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  • The Bone Triangle: Unspeakable Things Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Beyond the din and dancing lights of the Las Vegas strip, a young woman has mysteriously gone missing. All the facts point to something sinister - even paranormal. Quentin Draith, supernatural crime investigator, is hired to assist. However, the deeper Draith digs, the more otherworldly his assignment gets. Assassins, human and otherwise, put a target on Draith’s head and a ravenous alien beast starts rampaging through the city. The clues point Draith to Sin City’s infamous “Bone Triangle,” a neighborhood marked for its dark happenings and disappearances.

    Amazon Customer says: "Let the darkness pull you in again."
    "Reader is nearly intolerable"
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    Why they changed the reader of this from the first book is a mystery far beyond the mysteries in the series. The reader has an weak, whiney, cracking, almost effeminate voice that lacks the strength and resolve necessary to carry the strong characters established in the first book. And there's no creative variation in the voices given to the characters, creating confusion many times regarding who's talking. I'm halfway through this book but I may not finish, the narration is really that bad.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (418)

    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "Great Work, Too Much Cut, Narration So-So"
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    I was looking for an abridged version that I could offer to my friends/family that didn't require a 60 hour commitment as in the unabridged version. I read good reviews on this version but I have no confidence I would know what was going on had I not recently finished the unabridged version. Thankfully they preserved the Francisco Money Speech, which I felt for sure would be shredded, but for every 5 hours of unabridged content they cut 4. It almost feels as if they had a goal to keep the book under 12 hours. Unfortunately, the listener doesn't get a good sense of the public's morose in this edition, and things just seem to happen out of nowhere. The characters are so under developed that it's hard to attach any emotion to any of them.

    Regarding narration, I rather prefer the Scott Brick depiction of characters in the unabridged version - the inflection, tonality, and emotion helps to fully develop an image of each character as unique individual. You really need to do the work yourself with this version, as Herrmann does little of it for the reader. For instance, in the unabridged version I always knew which character had the focus, but in this version I need to look for the explicit cues. The only exception is Francisco, on whom there's a poor attempt to attach a Latin-American accent to his character.

    Overall, I think this is a good recap of the greater work and the lessons therein. However I cannot recommend this version to the first time reader hoping for a quick dash through 60 hours as a means of appreciating the full work. Too much is lost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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