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george

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  • State of Emergency

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Two agents, Russian and American, are brutally murdered. College students, working as drug mules, die gruesome deaths from radiation poisoning. Powerful dirty bombs explode minutes apart in San Francisco and St. Petersburg, Russia - slaughtering citizens and spreading blind panic throughout the world. But this is only a warning. The next attack will be nuclear.

    Jason says: "The series matures"
    "Great story - disappointed in the narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It was difficult to put up with much of the main villain. I know he's supposed to be a little off, but the portrayal put by the narrator was almost cartoonish.

    It was also difficult to deal with the change between the forceful, clear narration cut to the soft voice of some of the characters. I frequently had to go back and rewind when listening to certain voices because the volume level changed so dramatically. I understand that when characters "whisper" then the narrator is supposed to do something different, but I would prefer a stage whisper to the real thing.

    Overall, the narration was very good, with the caveats mentioned above.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (319)

    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

    Hassan says: "Authentic And Full of Action!!"
    "The details kill it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Ghostman better?

    If the writer had a better knowledge of firearms, I would have thought more of the story was believable. If you are anything of a "gun person," please skip it. It's been said that the devil is in the details, and the devil certainly got all of these...wrong.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The ghostman


    Have you listened to any of Jake Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ghostman?

    Russian roulette.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helliconia Spring: The Helliconia Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Brian Aldiss
    • Narrated By Christopher Slade
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Set on the Earth-like planet Helliconia, this is an epic chronicling the rise and fall of a civilization over more than a thousand years. The great drama of life on Helliconia is shaped by its cosmic limitations. In fierce contrasts of climate, whole seasons last for centuries and civilizations rise and fall as theplanet orbits the giant sun Freyr every 3000 years.

    Greg Bazar says: "Reaaallllyyy sloooooowwww start - good finish."
    "while hope springs eternal, there is no hope here"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Brian Aldiss and/or Christopher Slade?

    I really don't think that I would try another book by Brian Aldiss. There was nothing about any of the characters in the book that made me connect with them.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Slade’s performances?

    I was not enthralled with Christopher Slade's performance. One of the most annoying parts of it, which should have been caught by a sound engineer and stopped early, is that I could hear him turning the pages of the book. I really felt like he was reading a book to me, as opposed to performing the characters. There was nothing wrong with it, but there was nothing that was RIGHT about it either.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Helliconia Spring is like one of those made for cable movies that you begin watching right before bedtime. You know early on that it's not going to be that good, but you just keep waiting for it to get better. It just HAS TO get better. It can't keep going on like this. There is some deeper, more interesting part that is just about to happen...right? Two hours later you end up kicking yourself because you could have been sleeping.

    There just was no plot. It was a multi generational story concerning the climatic changes on an alien planet and how it affected the human population. Human population? Yea, there were humans. There were pigs, horses, bears, and dogs, along with a myriad of the native alien creatures (some of which are sentient), but not one word of explanation of how these terrestrial beings came to be on Helliconia. Yes, there was some connection with Earth, a research station (from Earth) orbiting the planet. However, this research station was, as best I could tell, only there to explain a few technical matters that really didn't contribute to the storyline, or could have been explained by the same narratives that the author used to explain other aspects of Helliconia that are not explainable by known scientific principles. In fact, the only thing that really came from having a research station from Earth was a good explanation of the science of why the researchers from Earth couldn't ever go down to Helliconia!

    There is no goal, no protagonist or antagonist, no overriding (or even under riding) reason to keep listening to find out what happens next. Dickens pulled off getting the reader involved with following multiple characters' trials and tribulations through every day life by developing characters that you can get involved in. Characters you can love; characters you can hate. Let's face it, Aldiss is no Dickens, and his characters just aren't that deep. I yearned for one good hero or one good villain! Someone to cry over or shout about! I would have even been happy with a little person on a quest for a magical ring...

    In short, I am kicking myself because I could have been asleep!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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