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  • Changing Planes

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle De Cuir
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The misery of waiting for a connecting flight at an airport leads to the accidental discovery of alighting on other planes - not airplanes but planes of existence. Ursula Le Guin's deadpan premise frames a series of travel accounts by the tourist-narrator who describes bizarre societies and cultures that sometimes mirror our own, and sometimes open puzzling doors into the alien.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Social Fiction

  • By C. Little on 03-23-06

Real Science Fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

Any additional comments?

First off, I have to state that Gabrielle de Cuir is one of my favorite narrators, and she does a great job here as always.

For those who don't know her, Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the most important Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors of her generation, making significant contributions to both genres, including some true classics, such as the Lathe of Heaven, the Left Hand of Darkness, and (on the fantasy side) the Earthsea cycle. She is more akin to Margaret Atwood than Lois McMaster Bujold, with no offense meant -- I love my periodic Vorkosigan fix.

Her Sci-Fi is also somewhat reminiscent of Bradbury, which means that this is true cerebral science fiction, where the stories and fantastical settings are employed as tools to enable us think about ourselves, our culture and mores. As a collection of short stories, some of the "Planes" visited are more compelling and intriguing than others, and I would not place Changing Planes on quite the same level as the novels mentioned above, but it is still head and shoulders above much of what goes for Sci-Fi or speculative fiction these days.

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  • Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell

  • By: Pat Murphy
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 27

Award-winning author Pat Murphy takes us aboard a luxury cruise ship and into the strange confluence of time and space known as the Bermuda Triangle, in an engaging science-fiction romp that recalls the work of Kate Wilhelm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strap yourself in for the ride of your life!

  • By Samantha on 09-26-04

Quirky & Smart, if not perfect

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

Any additional comments?

Adventures is one of those books that tries to interweave it's story with metaphysical quirkiness, and mostly succeeds (I enjoyed the listen). I certainly give Pat Murphy kudos for trying something different. Some reviews have compared it to Gaiman, but it is less urban fantasy and more of a playful postmodern romp a la Coleman & Perrin's The Jamais Vu Papers. If that's your sort of thing, then definitely give it a try. If you read the description and the premiss sounds intriguing to you, then it's worth a listen -- this will not be everyone's cup of tea, but Pat Murphy is a capable writer, and I definitely got a few smiles out of it.

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  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 34 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narrator for one of the best classics.

  • By 9S on 10-30-09

Fantastic Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-10

In this day and age, anyone looking to download Dickens (other than, perhaps, A Christmas Carol) knows what they are getting.

I would, however, like to add my voice to the other reviewers in stating that the narration in this version is truly a cut above. I was particularly struck by the accents -- Jarvis doesn't just effectively create distinct voices for the characters, but takes the extra step of assigning a wide variety of appropriate and effective accents. Really a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Od Magic

  • By: Patricia A. McKillip
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

Brenden Vetch has a gift. With an innate sense he cannot explain to himself or describe to others, he is able to connect to the agricultural world, nurturing gardens to flourish and instinctively knowing the healing properties each plant and herb has to offer. But Brenden's gift isolates him from people and from becoming part of a community - until the day he receives a personal invitation from the Wizard Od.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great to have a McKillip, but not with this reader

  • By Ambagious on 05-26-09

Not her best, but solid and refreshing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-10

Once again, Patricia McKillip breathes fresh air into a genre drowning in Lord of the Rings clones and D&D adventures gone bad, and while this isn't her strongest work, it's still a great listen.

Few if any fantasy authors capture the sense of wonder and fairy like she does, even the ones who are excellent for other reasons. Her style is evocative of the time pre-Tolkien: closer to the King of Elfland's Daughter than to Dragonlance.

Gabrielle de Cuir's narration is as excellent as ever: I am always happy to see her name crop up.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful