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  • Astounding

  • John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlen, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction
  • By: Alec Nevala-Lee
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

 Astounding is the landmark account of the extraordinary partnership between four controversial writers - John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard - who set off a revolution in science fiction and forever changed our world.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched and engaging bio of Campbell

  • By Will on 10-31-18

Fantastic history of an interesting time.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

An in depth look at the very direct effect Campbell had on the greats of the Golden age of science fiction.

  • The Unnoticeables: A Novel

  • The Vicious Circuit, Book 1
  • By: Robert Brockway
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Emily Foster, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 641

There are angels, and they are not beneficent or loving. But they do watch over us. They watch our lives unfold, analyzing us for repeating patterns and redundancies. When they find them, the angels simplify those patterns and remove the redundancies, and the problem that is "you" gets solved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Left wanting

  • By Michelle L. Baron on 08-08-15

Not terrible , just predictable.

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

Reviewed: 09-19-16

I would have given the story two stars but I could see the author improving with subsequent books.

The environments and tone were good. I enjoyed authentic references to non obvious old punk bands(Dead Boys, Rocket From The Tombs) and locations (Max's).

Unfortunately the plot was pretty predictable with everything being invincible until it wasn't.

  • NPCs

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,693

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable if you manage your expectations

  • By Miachi on 01-23-15

Entertaining and well thought out.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

Very entertaining. The story lines were woven together nicely. The reader should have at least a passing familiarity with role playing games but you wouldn't need to be a serious gamer to enjoy it.

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  • No Way to Treat a First Lady

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

One of this country's leading political satirists dangles before us a tantalizing novel whose protagonist has a great deal in common with a recent First Lady. Beth MacIntyre, First Lady of the United States, has been charged with the murder of her husband, a Presidential Lothario of the first water. She is accused of throwing a historic Paul Revere spittoon during a bedroom spat, putting an unfortunately fatal dent in the President's lust-filled head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super

  • By Rajesh on 08-15-05

Loved my second Buckley book

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

Reviewed: 02-11-12

Would you listen to No Way to Treat a First Lady again? Why?

Yes, the lighthearted look at serious yet preposterous situations makes it not just a good listen, but also a pleasant one that put me in a good mood.

What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The tone was good for the material, slightly dry but acknowledging the humor.

Any additional comments?

I have only recently started reading Christopher Buckley. This was second one after Boomssay, which inloved. The combination of humor, serious yet ridiculous topics, a smart wit, and good characters make his books a real treat and I will be reading all of them.

There are often occasions when I want to read something humorous yet smart. Other options for these occasions are Carl Hiassin, Tom Robbins, Christopher Moore. Buckley isn't really like these authors but he fills a similar need for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,284

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

Amazing Audio Performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-06

I read this book about 15 years ago and loved it. It is filled with fantastic characters (in both senses of the word) and even better dialog. It is really the dialog that carries the book for me.

I wanted to reread the book and when I saw it was available in audio book format I jumped on it.

The audio version is unbelievably wonderful. While it is not a dramatized version you almost feel that it is because of the PERFECT voices used for the characters. You really get the feel for the personality of Ignatious (the main characther).

I cannot reccomend this highly enough for fans of quirky fiction. This is a perfect audio adaptation of an already great book.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful