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Seeker

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  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (330)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Nice Work, Al"
    Overall

    What can I say, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Franken is funny, he rants at times, is occasionally petty and is totally unapologetic to his subjects.

    Too many people believe the likes of O'Reilly, Coulter, Limbaugh, etc., without taking the time to check their reports and claims for truthfulness. Al has done some legwork (with the aid of his tireless research team) and found that these talking heads aren't always completely accurate...and that sometimes they plain, old LIE.

    Yes, Al does his finger pointing at the conservatives, the right wing, the neo-cons or whatever you want to call that bunch, but it's no surprise - Al's a liberal. Just ask him!

    Bottom line:

    If you are liberal, progressive or a "lefty", and enjoy Franken's brand humor, listen to this book. I think you'll really like it! However;

    If you get all of your news from FoxNews, don't bother reading this book. It will probably just make you mad. From what I hear, you may want to start checking a second news source for FACTS...just in case...


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5788)
    Performance
    (4953)
    Story
    (4946)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Distracting and Unsatisfying"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    First of all, I am a big fan of the Dresden Files book series. Including Ghost Story, I have bought and listened to the 180+ hours of the Jim Butcher created detective tales. I have turned several others onto series, in particular, the audiobooks, due in large part, to James Marsters??? performances.

    Ghost Story, as an audiobook, was very disappointing. A scheduling issue prevented James Marsters (reader of 13 Dresden books) from doing the reading. The publisher made a business decision to stick to their calendar and rush out the audiobook using an available performer with a connection to the sci-fi community (according to the author). Never mind trying to find someone with a similar style, tone or cadence, they just wanted a name known to sci-fi community members. They picked John Glover, an actor with a much older voice and a far more manic style and delivery.

    The Dresden stories are told in first person voice ??? told by the main character himself. Imagine listening to a friend???s voice on the phone for hours on end (nearly 170 hrs.) and then one day the voice on the other end of the call has a completely different voice, attitude and approach to situations. Even if the words were the same, the voice would change the meaning and understanding. Penguin Audio did listeners an enormous disservice by not recognizing that the performer of an audiobook matters, demonstrating a stunning lack of judgment considering the medium.

    I bought and listened to Ghost Story. It was painfully distracting to have such a dissimilar voice reading, I didn???t enjoy the experience, nor did I feel that I ???heard??? the story. A few weeks later, I borrowed the hardback from the library, so I will at least have some continuity as the series goes forward. I can only hope that more attention will be paid to Harry Dresden???s ???voice??? in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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