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Matthew

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  • Primary Inversion: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    Victoria says: "Good Narrator and a Good Story"
    "I enjoyed parts of it."
    Overall

    First, I will echo some of what was posted in the review titled "Bridges of Madison Space Port." Much of the story is schlocky melodrama that was hard to listen to, and the narrator's performance of male voices was grating.

    But scattered throughout the story are morsels of sci-fi action that was quite enjoyable.

    The narrator did a great job, except for the male voices. I just don't know what possessed her to try to speak in a lower register. It was completely distracting, and I kept hoping there wouldn't be any male speaking parts because I didn't want to hear her ridiculous impression again.

    I'm still on the fence about whether I will continue the series - only because of the narrator. If the rest of the books are narrated without the goofy lowered voice, then I'll probably continue.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Experts' Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Samantha Ettus
    • Narrated By Ensemble Cast
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Practical advice on everything from making the bed to shaking hands to flirting, all from experts in their fields. A "Cliffs Notes for life", this practical guide features 100 original essays by leading experts from around the world who offer their unparalleled insights into how to perform everyday tasks, from remembering names to ironing a shirt. It features both the famous (like Suze Orman) and the lesser known (like the head groundskeeper at Fenway Park).

    Matthew says: "A tough listen"
    "A tough listen"
    Overall

    I question the reasoning behind creating this audio book. Many of the tips are common sense (who doesn't know how to open a wine bottle?), and most are useless. The trouble is that you cannot easily skip to the tips you like. In written form, you could easily go to the tips that interest you, or revisit them when you want to take that particular task on.

    Listening to the tips at a stretch was boring and a waste of time.

    This would make a good bathroom book.

    The narration was very good.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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