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  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,043

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 04-26-19

It doesn’t get much better than listening to Wil Wheaton read a John Scalzi book. I sometimes think Scalzi writes hearing Wheaton’s voice as he types.

This book is funny and sad and, ultimately rewarding. Scalzi’s characters are real three-dimensional human beings with streaks of meanness, kindness, ruthlessness, and honor. Jack Holloway is one of the most likable antiheroes I’ve ever encountered. I highly recommend this listen.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,823

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Great story poorly narrated

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I enjoyed this latest supernatural police procedural from Stephen King. The story was interesting and well-paced. It is essentially the story of a malleable bogie man who can take on the characteristics of anyone whose DNA it absorbs and who feeds off of terror and misery created through, generally, sexual sadism. There are some interesting references to Hispanic and Lusophone folklore. If you have read and enjoyed the Finders Keepers trilogy, Holly Gibney is back from those stories.

And therein lies the problem. I have listened to other Will Patton narratives and found them listenable if not especially compelling, but I read the Finders Keepers books so I did not know how he treats Holly as a character. His voicing of Holly is so off-putting as to be nearly unlistenable. I found his interpretation of the cadence and timbre of her voice to be grating. While the story is sound and in keeping with King's recent extension into procedural crime tinted with horror, I cannot recommend listening to this book. Pick up a copy and read it. I suspect that you will enjoy that more.

1 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Hit

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,220

Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't Stop Listening

  • By Rodney on 05-24-13

Couldn't make it half way through

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

Reviewed: 05-04-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The production and narration was grating to me. The primary narrator alone may have been listenable but the female narrator was so one note in her delivery that all the female characters came off as identical. While I occasionally find male narrators "female" voices off putting, the dual narration of this book was just too much. Add to this the copious use of sound effects and the production is just too cheesy for my taste.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I couldn't really get into the story because I found the narration and sound effects too distracting. I will probably read the book because I like David Baldacci and the premise of the book was interesting. I just hope my brain doesn't hear the voices of the narrators.

How could the performance have been better?

A single narrative voice and no sound effects.

What character would you cut from The Hit?

I couldn't get into the book enough to evaluate the characters.

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Earth Will Shake

  • The Historical Illuminatus Chronicles Vol. I
  • By: Robert Anton Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scot Crisp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

They have been with us throughout the ages: the "Invisible College" of wisdom and their adversaries, the destroyers. Naples, Italy, circa 1764: A young aristocrat is about to stumble onto one piece of the great pattern. As witness to a vicious assassination and victim of his passion for the beautiful daughter of his enemy, young Sigismundo Celine is forced to begin a mystical odyssey amidst an ageless clash of Freemasons, Mafia, and the Illuminati.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful start to the series

  • By Kamal on 09-13-07

Not for Everyone

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-09

If you are easily offended by material which questions orthodoxy, stay away from this book, but if you are interested in alternative views of the Universe and the nature of gods and men in the Universe, this book may be for you. While the narration could have been better, it didn't undermine an interesting and thought-provoking story.

Another thing to consider is that this story ends very abruptly just about the time that it gets going strong. Considering that the sequel, The Widow's Son, has been out for awhile and has yet to make an appearance on Audible, don't expect to get closure any time soon.

I wish the rest of this series as well as the Schroedinger's Cat trilogy were currently available. Oh, well, a boy can dream.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful