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  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,736
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,076

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging noir space opera bursting with ideas

  • By cmthomas on 02-03-10

The Kindle Version will be much better

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

What did you like best about Revelation Space? What did you like least?

The Story, Plot, and Character development, are first rate. Unfortunately, John Lee ranks among the most tedious, and least expressive narrators I've ever listened to, in over 2,000 audible books. By the end of every sentence, he runs out of breath , and his volume falls to the point that you have to strain to understand him.

How could the performance have been better?

Almost any narrator would vastly improve the performance.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to like this audio book. I do most of my "reading", in my car. When the narration is this bad, I have to put the book away.

  • Geekomancy

  • By: Michael R. Underwood
  • Narrated by: Julia Farhat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 179

Ree Reyes’s life was easier when all she had to worry about was scraping together tips from her gig as a barista and comic shop slave to pursue her ambitions as a screenwriter. When a scruffy-looking guy storms into the shop looking for a comic like his life depends on it, Ree writes it off as just another day in the land of the geeks. Until a gigantic “BOOM!” echoes from the alley a minute later, and Ree follows the rabbit hole down into her town’s magical flip-side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Only geeks need apply!

  • By Tracey on 03-29-13

Did anyone actually listen to this befor releasing

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

Reviewed: 05-30-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Using a narrator that was capable of producing sounds less like fingernails on a chalk board, for a start.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael R. Underwood again?

I'd definitely pre-listen, first

Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Farhat’s performances?

NEVER

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Geekomancy?

All references to the Gamers skill / power rankings. --- very tedious

Any additional comments?

Warning to all: please preview / listen before purchasing

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Boundaries

  • The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines - and How It Will Change Our Lives
  • By: Miguel Nicolelis
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

Imagine living in a world where people use their computers, drive their cars, and communicate with one another simply by thinking. In this stunning and inspiring work, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis shares his revolutionary insights into how the brain creates thought and the human sense of self - and how this might be augmented by machines, so that the entire universe will be within our reach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Lame Will Walk

  • By Lynn on 04-24-11

Narrator painfull to listen to!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-12

Would you try another book from Miguel Nicolelis and/or Patrick Egan?

Miguel, may be a genius, however, I'll have to actually read this book in paper or digital format. Patrick Egan's narration was painful for me to listen to. Usually I can find some redeeming value in even the most challenging narrator, but in this case I had to stop listening.

Has Beyond Boundaries turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love this genre

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Dry, over enunciated, and a bit pompous, are a few adjectives I'd use to describe the narration

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beyond Boundaries?

Couldn't get past the first narrated chapter. I'll let you know after I read the book.

Any additional comments?

What more can I say?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,638
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870

It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Roy Dotrice

  • By Aaron on 12-07-05

Roy Dotrice Please !!!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-10

WHY would they change the narrator? A potentially wonderful continuation of the best Three books I've listened to turned into something awkward, and painful to listen to. A waste of recording effort.

Please --- Please re-produce this audio-book with Roy Dotrice as the narrator.

I'll Read it on Kindle

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Delphinus Chronicles

  • By: R.G. Roane
  • Narrated by: Helen Lisanti
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

Students at a small college in Southern California program their supercomputer to learn language, but the school is adjacent to an aquatic amusement park and the computer mistakenly learns to communicate with the world's dolphin population. The dolphins ultimately reveal explosive information about the true origins of mankind, which falls into the wrong hands and sets off a chain of events that threatens to unravel society as we know it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Narration

  • By Janet on 07-13-07

Good Idea, Poor Execution

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-06

I was intregued by the idea of the book, but dissapointed by the execution. I expect that a writer should have at least a passing understanding of Dolphin Biology and history, and enough computer knowledge to avoid simple input / output / operation errors and incosistencies.

Plot and character development were weak, to the point that I had to check if I was listening the abridged version. Listening to the narrator proved a challange, as well. While her voice and Brittish accent were delightful, and would have worked perfectly with a Dianna Gabeldon or Patrick O'Brian novel, the accent just did not fit with a story staged primarily in Southern California.

A good idea that could have been a great book with a little more research, and more thorough plot development.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful