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kevin

elk grove, CA, United States

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  • Rendezvous with Rama

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1766)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1053)

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

    Peter Tersteeg says: "Excellent story, terrible naration"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    Wow, I've never read this story before and it was the first time I've finished a long story of Clarke's. What great stuff!

    Yes, the narrator is rather dry and has a tempo that can be boring on a long drive but it worked well enough.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jason Vuic
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (279)

    Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Hardly. The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

    Roy says: "Flim Flam at its Best"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    You might think you know about the Yugo but chances are you really don't know the half of it. I was surprised how much actually was going on behind the scenes. For instance how much politics, American and world had to do with both its success and failure. It's also an interesting exposé of sorts on Malcolm Bricklin, the man who brought the Yugo to America. It follows the ups and many more downs of his career. By the way you don't need to be a car nut to find this book enjoyable. Narration is great too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22040)
    Performance
    (13467)
    Story
    (13606)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Interesting but waaay too long"
    Overall

    This book feels unbelievably long and seems to take forever to get going. It really isn't until the very end of the book that it picks up a lot of steam and became quite enjoyable. The end is very good but I'll admit you have to suffer through a lot of filler with important bits sprinkled about to appreciate it. Otherwise the significance of the ending would be diminished greatly to skip ahead. Unfortunately it seems almost like Card was rushing to the finish line as the end goes by very quickly in comparison to the drawn out pace of the rest of the story.

    It is very difficult to believe that children of this age, even highly advanced children as these are would speak with each other or to adults in the way they do here. As is the feeling that Ender will ultimately succeed no matter what. It is the same feeling you might get when you watch a James Bond movie; you know he'll live to see the credits and the bad guys will get their due. Both are major hurdles to the overall enjoyability of the story as a whole.

    I also had issue with the female narrator who reads for Valentine (Ender's sister). Her vocal tone was difficult to listen to for long stretches at a time. Most of the rest of the narration was suitable and Card himself plays a role (so he says at the end of the book but doesn't fess up to who he played).

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wishful Drinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

    Nick says: "An entertaining, yet unfortunate story."
    "Fun but she shouldn't have read it"
    Overall

    I found the book a lot of fun. It probably doesn't touch on as much Star Wars tidbits as some may hope for (with cover art like that.

    Like many books by celebrities there is a fair amount of name dropping and ego stroking yes, but I don't think she's as deliberate as some other reviewers have said. I do agree though her narration can be overwrought and annoying at times, especially when she raises her voice. Perhaps it would have been wise to have found someone who knows her sensibilities to have narrated instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete Fifth Season

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
    • Narrated By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (178)

    The record-breaking, chart-topping comedy phenomenon returns for a fifth season - all four episodes are here as a single download. Ricky Gervais, of course, is the award-winning co-creator and star of The Office (upon which the current NBC hit series is based) and HBO's Extras. Steve Merchant, who also stars in Extras, is his long-time creative partner. Karl is a pile of protoplasm that mimics the functions of a human being.

    Jiayun says: "Love it!"
    "Great stuff!"
    Overall

    Inane but hilarious as always. If you are new to The Ricky Gervais Show start with the earlier seasons to get a feel for the format. It started with a podcast so it's not quite like a book-on-tape or a radio show. The worst thing about the show is that there is never enough of it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit, Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Will McAuliffe, the Full Cast Family
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (410)

    A journey of 167,000 lights years begins with...a bar of soap? Fasten your zero gravity restraints for Robert Heinlein's novel of intergalactic adventure, a story that carries teenager Clifford "Kip" Russell from his job as soda jerk to space-suit winner to alien abductee! Along the way Kip is joined by a pint-sized genius named Peewee and an empathetic alien creature known as "the Mother Thing."

    Laura says: "My kids voted this one of the best"
    "Fun for tweens to grownups"
    Overall

    Though I think the book has aged poorly in some areas (such as the language used by the main character and his father) it holds up pretty well. If it were a movie, I would lovingly call it a "B Movie With Brains". That isn't to disparage the story in any way. The narration is well done and non-intrusive too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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