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A. Meyers

Pewaukee, WI United States
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  • Forging Zero

  • The Legend of ZERO
  • By: Sara King
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,118

The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence. Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie...but first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • That Chime…

  • By Robert A Dean Jr on 05-21-15

Difficult to hear if there's background noise

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I haven't finished the book, but this review isn't really about the plot; it's a a technical issue. The sound isn't up to snuff with other books I've purchased from Audible. It sounds as if the reader is very muffled, reading in a too-small studio with a bad microphone.

What didn’t you like about Liam Owen’s performance?

Mr. Owen's performance is okay; that's not the issue here.

Any additional comments?

So long as I don't have other sounds to distract me and I can listen carefully, I can hear the story adequately. But if there are other sounds (such as while I'm washing dishes, etc.), it's harder to hear and enjoy the book. This one would be better to listen to with headphones or ear buds.

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,653

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GREAT TRILOGY!!!

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-12-09

Everyone nodded

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Final Empire to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book in print.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vin, I suppose. What's not to like about a female Harry Potter analog?

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

He does a nice job of giving some vibrancy to the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

I was very annoyed for at least the first half of the book by the author's constant use of "nodded". "[the character] nodded" appeared so frequently, I was tempted to keep count of how often he made use of that phrase. Spoiler alert: Sanderson continues this habit throughout the trilogy. I wouldn't let that keep you from listening to it all, but I'm stunned that his editor let this through.

  • Julian Comstock

  • A Story of 22nd-Century America
  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

In the reign of President Deklan Comstock, a reborn United States is struggling back to prosperity. Over a century after the Efflorescence of Oil, after the Fall of the Cities, after the Plague of Infertility, after the False Tribulation, after the days of the Pious Presidents, the sixty stars and thirteen stripes wave from the plains of Athabaska to the national capital in New York City. In Colorado Springs, the Dominion sees to the nation's spiritual needs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent tragedy with very good narration

  • By William on 07-27-09

How did I stick with this??

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

Reviewed: 12-02-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I love speculative fiction, and the premise intrigued me. I tried reading it some time ago but was put off by the narration. At loose ends for a book, I decided to give it another try. I tried to ignore the narrator and focus on the story, but that didn't help much. The main character was fatuous and so lacking in the ability to make inferences that I was frequently frustrated by the author's depiction of him. The characters all lacked depth.

Has Julian Comstock turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, but I'll do more research on unfamiliar authors and narrators before making selections, based on this experience.

Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

Absolutely not. His performance was the most melodramatic attempt at pomposity I have ever experienced.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed, but felt I should read to the end so my review would be based on a complete reading.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book of dozens I've downloaded from Audible that has been disappointing to this degree. Nothing has come anywhere near this close.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • For Myself Alone

  • A Jane Austen Inspired Novel
  • By: Shannon Winslow
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

From the author of The Darcys of Pemberley comes a new story, straight out of the world of Jane Austen and told in a style reminiscent of her six classic novels. Set in nineteenth century Hampshire and Bath, For Myself Alone is the tale of Josephine Walker, a bright, young woman whose quiet life is turned upside-down by an unexpected inheritance. With a tempting fortune of twenty thousand pounds, she's suddenly the most popular girl in town. Yet Jo longs to be valued for who she is, not for her bank balance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I doubt Austen would like this much

  • By A. Meyers on 04-15-14

I doubt Austen would like this much

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

Reviewed: 04-15-14

Would you try another book from Shannon Winslow and/or Beverley A. Crick?

I don't think I'd try another Shannon Winslow novel if it's one in which she's trying to mimic Jane Austen. Beverley A. Crick's narration seemed better-modulated to a book for much younger readers.

Would you be willing to try another book from Shannon Winslow? Why or why not?

I'd try another book of Shannon Winslow's only if it were of a different genre, although I'm not sure which one.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Beverley A. Crick?

A narrator with a less Pollyanna-ish style would have given the book a bit more weight. Crick's style made it seem even more fluffy than it was.

Could you see For Myself Alone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, please! There were too many points I felt were ignored legal and social realities for women of that period.

Any additional comments?

This doesn't seem to be the same universe in which Dickens wrote Bleak House, or in which women's rights to property were severely limited by entailments, etc. Jo seems to behave too much like a 20th century woman in handling her affairs, in moving about socially, etc. The subplots with the suitors lack anything like the subtleties of Austen's handling. Therefore, to attach Jane Austen's name to it is, to put it very mildly, disappointing.

  • The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 127

After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Wonder it Was a Top BookSense 76 Pick!

  • By Patrick Y. on 04-24-05

Really poor narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-06

I'm a retired middle school reading teacher. I've enjoyed Audible titles in this genre before. But this narrator is, bar none, the worst of all I've previewed or listened to. His tone is pretentious and his regard for punctuation (as noted above), nonexistent. I can't get past his style to care about the text. Pass on this one!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324

Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narrator

  • By C. A. Likely on 03-12-07

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-06

I'd read this book twice, including once in a women's literature class. The strength of Austen's style is legendary. But listening to this reader made the book even more enjoyable. Her pacing and expression were spot-on for me. I'll look for her again on other titles.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful