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Mike

Prairieville, LA, USA

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  • Life on the Mississippi

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    When Mark Twain was growing up, all he wanted to be was a steamboat man. And so Twain ran away in pursuit of his dream. Life on the mighty river for Twain consisted of paddleboats and history, poker games and gamblers, larger-than-life characters and outlandish festivals like Mardi Gras. Twain recorded it all with his keen eye for detail and biting wit.

    Kristoffer says: "Inaudible!"
    "Mostly Audible :)"
    Overall

    Yes, the narration starts off badly technically sampled, but the quality gets very good a little less than halfway through. In all, the audio quality wasn't bad enough for it to significatly effect my understanding or enjoyment of the book. The content however is a bit like the Mississippi, rather meandering and long.

    The book follows Twain down and back up the Mississippi who gives picturesque vingettes of everything inbetween. He also gives an excellent and detailed history of river navigation and how to be a steamboat pilot, from his own experience as one in the 1800's. There are many exciting and interesting stories in the narration which are frustratingly enjoyable as the rest of the novel can be quite dull. Frustrating because they are good enough to keep you plodding through the dull stuff to hear another good one :) Just be prepared for a very long read as it can put you to sleep often. It took me two months to get through it. But, again like the Mississippi, it's slow, peaceful and soothing. Do listen to the appendix at the end as it contains an excerpt he recorded about an old Indian story titled "The Head that Wouldn't Die" In my opinion, it's the hilite of the book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Rolling Stones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    It doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name. Even so, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have "Trouble" written in that spot on their birth certificates. Of course, anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel would know that they came by it honestly.

    George says: "Good Fun, Good Science"
    "Fun, Family oriented Fun!"
    Overall

    I was thrilled to see audible add another of Heinlein's "juvenile" novels! These books were written for younger audiences, but they still have great appeal for adults as well.

    It's nicely paced, interesting, and full of adventure and great characters. Also, if you're not careful, you might even learn a bit about how navigation and physics in space really work. Neat stuff!

    Like "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" it's read by full-cast audio which I really enjoyed. The reading of this book is done much better than their reading of "Have Spacesuit Will Travel" which I found to be somewhat annoying. Because of the large amount of primary characters to keep track of, the full cast really helps to know who is speaking what during complicated conversations. It makes it very easy to follow and very enjoyable.

    All in all, a wonderful book and a wonderful read...

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Farmer in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Heinlein
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    For teenager Bill Lerner, who lives with his widower father in the City of Southern California, overpopulation has so constricted the food supplies that they must follow a strict caloric ration, and the crowded and starving civilization has become embattled. Sound familiar? Bill's solution is to emigrate to the colony Ganymede, on Jupiter's third moon. There, a motley crew of pioneers tries, with varying success, to forge a life-sustaining environment.

    Mike says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    Overall

    After a listening to a few good, but somewhat disappointing Heinlein books, I was thrilled to have seen another one of his "jueveniles" available. I had thoroughly enjoyed "Have Spacesuit will Travel" even though these novels were written for a younger audience. This is because Heinlein focuses more on story and adventure for this audience. In most of his other novels he tends to give more attention to politics and social reform rather than story.

    The story has interesting characters and takes place in many unusual and detailed settings in the classic 1950's sci-fi style. The main character goes through a variety of adventures and experiences as the he finds life harder than he thought as a farmer on Ganymede.

    I enjoyed the story throughly, and it was also read quite well and easy to listen to. I would surely recommend it.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Menace from Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    In The Menace from Earth, Robert A. Heinlein, a master of science fiction, presents startling stories of time and space. On the day past tomorrow, time has ended and man has begun his endless journey out into the universe. For those on the Pluto colony, Earth Satellite Base holds the only possible reprieve from a terrifying death sentence. Meanwhile on Earth, alien intelligence prowls the skies, kidnapping people for its own inhuman amusement.

    William says: "Middlin' Heinlein"
    "Excellent collection!"
    Overall

    Wonderful and varied assortment of sci-fi short stories from the master of classic sci-fi. Time travel paradoxes, romance, human race in peril... this collection spans the gamut and holds your interest.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (406)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Wonderful read for any age"
    Overall

    This is one of Heinlein's books for young adults and it reads like a Hardy Boy's Novel. It's absolutely delightful for youth and adults of any age. It invokes nostalgic images of classic 50's concept rocketry and moon bases. Simple, easy to follow storyline with clearly defined good guys and bad guys. The audio's "full cast" is absolutely a treat. Each character has it's own actor behind it with very clear, unique voices. I did however find the flutely, musical voice of "the mother thing" to be a bit trying at times, but it's not a big concern.

    I would strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a nice, clean, fun adventure.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2797)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1501)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    A most excellent story! Well developed, interesting characters, great storyline and a great concept. I've now noticed there is a whole "Ringworld" series and I hope Audible gets the rest. I would love to revisit the most interesting Ringworld. My only problem was the odd rather truncated ending. I think a few more plot points needed to be completed before he ended it like he did.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In the Days of the Comet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A comet speeds toward earth, a deadly, glowing orb that soon fills the sky and promises doom. But mankind is too consumed with greed and violence to care. The Earth slips past the comet by the narrowest of margins, but all succumb to the gases in its tail. When mankind wakes up, everyone is completely and profoundly different.

    Sherman says: "In the Days of the Comet--avoid"
    "A most tiresome read"
    Overall

    I expected more from Wells. This story is a long, tiresome read from the diary of the main character; a poorly developed, self-absorbed, self-depricating pitiful waste of human life. It contrasts his life before and after "the change" brought on by the Comet's arrival which brings on a cliche, impractical utopia in the human race.

    The story is paced mindnumbingly slowly with more than one sudden climax coming out of nowhere. Just when you think it's over, there's yet more meandering and mucking around in this character's very uninteresting head. You keep waiting for the author "to get on with it" but he seems to come up with more and more meaningless dribble just to fill space.

    The reading is monotone and could have easily been read by computer. It is completely without the passion the story was supposed to be invoking in the reader. Perhaps this was the most important reason why it failed to elict in me any sympathy or joy in the reading of the character's angst and salvation.

    5 of 18 people found this review helpful

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