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James Fields

Calabasas, CA, United States
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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,649

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

Really?

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I am honestly shocked that such a wealth of talent could produce such an uninspired performance.

Two things:

1. Billy Crystal should portray Harlan Ellison if they ever make a bio of him. His speech and cadence are very similar.

2. Thank goodness this download was free.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pale Blue Dot

  • A Vision of the Human Future in Space
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Quality Choices

  • By JR on 05-30-17

Good to hear Carl...Ann...not so much

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

It is a shame that the bulk of the master tapes of this book read by Carl Sagan have deteriorated, leaving fragments of the voice that instructed a generation. Unfortunately, Druyan cannot capture the magic her husband had; she is a fine writer, but not a voice worth listening to.

  • Diaspora

  • By: Greg Egan
  • Narrated by: Adam Epstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

Behold the orphan. Born into a world that is not a world. A digital being grown from a mind seed, a genderless cybernetic citizen in a vast network of probes, satellites, and servers knitting the Solar System into one scape, from the outer planets to the fiery surface of the Sun. Since the Introdus in the 21st century, humanity has reconfigured itself drastically. Most chose immortality, joining the polises to become conscious software.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Story, Disappointing Performance

  • By Ben on 12-08-13

Adam's Curse

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Strike three of the Kindle-Audible sale books. Egan is very interesting...until you hear it from the mouth of this reader.

If only the energy of his introductions flowed into his reading of the text...might be able to listen to this.

But...you get what you paid for (and I paid $1.99 for this...and the other two)

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Distress

  • By: Greg Egan
  • Narrated by: Adam Epstein
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Investigative reporter Andrew Worth turns down a documentary on a mysterious new mental illness - "Distress," or acute clinical anxiety syndrome, for another assignment. He's on his way to the artificial island of Stateless, where the world's top physicists are gathering to decide on a new TOE, or Theory of Everything, to replace Einstein's outmoded legacy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good book ruined by a poor (and strange) reading

  • By David on 12-06-13

Stick with the Kindle version

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Same reader as Permutation City. I believe there is something in the Geneva Convention about not having to listen to this person.

Scott Brick where are you?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Permutation City

  • By: Greg Egan
  • Narrated by: Adam Epstein
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

The good news is that you have just awakened into Eternal Life. You are going to live forever. Immortality is a reality. A medical miracle? Not exactly. The bad news is that you are a scrap of electronic code. The world you see around you, the you that is seeing it, has been digitized, scanned, and downloaded into a virtual reality program. You are a Copy that knows it is a copy. The good news is that there is a way out.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book. Amazingly bad narrator.

  • By Treasure on 01-28-15

On Sale....for a reason

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

The story is great...the reader is terrible. Dante has a level in Hell where you are made to listen to this reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Richard Burton Reads the Poetry of John Donne

  • By: John Donne
  • Narrated by: Richard Burton
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Richard Burton, the multi-award winning actor reads the finest work of John Donne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Burton!

  • By James Fields on 04-13-15

It's Burton!

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Burton could read the phone book and get 5 stars, but this is not the phone book...

....and I am limited to only 5 stars.

  • Dead Ever After

  • A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,151

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Welp, At Least She Didn't Do An Anita Blake

  • By J Barrington on 06-23-13

Dead Ever After--and hoping it never rises again.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-13

Would you ever listen to anything by Charlaine Harris again?

Not really--I have listed to her Grave Series, and I see a trend of starting off interesting and then being unable to carry the story along.

What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Johanna Parker is my favorite female narrator, and second overall (Scott Brick takes top honors). It's a shame she has been hired to read stories I really don't care for (Stackhouse being the only one that is of interest to me). It's because of her that I was able to finish the story; if I had been reading it in another format there would be a book on my fire or a melting Kindle.

Johanna Parker saved my Kindle from the flames. Bless her for that.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dead Ever After?

Reject the entire manuscript and say "Try harder--your fans deserve better."

Any additional comments?

I will keep this short and to the point: Harris was losing her grip on the story two books ago, and with "lucky" number 13 she drops it into the Bog of Eternal Stench where it will hopefully remain submerged for the rest of eternity.

This book is merely a Trapp Family Singers "So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night...." as each character (still living, and those undead with the ability to move) are marched out for final parade review and released into the void never to return.

Yes, it's that brief. Here's the formula: "Hi! Remember me from [insert book]? This is what I have been up to since you last saw me, and I am here to help Sookie with this little piece of deus ex machina. My work here is done. So long...farewell....auf Wiedersehen, good night...."

And the character disappears.

The good news is that the series is FINISHED. Now, Harris left plenty of room to come back if she needs to, but the original series has now died of natural causes with no vampire around to offer it blood.

If there are any attempts to revive this series it will resemble a decomposing zombie which should be struck repeatedly on the head by all rational book readers until it stops moving.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Undead

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201

Former bounty hunter Rachel Morgan has it pretty good. She has left the corrupt Inderland Runner Service and started her own independent service. She's survived werewolves, shape-changing demons, bad-hair days, and sharing a church with her vampire roommate, Ivy. She even has a cute (if human) boyfriend - what more could a witch want? But living with a reformed vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rachel too whiny

  • By Ashley on 02-25-13

A good story...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-08

...and worth downloading if you like the genre, but I do want to address the common complaint of Marguerite Gavin's pronunciation. Yes, she does flub words; not often, but when she does it is apparent and usually near each other (30 minutes into this book you have "errrrr on the side of caution" (instead of it sounding like "air") and "rye-bald" for "ribald" (I want a pastrami on ryebald, please)).

Everybody mispronounces words at some time, but don't blame the narrator. To err is human (or preternatural), but to not catch it is the producer/editor's fault--that's what "takes" are for.

But don't let this detour you from looking into any of these books; Gavin has a good voice that fits the character, and you can even use her flubs as character traits of a 20-something witch detective that lacks linguistic talent to help you get through it all.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Cyrano de Bergerac (Dramatized)

  • By: Edmond Rostand
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

A swashbuckling swordsman extraordinaire, a wordsmith of unparalleled flair, action and romance follow him everywhere, as he of the pronounced protuberance beyond compare, seeks the favor of his beloved Roxanne, by waxing poetic...for another man.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fly Goose...Shoo...do not buy this!

  • By James Fields on 06-03-07

Fly Goose...Shoo...do not buy this!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-07

Whatever you do, do not buy this book. Somehow the producers have managed to take a beautiful play and suck the life right out of it. The translation is horrible and the voice "talent" is very lacking.

To borrow from the play--they mouth their verse and moan their tragedy (of course, you won't hear this line in this production)

The money spent here is better spent purchasing the Jose Ferrer movie. Buy this audiobook only if you enjoy great language butchered.

And, as I end the review, thrust home!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful