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  • Old Earth

  • By: Gary Grossman
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,215

In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments, and lead to worldwide turmoil. For more than 400 years, the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly one of the best novels I ever read

  • By Art Gaza on 05-18-15

Sing songy delivery that takes me out of the story

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

How could the performance have been better?

The readers insistence on adding pauses where there shouldn't be any, and his annoying sing songy, up and down inflection, takes me out of the story. He does decent accents, but his reading during the rest of the book leaves much to be desired. Think Captain Kirk type inflections, and pauses.

  • The Swarm

  • By: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Vikas Adam, Stephen Hoye, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869

The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the solar system's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely happy

  • By Katy Troe on 08-09-16

I wonder if some listened to the same book as me?

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

Reviewed: 08-19-16

What would have made The Swarm better?

The authors chose to make this a diatribe on their right leaning politics. Attacking Apple and their security, and way too much religion without any purpose. this could easily have been a prologue to the actual book about the second Formic War. Instead it was 18 hours of introducing us to a few new characters, that added nothing to the story or plot, and disappointing a long time fan for the first time. A book, even the first one in a trilogy, should have a beginning, middle and end. This long, rambling mess just seemed like a stream of consciousness writing exercise. With no real ending to it, and then it was all of a sudden it was over. I was shaking my head, and wondering if I had missed something or skipped a chapter somewhere. It's been a long time since I've wanted a refund on a book, and I never in my life thought it would be one of Orson Scott Card's, but it was that bad. I know others enjoyed it, but it just didn't do it for me.

  • Astream

  • American Writers on Fly Fishing
  • By: Robert DeMott (Edited by)
  • Narrated by: Brian Morris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, Ted Leeson, Nick Lyons, Thomas McGuane, and more, share stories of fly fishing and life on the river. This marvelous collection features stories from some of America’s finest and most respected writers about one of the world’s most solitary and satisfying sports: fly fishing. For the first time, the stories of thirty-one acclaimed writers including Kim Barnes, Walter Bennett, Russell Chatham, Guy de la Valdne, Robert DeMott, Chris Dombrowski, Ron Ellis, Jim Fergus, Kate Fox, Charles Gaines, Bruce Guernsey, Jim Harrison, Pam Houston, Michael Keaton, Greg Keeler, Sydney Lea, Ted Leeson, Nick Lyons, Craig Mathews, Thomas McGuane, Joseph Monninger, Howard Frank Mosher, Jake Mosher, Craig Nova, Margot Page, Datus Proper, Le Anne Schreiber, Paul Schullery, W. D. Wetherell, and Robert Wrigley come together in one collection. Fly fishers and non-fly fishers alike will recognize in these poignant tales the universal aspects of the appreciation of nature, the necessity of conservation, and the joy and knowledge that come from time spent on fresh and salt water. This is a delightful, handsome volume that captures the allure and spirit of fly fishing and those that love it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, narration was a little rough

  • By Elise H Schmidt on 01-12-18

Monotone & Over Enunciated performance

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

Reviewed: 04-05-13

What did you love best about Astream?

The great writers all together.

Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Morris’s performances?

NO WAY! This should be re-recorded by someone like Michael Taylor, who did The Reasonable Art of Fly Fishing.

Any additional comments?

The superb writers aren't done justice because of the HORRIBLE narration. He over pronounces many words. His monotonous reading style coupled with this makes it sound like text to speech, only not as good. I was so looking forward to this. Now all I can think about is how I should have bought another book.

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