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Mark

canyon country, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 13 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 228 titles in library
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  • Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card (editor)
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir, Janis Ian, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game is a science fiction classic. In Ender’s World almost two dozen writers offer new perspectives on the 1985 novel, along with insights gleaned from other Ender stories that fit within the Ender’s Game chronology. In addition, military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt offer insight into the human-Formic war.

    Matt Z says: "Just let Stefan Rudnicki read... Seriously."
    "For fans only"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a series of book reports about the book Enders game so if you have not read Enders game you should before reading this. At first I was somewhat disappointed waiting for the story to start but these are book reports from really interesting people with interesting ideas. If you are an Ender fan you will enjoy it but it's not for everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Powder River: Season 8 Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By Colonial Radio Players, Jerry Robbins
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    The award winning Colonial Radio Theatre's long running western series, Powder River, opens its 8th season with "A Single Bullet," in which Jacob (James McLean) is finally promoted to Deputy of Clearmont, and his first day on the job proves to become one of the towns darkest. Meanwhile, Doc (Lincoln Clark) is still struggling with guilt from the fire that destroyed his wife Millie's (Diane Lind) General Store, Restaurant, and Hotel. He is driven to "The Point Of No Return," and when he becomes a danger to himself and others, faces a show-down with Britt MacMasters (Jerry Robbins).

    Mark says: "Not the typical western"
    "Not the typical western"
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    If you could sum up Powder River: Season 8 Vol. 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Only need one; Emotional


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Powder River: Season 8 Vol. 1?

    Bret is a great marshal and a good man but can't catch a break in his personal life. Got to feel for the guy.


    What does Colonial Radio Players and Jerry Robbins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Love these guys. I think they do a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Love the series. Until this season they were fun, exciting, fast paced westerns. This one is more emotional with a look into the deeper and darker sides of the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By M. J. Elliott, H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By David Ault, Fred Robbins, J. T. Turner, and others
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    With a full cast and thousands of sound effects, the award-winning Colonial Radio Theatre is proud to present this faithful adaptation of the greatest science fiction novel of all kind, The War of the Worlds. A capsule crashes to Earth in the heart of Victorian England, its planet of origin: Mars. What no-one can foresee is that this is only the beginning of a massive invasion that will see humanity tested as never before.

    Mark says: "Better than the movie."
    "Better than the movie."
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    What did you love best about The War of the Worlds (Dramatized)?

    Best version of the story.


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

    Not a big fan of War of the Worlds but was running out of stuff from The Colonial Radio Players so got it not expecting much. I was surprised by how good it really is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Unaware

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1395)

    The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

    El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt.

    Keith says: "Earth Unaware is a must listen for Ender fans"
    "Gripping"
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    What made the experience of listening to Earth Unaware the most enjoyable?

    Some of Card's best work. Love the full cast plays with sound effects. Somehow more real and memorable than a movie.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Unaware?

    A long book with a lot of good parts.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Top shelf narration


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Solders sacrificing themselves for their buddies and the mission.


    Any additional comments?

    The book just kind of ended. There should be another book between this one and Ender's Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pirate Legends

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By The Colonial Radio Players, Jerry Robbins
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It is hard to resist a good, rousing pirate adventure! As with our other productions, Pirate Legends has been kept as historically accurate as possible. Pirate Legends tells the story of two of our earliest pirates (William Fly and Dixie Bull). Most of us have come to accept what Hollywood has given us over the years as pirate tales, but you will find no "Pirate Hero" here. What you will find is what history gave us...un-glamorized, and in most cases ruthless men who were the terrorists of their day.

    Mark says: "Sink Me!"
    "Sink Me!"
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    What did you love best about Pirate Legends?

    Jerry Robins and the Colonial Radio players make a lot of these little history stories. Very enjoyable and pretty accurate best I can tell.
    Well worth the money.


    Any additional comments?

    Two stories about real pirates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchantment

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (740)

    As one of the most consistently exciting writers to emerge in the last 25 years, Orson Scott Card has been honored with numerous awards, while immersing readers in dazzling worlds only he could create. Now, in Enchantment, Card works his magic as never before, transforming the timeless story of Sleeping Beauty into an original fantasy brimming with romance and adventure.

    Annette says: "Enchanting"
    "Fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fun and light with princesses and evil witches and magic. Not the classic "sleeping beauty" but a nice change from the heavy Sci-fi Card usually does.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    The whole book was good. Stefan Rudnicki is always a good story teller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1190)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "Grand!"
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    What did you love best about Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay?

    Very well done. Takes audio books to a new level.


    Any additional comments?

    Essentially the same story as the novel but different in several interesting ways also. Bean is almost not in it and little of Ender's shadow. What is in it is a cleaned up, shorter more action adventure version of Ender's Game. I'm a fan, five star's from me.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9714)
    Performance
    (4393)
    Story
    (4377)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Powerful Stuff"
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    What did you love best about How to Win Friends & Influence People?

    I downloaded this audio book at the beginning of the week and started listening to it on my I-phone while painting at work. After the first couple chapters I realized my parents must have read this book and had already passed along several of the quotes and principles in this book on to me. So I kept having flashbacks to things my parents said to me during my childhood. Good things! When my father... was alive he was always very popular with everyone who came in contact with him and even during the last days of his life in the hospital the nurses would flock around him because of how he made them feel. This is not tricks or empty flattery these are time tested methods used by the most powerful men and women of all time, powerful stuff. About halfway through the book everyone I came in contact with started (((asking me))) for my business cards. Only about 15% of success in business has to do with technical ability. The other 85% has to do with how you interact with people.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier of the Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marshall S. Thomas
    • Narrated By Bill Sebastian
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    A rough truce divides the known galaxy between the System, the despotic slave empire that rules the inner systems, and the Confederation of Free Worlds. The ConFree is defended by the Legion. Beta Three, call sign Thinker, like so many young fools before him, joined the Legion after the love of his life walked out. Fresh from the boot camp called Planet Hell, Thinker's unit is called to defend a remote ConFree world from a mysterious System incursion.

    James says: "adolescent enhanced narration, not audiodrama"
    "Classic sci-fi adventure."
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    Would you listen to Soldier of the Legion again? Why?

    You have to. It's a long story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Soldier of the Legion?

    "Don't tell me to look, I've seen enough" The girls fighting on the beach and Thinker breaking it up was fun.


    What does Bill Sebastian bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He doesn’t overdo it. Just tells the story in a way that is all about the story and not the narrator.


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

    So much of the story is in Thinkers head a movie would have to be narrated. Probably better as an audio book.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic in many ways. Love this book but be warned it gets gory with lots of people dying in horrible ways.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert L Stevenson
    • Narrated By David Buck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    With buried treasure, treacherous buccaneers, a young hero, and Long John Silver, the one-legged villain, Treasure Island remains one of the most popular of pirate adventures.

    Gregory says: "Outstanding Book and Narrator"
    "A swashbuckling tail of epic proportions"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it. Outstanding!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "Aye Jim Boy. Keep a weather eye out for a seafaring man with one leg. You will do that for me won’t you Jim Boy"


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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