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Endeavour Hills, BC, Canada | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 521 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Jesse says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Go with Wil or Kate, but not both"

    Wil Wheaton and Kate Reading are both great narrators. In this case their styles and approach to the text give their interspersed chapters more of a clashing than complimentary feel. This made the presentation feel disjointed and the unique voice and approach of each narrator to the text made it feel like there were two separate but related texts.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Bleeding Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Jeannie Berlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Maxine Tarnow is running a nice little fraud investigation business on the Upper West Side, chasing down different kinds of small-scale con artists. She used to be legally certified but her license got pulled a while back, which has actually turned out to be a blessing because now she can follow her own code of ethics - carry a Beretta, do business with sleazebags, hack into people's bank accounts - without having too much guilt about any of it. Otherwise, just your average working mom - two boys in elementary school, an off-and-on situation with her sort of semi-ex-husband Horst - till Maxine starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm....

    Robert says: "A fine wine in a dirty and cracked glass"
    "Like Fran Drescher is being torturned by a duck"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration is terrible. It's like Fran Drescher is being tortured by a duck that's hopped up on PCP. The performance passes beyond the event horizon of terrible into being sublimely vindictive. After listening to the narrator for an hour, you'll long for the gentle tones of a dentist's drill or fingernails shattering as they are dragged down a chalkboard.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bleeding Edge?

    Couldn't get through it.

    What didn’t you like about Jeannie Berlin’s performance?

    Forget waterboarding or playing Lady Gaga to torture suspected terrorists, instead put this performance on continuous play. You know how Douglas Adams talked about a listener to Vogon Poetry having their intestines leap out of their stomach to choke the listener as an act of mercy? The performance is like that, but without the redeeming bits.

    Was Bleeding Edge worth the listening time?

    No. Buy the book. Save yourself. If you listen, that narration will stay in your mind forever, slowly boring away at your sanity like termites boring away at the frame of a house.

    Any additional comments?

    Hope that they redo this using a different narrator.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Great story. Narrator characters all sound similar"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Redshirts to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version, though was tempted after finding it hard to differentiate which character was speaking during this performance.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The linguist, perhaps because we got to know him first.

    Did Wil Wheaton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. Wheaton does not give characters different voices. Can lose track of who is speaking. Other audiobook narrators do this well, Wheaton chooses to have all characters speak with one voice.

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

    Scalzi is his own delectable flavor. Like Awesome mixed with cantaloupe.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Great story. Narrator needs character voices"

    Fuzzy Nation has a great story and in general I'd say that Wheaton is a good narrator - the only drawback, compared to other audiobooks, is that he doesn't shift tone when reproducing character dialog. There's a great example of this early in the book where a character's voice is described as being adnoidal but isn't anything of the sort when reproduced by the narrator. I'm not sure why Wheaton decided not to provide different voices for the characters (he's certainly a very capable narator otherwise), but this lack detracts from what is otherwise a great audiobook.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Confusion: Books Four & Five of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Katherine Kellgren, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves, including one “Half-Cocked Jack” Shaftoe, devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues that will place the intrepid band at odds with the mighty and the mad, with alchemists, Jesuits, great navies, pirate queens, and vengeful despots across vast oceans and around the globe.

    Mr says: "The Confusion"
    "Some weird editing in the 4th section"

    In the 4th high quality download, a few of the bits seem to be out of order - noticeably that Daniel sails Meteor back to Eliza and meets her illegitimate son and it is known she has the Pox, but then there is a jump back to Eliza prior to her getting the pox and meeting up with her illegitimate son. There is a similar problem where Minerva is christened but then we wind back to a few years earlier where there is a big reveal that Jack is building a boat. Which we already know about. Unlike Quicksilver where the novel deliberately shifts between Daniel as young man and Daniel as old, there is only this small part of the final bit of the Confusion where this odd jumping about in the what is otherwise linear narrative occurs, which makes me guess that this is an error rather than something deliberate in the text.

    Also - an easter egg of sorts - listen carefully at 4 hours and about 12 minutes into the fourth part of the high quality recording. Either the narrator has a special leather chair or he's had too many beans.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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