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  • Beautiful Losers

  • By: Leonard Cohen
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Bronson Pinchot, John Lescault
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Cohen's most defiant and uninhibited work. As imagined by Cohen, hell is an apartment in Montreal, where a bereaved and lust-tormented narrator reconstructs his relations with the dead. In that hell, two men and a woman twine impossibly and betray one another again and again. Memory blurs into blasphemous sexual fantasy - and redemption takes the form of an Iroquois saint and virgin who has been dead for 300 years but still has the power to save even the most degraded of her suitors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well .... I'm conflicted ...

  • By Susannah on 10-02-18

Well .... I'm conflicted ...

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I love Cohen's work; it's raw, extremely difficult and this novel borders on poetry.
The first narrator nails it (Rudnicki, I think?); imho he should have read the whole book. He crafts the timing, the angst, the phrasing, the humor, and the poetry, the French. He even sounds like Cohen.
Then another voice comes in (Pinchot? who I normally love, or Lescault?) playing the "other" lover; and the poor narrator is out of his depths. He does hit some rhythms that work, but generally it feels like he's floundering about. Then, there's a third voice. I kinda felt like there was no one overseeing the whole production. Cohen is tough writing, but OMG, when it's done well, it's magic. There was a lot of overly worked, mangled French in the non-first narrator bits and odd over-acting.
I dunno. I guess I'm disappointed, hence my negative take.
Maybe listen to the first narrator's part, and then return it to Audible. The second half is painful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fantastic Imaginings

  • A Journey through 3,500 Years of Imaginative Writing, Comprising Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction
  • By: Stefan Rudnicki (editor), Harlan Ellison (editor)
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, David Burney, Scott Brick, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

Collected here are the stories, poems, and religious writings that preceded and helped form the science fiction and fantasy genres. The collection explores the key imaginative roots and their later literary permutations. The author list alone reads like a literary who’s who and includes many writers not primarily known for their forays into the fantastic. Organized by topic rather than simple chronology, this volume allows the listener to trace the history of robots, aliens, and apocalypses up to some of their most recent manifestations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Table of Contents

  • By Maliboo on 07-10-13

Good anthology on Myth, sci-Fi and Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Stefan Rudnicki does a very interesting job of presenting a tasting menu for ongoing readings of sci-fi inspiration over 3000 years. I will now pursue the full books on several of these. The cast is well, astounding, and the plays and ensemble pieces were very well done. I enjoyed Harlan Ellison's Introduction. Cast members like Bahni Turpin and Cassandra Campbell are gems.

  • The Goliath Code

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller
  • By: Suzanne Leonhard
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

In the aftermath of a cataclysmic eruption, America becomes a wasteland trapped in a suffocating volcanic winter. In 16-year-old Sera Donner's isolated Pacific Northwest town, thousands are dead and hundreds are missing - including her own mother. With precious resources running low, neighbor turns against neighbor, sparking a brutal civil war, and when the new survivalist regime decides Sera's disabled brother isn't fit to live, she picks up the rifle she's vowed never to touch and fights to defend those she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reader!

  • By Daniel on 05-05-18

Great start of a series with moral overtones

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I thought there were some amazing characters and dialogue scenes in this novel. Also, the descriptions of the post-apocalyptic Seattle were truly terrifying. There are very strong Christian/Moral undertones, but even being an agnostic myself, this did not take away from the strong characters. No preachiness, though. The narrator's voices are excellent; she does good men and amazingly all ages very effectively. This should be a TV series, or a movie. I hope there's a Volume 2!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heartborn

  • The Shattered Skies Series, Book 1
  • By: Terry Maggert
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Keiron was made to be a hero. Born high above in a place of war and deception, he is Heartborn, a being of purity and goodness in a world where violence and deceit are just around every corner. His disappearance will spark a war he cannot see, for Keiron has bent time to save a girl he has never met. Livvy Foster is 17, brave, and broken. With half a heart, she bears the scars of a lifetime of pain and little hope of survival. Until Keiron arrives. In the middle of a brewing war and Livvy’s failing heart, Keiron will risk everything for Livvy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and Narration

  • By Susannah on 03-06-18

Excellent story and Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I really loved listening to this book. I likes the strong characters and the overall clever plotting. I don't want to give anything away. The narrator was very good at keeping the story on track and also doing so many voices so well (especially so many men!) I'm on to the next book in the series for some serious bingeing!

  • Nights of the Living Dead

  • An Anthology
  • By: Jonathan Maberry - editor, George A. Romero – editor, Gabrielle de Cuir - director
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

In 1968 the world experienced a brand-new kind of terror with the debut of George A. Romero's landmark film Night of the Living Dead. This was something new...and terrifying. Since then, zombies have invaded every aspect of popular culture. But it all started on that dreadful night in a remote farmhouse. Nights of the Living Dead returns to that night, to the outbreak, to where it all began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just incredible to listen to

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 09-29-17

Great Collection of Zombie Stories

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Excellent anthology put together by Jonathan Maberry; nice tribute to the late great George Romero (although I think this released prior to Romero's passing.) Maberry reads the intro himself. Very solid production; good choices on all the narrators; and especially nice multi voice treatment on a couple of the tales.I enjoy zombie-ism, and this is a good listen. Some stories shine more than others, but still kept me engaged.

  • Smugglers

  • Red Angel, Book 1
  • By: C. R. Daems
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Anna survives a deadly virus at age four thanks to a poisonous red-headed krait. The medical community is excited since there is no known cure for the virus, but Anna and her snake, Red, have a symbiotic relationship. If she is ever separated from Red, she will die. As her krait becomes known and valuable throughout the three star empires as one of only a handful of such snakes, she fights off attempts to kill her and snatch Red. When the Naval Intelligence Agency, the NIA, recruits her, her adventures grow beyond fending off thieves and killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Story Telling

  • By M. Eglestone on 12-13-17

Good Book One; Good narration

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Interesting cross between space opera and YA coming of age. Story a bit repetitious at times; for example, same scene told aain after we just went through that scene. Narration very good, and I think helped the writing. I'm onto the second in the series noow. Easy listening.

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  • That House on Dakota Street

  • A Jo Danning Short Story *(The Wilmington Files Book 1)*
  • By: Rae T. Alexander
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

This is a short story about the events that happened during a vacation in the South in the life of Jo Danning, a retired military linguist. She and her son, Casey, spend time with her grandmother while odd events unfold that surround a nearby house beside her grandmother's garden. Something evil is under the ground; something wicked from the past. Jo Danning only wanted to get to Wilmington, North Carolina as soon as possible. She wanted to start her new life with her son, Casey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That House yep we had one too...

  • By jerry l tadlock on 05-27-16

Unusually narrator; good story though

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

What would have made That House on Dakota Street better?

Narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

Good writing

How could the performance have been better?

Poor sound and very odd cadences. Dialogue voices were weak.

What character would you cut from That House on Dakota Street?

I'm not an editor.

Any additional comments?

Liked author's ROYAL STONES better. Waiting for the sequel on that one.

  • Champagne Baby

  • How One Parisian Learned to Love Wine - and Life - the American Way
  • By: Laure Dugas
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Laure Dugas is a champagne baby, born into a family of winemakers from two storied regions of France: Champagne and the Rhône Valley. But Laure wants little to do with the family business. It is only at age 23, when her uncle offers to send her to New York City to learn English and represent his wines to the American market, that Laure bids adieu to her boyfriend and begins her journey of discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Weak Production of a Fairly Interesting Book

  • By Susannah on 11-16-16

Weak Production of a Fairly Interesting Book

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

Reviewed: 11-16-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The NARRATOR wasn't for me. I liked the book. Why is the narrator have this totally Mid-Western accent when the author says her English is so bad people can't understand her? She didn't sound European at all; and this is a first person story. I don't get it.

What other book might you compare Champagne Baby to and why?

Sideways.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I hate to be mean; maybe this is the producer/director or author's fault. Don't get me started. I realize a heavy accent would be bad, but when the narrator can't say Pinot Noir correctly?!?!?

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Champagne Baby?

None.

Any additional comments?

These review questions are getting weirder and weirder. Now Audible is tailoring them to the star count. Twilight Zone.
I loved the content of the book, so I decided to buy a hard copy and chuck the audio version.

  • The City on the Edge of Forever

  • By: Harlan Ellison
  • Narrated by: full cast, Orson Scott Card, Bonnie MacBird, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85

The original teleplay that became the classic Star Trek episode, with an expanded introductory essay by Harlan Ellison, The City on the Edge of Forever has been surrounded by controversy since the airing of an "eviscerated" version - which subsequently has been voted the most beloved episode in the series' history. In its original form, The City on the Edge of Forever won the 1966-67 Writers Guild of America Award for Best Teleplay. As aired, it won the 1967 Hugo Award.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok Harlan, we get it

  • By S.E.B. on 02-11-17

Amazing Piece of History

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

If you could sum up The City on the Edge of Forever in three words, what would they be?

Best Episode Ever.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Edith Keeler. She's Kirk's love and so romantic. Jean Smart is wonderful, as always.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Fabulous casting. Odd thing, though. Why does the listing not show LeVar Burton, and Jean Smart and Stefan Rudnicki, and Scott Brick???

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several. Kirk and Edith love scenes. The Guardian of Forever sequences. And the end is so sad.

Any additional comments?

This is a valuable piece of history of Star Trek. AFter all, it is the 50th Anniversary this year. I loved the aired version, but feel that this version is worth hearing, too. Harlan's backstory is angry, but justifiably so. Plus, all the added essays and original materials. I liked David Gerrold's (The Trouble with Tribbles) take on the whole drama. I think the readers and casting is brilliant. But I'd like a full list, and I found one here: http://bit.ly/28W8G7c. It was worth a credit.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dante’s Wood

  • A Mark Angelotti Novel
  • By: Lynne Raimondo
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

Psychiatrist Mark Angelotti knows that genes don't lie. Or do they? Back at work after a devastating illness, Mark believes he has put his past behind him when he is asked to examine Charlie Dickerson, a mentally handicapped teenager whose wealthy mother insists he is a victim of sexual abuse. Mark diagnoses a different reason for Charlie's ills, but his prescription turns deadly when a teacher is murdered and Charlie confesses to the police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Debut Novel and Performance!

  • By Susannah on 06-03-16

Fascinating Debut Novel and Performance!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Dante’s Wood to be better than the print version?

Well, I am an audiophile, so I like to listen instead of read. This is a somewhat silly question. I think the courtroom scenes might be served very well by audio; and they were.

What other book might you compare Dante’s Wood to and why?

I love courtroom dramas. This is one of the best I have ever heard. Had to stay in the car in the garage after getting home to finish the courtroom sections!

What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

His pacing is superb. I was amazed at how well he did the young boy (although he did that so well in Ender's Game) despite his marvelous bass voice.. A dynamite performance.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Some play on words with the "blind" element.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to get the other two sequels! I love it when audiobooks are produced as a series. Binge listening! This would make a great TV series.