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  • Little Green Men

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Mark Linn-Baker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

After the success of his highly-acclaimed Thank You for Smoking, Buckley returns to the strange land of Washington D.C. in a millennial comedy of manners about aliens and pundits...and how much they both have in common."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughing Gas

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 01-13-03

Good fun...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-04

and more of the same. This book is in many ways similar to Buckley's Thank You For Smoking. Except instead of big tobacco it takes on politicians, the talking heads on tv, and the Washington political establishment as a whole.
Unfortunately, it's not nearly as clever as "Thank You..." and many of the jokes, instead of being witty, appeal to the lowest common denominator. Still, a good listen overall.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thank You for Smoking

  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 93

Nick Naylor, chief spokesman for the Academy of Tobacco Studies is the hero of Christopher Buckley's wickedly funny Thank You for Smoking. Nick likes his job. In the neo-puritanical nineties, it's a challenge to defend the rights of smokers and a privilege to promote their liberty. Sure, it hurts a little when you're compared to Nazi war criminals, but Nick's just doing what it takes to pay the mortgage and put his son through Washington's elite private school St. Euthanasius. Nick can handle the pressure from the anti-smoking zealots, but he's less certain about his new boss, who questions whether Nick is worth $150,000 a year to fight a losing war. Nick seeks inspiration and solace from 2 sympathetic souls who work for the firearms and alcohol lobbies. They call themselves the Merchants of Death, and together, they bemoan their plight and argue over which of them has the most deadly job. Under pressure to produce results, Nick goes on a PR offensive, turning appearances on Oprah and Larry King Live into national events. But Nick's heightened notoriety makes him a nice target for someone who wants to prove just how hazardous smoking can be. If Nick isn't careful, he'll be stubbed out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Verbal Judo

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 01-13-03

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-04

This book is a much better listen than Buckley's Little Green Men. In addition to being educational (lots of smoking facts are presented) it is deliciously evil. It's always fun to play the bad guy and this book does just that. Highly recommended.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Star Trek: The Return (Adapted)

  • By: William Shatner
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

Legends never die....Old friends are reunited and ancient secrets revealed as Kirk, Spock, Picard, Riker, Data, and all of the Federation's best and brightest are enmeshed in a cosmic saga that will test their strengths and loyalties to the very limit. A personal tale of tragedy and triumph that could only have been written - and read - by William Shatner!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic listen

  • By John on 04-21-04

Kirk through Shatner's Eyes

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-04

and it is wince-inducing. This is a sub-par Star Trek novel. In fact it sounds like a slightly longer version of fanfic that you can find online. The plot is thin and there is zero character development.
It gets two stars because it's amusing to here Shatner give voice to Data.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Star Trek, The Next Generation: Crossover (Adapted)

  • By: Michael Jan Friedman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Frakes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Continuing the mission he began in Unification, Starfleet Ambassador Spock endeavors to impart the logic of the Vulcans to a small band of Romulans. But Spock and his students are taken hostage, and the Enterprise and Jean-Luc Picard are sent to secure the hostages' release. Read by Jonathan Frakes!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's okay

  • By Katerina on 09-24-04

It's okay

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-04

It's a descent story, but not one of the best Star Trek novels I've read (or heard). Be prepared for some entertaining reading from Jonathan Frakes (Will Riker from Next Gen). This book is worth getting just to hear him do Captain Picard?s voice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful