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John

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  • Voodoo Planet

  • By: Andrew North
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Andrew North was a pen name of Andre Norton, one of the best and most prolific science fiction writers ot the 20th century. She was the first woman to win the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977. In this story, a young spaceman is delighted to be invited to a fantastic vacation planet but soon finds himself in the middle of a battle where the weapons resemble a powerful form of Voodoo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book...and reading

  • By Sandinic on 07-22-09

Book 5 Star - Reader 1 Stars

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-09

Just listen to sample before you buy is really all I suggest.

I love these books and I listened to the entire book. I wish I had not pushed to the end. He reads as if he had just picked up the book cold. Micro hesitations after each word grate after a while as does the lack of appropriate emotion.

Note the the production house is "Jimcin' and the reader is Jim Roberts ? I suspect all these reads are from out of copyright stuff done by same guy. There is nothing wrong with that - he just needs a better reader. Hate to give bad reveiws but just finished it and still feeling the steam of disappointment.

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  • Seven Keys to Baldpate

  • By: Earl Derr Biggers
  • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 11

Known for his comic sense, Earl Derr Biggers was one of the foremost writers of mystery and detective stories in this country. To his friends he was known for his comic sense. Seven Keys to Baldpate was his first novel and became extremely popular. In it, a famous author visits a closed summer resort at Baldpate Mountain in the middle of winter. He is looking for peace and quiet so that he can write his next book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Farce

  • By Glenn on 10-04-06

Who Can Listen Long enough?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-06

I sorry this is my first review of a narrator and all I can say is after 3 chapters I gave up listening. It became impossible to continue listening to someone read with so little consideration for the author or the work. I suspect the book was read cold to the recording otherwise the narrator has some very odd ideas about adding commas and periods for the author.

The typical reading cadence of the first chapter is a noticle pause after EVERY 3 to 4 words. I know this can't be the literal truth but it is certainly my subective truth. It passes distracting within 5 minutes and becomes mroe than irriatating before the first chapter is completed.

By the third chapter the narrator improves but not enought to allow me to even remember the storyline. The generally flat intonation was a distance second issue to the weird cadence.

Someone at audible should have proofed this before it was allowed release.

I know how this review must sound but it appears I payed for the privlege. Read the book perhaps but for what it's worth don't listen to this edition.

good listening,
John in Seattle

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