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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing audiobook cover art

Absolutely remarkable cliches.

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

Reviewed: 05-31-19

I expected more from one of the marvellous Brothers Green, but the story's characters, morals and message are just too one dimensional and cliched. I mostly hate that it ended on a cliff hanger and I am irredeemably compelled to buy into the sequel con job. I would not recommend this to an adult audience with nuanced world view nor any teen who has not had enough exposure to develop such, so that might leave this book appealing to the large target in between.
Don't get me wrong, I broadly agree with the sentiment of the book, I just do not think it defends itself very well at all.

Some Remarks audiobook cover art

Great book needed a better informed narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-28-19

The narrator had no concept of the technical jargon and acronyms in the book and it was painful to listen through

Wyrd Sisters audiobook cover art

Like Macbeth with a blocked nose.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

The narrator was awful. Her timing, pace and characters were truly terrible. Sometimes it feels as if she doesn't understand the humour well enough to deliver the lines. Maybe we've been spoiled by the mastery Nigel Planer to come to accept blocking your nose as an excuse for half the character's voices. I considered using this technique when reading to my kids but figured they wouldn't buy it either.
The story is classic Pratchett but this narrator really detracts from it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits audiobook cover art

Great story, average narration

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

Reviewed: 10-22-15

The breadth of Wong's imagination and narrative courage is always a treat.
Unfortunately the narrator's voice made all the male characters seem like pre pubescent boys. She also makes some glaring errors of ignorance in her articulation of some of the technical bits.
On pain of public crucifixion, I dare to suggest that it would have been better narrated by a guy.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights audiobook cover art

Another humanist bible.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-15

I only finished this because of all the other works by Rushdie that I so enjoyed. The self contradictory theme of hope in humanism left me cold with its lack of originality in blame shifting.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

The Drunkard's Walk audiobook cover art

So good I bought the book.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-14

Surprisingly entertaining. No nearly as dry as I had expected based on some of the other reviews. As usual with Audible books though, the delivery is lethargic and you need to listen with the speed ramped up to at least 150%.
I would recommend just sitting back and listening to the flow of logic and the history of the subject.
If you want a reference book you might need a text version.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance audiobook cover art

Wonderful to return to this classic

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

Reviewed: 08-02-12

What did you love best about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

Wonderful classic. Not to be missed. Books like these leave the reader changed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

I would constantly lose track of the story as my mind would be snagged by some new concept and then follow the logic independently of the narrator. I would then have to rewind to the point of departure just to get snagged all over again. It was a real treat.

What didn???t you like about Michael Kramer???s performance?

The narrator's voice has a wonderful timber and (when played at double speed) the narration is beautifully delivered. You could almost imagine that the background noise is the crackle of a camp fire and that you are huddled around listening to ghost stories. (In a way you are!).
I suspect the publishers messed it up as it sounded as if the narrator was performing under the influence of strong sedatives from outside a crowded train station. The constant drone of background voices is very distracting and I had to play the title at double speed just to make it sound normal. Are they slowing these recordings down just make the time quota? I prefer to get through a book faster so that I can get onto the next one.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would advise taking leave to get through this in one shot.