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Excellent work

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-19

A well written, detailed, and informative biography of Frederick Douglass. Prentice Onayemi's narration is tedious. He has a soft, soothing voice, but was overly "dramatic" in his reading. Perhaps he didn't realize that the words themselves were dramatic. He often ended sentences in a whisper which were unintelligible unless the sound level was high, which made it too loud in other places. The presentation is plodding, slow, and disappointing. Playing the book at 1.25 speed helped and made it a worthwhile listen.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

All about the music and more.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Very interesting bio of a favorite artist. Great discussions about his music and his love/hate relationship with Art Garfunkel. Complex person. Fine reader!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Authors should stick to writing.

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

E.B. White proves once again that writers should stick to writing and let professional readers do the reading. It’s too bad that he chose or was chosen to read his own book. He was awful...flat, lacking in emotion, seemingly bored with the whole thing. This is one audio book I won’t listen to again.

Good performance

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Average sci fi, poor character development (with obnoxious characters), but excellent reading by Rosario Dawson.

Overacted...disappointing

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-18

LeVar Burton belongs on the screen. His reading of this book is way overacted. Phrasing is fine...some emotion is fine, but Burton reads this as if he is reading a romance novel.

In one section, Sagan writes about the thoughts of a ancient human. Burton slows down his reading, lowers the pitch of his voice, and chops the words losing all fluency.

The content is wonderful. The overdone emoting in the reading is disappointing.

Important Book

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

The reader sounds like she's trying to channel Captain Kirk...with long pauses...at sometimes unexpected...places.

Nevertheless, this is an excellent book about the damaging move to privatize public education and its relationship to segregation.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Ok Harlan, we get it

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-17

Harlan Ellison is a gifted writer, no question about it, but he's also an obnoxious, vicious, bitter old man. The first half of this book was an hours-long rant by Ellison, who inarticulately mumbled his way through a multitude of reasons why Gene Roddenberry was a jerk, Shatner was a prima donna, and he, Ellison, got screwed by everyone (except Nimoy), all the while insulting any and all Star Trek fans who happened to like the version of his story that aired.

I've been watching Star Trek for all its 50 years. No one who really understands what the Star Trek Universe is about would dispute that Gene Roddenberry was not a perfect human being. We all know that Shatner is self-absorbed and loves...Shatner...most...of...all. But the point is we don't care. We love what Roddenberry left us. We loved how Shatner (and his fellow crew-mates) grew into their parts as the series moved beyond TV.

It's too bad that Ellison was screwed over by Roddenberry...and I understand his being pissed off about it, but it might be time to let it go...or at least restrict your rant to a half hour at the most.

All that being said, this book is wonderful...I said I was an Ellison fan. I loved hearing the original concept version of City on the Edge of Forever...the one that didn't get made, and while I understand why it was changed, and recognize that it was very un-Trek-like in its original form, I would have liked to see it produced.

If you like Star Trek and all the history surrounding it, then I recommend this book...listen to the rant by Ellison understanding that he is angry and bilious. There is a lot of interesting information in his tirade. Then, when it's over, you'll be treated to some great versions of one of his most interesting stories.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

Performance detracted

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-17

The directors, or editors, or whoever was in charge of the production really dropped the ball on this and Vol II of this two volume work. It's bad enough that no one made sure that the narrators knew how to pronounce some of the unique to Trek words, names, and titles (many of them didn't). They even dropped the ball when it came to coordination of said Trek words. There were instances where the same word or name was pronounced in more than one way...all incorrect.

Very sloppy production and lack of attention to detail detracted from an otherwise very interesting set of books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awful reading. Excellent story.

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-15

I read this as a teen and loved it. The story is still great, but Harrison's reading is simply awful--over acted, difficult to understand, poor interpretation--it took a real effort to listen and hear the words through the reader's over zealous attempt.

A beautiful story, ruined.

A great disappointment

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

Reviewed: 09-09-12

This is one of Asimov's Foundation Novels...written after the original three Foundation Novels. The story itself is good...filling in pieces between Prelude to Foundation and the original Foundation Novels.

The narration, on the other hand is awful...one of the worst I've heard during my eight years on Audible...If I were the narrater I'd be ashamed of this performance. It's terrible. Lack of feeling...monotonal...choppy...feh!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful