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  • Zone One

  • A Novel
  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Beresford Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 328

In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tomorrow needs a marketing rollout.

  • By Annie on 01-06-12

Reader is a total train wreck!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-11

Good Grief! This may be an engaging novel, but I'll never know because I could not get past the reader's awful consonant crunching Noo Yawk accent, sibilant Sssthes, sing-song delivery and pauses in the middle of sentences where there's no comma, much less a period! I have listened to hundreds of audio books with dozens of different readers and this one was - bar none - the worst! I pity Colson Whitehead that his audible audience is missing out on some decent writing because it is ruined by such atrocious delivery. Total fail!

  • Cloud Atlas

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,371

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed often with the kindly Mr. Cavendish

  • By Aaron on 08-23-12

Pretentious but brilliant

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-07

Really enjoyed this all the way through. I agree with other reviewers that the linkages between stories were rather weak, but as stand-alone efforts they showcase a flair for different writing styles while still maintaining some thematic unity.

The only disappointing part was the story line read by Cassandra Campbell. The woman cannot read - a nasally monotone and several glaring mispronunciations ruined an otherwise stellar cast of readers. The reader for the Zachr'y segment was outstanding and probably made the audio version miles better than the printed version - which only underscored the weakness of Campbell's reading.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Why Do Men Have Nipples?

  • Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini
  • By: Mark Leyner, Billy Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Mark Leyner
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

Finally, answers to all those strange questions you'd like to ask your own doctor but haven't had the guts (or more likely the time) to do so.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Can't recommend

  • By Dr. Jim Rudd on 01-19-06

Why do talentless people write books?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-06

Would that I had read these other reviews before purchasing this audio book. Oy! Bad attempt at Borsht-belt humor from two self-absorbed New Yawkers. The topic could have been fun and an interesting listen if the authors were less intent on padding out their meager book(let) with their own mindless prattle, and actually answered some of the questions they asked. Answers are short, abrupt and incomplete, and what could have been fun romp through medical human interest stuff was instead a complete waste of time.

  • Lost City

  • A Kurt Austin Adventure (NUMA Files, Book 5)
  • By: Clive Cussler, Paul Kemprecos
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

An enzyme that will dramatically prolong life has been discovered 2,000 feet down in the North Atlantic, in an area known as "Lost City". But why are the people attempting to harvest it getting killed? Why are the scientists in a remote Greek laboratory disappearing one by one? To Kurt Austin, leader of NUMA's Special Assignments Team, and his colleague Joe Zavala, it's clear they have their work cut out for them, but it may be even bigger than they think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story- kept us rivietted,

  • By Lisa F Engleman on 07-26-17

Unsatisfying

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-05

The book was formulaic, cliche-ridden, and utterly predictable.

Still, it would have been a fairly good and diverting listen, but for the very poor delivery of the reader. His awful comic-book French and Scottish accents were so bad and off-putting that I tended to focus more on his wandering accent than on what he was saying. Perhaps the reader of the unabridged version was better, but this guy should just stay with his American inflection and admit defeat in the face of 'zee French accent.'

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,199

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

Okay Book, Lousy Narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-03

Interesting story, evocative, and very well written. The audio version, however, is marred by an outer-borough New York accented narration (when the characters are Midwestern and/or Greek) and horrible mispronounciations of place names and common everyday words. The narrator can be forgiven for his botching up foreign words and dialogue, but c'mon, at least be able to pronounce everyday American places and words.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Deerslayer

  • By: James Fenimore Cooper
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The last to be written and published of The Leatherstocking Tales tells the story of Natty Bumppo's...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific book, but a less than terrific reader

  • By Alan on 01-25-03

Terrific book, but a less than terrific reader

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-03

Cooper's book is undoubtedly a masterpiece of American literature. I just finished listening to it and was captivated by the story. Unfortunately the experience was marred by the rather wooden reading and flat intonation of the reader. It was rather off-putting and I almost stopped listening at first. I'm glad I slugged it out, but it would be great to re-listen to this with a more engaged reader.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful