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  • Pastwatch

  • The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How history should have been.

  • By Helen on 24-05-11

How history should have been.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-11

Pastwatch - a group of people who research and record history through the use of viewing machines who realise that intervention may be needed to help their future and improve the past. I don't know enough about history to know if this book is factually accurate, but importantly for what is a work of fiction, it *feels* accurate, it feels as if this is how things happened and so makes the future (past?) changes possible. I find it a haunting and beautiful book and at the end I always wish that this past was how things had been.

This has been one of my favourite books for a long time, but to hear it read by such an excellent cast just enhanced the experience. I used to skim some sections but with an audiobook you can't do that, you have to listen to it all and that is a good thing as those sections are much more interesting when read aloud in the different voices. The voice actors used for all of the Orson Scott Card audiobooks I have listened to so far (the entire Ender series) have done yet another fantastic job. It has now reached the stage that I don't just search for an author's books, I search for the readers too and would be willing to try new authors if they are doing the narration. My only quibble is that I'd like to know more about who reads each part, perhaps a line at the end from each reader stating their name would be nice as they deserve full credit for what they each do.

This sort of experience is why I joined Audible.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of the Hegemon

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Orson Scott Card tells a tale long awaited by millions of fans: the story of how Bean turned away from his first friend, Ender, and became the tactical genius who won the Earth for Ender's brother, Peter, who became the Hegemon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Audio rendition of an excellent book

  • By Giulio on 30-10-05

Excellent but spoiled by some awful overdubbing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-11

This is the first audiobook I've listened to where I hadn't already read the story and I found it very enjoyable. I find the narration of the Ender series very well done with the voice talent very effective at getting across the different aspects of the story. For some reason, tho, this particular audio book has the word 'Hegemon' overdubbed - by the same actor, true, but so obviously that the word is sometimes shouted, the sound quality varies and it is very distracting. The other books in this series haven't had that fault and I'm really hoping none of the others do as it had the effect of completely affecting the mood.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Shadow

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Return to Battle School.

  • By Sara on 21-07-09

Brilliant version

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-11

I didn't particularly enjoy this book when I read it. But this is an example of how excellent narration can improve the whole audiobook experience. The different voices are excellent and work well together, adding an extra dimension to the book and making me wish my commute home from work took longer. I don't know how this was recorded but the quick interchange between voices at times sounds very real as though they were having a direct conversation. The occasional use of music adds to the atmosphere.

This book is a perfect example of what an audio book should be and I hope that the same excellent production is in place for the rest of the Ender series of books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crocodile on the Sandbank

  • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Peters
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lively, fun mystery

  • By Helen on 18-04-10

Lively, fun mystery

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-04-10

Ok, the mystery might not be that much of a mystery, but there are ancient ruins, wandering mummies, beautiful damsels, adventurous heroes and a bossy but likeable heroine. This series of books are written with a wry sense of humour and a sense of the ridiculous and the narration on this audio book excellently conveys that.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • The Naked Sun

  • By: Isaac Asimov
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

On the beautiful Outer World planet of Solaria, a handful of human colonists lead a hermitlike existence, their every need attended to by their faithful robot servants. To this strange and provocative planet comes Detective Elijah Baley, sent from the streets of New York with his positronic partner, the robot R. Daneel Olivaw, to solve an incredible murder that has rocked Solaria to its foundations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Paul Lintott on 29-08-07

Good characterization

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-09

The book itself is a fascinating "retro" science fiction novel. It was written back in the 50s and that shows (especially with the pipe smoking thing) but somehow that's part of the charm and the mystery and ideas certainly stand up in modern times. I really enjoyed the narration, William Dufris has managed to make the voices different without them becoming caricatures. I know one listener felt that Jessie's voice was annoying but I always imagined her character like that so it didn't jar for me. I will certainly be buying more in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful