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  • Shadows in Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Janice Card, Scott Brick, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1499)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1361)

    At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth’s scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten - a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth’s history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.

    Brittani says: "Great Build Up, and then Just Ends"
    "sad and confused..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have never disliked any book/story from Mr Card before the one. The story felt forced and I did not really connect to the characters , except for Bean and only due to the other books in the series. I found the afterword more interesting then the story. To readers new to the enderverse start with the beginning on the shadow series or Ender's Game. I think that only real enderverse fans will appreciate this book and even then will not be high on the reread list.

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lew Wallace
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    A classic of faith, fortitude, and inspiration, this faithful New Testament tale combines the events of the life of Jesus with grand historical spectacle in the exciting story of Judah of the House of Hur, a man who finds extraordinary redemption for himself and his family. Judah Ben-Hur lives as a rich Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem at the beginning of the first century. His old friend, Messala, arrives as commanding officer of the Roman legions.

    Paul Z. says: "Not Like the Movie"
    "Very Sad that I could not give less stars"
    Overall

    I loved the the 1959 film version, staring Charlton Heston, of this book and was very excited to see it here on Audible. So far I have attempted to listen to it 5 times. I really want to like this book. Thinking it might be the narrator I checked out a copy of the book at my local library and the problem is not the narrator. The story is hung together a series of coincidences that I can not believe. The characters from the movie that I love in the book I do not care about. They are hollow and the dialog is tedious.
    I can honestly say for the first time that I like the movie version of a book better the the book itself.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Defined a Generation

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Chris Turner
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    In one memorable The Simpsons moment, Homer laughs hysterically at a standup comic, pausing only to gasp, "It's true, we're so lame!" In a sense, that is author Chris Turner's main thesis: Over the last 15 years, The Simpsons has chronicled the absurdities and the defining events of an increasingly confusing culture.

    Stephen says: "Planet Commentary"
    "Correct Title Should be"
    Overall

    I was really disappointed with this book. The author at times rambled about his social and political views, and in the second part of the book, there were whole 20 to 30 minute sections, where The Simpsons were not even mentioned at all. The book goes so far afield that we even get a 10 minute dissertation on Michael Moore's "bowling for Columbine" and the evil of SUVs. If you're looking for a book that's really about the Simpson then I suggest "My Life as a 10-Year-Old Boy" by Nancy Cartwright. her book is biographical form but still has a lot of interesting information about what goes on behind the scenes with the Simpsons.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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