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The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1
    I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream 
    
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        Harlan Ellison
    
    


    
    
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        Harlan Ellison
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    506 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1

  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream
  • By: Harlan Ellison
  • Narrated by: Harlan Ellison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Harlan Ellison has won more awards for imaginative literature than any other living author, but only aficionados of Ellison’s singular work have been aware of another of his passions…he is a great oral interpreter of his stories. His recordings have been difficult to obtain…by his choice. In 1999, for the first time, he was lured into the studio to record this stunning retrospective.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wholly unexpected and surprising narration!!

  • By Brian on 04-30-12

This is good sci-fi?

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

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

Sci Fi fans who don't care about character development or language.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not sure. Literary fiction or a classic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Harlan Ellison?

An actor who doesn't parody what already seems far-fetched. Why would Harlan want to parody his own work? Maybe he doesn't realize he's over doing it. An actor might have known how to make this material seem less ridiculous.

What character would you cut from The Voice from the Edge, Vol. 1?

not sure--I didn't make it to the end or anywhere close

  • Her Body and Other Parties

  • Stories
  • By: Carmen Maria Machado
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 239

In Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado blithely demolishes the arbitrary borders between psychological realism and science fiction, comedy and horror, fantasy and fabulism. While her work has earned her comparisons to Karen Russell and Kelly Link, she has a voice that is all her own. In this electric and provocative debut, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women's lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Breaks needed

  • By Nora on 04-06-18

Character development is weak

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't recommend these stories. Although I'm impressed by their originality and by the boldness of exhibiting intense sexual drives so explicitly and tastefully, especially with her female characters, ultimately, for me, the characters and the stories are too thin. The degree to which Machado sees sexuality as a defining characteristic of men and women makes her characters feel one dimensional (to me). I wanted to see other sides of her characters as the situations and the fairy tale dimension of her storytelling is often intriguing. Machado writes well, but her obsession with erotica becomes boring/annoying.

What could Carmen Maria Machado have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Deepen her characters/make them less one dimensional.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,537

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

Beyond powerful

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

Where does Matterhorn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm putting Matterhorn at number one--and that's significant because I've listened to hundreds of audio books. The book is amazing--so many characters from different parts of America and Marlantes nails them all. And then the performer has perfect pitch--is able to bring every single one of these soldiers to life. I couldn't stop listening.

What other book might you compare Matterhorn to and why?

War and Peace comes to mind because, like Tolstoy, Marlantes moves from the thoughts of one soldier to the thoughts of another, using omniscience masterfully. While developing the interiority of many, many characters, he also manages to bring forward a single protagonist, a hero if such a thing is possible in such a messed up war.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's a long book--the battle on Matterhorn is hundred of pages long. If you call that a scene, I guess it was my favorite.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Couldn't quite manage that because of the length, but I did stay up until 4:30 a.m. toward the end of the book.