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  • Congo

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

Deep in the African rain forest, near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an expedition of eight American geologists are mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutes. Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies - all motionless except for one moving image - a grainy, dark, man-shaped blur.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic - better the second time around

  • By hgpilot - MM on 11-28-15

Dated but Good

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Crichton's book was written long enough ago to be demonstrably inaccurate at points, but the sense of adventure and pacing, combined with special details, creates a story that is exciting and fascinating. The narration is good, but the light female voice inflected for the character Munroe can border on the silly.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,359

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Very Good Performance

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

The varied voices for different primary characters really adds depth to this characterization. The book is, of course, quite wonderful, and I got more listening to this after reading the book than I expected to.

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,841

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fixed!

  • By Rob J. on 04-16-17

Gripping with a great Narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

What did you love best about Cryptonomicon?

The story really covers a lot of ground, and while it's not something to enter into lightly, it engages you and just packs on layer after layer, and you find yourself getting more interested as time goes on.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard to pick a favorite character, but I'm very interested in Enoch Root. He's intentionally an enigma, but that just adds to the mystery. But Goto Dengo is equally interesting, stretching through time as he does.

What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

He keeps his voice buoyant, which keeps his cadence from becoming tiresome and at the same time doesn't cause him to sound moronic.

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

Oh, God no. That would be improbable. It's almost 2 days long.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All Tomorrow's Parties

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

Rydell is on his way back to near-future San Francisco. His job has him convinced that his career is going nowhere, but his friend Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is, although it will eventually involve his former girlfriend, a Taoist assassin, the secrets Laney has been hacking out of the depths of DatAmerica, the CEO of the PR firm that secretly runs the world and the apocalyptic technological transformation of, well, everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth several listenings.

  • By Laura on 04-22-11

Amazing story, horrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

What made the experience of listening to All Tomorrow's Parties the most enjoyable?

Gibson's use of unexpected wording creates a very distinct and enjoyable esperience.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonathan Davis?

Anyone. His representations of unusual voices and of any female are horrible. Tessa is atrocious, Chevette isn't very good, and The Rooster is unbearable. I almost skipped any section The Rooster appeared in because of how poorly he performed it.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful