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Still cute, just not the original

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

Reviewed: 05-17-19

This story is still funny and lovable, and well worth the credit if you have not yet listened to it. This was one of the first audiobook CDs I purchased, and when I found it on Audible I was super excited. That changed when I realized this was not the same version I previously owned. Both were unabridged, but this version seems not only to be "remastered" but contain "a director's cut" of extra scenes. My CDs are currently in a moving box, so I can't give you exact details. I can say, it was a little disappointing to expect one thing and be given another. The voice choice for Trish was the biggest distraction. I have grown to love the nasally lovable working class Trish. This new narrative and extra scenes almost make her harder, colder, and more b**chy. The mother (a barrister) went from being too busy in her career (foreshadowing parallels) and abscent in her daughter's life to being over controlling and unusually demanding of an adult daughter that she doesn't make time for. All of her extra scenes did nothing but add unnecessary strife. Not sure why all the changes, but if you purchased the CD back in the early 2K, be aware that this is the same narrator but a completely different version.

Great story but (UPDATE)

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

UPDATE : The audio issues below have been fixed! i love Jonathan's reading. His voice as Bael will melt your heart!

This story is spot on Molly Harper. The characters are great and the angst is not over done. Amanda Ronconi did a wonderful job. The main turnoff was Jonathan Davis's editing. I really enjoyed his reading! He did a wonderful job bringing Bael to life. there were times his re-dos sounded like they were recorded over the phone and other times the quality made it sound like someone else was reading. Did anyone listen to this production before it was published? I'm a huge fan of two readers, they really bring a story to life, but the constant fluctuation of Jonathan's sections was distracting. As a side note, I would love to hear more from Jonathan in the future, I hope more books in this series hosts him as a narrator.

146 of 160 people found this review helpful

A moment in time When two people connect

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

Any additional comments?

I know a lot of people know of VOX because of Clinton and Lewinsky. Sadly, I found this book looking for in intellectual "fix". I have been listening and reading erotica on a regular basis and could not find something new or something that would catch my attention. This was it. I should warn some younger audiences that this was copyrighted 1993. If you do not know what a VHS tape or a party line is, you might be slightly lost. After reading the synopsis I decided to go with the audio version. I normally READ erotica or hard core romances, but the give and take of between Jim and Abby (wonderfully narrated by Mark Boyett and Gabra Zackman) screamed that this should be in audio. You are transported into a nearly five hour block of time where two people agreed to take their partyline conversation private. As you listen to the conversation you are immersed into a connection of two people who are seeking that "something" painfully missing from their day-to-day and you will begin to panic when you realize the fanatical might be broken by the threat of reality. (Luckily Jim convincingly pleads to keep the connection going) There are conversation about work, food, books, and the something that has escaped them up until now. There are conversations about fantasies and realities. All these conversations are yours to witness from the shadows. I've never been a "voyeur" but having the fly-on-the-wall perspective was very interesting. I'm not sure if I will look into anything else from Nicholson Baker, but after listening to VOX (for the fourth time) I'm a huge fan of Jim and Abby and this story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Could not stop laughing

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

This was a deal of the day book a friend suggested I listen too (after only listening to the sample). After the first chapter I recommend the book to three gal-pals. After finishing the book, I made my husband turn off the TV one night and started the book all over again. I plan on gifting this story to a couple more friends. I will admit it took a while to get use to Napoleon's voice, but by Greg's second diary entry, there could be no other voice. :- ). The story is heart warming and very relatable to those who are well into their thirties, working 40+ hrs a week, and looking at the mirror wondering where their 25 year-old body went.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Do you have to finish a book to review it?

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

Reviewed: 05-13-12

What would have made The Magicians better?

It had all the great makings of a "fantasy" but had no wonder, no awe sensations, none of the "magical feeling" you felt when you first read Narnia, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or watched the original Fantasia.

What was most disappointing about Lev Grossman’s story?

The lead character was too negative and always complaining about something, even if it went his way.

What aspect of Mark Bramhall’s performance would you have changed?

I honestly didnt listen to more than an hour and a half of the book. I dont recall the narration being bad, but I was so disappointed in the book I dont recall it being good either.

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

Disappointment. To read reviews of this being "Harry Potter goes to college in Narnia" you are automatically set up with distinct expectations. I was OK with some of the ideals from other stories being used; it could have lead to a more realistic/ modern edge (I'm 36 and found myself wishing I could walk through my closet and windup somewhere else on a whim after picking up the CS Lewis series decades after first reading them). What I was not expecting was a negative young adult miserable in his existence, wanting to make everyone around him miserable, and then still be miserable when things are actually going his way!! If my 15 acted like this I would tell her to put on her big-girl panties and get over herself or go sulk in her room away from people who are actually having a good day.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

A MUST for Hitchhiker fans

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

Reviewed: 05-13-12

Would you listen to Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain again? Why?

Would I listen to this book again? YES! This book made me laugh from start to finish. The dialog was funny, the characters were easy to visualize, and the story was quirky and solid.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character by far was Snog (sp? -- the only bad thing about audiobooks, you really have to pay attention to names LOL) -- This character was the multi-ped mutated pet of the Emperor Mollusk and did not speak. What made her my favorite was the description, her mannerisms, the way she always made me smile and laugh, and her awesome abilities.

What about Scott Aiello’s performance did you like?

The 4 main characters were very distinguishable though back and forth dialog, and the way he handled the dialog scenes that needed close to 10 distinguishable voices in succession was better than most I have heard.

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

I laughed almost all the way through. I'm a HUGE S'more fan, and I knew I would love this book the moment I heard "today's laser is tomorrow's marshmallow roaster." There are more than a couple "one-liners" that should be made into bumper stickers.

Any additional comments?

There are a couple "flashback" type stories that seem a little out of place and added only as filler. There were also a couple times where I missed the transition from one part of the story to the next and had to go back to re-listen, but this could also have been when I was slamming on my breaks trying to merge on or off the interstate and not the fault of the book or it's narrator. :-)

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

4/22/11 - still not the whole story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-27-11

The story: The narration was good, but the story is only so-so. I was surprised to hear musical cues in the beginning, but after getting over the corniness of it all, it was OK. Knowing this is a “teen” novel, I was surprised how simplistic the language was and how broken down, incomplete, or lacking the descriptions were. Although this book was to expand on the movie, it felt as if it fell short. It was as if I was giving you a very detailed description of the movie I just saw and acted out the parts I recalled or really liked. All-in-all, what was listened to was enjoyed, but I would only listen to this story once.

All that said, I’m VERY disappointed in Audible. I read the two reviews that stated this was not a complete story and that the reader would have to wait until after March 20th to go online and get the ending of the story. I could not find anything from Audible in the description of this story to distinguish if this was the COMPLETE story, or if this was still the partial story missing the ending. I purchased this story on 4/22/11, thinking, “it’s been a month and this movie is no long playing on the main screen in Dayton, OH – I should be safe.” I was wrong. This was not the completed version of the story. I was halfway back from traveling when I reached the end of Chapter 29. Needless to say, I’m a little more than miffed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful