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Rupert Morrish

Bloomington, MN USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 54 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (308)

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

    Tim says: "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"
    "Simply fantastic"
    Overall

    A delightful book, and a wonderful performance by the author. I really cannot recommend it enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (946)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Highly entertaining"
    Overall

    Sandra Burr's performance is totally transparent, and connects you directly with Mary Roach's experiences interviewing astronauts and NASA officials past and present about the more unusual aspects of living in zero gravity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1168)
    Story
    (1171)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "Excellent performance"
    Overall

    Dion Graham sounds a lot like Neil deGrasse Tyson. By the end of the book I had forgotten that it was not the author narrating the book.
    If I have a quibble, it is that an unabridged version need not be totally unabridged. When the text contains pronunciation guides (e.g. "V'ger, pronounced vee-jer"), it really isn't necessary to read the whole thing aloud.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Inimitable Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    When Bingo Little falls in love with a tea-and-bun-shop waitress at a Camberell subscription dance and Bertie falls into the mulligatawny, there's work for a wet-nurse. Who better than Jeeves? With his usual savoir-faire and panache Jeeves unties the tangles and irons out the creases in his unflappable and inimitable way. "I always say, and I always shall say," proclaims Bingo Little, "that you've only got to stand on Jeeves and fate can't touch you."

    Rupert Morrish says: "A wonderful book, and a good performance"
    "A wonderful book, and a good performance"
    Overall

    P. G. Wodehouse needs no defense from me. Cecil's narration is lively and engaging, and quite frankly the worst thing about it is that he consistently pronounces the "t" in "valet". That's a pretty minor quibble.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Larklight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Philip Reeve
    • Narrated By Greg Steinburner
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In 1851 a mysterious visitor to Art Mumby's space home has plans for a calamity that will destroy not only the entire British Empire, but also the known universe. Can disaster be prevented with help from Art's irritating sister Myrtle, a few exotic space creatures, and an extraterrestrial pirate?

    Margot says: "Great fun!"
    "Book and Performance both disappoint"
    Overall

    The book is reminiscent (deliberately, I'm sure) of the British space opera I read as a boy, in which half the solar system, just like the earth, is painted with the red of the British Empire. Unfortunately, the charm does not quite last until the end of the book, which turns into "same adventure, different planet" by the end.
    The narration is generally solid, but there are a few consistent lapses, which I think would not have happened had either the director or the narrator been English.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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