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Publius Florida

Fight the Power

Orlando, FL

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  • Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Gregory Maguire
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4319)
    Performance
    (1998)
    Story
    (2025)

    Heralded as an instant classic of fantasy literature, Maguire has written a wonderfully imaginative retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the Wicked Witch's point of view. More than just a fairy tale for adults, Wicked is a meditation on the nature of good and evil.

    Suzn F says: "I was not sure for a while then......."
    "Wickedly BAD!"
    Overall

    What a waste of time! A terrible, disjointed book without a point.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Swamplandia!

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen Russell
    • Narrated By Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (256)

    The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost.

    Suzn F says: "Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Disappointing"
    "Spoiler ALERT!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    No characters, no plot, no point. Don't waste your time. It this is a 'prize winning' book, then it is the booby prize!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sportswriter: Frank Bascombe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    In this first volume of his Frank Bascombe trilogy, Bascombe is a sportswriter attempting to cope with his failed marriage and the death of his son. Unable to establish true connections with people, Bascombe drifts into and out of various relationships, but retains an introspective eye that allows him to transcend life's obstacles.

    chris says: "wonderful"
    "Piss Poor Production"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Another CD dump. No effort was made to produce this novel for modern audible devices. IF I HAD WANTED THIS AS A SERIES OF CDs, I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT IT ON CDs.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New York Times Audio Digest, August 25, 2010

    • HIGHLIGHTS (58 mins)
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

    Publius Florida says: "DEFECTIVE PODCAST"
    "DEFECTIVE PODCAST"
    Overall

    Stops about half way thru. Another audible.com quality release!

    Minimum 15 words and 25 characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To the Last Man: A Novel of the First World War

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    Spring 1916: the horror of a stalemate on Europe's western front. France and Great Britain are on one side of the barbed wire, a fierce German army is on the other. Shaara opens the window onto the otherworldly tableau of trench warfare as seen through the eyes of a typical British soldier who experiences the bizarre and the horrible - a "Tommy" whose innocent youth is cast into the hell of a terrifying war. In the skies, meanwhile, technology has provided a devastating new tool, the "aeroplane", and with it a different kind of hero emerges: the flying ace.

    Suzanne says: "To the Last Man"
    "If you like his Civil War novels ...."
    Overall

    pass this one by. It is EXTREMELY boring. To compensate for that it is also badly produced. The audio files are simply chopped into pieces with no regard for actual chapters. Another dump from the CD without any care taken to reformat for mp3 players.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10130)
    Performance
    (5043)
    Story
    (5076)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "A lesser King effort"
    Overall

    An old premise (see Twilight Zone), not well executed. Nothing comes together and there is no moral to this story. Just mindless cruelty.
    Read Duma Key or even Cell. Let this one sit, like the Dome, unopened.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3345)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1088)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Classic King"
    Overall

    Just what one has come to expect from a Steven King novel. Well worth your time and money.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger, Kevin Conway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    For readers and viewers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited work by Sebastian Junger will be like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. Here is the same meticulous prose brought to bear on the inner workings of a terrifying elemental force; here is a cast of characters risking everything in an effort to bring that force under control.

    matthew says: "Some good and some soso stories"
    "Random usings"
    Overall

    Not a coherent collection of writings. Simply an attempt to profit from the "Perfect Storm." Pass it by.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • When We Were Orphans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-20th-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when both his mother and father disappear under suspicious circumstances. He grows up to become a renowned detective, and more than 20 years later, returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of the disappearances.

    Everett Leiter says: "Just short of 5 stars"
    "Interesting book but POOR production"
    Overall

    Someone decided that all it takes to make an audiobook is to DUMP the CDs to a audio file. They were WRONG.
    DON'T buy a book that is broken into multiple files in MID-SENTENCE. They didn't care, why should you!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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