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michael

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  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
    Overall
    (1043)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (719)

    This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

    Matthew says: "Beyond the film..."
    "Superb"
    Overall

    This is an amazing work. I can recall listening to this many years ago on tape, before I saw any of the Star Wars films.
    In a way this production is a reconnection with the roots of the whole Star Wars saga, namely Flash Gordon and other science fiction radio and film serials. The production values are very high and the listener is not bombarded with too many incidental background effects. There is an emphasis on dialogue.

    Radio is, after all "the theater of the mind's eye".

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Jonathan Kent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Wells weaves a story of scientific excess into a high-speed thriller. Montgomery, a brilliant but twisted biologist, is delivering exotic animals to his private island when he rescues a shipwrecked man. An act of compassion, or another addition to his collection?

    Amazon Customer says: "Terrific product"
    "Poor narration"
    Overall

    The narrator is ill suited to this book. He seems a bit unemotional and smug.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Korean War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. Max Hastings, preeminent military historian, takes us back to the bloody, bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950.

    David says: "Well worth it"
    "Satisfactory read, abominible READER"
    Overall

    Fred has the narrowest voice characterization of any author I have ever heard. ALL of his American voices sound like a farcical British sketch show parody of a stereotypical "Yankee" politician and presidents and journalists and generals are all furnished with precisely the same obnoxious accent. His Korean-accented English speakers are no better.

    It is interesting to learn about the quite substantial British and Commonwealth contribution to this war. It would be nice if the book was LONGER and went into more detail.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (253)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    David says: "A history of the world before the West mattered"
    "Incisive"
    Overall

    The author weaves a good story, which is what the book is all about. Namely, two conflicting cultural and religious narratives which inform and shape many aspects of life. Ansary does a good job depicting a whole tapestry, woven from both religion and culture and the ways in which they interact. He endeavors to retain an almost anthropological degree of objectivity. He provides explanations without necessarily approving of them.
    I would recommend this to ANYONE seeking to understand this culture!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David E. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (134)

    During the Cold War, world superpowers amassed nuclear arsenals containing the explosive power of one million Hiroshimas. The Soviet Union secretly plotted to create the "Dead Hand," a system designed to launch an automatic retaliatory nuclear strike on the United States, and developed a fearsome biological warfare machine. President Ronald Reagan, hoping to awe the Soviets into submission, pushed hard for the creation of space-based missile defenses.

    Andrew says: "Credible study into Russia's weapons programmes"
    "Asinine"
    Overall

    This is a waste of paper pulp! The picture it paints of Ronald Regan has ABSOLUTELY NO basis in reality. The author's presentation is one which would not be out of place in the works of one of Leonid Brezhnev's simpering, sycophantic "court writers." It presents an utterly simplistic view of the Soviet Union and glosses over a great many issues. It is written in a disjointed style with competitively little material actually devoted to the books namesake, namely the Dead Hand system.

    12 of 56 people found this review helpful

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