see it in audible format - because hearing the book often gives a different perspective.I'm not sure I would have chosen the narrator. She was great - but didn't quite match the story. Aerin is a young woman and the narrator is an adult. I think I would have preferred a younger voice to match the protagonist.Again, the narrator did a lovely job - but I had a little disconnect between the voice and the tale. I'd still recommend the book - in any format - to lovers of fairy tales.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kate Danley
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    Deep within the Wood, a young woman lies dead. Not a mark on her body. No trace of her murderer. Only her chipped glass slippers hint at her identity. The Woodcutter, keeper of the peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of the Faerie, must find the maiden’s killer before others share her fate. Guided by the wind and aided by three charmed axes won from the River God, the Woodcutter begins his hunt, searching for clues in the whispering dominions of the enchanted unknown. But quickly he finds that one murdered maiden is not the only nefarious mystery afoot....

    Charles says: "Pointless."
    "interesting, but..."
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    Any additional comments?

    The story itself was interesting - incorporating many "princesses" of the fairy tale dynasty. The Woodcutter - who never chops wood was brilliant.

    And I realize that repetition, especially in fairy tales, can be a stunning tool. However, repetition must be used with care. When absolutely everything in the story is subject to heavy repeats it gets a bit dull. A few well placed pronouns would have sped the pace along.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaws

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By William Weldy
    • Narrated By Joshua Mackey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Ex-cop Josh Grant chooses to live as a recluse in the mountains of Idaho as penance for failing to protect his murdered wife and child in Detroit. His new serenity is shattered when he stumbles onto the murder of his only friend and an assault of his friend's daughter, Jolene. By saving Jolene, Josh angers the Outlaws, a gang of vicious bikers. When they seek revenge, Josh must draw on old skills to keep he and Jolene alive.

    MR says: "a ride in yesterday"
    "a ride in yesterday"
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    What about Joshua Mackey’s performance did you like?

    the narrator was a great fit for the tone of the novel and the character of Josh.


    Any additional comments?

    Having read this book in both a "work in progress" phase and in a final published phase I was quite happy to hear it would also be available in audio format. The narrator is a great fit - adding yet another layer of enjoyment. The story itself is a glimpse into a simpler time, both because Josh, the main character, lives a simple life and because the novel was written to reflect ideals like: personal responsibility, honesty and dependability.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Gravity Fails: Marid Audran Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By George Alec Effinger
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    For a new kind of killer roams the streets of the Arab ghetto, a madman whose bootlegged personality cartridges range from a sinister James Bond to a sadistic disemboweler named Khan. And Marid Audrian has been made an offer he can't refuse.The 200-year-old godfather of the Budayeen's underworld has enlisted Marid as his instrument of vengeance. But first Marid must undergo the most sophisticated of surgical implants before he dares to confront a killer who carries the power of every psychopath since the beginning of time.

    Cliff says: "A must have series!"
    "renewed aquaintence"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I read this series several years ago and enjoyed them immensely. Recently I saw they were offered as audio-books and I took a chance - hoping they were as good as I recalled.

    The voice actor is PERFECT for Marid - just the right blend of accent/age/humor. He manages to differentiate all the other voices/ethnicities of the book as well, so there aren't any moments of wondering "who said that".

    So glad I gambled on this

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mass Effect: Ascension

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (226)

    It's humankind versus a race of machines bent on harvesting organic life in this second official novel based on the BioWare video game.

    V. Allen says: "A definite for ME fans!"
    "Mass Effect"
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    Any additional comments?

    Mass Effect - the game, is a mulch-layered universe - featuring multiple alien societies striving to co-exist. The book is somehow less deep than the game. While I enjoyed the story - it focused mostly on human characters and didn't delve too deeply into the alien races - though it did touch upon some (and at times seemed to be at odds with the information available in the game).

    Also - one of the main characters in the book had a small part in the game, however her name was pronounced differently in the recording - which drove me crazy. The voice actors in-game were of such superb quality the narration of the book seems to suffer because I can "hear" how different characters "should" sound. Not that I expect one narrator to be capable of reproducing all those voices - it just felt a bit shallow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Precious Bane

    • ABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Mary Webb
    • Narrated By Maureen O'Sullivan, Dan O'Herlihy
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Set in rural Shropshire shortly after the Napoleonic Wars, Precious Bane is narrated by the central character, Prue Sarn, whose life is blighted by having a harelip. Only the weaver, Kester Woodseaves, perceives the beauty of her character, but Prue cannot believe herself worthy of him. Her brother Gideon is overridingly ambitious to attain wealth and power, regardless of who suffers while he does so.

    MR says: "NOT the novel"
    "NOT the novel"
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    What would have made Precious Bane better?

    This is a weird combination of spoken play and synopsis - not a recording of the entire novel. HUGE gaps in the narrative and badly portrayed characters marred what could have been a lovely listening experience.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Webb again?

    Yes - provided it is a recording of a novel and not a mishmash of snippets jammed together with random background noise


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Maureen O'Sullivan and Dan O'Herlihy ?

    there was no narrator. it was a bunch of actors speaking parts


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the book itself is FANTASTIC - the recording was not


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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