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Scott Mayhew

Seattle, WA
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  • Armada

  • A Novel
  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,895
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30,838

It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Lacked the freshness of Ready Player One

  • By Chad on 01-08-16

Awful Cliches and Too Many Nerd Name Droppings

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

What would have made Armada better?

Book was rife with cringy cliches and an over abundance of nerd references. exposition went on wayyyy too long, the author tried to convince emotions rather than let the reader feel them on their own. weak book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ernest Cline again?

Ready Player One was great. So Id give Cline one more chance.

How could the performance have been better?

Wheaton gets a bit old.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

Any additional comments?

skip it.

  • Emma [Naxos]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,501

One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listen

  • By H. CRODDICK on 08-07-08

Jane Austin is the fucking best

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

Where does Emma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. The narrator actually gives a performance, doesn't just read changing up the voices. She adds inflection, emotion, and personality into each character. Top notch.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Emma?

Not knowing who was going to hook up with whom and the fact Emma doesn't actually NEED a man to be self-fulfilled.

Which scene was your favorite?

too many to choose from.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Emma is admonished for talking down to Miss Bates by Mr. Knightly and then redeems herself in his eyes. Shows real character development in such a subtle and human way.

Any additional comments?

I cannot recommend this book or any other by Austin highly enough. She is the pinnacle of English writing in my eyes. Forget that Shakespeare dude.

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,002

The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent audio book performance

  • By Julie Leto on 08-03-14

Charming tale if you're into that.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

What did you like best about The Remains of the Day? What did you like least?

the butler's attempt at humor

Would you be willing to try another book from Kazuo Ishiguro? Why or why not?

Not if they are like this one.

Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

no idea

Did The Remains of the Day inspire you to do anything?

Avoid reading books about English butlers

Any additional comments?

Well written, but not for me. I love Jane Austin, but I had nothing in common with this book except for being American like the last owner of Darrington.

  • Wonder Boys

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

A wildly successful first novel made Grady Tripp a young star, and seven years later he still hasn't grown up. He's now a writing professor in Pittsburgh, plummeting through middle age, stuck with an unfinishable manuscript, an estranged wife, a pregnant girlfriend, and a talented but deeply disturbed student named James Leer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listening albeit rather slow

  • By MIGHTYA on 09-22-14

good performance, story feels cliche

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

If you could sum up Wonder Boys in three words, what would they be?

writing, failure, redemption

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wonder Boys?

the dinner with the jewish in-laws

Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

no idea

If you could rename Wonder Boys, what would you call it?

writing about what the author knows

Any additional comments?

Okay book...but Chabon is a writer's writer...heavy handed, solipsistic, and very literary. If you prefer brevity and books not about the incestuous faculty crowd at universities (of which, Warren's "A Place To Come To" is the best), then skip it.

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  • Gorky Park

  • By: Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by: Henry Strozier
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 650

At first, the case of the bodies found in a Moscow park looked straightforward: a "troika", probably three on a bottle, drunk together and then frozen to death together in the brutal Russian night. But Chief Homicide Investigator Arkady Renko hits a sharp and complicated turn with the arrival of the KGB's Pribluda. Suddenly, his access to a routine investigation is blocked. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still the BEST

  • By IVAL on 03-22-12

story okay, characters indiscernible

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

What disappointed you about Gorky Park?

The story was fine, I guess...but the reading by Strozier left me confused as to what was happening and who was who. This was due to the fact every character sounded the same.

Would you be willing to try another one of Henry Strozier’s performances?

probably not