DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes and recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships anymore, so the builder of this one would be unstoppable. DiGriz' hunt for the guilty becomes a personal battle between himself and the beautiful but deadly Angelina, who his planning a coup on one of the feudal worlds.
I already had a soft spot for the Rat series from when I was a teenager (in the before time) now several decades later this story is still funny, fast-paced & satisfying. It's like a lifelong SciFi nerd's Dashiell Hammett; slightly boiled crime mystery & almost comic book-like characters. It's a story, you know it's a story & it's still awesome. Solid reader, I like his voice characterization a lot. I'll probably listen to it again.
Herodotus is not only the father of the art and the science of historical writing, but also one of the Western tradition's most compelling storytellers. In tales such as that of Gyges, who murders Candaules, the king of Lydia, and usurps his throne and his marriage bed, thereby bringing on, generations later, war with the Persians, Herodotus laid bare the intricate human entanglements at the core of great historical events.
For the most part this is a decent recording; it sounds older, maybe transferred from a cassette. However, there is a whole hour in which the recording is distorted pretty badly and warbles like a cassette that got stuck during a transfer. It is loud and harsh and pretty glaring. I wonder if anyone listened to it all the way through before putting it on sale. I read the chapters myself and restarted at Ch.50 after which it was fine. First title out of 20 with a recording issue, not bad overall. Audible, you have spoiled me. Makes me want to re-record it myself because the book is awesome.
Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The March of the Ten Thousand?
The death of Cyrus and the battlefield promotion of a whole new set of officers including the author Xenophon himself.
Have you listened to any of Charlton Griffin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, Alexander the Great by Arrian and The Egyptian by Mika Waltari. Charlton Griffin reminds me a of Attenborough or maybe Charlton Heston; he has a deep resonant voice that sounds avuncular and wise. I pictured some old fellow in a toga reading to me or reciting these stories all by wrote. A good reader makes or breaks material this densely packed; Mr. Griffin is excellent.
New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition.
What does John Farrell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He had an upbeat, motivated tone which helped keep my interest in the material.
What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Talent Code?
The concept of deep practice, in which you slow down the process of learning a thing (be it music, athletics, language) and take its component pieces apart, then slowly reassemble them while correcting mistakes. I have use this practice in my own work and I swear by it.
Using deadly foamal bombs and newly developed vibration weapons, men like Joao Martinho and his coworkers fought to clear the green hell of the Mato Grosso. But somehow those areas that had been completely cleared were becoming reinfested, despite the impenetrable vibration barriers. And tales were coming out of the jungles - tales of insects mutated to incredible sizes, of creatures who seemed to be men but whose eyes gleamed with the chitinous sheen of insects....
Where does The Green Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
In the top ten. I like Frank Herbert already and had read The Green Brain but Scott Brick really nails it when he reads Herbert novels and this was no exception.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Green Brain?
If I told you I would spoil the book...so go listen. ;)
What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He has a solid sounding voice, he is clear spoken and doesn't stumble over weird science fiction names and places. The recordings of Scott Brick are (so far) always really high quality with no distortion or hiss, no loud spots and then soft spots. The clarity he brings makes it easier to get lost in the story.
Any additional comments?
It's about sentient insects dude!!! Read it...it's killer!
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This is the incredible story of the world's greatest conqueror, a man who single handedly changed the course of history...and who was worshipped as a god. There have been many attempts in the 2,300 years since Alexander's death to tell the epic story of this enigmatic soldier. His deeds read like the stuff of legends. Of all the chroniclers of Alexander, and there have been many famous ones, including Plutarch and Ptolemy, none have given us a clearer and truer account than the one by Arrian.
What did you love best about Alexander the Great?
Arrian's writing is a great example of Roman prose and is well executed here.
What other book might you compare Alexander the Great to and why?
The March of the Ten Thousand by Xenophon is similarly epic in scale and both read like scripts for massive action movies with heavy metal in the soundtrack and you know...flames and skulls on poles...... Skulls are cool.
What does Charlton Griffin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His voice gave the book a strident tone and made it easy to picture the adventure as it unfolded.
Generations of a tormented human-alien people, caged on a toxic planet, conditioned by constant hunger and war - this is the Dosadi Experiment, and it has succeeded too well. For the Dosadi have bred for vengeance as well as cunning, and they have learned how to pass through the shimmering God Wall to exact their dreadful revenge on the Universe that created them....
Would you consider the audio edition of The Dosadi Experiment to be better than the print version?
No. Analog beats digital every time. Sorry.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dosadi Experiment?
The Gowachin Trial. Lots of elaborate legal maneuvering through an alien legal system by a canny human in a crazy, multi-layered society that spans a galaxy.
Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?
Jorj X. McKie, the main character, Keela Jedric as well. Scott Brick is kinda my audio book hero. He could read ramen ingredients and make it sound interesting.
Any additional comments?
If you like Dune, you may well like the Jorj McKie novels. Herbert's overarching themes of interdependence, ecology, feints-within-feints and real science are all on display in The Dosadi Experiment. Moreover, it is a great premise and a great page-turner of a novel. Somewhere between detective novel and galactic action adventure, The Dosadi Experiment is well suited to audio and this one rocks.
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Although T. E. Lawrence, commonly known as "Lawrence of Arabia’, died in 1935, the story of his life has captured the imagination of succeeding generations. Seven Pillars of Wisdom is a monumental work in which he chronicles his role in leading the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War. A reluctant leader, and wracked by guilt at the duplicity of the British, Lawrence nevertheless threw himself into his role, suffering the blistering desert conditions and masterminding military campaigns which culminated in the triumphant march of the Arabs into Damascus.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Seven Pillars of Wisdom?
Chapter 46 includes a detailed description of a bedouin Arab feast in the desert. It is a touchably real passage of an outstanding window into this ancient way of life.
What about Roy McMillan’s performance did you like?
He has a fine British accent similar to Peter O'Toole's and by extension, sound like Lawrence in the movie. If you are going to listen to the whole thing which does drag a bit towards the end, at least it is a good recording of a nice voice.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Are you kidding? It's 25 + hours.
A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.
This is one of my favorite audio books yet. Joss Ackland gives Screwtape humor and menace and is just a scary and compelling reader. I can't imagine a better voice to read The Screwtape Letters which is a wonderful work unto itself.
The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.
I'm an adult Goth so Dracula has been in my community zeitgeist for a long time. I never got around to reading the actual book until this year. It was every bit as delicious and scary as I'd hoped and more. This production really brings it to life by voicing every scrap of correspondence and news clipping together with great actors the whole story really came alive. That combined with the Sleep Timer and I've been only too happy to be read to sleep each night by Alan Cumming and (God Bless him Tim Curry who is awesome as Van Helsing!) so bravo all around.
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