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Flowers for Algernon audiobook cover art

Very good indeed

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Great storyline based on an intriguing concept: what if people could be made smarter? That alone is quite gripping. Add a few more ideas to this basics, plus more than a reasonable share of complex situations and boom... you got a recipe for storytelling. It is crafted very skillfully by the author, raising the interest and tension with every paragraph. One can’t help but feel different emotions towards the characters along the way as well. There’s not much surprise to the ending, but it doesn’t take away from the entire book. Overall it hits all marks, just could be more impacting somehow on the ending. Narrator is pretty good.

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Almost ruined by narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Great story with all you may hope to find in a good book. The story is quite delightful. The sad part is the narrator himself is not bad at all. His accents and voices fit just perfectly to this book. He is really awesome... we’re it not for his outer worldly bizarre surreal weird pauses and punctuation. I’d say half and half he floats between getting it right and creating his own punctuation, which is excruciating. I’m still glad I listened to it and hope others can hear past the bad narrated parts...

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Better than the first

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

If the first installment was somewhat confusing due to the number of main characters, this installment got that out of the way since we’re already familiar with them. More so, the story is even notched up a little with the addition of the super soldiers. There’s this believable side of the different sides in the story. Action packed. Narrator is competent. I’m inclined to keep on going in the series

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Messy promise

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Could not keep track of all the characters until the middle of the story. Too many of them right up front. The mix between telling the current story and all backgrounds works well for pace, in sacrifice of requiring much more attention from reader. This might be one of those books better suited for actual reading instead of listening. Not recommended for those planning on doing other activities while listening. You might find yourself going back continuously.
The above being said, it is a rather new mix I had not seen before between zombies and heroes, characters are interesting and action is aplenty. Confusion fades away gradually as characters grow on you. The ending is also quite unexpected as well. I found it refreshing and well justified. Think this series has potential, and have already started book 2. Narrators are pretty good and do their part in the story. Recommended

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  • Molly's Game
  • From Hollywood’s Elite, to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
  • By: Molly Bloom
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell

Plain, simple and immensely entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

What you get with this book:
- Plain and simple writing style
- Based on true story
- Plot twists most movies would die for
- Relatable and charismatic main character
- Some secondary characters so good they even over shadow the main character
- Many ARE YOU KIDDING ME moments
- An extreme longing for watching the movie and comparing to the book
- Negotiating lessons no class will ever teach you
- Unfortunately, no poker strategizing although this is probably a good thing (not the focus of the story anyway)

Narration is competent despite all males sounding nasal and similar. Only downside is, and I fully agree with other reviewers, the ending is fairly rushed. It is a shame and I do feel it shouldve been much more detailed. However, it was not so bad as to take any of the stars from the rating.

If you pick this up and enjoy it, also look for SCORES by Michael Blutrich. Similar in a number of ways and as captivating as this one. I now regret having read such titles because I cant read them again not knowing how the story turns out. It is that good.

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Holy cow Stephen can read

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Done with the first part and jeez... the material is very good indeed, but Stephen Fry is absolutely incredible. His voice imprinting to different characters is not necessarily the best I’ve heard, however the way he reads lines is second to none. Might be the one who best adds emotion to the acting. Not only that, he manages to include a light spirited comedic touch which one could not extract out of pure text. Outstanding to say the least. Eventually, I want to keep on listening both because the stories are overall intriguing even by today’s standards, and because the narrator brings the material to life so competently I’m compelled by the sound alone. Oh, and let’s not forget about the introductions and interpretations to the uninitiated on Holmes. Stunning gold material worth every penny and every second

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Delightful dark fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Creepy as hell. Captivating. Simple yet powerful writing. Wanted more when it ended. My first and most definitely not last Gaiman. The cherry on the icing comes with the authors own reading interpretation. You can tell he’s not an actor or professional narrator, however he obviously brings the proper tones throughout the story and characters, emphasizing words and sentences only he interpret to its fullest. Simply amazing read

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Fantastic. Its flaw is...

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

This is a fantastic translation of the X-Files world to the audio medium. The acting and sound stage plus effects are once more, outstanding. Bravo, Audible. I've listened to other acted titles (such as Locke & Key and even Alien), and they sounded a bit more overly descriptive than this one. These awkward dialogues are needed due to the lack of a narrator per se, however the more properly crafted the scenes and dialogues, the less one finds the need for having such "oh no, you shot me in my arm!" or "Wow, why are you tying me so strongly to this chair?", and things like that. Hard to imagine not having anything like it throughout the entire length in this format. This title has just a bit of it.
There are different chapters, and they tackle different sub stories, which all tie in to the bigger scheme of things. I am a fan of the series, but been a while since I watched it. Not knowing your characters and context means you WILL miss a few of the references and their meaning. That is fine though if you don't mind not getting every little piece of detail. There is plenty of character insight and some development, with as much action and intelligent use of the sound effects (even though at times it can be a bit confusing to follow).
Only complaint, if we can even call it that, is that this is TOO X-FILISH. Unless you have the series fresh in your mind, forget about minor details. It works on screen, having countless complex characters and conspiracies, as you obviously have visual help and can better keep track of things. Audio only.... hmmmmmmmm.... takes a bit more effort, especially to the newbie or if you plan on listening while doing something else. Even so, it is just a side commentary, it was very entertaining and definitely recommended

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Ok, I get the hype, BUT...

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

...feel the story was quite rushed and I could not get myself involved with caring enough for any of the characters. The idea is pretty good. The conundrums are pretty interesting. The set up is nothing new, but it works well. There are just too many underdeveloped characters with so much potential. It could have been much, much better, imo. As is, a lot of it is tossed at the reader with little to no concern as to setting a proper scene and letting it organically flow. Performance is honest and competent.
Only recommended to hardcore sci-fi fans looking to broaden their collection.

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Unbearingly fantastic. Unbelievably real

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Now really, one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Reasons include, but not limited to: characters, scenery, history, perfect balance between description and narrative. When I reached about half of it, I was honestly already way beyond being terrified for them, and thinking holy cow, how can this linger through for another 5 or so hours?? How can this get any worse? How can they handle it? Honestly, it is really powerful. Made me go back thinking about POW camps in many ways, except here the nazis are out of the picture and in comes mother nature with all its might.
At some points it flirts with losing strength and its grip on you. It just flirts with it. Right away youre hooked back into some new situation and its devastating consequences. Recommended even if its not really your kinda book. Think itd be hard not to sympathize and deeply root for the characters.
Simon Prebble does the work amazing justice, with impressive accordance between the tone used and the story development. Voices are also done with skill, it seems like that is exactly how they sounded! It just beautifully complements the whole work even further.