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  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,352
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,422

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Have to resort to headphones to listen

  • By Sue Nami on 10-05-16

Listen to narrator before buying!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-09-18

I love Brittish narrators, but John Lee (at least here) is the worst of any I have heard, from any english speaking continent.
1) His voice is so much the Oh so Upper Crust Brittish that he IS the character, and all characters in the book sound the same. Every character is John Lee. This book is VERY heavy on minute detail, and in the pages and pages where machines or scenes are described in endless detail Lee drones on like a boring oxford professor. No life whatsoever. Everything sounds the same.
2) Every sentence is a roller coaster of volume and enunciation. Projection up, then down. Every other sentence has words swallowed almost unintelligibly into the back of his throat. Unless you are sitting fully focused on listening you will miss crucial things. Very frustrating, because audio books are all about doing things while you listen.
3) NO pause between paragraphs or sections, so unless there is something in the text that tells you you're its a different person/planet/time it can take you a paragraph to realize you've made a jump.
I got this book in part because I wanted an immersive experience. John Lee turned it into a painful slog. Maybe you will love this performance. I know many do. Just listen to the sample and know that the full 37 hours are EXACTLY like that.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Straight Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Russo
  • Narrated by: Sam Freed
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 677

Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly good

  • By Jeffrey A. Sherman on 01-09-04

I listened to the great reviews to my great regret

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Any additional comments?

Looking for a smart, funny, witty book I chose this based on the great reviews. I loved Confederacy of Dunces and thought Straight Man might make me laugh too. Boy was I wrong. I trudged 3/4 through and gave up. I couldn't bring myself to care about or like a single character, and the chauvanistic tropes felt tired and dated, and more often than not, creepy. Middle aged professors flirting with and sometimes sleeping with students. The professor who came out of the closet, attended sexual orientation counseling at the behest of his wife, and returns to the closet - his flamboyant white suit and fake PHD the basis of what makes this offensive take on homosexuality "funny." The socially outcast writing student, angry with all the pretty women who consistently reject and emasculate him writes long and prurient stories featuring graphic and endless rape scenes and even necrophilia. What a hoot! The goose on the cover and reviews talking about the main characters's threat to "kill a duck a day" unless his department gets funded made me think of funny scenes with Sonia the elephant in The 100 Yr Old Man Who Climbed Through the Window. Here, however, Hank chokes the goose, holding it aloft by the neck and makes his speech while the goose "with bulging eyes" flaps his wings and squawks frantically. I guess the fact that Hank is wearing Groucho Marx glasses and fake nose is what makes this scene funny, but this was about the time I found myself wishing I could get my time refunded, if not my money.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,652

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

Must read for anyone in creative endeavors

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Big Magic to be better than the print version?

It is very inspiring to hear Elizabeth Gilbert speak. It seemed to resonate more to hear what she has to say, as if talking to a friend.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book, even - and possibly especially - for those who don't like "new age" type thinking. It is very nuts and bolts about the reality of living the life of a creative person. She gets to the heart of all the obstacles, and speaks frankly about the realities we face, whether you want to write, make art, act, sing, dance, whatever. You will leave this book feeling inspired and supported in a way that creative people have a hard time feeling. Give this book to anyone you know who wants to do anything artistic or creative.