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Going Postal audiobook cover art

Who'd thought the Post could be a laff?

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

If you could sum up Going Postal: Discworld #29 in three words, what would they be?

Terry's top five.

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed this man's voice. I first read this yarn maybe a decade ago.
We enjoyed it then, but in hindsight, I'd rather hear the author's work in Brigg's voice than that of my own inner voice. I guess that's the best compliment for a narrator.

Any additional comments?

I would of enjoyed reading more of 'Altogether Andrews', a curious man briefly mentioned as the member of a loose knit crew of locals living rough. He has five (six?)
distinct personalities.
This work was one of the last great Discworld stories: By the arrival of the
'Raising Steam', the author's powers were failing from genetic conditions
beyond current medicinal control. Poor Terry!

The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War audiobook cover art

Misleading title

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

What disappointed you about The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War?

Despite the title, five percent of the content was about the calif gold rush, ninety five percent about the coming of the civil war.

Any additional comments?

I was had

Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens audiobook cover art

Left Us Too Soon

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I regret I did not discover the author until after his death from cancer. (Sixty?) Yes, 90% of reviews given audible are four or five stars, but with the exception of one, maybe two white elephants, all the essays here ring true. A blessed alternative to the dog-eat-dog world view published by so many non-fiction writers.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens?

Picking a favourite would be like picking a fav from among your children.

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is only the second yarn I've heard read by this narrator.

Any additional comments?

I intend to listen to all of Hitchen's works.

The Man Who Loved China audiobook cover art

The Man Who Loved Adultery

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Would you try another book from Simon Winchester and/or Simon Winchester?

Well I've only myself to blame: this is my fourth Winchester book and the third I didn't like.

What was most disappointing about Simon Winchester’s story?

There's a pattern of working a story worthy of a magazine length article into a book. A John Mcphee would distilled this yarn into a delightful thirty pages. Instead the author pads mercilessly. His 'Krakatoa' requires reaching the 2/3 mark before the volcano explodes. The exception remains his 'The Meaning of Everything.' I've no trouble soldiering thru thousand page tomes on Churchill, Rockefeller, Gibbon's Decline and Fall...

Which character – as performed by Simon Winchester – was your favorite?

The bio only comes to life with the treatment of Needham's 'Science and Civilisation in China.' This masterful multi-volume epic remains the moon-shot of English-Sino publishing.

Any additional comments?

At least the author reads his own work well.

Heretics of Dune audiobook cover art

Just as good as I remembered

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

What made the experience of listening to Heretics of Dune the most enjoyable?

This is a political thriller disguised as science fiction. No light sabers here thank goodness.
I read the novel probably within six months of its debut in 1984.. its aged well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miles Teg (sp?) Not the typical space hero but an older man with all the aches and pains of aging yet still required to protect the Sisterhood's most valuable asset, the ghola.

Which scene was your favorite?

-The verbal duel for very high stakes between the old Honored Matre leader and the Tleilaxu Master.
-The 'no-ship' and 'no-globe' technology

Any additional comments?

The narrator was a good range of voices without going over the top like previous readers.

Berserker Lies audiobook cover art

More fine stuff from Saberhagen. But...

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

What did you like best about this story?

I remain impressed that three decades after the author first conjured up these marauding machines the well hasn't run dry.

Any additional comments?

Be advised that the audio-book's description is not what it contains. Yes, its about berserkers, yes its by Saberhagen. But its a collection of four short stories not a novel length yarn the description implies. Nor is it, as audible.com states, from humanity's first encounter with these relentless foes.

The Glass Key audiobook cover art

Classic? What did I miss?

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

Reviewed: 03-24-16

What would have made The Glass Key better?

Read 'The Gutting of Couffignal' last year by the same author. Quite superior to this dull tale. I gave up at the three hour mark. It runs a total of six and a half.
How did this achieve classic status? Did readers not have many choices in 1931?
Its not terrible, just an unremarkable story you'd expect to find within the pages of a pre-WWII Ellery Queen issue.
I've read hundreds of mystery/crime/thrillers and listened to dozens and this is no 'Moonstone' or 'The Big Sleep'.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dashiell Hammett again?

Undecided.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narrator does the best he can with what he's been given. Clearly an exercise in making bricks without straw. Glad I don't have his job.

Any additional comments?

I gotta remember that Audible is a business, not a mission school run by Jesuits. They'll do anything for a buck.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

A Pocket Full of Rye audiobook cover art

I put off this book for too long

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

Reviewed: 12-25-15

Where does A Pocket Full of Rye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

You won't be steered wrong by a tome read by Richard E Grant. His narration
could make the phone book sound good.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Favorite Science Fiction Stories audiobook cover art

Someone's eight year old fiddled with sound board

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

What would have made Favorite Science Fiction Stories better?

No chapter breaks: On neither of my mp3 players can you skip between stories. Want to hear story #6? Ya gotta listen or fast-forward thru the first five. What third grade drop out signed off to this plan?

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

Fair to Fine

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Price

1 of 9 people found this review helpful

Oaxaca Journal audiobook cover art

Do we need a book about ferns? Turns out we do.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-15

What did you love best about Oaxaca Journal?

The late great Sacks could make interesting most anything subject other than the phone book. Until last week I didn't envision opening the wallet for an audio book on the ferns of a Mexican province.

What about Jonathan Davis and Oliver Sacks (Introduction) ’s performance did you like?

Pleasant voice, with a hint of William Shatner. No,really! I hope the narrator never sees this opinion as I wouldn't want the guy to drink himself into a mindless stupor. I will track down further narrations by him.

Any additional comments?

The Audible price tag is over ten bucks for a four hour book. I deem this excessive.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful