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jennifer

los gatos, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (271)

    For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

    Kennet says: "I expected better from these two"
    "Good Premise - Weak Execution"
    Overall

    Time's Eye is based on a fascinating premise -- time discontinuities that force people and places from different eras into the same location -- that soon gets sidetracked by annoying characters and a meandering plot that never resolves itself.

    Historical figures, man-apes, and futuristic astronauts duke it out for supreme control over the new world while floating "eyes" record it all.

    The plot takes off with a bang as characters from different times in history find themselves together in the new world. The plot then wanders aimlessy through deserts, wars, discussions of morality, and bids for power played out with real warriors and a female astronaut. Suddenly, the plot comes to an improbably conclusion when all the science of string theory is pushed aside and replaced by a mother's hopes and dreams to return home to her daugher.

    Although this book is the first installment in the trilogy, it isn't plausible enough to follow through with the rest of the series. Skip it and read the Space Odyssey series instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kraken Project: Wyman Ford, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (220)

    NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy", a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the Internet.

    Jacqueline says: "Kraken Project? Not Really!"
    "Techdiculous with Yelling"
    Overall
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    What would have made The Kraken Project better?

    I like Preston's work, but this is a real disappointment. The premise is silly and the technobabble is ridiculous.

    Anyone with a modicom of technical understanding of the Internet and computers would find the content laughable.

    A rogue AI program named Dorothy who thinks she's in an online game and out to kill the "genius programmer."

    Did Preston do any research at all before tackling this book? Obviously not.

    Couple the story with Scott Sowers yelling and screaming for the entire book and I gave up. I couldn't even finish this mess.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Preston again?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Sowers?

    Scott Brick


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (58 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (324)

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

    Santa Fe Painter says: "A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes"
    "Perfection for Holmes Fans"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Complete Sherlock Holmes the most enjoyable?

    What could be more perfect? The brilliant Arthur Conan Doyle and the impeccable Simon Vance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Sherlock Holmes?

    Simon Vance is the perfect narrator. He is so talented and so good in the narration of his characters that no one else could do this work justice. If there is a genius narrator, Mr. Vance is it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Holmes fan, I don't have to say it. You already own this book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Michael McConnohie
    Overall
    (1998)
    Performance
    (1694)
    Story
    (1677)

    In a case that spans 20 years, Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Narrator Breaks the Boring Black Box"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Michael McConnohie?

    I have read all of Michael Connelly's books and am a huge Bosch fan. Yes, I'll read the next one by Bosch. I'm looking forward to a much better book with Len Cariou.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The plot line started out to be interesting one: solve a cold case that is 20 years old. The book soon got bogged down by too much minutiae, too many subplots that detracted from the story, and too many illogical moves by the characters.I was especially disappointed in - what was to become - a formulaic plot with Bosch engaging in just stupid behavior: checking up on an ex-con for his girlfriend, going solo on a dangerous case, running around muddy fields in the dark, stalking people day & night, kidnapping/shackling a suspect, leaving his daughter in the care of an unstable woman, and all in the name of "justice"? I don't think so. This is the first Bosch book that I found predictable, boring, and a struggle to finish. Connelly dropped the ball on this one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael McConnohie’s performances?

    Where do I start with this question? Len Cariou is Harry Bosch. McConnohie ruined the audible book for me. He was monotone, boring, and imbued all of the characters with the same voice, accent, and intonation. Be it a child, man, woman, black, white, or hispanic character from privilege or proverty; they all sounded the same. A major problem with this book.


    What character would you cut from The Black Box?

    The o'Toole character was annoying and didn't add anything interesting to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Onward to the next book Mr. Connelly. Please don't phone it home.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (418)

    At the urging of his wife, Elizabeth, the Duke of York (known to the royal family as "Bertie") began to see speech therapist Lionel Logue in a desperate bid to cure his lifelong stammer. Little did the two men know that this unlikely friendship - between a future monarch and a commoner born in Australia - would ultimately save the House of Windsor from collapse.

    Howard says: "As enjoyable as the film, and then some."
    "See the Movie Instead"
    Overall

    This is the story of Lionel Logue, the self-taught speech therapist who assists the future King George VI of Britain in overcoming his speech impediment. Information about Logue was gleaned from diaries and journals he kept, and subsequently discovered by his grandson Mark, one of the authors of the book. Ultimately, we learn a little bit about British history and how the monarchy operates behind closed doors, including the shocking murder of King George V by his own family. We learn little; however, of the techniques that Logue used to reach and train "Bertie." We have a far better understanding that this future king was abused, bullied, frightened, none-to-bright in his academic endeavors, and totally unprepared to take over the responsiblities of the monarchy when his brother, Edward, abdicated. The best thing about this book was the inclusion of the real recording of George VI's historic speech. I give the book three stars for its historical significance, but it is rather boring in parts with its dependence on a minutiae of details that quickly overwhelms the relationship between the two men. The movie was much more interesting than the book. See the movie for a truly inspirational and great story.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: Third Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    jennifer says: "Masterpiece of Modern Literature"
    "Masterpiece of Modern Literature"
    Overall

    A Dance to the Music of Time, inspired by the painting of the same name by Nicolas Poussin, was rated by Time magazine as one of the 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Written by the English novelist Anthony Powell, who took almost 25 years to create the 12-volume set, provides a highly-literate and highly-amusing look into the English upper-middle class between the 1920s and the 1970s. Told through the eyes of Nick Jenkins (the author), the book covers politics, class-consciousness, society, culture, love, social graces, manners, education, power, money, snobbery, humour, and more. Students of British history will no doubt recognize the real-life persons thinly disguised as characters in these novels.

    Although daunting in terms of length, the absolutely brilliant narration by the talented Simon Vance rewards the reader over thousands of pages, hundreds of characters, and twelve installments of gorgeous prose. This is a not-to-be-missed collection of novels for any serious reader of English literature.



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Sandy says: "Simon Vance is a perfect reader for " A Dance...""
    "Not To Be Missed Masterpiece"
    Overall

    A Dance to the Music of Time, inspired by the painting of the same name by Nicolas Poussin, was rated by Time magazine as one of the 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Written by the English novelist Anthony Powell, who took almost 25 years to create the 12-volume set, provides a highly-literate and highly-amusing look into the English upper-middle class between the 1920s and the 1970s. Told through the eyes of Nick Jenkins (the author), the book covers politics, class-consciousness, society, culture, love, social graces, manners, education, power, money, snobbery, humour, and more. Students of British history will no doubt recognize the real-life persons thinly disguised as characters in these novels.

    Although daunting in terms of length, the absolutely brilliant narration by the talented Simon Vance rewards the reader over thousands of pages, hundreds of characters, and twelve installments of gorgeous prose. This is a not-to-be-missed collection of novels for any serious reader of English literature.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (287)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    jennifer says: "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    "A Masterpiece on All Counts"
    Overall

    A Dance to the Music of Time, inspired by the painting of the same name by Nicolas Poussin, was rated by Time magazine as one of the 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. Written by the English novelist Anthony Powell, who took almost 25 years to create the 12-volume set, provides a highly-literate and highly-amusing look into the English upper-middle class between the 1920s and the 1970s. The book covers politics, class-consciousness, society, culture, love, social graces, manners, education, power, money, snobbery, humour, and more.

    Although daunting in terms of length, the absolutely brilliant narration by the talented Simon Vance rewards the reader over thousands of pages, hundreds of characters, and twelve installments of gorgeous prose. This is a not-to-be-missed collection of novels for any serious reader of English literature.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1532)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (744)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "Sleep Enabler"
    Overall

    I was a huge Dean Koontz fan in the 80's and 90's. I read everything he wrote and loved it. That said, in the last few years, his writing has become so formulaic I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over again. Boy meets girl (girl meets boy), boy and girl encounter evil, boy and girl run around a lot and have "cutesy" conversations, boy and girl confront evil, evil loses and good prevails once again. Snoresville. I could not even get throught this one. Onward to Stephen King.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Fever Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child, Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3011)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1626)

    At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest long-ignored possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen's tragic death, only to make a stunning - and dreadful - discovery. Helen had been mauled by an unusually large and vicious lion while they were big game hunting in Africa. But now, Pendergast learns that her rifle-her only protection from the beast-had been deliberately loaded with blanks. Who could have wanted Helen dead...and why?

    Snoodely says: "Intelligent, spooky thriller"
    "Thrilling Start to a New Pendergast Trilogy"
    Overall

    Preston & Child hit a home run with this newest installment of the Pendergast saga. Here we meet a more fully-realized Pendergast who is searching for the killers of his wife, Helen (aptly named by fans of the series). Pendergast is just as quirky and brilliant as before, but we see a more human side to him replete with tenderness, compassion, sentimentality, anger, and sadness. The story travels from Africa to the back waters of the Mississippi as the authors weave the lives of Pendergast, Captain Hayward, Lt. D'Agosta, John Audubon, and Constance Greene in a taut, well-crafted mystery that keeps the heat turned up. Add the honey-tones of Rene Auberjonois who brings perfect narration to the characters and you have a winning start to a new series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cause of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (184)

    On a quiet day, away from the hustle of Richmond, in a small cottage on the Virginia coast, Dr. Kay Scarpetta receives a disturbing phone call from the Chesapeake police. Thirty feet deep in the murky waters of Virginia's Elizabeth River, a scuba diver's body is discovered near the Inactive Naval Shipyard.

    Peggy says: "Marcum Welby you are Fired!"
    "Good Scarpetta, Narrator Needs a Respirator"
    Overall

    The early Scarpetta books are great, and this book is no exception. The problem is the narrator. She doesn't get the Kay Scarpetta or Pete Marino characters at all. Not only that, the narrator seems to be struggling for oxygen and sucks in air between sentences. It is so annoying that I couldn't finish the book. I recommend getting the hardcopy of this book or going for Kate Reading's narration of the Cornwell books instead.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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