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Michael R. Blanche

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  • The New Space Opera

  • By: Gardner Dozois (editor), Jonathan Strahan (editor)
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie, Caroline Shaffer, Paul Michael Garcia, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

This dazzling anthology includes epic interstellar adventures, tales of space and wonder, from some of the brightest names in science fiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not all great, but all good

  • By Michael R. Blanche on 05-07-14

Not all great, but all good

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

Reviewed: 05-07-14

What did you love best about The New Space Opera?

There was not a single performance on this audio book that wasn't really good. Every reader improved the story with their performance.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

None of these readers was Jim Dale, with his myriad voices, but the male readers gave female characters believable voices, and the female readers did the same for the male. None of them detracted from the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really. But almost none of the stories made me anxious for an ending. They weren't all great stories, but none of them would be a flop, either.

Any additional comments?

Buyers of this audio book definitely get their money's worth, almost 18 hours of entertainment!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wormhole Effect

  • A Collection of Science Fiction Stories
  • By: Zhanna Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

In The Wormhole Effect, Blue Rose Daydreams brings you stories that ignite your enthusiasm for otherworldly beings and satisfy your inner child that just wants to enjoy make-believe. Diving into world where the very fabric of existence is different from our own reminds us we are only specs of life floating in a sea of endless possibilities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Potential Stories, Bad Narration

  • By joshua on 10-24-13

Stories? Hardly even vignettes!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-13

Would you try another book from Zhanna Hamilton and/or Sam Scholl?

Almost none of the pieces included had anything close to a closed ending. The stories were shallow and the events were predictable. Maybe that's why she closed her "stories" when she did; you could predict an ending, too. Just not a good one.

Would you ever listen to anything by Zhanna Hamilton again?

Perhaps, if she wrote a novel. Maybe she needs more length to develop characters and plots.

How could the performance have been better?

Find someone who has some expression in their reading. Where did you get this amateur?

Any additional comments?

A waste of the credit to buy it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover

  • Gallagher Girls, Book 3
  • By: Ally Carter
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

When Cammie Morgan arrives at her friend Macey's five star hotel for the Democratic National Convention - where Macey's father is about to receive the vice presidential nomination - she thinks she's in for an exciting end to her summer break. But if you're a Gallagher Girl, "exciting" and "deadly" are never far apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this Series!

  • By Tabitha on 10-04-12

Not realistic...but it's fiction, right?

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version. But it would be hard to be better than the audio version.

What other book might you compare Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover to and why?

Any of the Harry Potter books, to some extent, as read by Jim Dale.

What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

She seems to have nailed the teenage girl sound.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful