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Carpe Diem

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  • Alien

  • The Official Movie Novelization
  • By: Alan Dean Foster
  • Narrated by: Peter Guinness
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

Alan Dean Foster is the acclaimed author of movie tie-ins for Star Wars, Alien and Transformers. He was awarded the IAMTW Grand Master Scribe Award in 2008. He is also a best-selling science fiction and fantasy author in his own right, including the popular Pip & Flinx novels and the Founding of the Commonwealth series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oustanding read!

  • By Jamal Love on 12-13-15

Not the real thing

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

Would you try another book from Alan Dean Foster and/or Peter Guinness?

Compared to the movie, this audiobook seems like mediocre hack work. Dialog and scenes are rewritten, and the result is the opposite of good. And again comparing it to the movie, the narration feels off sometimes... Ripley is portrayed as hapless and weak. Foster's book reminds me of some 1950's pulp space opera. A big disappointment and I couldn't finish it, which almost never happens for me. Where the movie was taut and edgy, the book is plodding.

Who was your favorite character and why?

In the movie, the characters were lively and idiosyncratic; in Foster's version, they're portrayed as dimwitted over-explainers.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Guinness’s performances?

I think he could do a good job with something suited for a softer treatment.

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

Better not to write it than to make hash out of it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,555

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Enthralling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-09

A thrill ride to hell and back. Excitingly written and narrated. I almost felt like I was there. Just when you think their situation can't get any more desperate, it does.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • Idylls of the King

  • By: Alfred Tennyson
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

The Arthurian legend of Camelot has been told many times, but never better than by Alfred Tennyson. Employing some of the most stirring and beautiful blank verse ever written, Tennyson crafted his version of the Knights of the Round Table over the course of nearly fifty years, completing it in 1885. Despite the length of time, Tennyson managed to maintain a high level of style and continuity throughout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful poetry

  • By Roger on 01-15-08

stunning writing and narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-09

First of all, the longish introduction to the Idylls and the career of Tennyson was very interesting and added quite a bit to my appreciation of the poem itself. The narrator really brought out the beauty and drama of the writing, which is thrilling, strange, nuanced and incredibly sad. It gets ever darker and more tragic as it progresses, while bringing out the epic spiritual and human themes more and more vividly. Also vivid, ecstatic imagery is suggested in every line. I'm downloading in enhanced format to listen again.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Le Morte D'Arthur

  • By: Sir Thomas Malory
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

This monumental work made the Arthurian cycle available for the first time in English. Arthur is conceived and taken away in secret, returning as a young man to claim the throne by pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. In retelling the story of Arthur's rule of Britain, Malory intertwines the romances of Guinevere and Launcelot, Tristram and Isolde, and Launcelot and Elaine. Sir Galahad's appearance at Camelot begins the quest for the Holy Grail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite as I Remembered

  • By Troy on 02-24-14

Annoying narration

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-09

The narrator tells all in a bored and offhand way which not only robs the story of any possible drama but becomes positively offensive after a while. I couldn't finish this, life is too short.

18 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Le Morte d'Arthur (The Death of Arthur)

  • By: Sir Thomas Malory
  • Narrated by: Philip Madoc
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The glorious but tragic story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is one of the great legends of Western civilization. Storytellers and poets down the centuries have returned repeatedly to the universal themes of the Quest of the Holy Grail and the love between Sir Launcelot and Queen Guenever. Yet the first printed account, written by the 15th century knight Sir Thomas Malory, remains unmatched.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gorgeous narration

  • By Carpe Diem on 03-22-08

Gorgeous narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-08

I was enthralled by the beautiful and emotive narration and amazed by the sad and surprising stories...

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Essence of Self-Realization

  • The Wisdom of Paramhansa Yogananda
  • By: Swami Kriyananda
  • Narrated by: Swami Kriyananda
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

The Essence of Self-Realization, nearly 300 sayings rich with spiritual wisdom, is the fruit of that labor of love. The scope of this book is vast - it offers as complete an explanation of life's true purpose, and the way to achieve that purpose, as may be found anywhere. Filled with lessons and stories that Yogananda shared only with his closest disciples, this volume offers one of the most insightful and engaging glimpses into the life and lessons of a great sage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy effort

  • By Carpe Diem on 03-22-08

A worthy effort

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-08

A lot of interesting material. I did find the narrator's heavy breathing distracting for a while, but perhaps that was mainly because I was listening to it on a bedside boombox a foot from my ear. Since this is second-hand information based on recollections and notes, it made me want to read more from the hand of Yogananda himself for comparison...

19 of 19 people found this review helpful