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bswest5

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  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1290)

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "It was well done... just listen to the whole book."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend both this and the "full" version to anyone. This one is certainly very well done, but I'd absolutely recommend you listen to the full non-dramatized version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender remains one of the best characters I've read/listened too.


    What about Full Cast Recording’s performance did you like?

    They were all well done. The actors, as with any other OSC book, are fantastic. The new voice of Ender, who I'd never heard before, was astounding.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of Orson Scott Card (far too much, honestly). Ender's Game is my favorite book of all time, and I'd recommend both this and the "full" version to anyone. That said, this one is certainly very well done, but I'd absolutely recommend you listen to the full non-dramatized version.

    The actors are all well done, and the kid who plays Ender in particular did a very excellent job. It was great to hear a lot of the voices of narrators from all of Card's books as they are all excellent. There were some parts where I felt it got a bit.... cute, I suppose?...in the narration (the kids chanting, squawking, ect.) and I don't know if I really cared for the choice of Bean's voice (the actor was fine, just felt off).

    The story itself loses some of it's depth in a dramatic reading like this, which MUST be expected in this sort of format. However, I would have liked to have a narrator who could have broken more stuff down. It was a bit off-putting to have to have the narrators TELL us by speaking what was happening ("Oh look, Ender is doing this in the game! Now he's doing this!") rather than having a common narrator to tell us those things.

    It lost a bit more of the depth because you couldn't see into Ender's Head like you could in the book. This again is expected, and the actors compensated for much of it well, but it simply wasn't/couldn't be as deep as the original. There were also things they added to the story/things that were slightly changed, which was a bit disconcerting but again, not unexpected.

    Well done, recommended... just make sure, especially if you've never read this book before, that you read/listen to the full audio version.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11695)
    Performance
    (10904)
    Story
    (10914)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Fantastically amusing story with minor letdowns"
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    In truth, I rate this book about a 4.5, but I'll give it the bump up due to it's exceptionally fun and catchy story.

    The best thing this book has going for it is it's atmosphere and quick start. Ernest Cline knew where he was going and he got there FAST. The story hooked me immediately, and it had a deep enough world and a ton of ideas to keep the flow going nearly the entire book. There's not a ton of originality in the idea of a digital universe, but the contest in itself was fresh and intriguing. The exceptionally long list of 1980s nostalgia cemented Cline's world-building - I was born at the end of the 80s, and while I didn't know quite everything on his list, that really didn't matter. It made it all work.

    There were a few noticeable downsides that kept it from being a perfect story, however. First, Wade seemed a bit of a Mary Sue character - aka pretty damn perfect. He never really showed flaws, and no matter what 1980s game or tv show or album puzzle he ran into, he could always figure it out. He pretty much had always "seen that show a dozen times" or "played that game a dozen times", on and on. There was never really any doubt that he'd figure it out in the end, even if he did need help from his friends to figure out some stuff. Just seemed a bit dull when one heard "Luckily, I'd played/watched that game so much I knew the layout/script by heart" for the tenth time.

    Finally, the ending was a tad of a letdown, given the build-up. That isn't to say Cline didn't make it epic, but I think he went a bit overboard with making sure Wade and Company were epic. The writing in the last few chapters felt a tad amaturish and predictable.

    Everything I've said in the last two paragraphs should by no means keep someone from listening to this great book. Wil Wheaton did a mostly spot-on job on a exceptionally spot-on book. This book is a nerd's paradise, a fantastically fun ride with only a few minor flaws. I'm very much looking forward to see what Cline does next.

    0 of 0 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
    (5886)
    Performance
    (5045)
    Story
    (5038)

    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"
    "Great story, good narrator."
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    Look, I want James Marsters back as well. He is Harry to me. But I won't fault Butcher, or Glover for that.

    The story was excellent, vintage Harry. The ending was as shocking as any part of the series. I can't wait for more.

    Glover was good, he did his best, I can't fault him. I hope they get James back for the next books, and I hope he does them all in the future. But punishing this books rating because of a new narrator that wasn't the fault of Butcher is just stupid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3658)
    Performance
    (3306)
    Story
    (3341)

    Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

    T. Ater says: "Pleased, yet wanting more..."
    "Fantastic if short... until the end...."
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    This was a great book. I was worried about the transition of time but the story felt fresh, the alchemy was fantastic. The characters were all excellent, pure Sanderson, and I loved the little hints at the only characters from the original trilogy.

    Until the end... it came way to fast. I've read that this isn't the start of Sanderson's next Mistborn trilogy, and this was supposed to be just a side story... so how could he possibly end it like he did? So little was fully concluded, so much left up in the air... it felt unfofilled.

    Can't recommend this higher, but be warned about the aburpt ending

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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