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  • Eaters of the Dead

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

The year is A.D. 922. A refined Arab courtier, representative of the powerful Caliph of Baghdad, encounters a party of Viking warriors who are journeying to the barbaric North. He is appalled by their Viking customs - the wanton sexuality of their pale, angular women, their disregard for cleanliness...their cold-blooded human sacrifices. But it is not until they reach the depths of the Northland that the courtier learns the horrifying and inescapable truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time well spent

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-07-17

An under appreciated adventure

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Like many, I only knew of this story because of the 13th Warrior movie, which I liked. But I found the style and substance of this book to be very enjoyable. The premise is simple but the story is compelling, the banter between the main character and his Viking companions is enjoyable amidst an otherwise pretty good medieval adventure. He different styles of telling the battles was good too, it wasn’t just battle after battle... each one was different.

My only caveat, when listening... feel free to skip the appendix at the end. The end was the real end, and a bibliography doesn’t “read” as well.

  • Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Dramatized)

  • By: George Lucas
  • Narrated by: Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 991

Like its predecessor, this electrifying drama boasts an outstanding cast (including Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Anthony Daniels as See Threepio, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, and John Lithgow as Yoda); a greatly expanded script, with many scenes not found in the movie; and audio engineering of unparalleled excellence. The Empire Strikes Back takes you once more into a galaxy of pure sound and limitless imagination for an adventure you'll never forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Ellen Anthony on 12-10-12

Not as interesting as their adaptation of A New Hope

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

This adaptation continues the story from the New Hope radio drama. For the most part, it keeps all the flaws of the first and looses all the virtues likewise. Where the first adaptation was awkwardly melodramatic, it at least added more backstory and scenes to further develop the characters in ways the film didn't. This episode just includes the events of the Empire Strikes Back, making it less divergent but also less satisfying.

If you want to hear the whole cycle, then by all means purchase all three, and hopefully it will finish stronger, but this episode is *not* recommended for one-off purchase or listening

  • Star Wars (Dramatized)

  • By: George Lucas, Brian Daley (adaptation)
  • Narrated by: Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907

This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond the film...

  • By Matthew on 10-13-11

A very different version, but worth it for fans

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

This version was very different than just an audio adaptation of the film. It's more like what Star Wars would have been, had it not been so visionary and better than the shows of its age. This version was more melodramatic and clunky. Closer to a Twilight Zone episode than an epic...

That being said, it's worth listening to for serious fans of the series. The characterization and fuller backstories of some characters provide some fun alternative perspectives to what we all assume were Luke, Han and Leia's motivations.

-Han and Luke were shown as deeper characters
-Obi Wan and Leia are shallower, or at least, less enjoyable
-Vader really didn't feel convincing, his villainous-ness felt very forced and tawdry

Some of the actions scenes didn't translate well to radio, but others held up fine and the extended portions of character development were engaging.

All in all, a good listen for dedicated fans to hear what might have been, and to give better perspective on just how good the film version really was. But not recommended for casual fans expecting an audiobook version right from the film.

  • Tunnel in the Sky

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: David Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

When Rod Walker decides to take the final test for “Deacon” Matson’s interplanetary survival course, he knows he will be facing life-or-death situations on an unsettled planet. What he doesn’t expect is that something will go wrong with the “Tunnel in the Sky” and he and his fellow students will not be able to return to Terra. Stranded on a hostile planet, Rod and his friends are faced wit the challenge of carving a civilization out of the wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Where it all started ...

  • By Rory on 06-30-12

A story worth getting used to

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

This story is fantastic, a much better contemporary alternative to the Lord of the Flies, and a similar premise but different take on something like The Hunger Games.

The full audiocast production feels a little halting and awkward because of Heinlein's tendency to not use contractions ("do not" instead of "don't") and full cast recordings always take a little time to get used to, but its well worth it by the end!

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  • The Long Patrol

  • By: Brian Jacques
  • Narrated by: Brian Jacques
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 211

The vicious Rapscallion army is threatening to batter down the walls of Redwall Abbey. But standing in their way are the brave hares of the Long Patrol and a stout-hearted contingent of forest creatures. And no defender of Redwall is more courageous than young Tammo, an inexperienced but eager hare who dreams of great adventure. Fueled by sumptuous feasting and hearts lifted by stirring ballads, Tammo and his honorable companions raise their swords in a pitched battle for the future of their land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely well produced story

  • By Jeffrey on 06-26-12

My personal favorite of the series

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

Not everyone seems to think so, but this one is my favorite for the whole Redwall series. It covers a more serious theme than usual, keeps a lot of humor around it, and has some very heroic moments by different characters.

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