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  • Idoru

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Colin Laney is here looking for work. He is an intuitive fisher for patterns of information. But Laney knows how to sift for the dangerous bits. Which makes him useful - to certain people. Chia McKenzie is here on a rescue mission. Her idol is the singer Rez, of the band Lo,Rez. When the Seattle chapter of the Lo,Rez fan club decided that he might be in trouble in Tokyo, they sent Chia to check it out. Rei Toei is the idoru - the beautiful, entirely virtual media star adored by all Japan. Rez has declared that he will marry her. This is the rumor that has brought Chia to Tokyo.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not the best performance but good story

  • By roan on 06-19-18

Good post-cyberpunk Gibson...with problems

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Through the Bridge Trilogy and on into the Blue Ant trilogy, Gibson moved into his post-cyberpunk work that's near-future-to-basically-present and relates more directly to the current world.
Idoru is the 2nd in the Bridge Trilogy

As the second work, I think it suffers from some pacing problems that a second work in a trilogy can have (though his stuff tends to read as stand-alone stories pretty well) - so nothing unusual in that middle child problem - and as long as you are invested in the trilogy, any hiccups wash out in the mix

PROBLEM : audible doesn't seem to carry "virtual light" (the Frank Muller performance is classic Muller with all the quality you'd expect...excellent and easy on the ears. I believe there is a Peter Weller read version as well, but I haven't heard it). That really breaks up the series

I think the MAJOR problem with the trilogy is performance
1) This particular performance is...I'm sorry to say it - just not very good
2) The companion pieces aren't done by the same readers so, as a trilogy, you don't get the "the voice of the trilogy" that keeps things cohesive


I'd hope, esp as it's an older series, audible could maybe work out a deal to rerecord as it is a major work for Gibson



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,781

In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't dismiss this one out of hand!

  • By John S. on 09-09-15

Was exepcting more

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

Reviewed: 08-16-15

I generally enjoy these medium form (esp read-by-author) memoirs (Bossypants, Born standing up, Girl walk into a bar..., etc)
AND
I enjoy Felicia Day's work (Guild, Dr. Horrible, etc, etc) and am used to her presentation style

The narration was fine. She is, after all, a professional performer and has done enough original material to develop a strong personal narrative "voice".

BUT

I just didn't find the narrative structured in a way that engaged me and kept me engaged.

The depth felt uneven with early life covered with some depth, and the more recent happenings covered in depth, but the middle seemed like it was not treated as deeply.
The balance between the visceral and more objective/factual seemed off on a similar line.

The internal world vs external world lines of though seemed to not mesh at times (I don't mean factually, just what was addressed when. ex the writing of the Guild scripts vs the daily life didn't flow smoothly and I felt like the jumped around a little and couldn't find a way to address overview and chronology effectively)

Overall, the treatment of the various stages (the reminiscence of the long past, the valley of the middle past, and the still-emotionally-charged very recent pass) makes me think the story could use a little time in the cask. I'd be interested to see how the story would be told 5 (or even 10) years from now.

I think these types of works tend to get very bimodal ratings (or, often, as the sample is self-selecting so one mode is "did not comment") - with listeners/readers rating on how much they like the personality as much as it is on the book in hand (ear).

I'm rating the book, not the personality behind it.

I like the author, but found THIS work to be...well...OK....just OK.














3 of 7 people found this review helpful

Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter audiobook cover art
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond disappointed

  • By Lifelong Reader on 07-22-11

I UNDERSTAND - BUT VOTE WITH YOUR $

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-11

I understand that scheduling constraints made using another reader an option that fit the release schedule
better for Penguin. and I don't mean to slight Mr. Glover, it's not an issue with him so much as it is an issue with continuity.

BUT

I would really hate to roll over and prove to Penguin Audio the marketing position of "They'll be disappointed, but they will buy it anyway"

What is offered is not the product I wanted and I fear that by purchasing this product I reinforce that position as valid.

The audiobook listener sometimes has to wait extra time for the audio edition (look at the release sequence weirdness on Audible with the Joe Pitt "Already Dead" series) -- I would rather wait until the original reader's (Marsters) schedule clears and get the product I want at a later date.

At this point, the listener has invested around 150 hours (not to mention the purchase of 13 or so titles) and cooperation from the publisher would be appreciated.

Penguin Audio - Please consider a "special collectors edition" rerecording -- even if digital only

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Half the Blood of Brooklyn

  • By: Charlie Huston
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

There’s only so much room on the Island, only so much blood, and Manhattan’s Vampyre Clans aren’t interested in sharing. So when the Vyrus-infected dregs of New York’s outer boroughs start creeping across the bridges, the Clans want to know why. Bad luck for PI Joe Pitt. Joe used to be a Rogue, work off his own dime, pick his own gigs, but tight times and a terminally ill girlfriend pushed him to the renegade Society Clan. Now he has all the cash and blood he needs, but at a steep price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another solid installment

  • By James on 08-03-10

another solid installment

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-10

If you are at this point in the series, you are probably already invested.

More of the same (in a good way) - solid writing, great voice work (hey, it's Brick)

One observation, not really a criticism -- the story in this installment is a little less self-contained. I think the episodic plot, the immediate issue or "mystery" that the protagonist deals with, takes a back seat to service the overall plot arc of the series. there is less about the immediate threat and more about complications in the recurring world and overall situations, and the story ends with issues maybe a little more open. It feels like a set-up for the next installments.
(much like Part II of abt any classic trilogy behaves)
It's not really a negative
while it would be a clever trick to be able to close the story AND keep momentum, that would just be a clever trick -- I think the change in pacing keeps the series from falling into a "set em up...knock em down" monotony and seems to be a common and natural place to open up a story to a larger arc (Dresden Files book 3 does this very clearly and the Harry Potter series also follows this rhythm for instance).


-the short term characters,situations nd themes are quite interesting
-the author is not afraid to make the threats a little more abstract and complex (protagonist having to juggle multiple elements)
- the long term characters are not too precious for change

If you are this far in, you'll enjoy it, I did

just prepare to immediately want book 4 (in production) to tie things up.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • You Are Not a Gadget

  • Being Human in an Age of Technology
  • By: Jaron Lanier
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the web was created, Lanier offers this provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our lives for better and for worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Ahmed on 03-17-10

A very good counterpoint piece

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-10

The book is a manifesto and it not only makes that clear in the title, but the author cops to it and while taking a strong position, LEAVES ROOM and GIVES PERMISSION for the reader to think differently or disagree.
So, while a manifesto, it didn't feel myopic and it wasn't merely a "preaching to the choir" confirmation piece -- it is a thoughtful take on some modern issues that doesn't require one "join this side" nor throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Agree or disagree or something else (I found myself doing all 3, sometimes on a single issue) -- I think it's worth a listen

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • My Dead Body

  • By: Charlie Huston
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

After exposing the secret source of blood for half of Manhattan's Vampyres, private eye Joe Pitt is definitely a dead man walking. For a year he's sloshed around the subway tunnels and sewers, tapping the veins of the lost, while above ground a Vampyre civil war threatens to drag the Clans into the sunlight once and for all. What's it gonna take to dig him up?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning Book 5

  • By Mary on 11-01-09

CAUTION! - PLEASE READ BEFORE LISTENING

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-09

THIS IS *NOT BOOK 3 IN THE SERIES!!!

I think the first review nails it, it's the same high quality in and of itself, BUT messes up the flow
At first I thought the author was going for a different "backstory" approach and was waiting for it to fill in and listened to enough to say
1) it's consistent with the other books in terms of quality
both by Huston and by the reader Brick
2) You'll get overall plot arc spoilers which is a drag



6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Blindsight

  • By: Peter Watts
  • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 957

Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling modern hard sci-fi

  • By James on 04-04-09

Compelling modern hard sci-fi

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-09

I really enjoyed this one...a lot...really refreshing

It's a dense, demanding work. Watts, a marine mammal biologist, requires that the reader keep up and isn't afraid to put out a term or concept without spoon-feeding. Given his background, he's covering the areas of intelligence, consciousness, language, etc from sort of a neuroscience perspective (which can have a bit of a different feel than some of the classic physics-driven hard SF)

As can happen with hard SF sometimes (Clarke is a good example) the plot itself can be more of a scaffolding for the exposition of speculative concepts...so I think plot-driven reading isn't the best way to approach the read (not that there isn't a plot, just if you focus on the plot, you miss the goods and can misunderstand the pacing..the pacing and "payoff" is in the concepts, not the plot)

After about - Oh 1,200 or so audiobooks I'll say this one really refreshed the medium for me (not so much in production style, which is fairly typical, but in the writing and the type of attention you have to give this work)

It's a different type of read - but well worth it and I enjoyed it greatly
Really some fresh air

37 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Already Dead

  • By: Charlie Huston
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 768
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 471

From the Battery to the Bronx, Manhattan is crawling with Vampyres. Joe Pitt is one of them, and he's not happy about it. Yeah, he gets to be tough as nails and hard to kill. But spending his nights trying to score a pint of blood to feed the Vyrus that's eating at him isn't his idea of a good time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Pleasant Surprise

  • By Flavius Krakdaddius on 12-23-09

Not just for vampirophiles

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-08

Fun listen - I found it an updated "hardboiled" detective noir that HAPPENS to be set in a vampire context.
The story is well constructed, the characters are interesting, the protagonist is vulnerable and while the exploration of the vampiric dynamics and culture is fresh and interesting, the story doesn't rest on vamp mystique to interest the reader


You don't have to wear a lot of crushed velvet to enjoy this one! :D

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Soon I Will Be Invincible

  • A Novel
  • By: Austin Grossman
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162

Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now that I have you at my mercy. . .

  • By Brad W. on 07-02-07

Pretty much what "they said"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-08

Not a comic guy myself, but familiar enough through pop culture (all the superhero films, etc) that the treatment of the superhero mythology was easy to access

light and witty, and well paced so it didnt wear

the narration is EXCELLENT and the swapping of narrator (and first person character) keeps things from dragging

This one is extremely user friendly and just plain a hoot!

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  • Foundation

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

After 12,000 years, the once-supreme Galactic Empire was plunging into a future of barbarism and warfare. All knowledge previously created by mankind faced destruction. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, foresaw the dark age of ignorance that was to come, and set out to preserve knowledge and mankind itself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Stop read

  • By /Colin on 10-31-06

Echo of the others

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-06

I'm familiar with the Foundation stories, and have even heard abridged audiobooks and BBC dramatized

This one - however, I found to be literally unlistenable
for the same reasons others mentioned

Music that is annoying and does NOT match the narrative
Quality of the Reading is simply not up-to-snuff

this is simply a Do not buy

4 of 4 people found this review helpful