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  • Sphere

  • Autor: Michael Crichton
  • Sprecher: Scott Brick
  • Spieldauer: 13 Std.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 20

A classic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Crichton, Sphere is a bravura demonstration of what he does better than anyone: riveting storytelling that combines frighteningly plausible, cutting-edge science and technology with pulse-pounding action and serious chills. The gripping story of a group of American scientists sent to the ocean floor to investigate an alien ship, only to confront a terrifying discovery that defies imagination,.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 30 years later

  • Von Kaleb McCormack Am hilfreichsten 20.03.2019

30 years later

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 20.03.2019

I read this book relatively soon after it was published – around 1990. Now I listened to it again. It's still terrific in many ways. It's thrilling. It's oddly atmospheric. At it's time it was a paradigm of an entire genre. From today's perspective however it's also a bit stale. The characters seem stereotypical –though maybe they're rather prototypical–; in any case they're boring. The story itself is full of logical flaws and shortcuts; lots of loose ends; easy ways out. Not to say that still doesn't happen today. But today such a book wouldn't acquire as much acclaim.

What struck me most after so many years was how pervasive racism and sexism still were in the 1980s. While the story means to deal with and expose these phenomena the corresponding sections are also infused with that very same way of thinking. One needs to remind oneself how very different society still was at our parents' time.

  • Ravensong

  • Green Creek, Book 2
  • Autor: TJ Klune
  • Sprecher: Kirt Graves
  • Spieldauer: 20 Std. und 18 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Gordo has found himself once again the witch of the Bennett pack. Green Creek has settled after the death of Richard Collins, and Gordo constantly struggles to ignore Mark and the song that howls between them. But time is running out. Something is coming. And this time, it’s crawling from within. Some bonds, no matter how strong, were made to be broken.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A poor second to Wolfsong

  • Von Kaleb McCormack Am hilfreichsten 01.03.2019

A poor second to Wolfsong

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 01.03.2019

After I was surprisingly take by Wolfsong (not my usual reading at all) I found Ravensong rather dull.

In many ways it's a tedious rehash of the first book. Slow development, similar ideas, same jokes ("fucking werewolves"), same mannerisms ("pack, pack pack. home, home home").

There is a new storyline though – but it sets in fairly late and seems rather trite. I wouldn't want to spoil it, so I'll just say I didn't feel it made good for the overall lack of inspiration.

The narrator for the most part did as good a job as before. Sadly though he chose to give Gordo a unique voice by constantly dropping his g's ("doin', sayin', biting', howling' …") which becomes quite annoying after a while.

  • Into This River I Drown

  • Autor: TJ Klune
  • Sprecher: Matt Baca
  • Spieldauer: 18 Std. und 49 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Sprecher
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Geschichte
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Five years ago, Benji Green lost his beloved father Big Eddie when his truck crashed into a river. Everyone called it an accident, but Benji knows it was more. Even years later, he's buried in his grief, throwing himself into managing Big Eddie's convenience store in the small-town of Roseland, Oregon. Surrounded by his mother and three aunts, he lives day to day, struggling to keep his head above water. But Roseland is no ordinary place.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Angels and some god.

  • Von Kaleb McCormack Am hilfreichsten 29.01.2019

Angels and some god.

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 29.01.2019

The story actually is a bit lame yet kitsch.
But what really made me give it a fairly bad rating are the constant religious overtones.
This may be normal to American readers (or listeners) but as a European I find it quite irritating.
Since it's hardly a spoiler maybe the description should make it clear that this story to a major degree is about angels and some god.

  • The Hidden Oasis

  • Autor: Paul Sussman
  • Sprecher: Gordon Griffin
  • Spieldauer: 20 Std. und 23 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Geschichte
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Egypt 2153 BC: 80 priests set out under cover of darkness with a mysterious object.... Albania, 1986: A plane takes off bound for the Sudan. Somewhere over the Sahara it disappears.... The present: a mummified corpse is discovered in the dunes with a roll of camera film and a clay obelisk inscribed with a hieroglyphic sign.... Three unconnected events - or so it seems.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • an den Haaren herbeigezogenes Ende der allerübelsten Sorte

  • Von paperweight Am hilfreichsten 26.12.2010

Clichés Galore.

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
3 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 15.01.2019

Not only are all the genre's typical cliché well represented: unlikely coincidences, 'crazy' twists, exaggerated characters. Sadly the author also can't refrain from amply seasoning his descriptions with racist and homophobic cliches – resulting in an ample points deduction.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • Autor: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Sprecher: Derek Perkins
  • Spieldauer: 11 Std. und 41 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfume

  • Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 24.10.2018

Dritter Aufguss

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 10.12.2018

Man hat so das Gefuehl, dass Harari immer wieder dasselbe Buch schreibt.
Man hat so das Gefuehl, dass Harari immer wieder dasselbe Buch schreibt.
Man hat so das Gefuehl, dass Harari immer wieder dasselbe Buch schreibt.

  • Wolfsong

  • Autor: TJ Klune
  • Sprecher: Kirt Graves
  • Spieldauer: 18 Std. und 40 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Ox was 23 when murder came to town and tore a hole in his head and heart. The boy chased after the monster with revenge in his blood red eyes, leaving Ox behind to pick up the pieces. It's been three years since that fateful day and the boy is back. Except now he's a man, and Ox can no longer ignore the song that howls between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual 'read'.

  • Von Kaleb McCormack Am hilfreichsten 19.10.2018

Not my usual 'read'.

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 19.10.2018

I wouldn't have thought I'd ever read (i.e. listen to) a gay teenage werewolf romance – let alone give it a 5 star rating.
Yet here I am …

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • Autor: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Sprecher: Oliver Wyman
  • Spieldauer: 32 Std. und 51 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and great narrator!

  • Von Oliver B Am hilfreichsten 29.11.2016

5 out of 5.

Gesamt
5 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 10.08.2018

Terrifically well written and read.
Hanya Yanagihara is going to be a household name and hopefully a Nobel laureate in a decade or two.
The story is haunting and wonderful and captivating and despite its length never the slightest bit boring.
There's one slight disappointment though: While the narration attends to all four protagonists rather equally in the beginning three of them fade more and more into the background as the story progresses. I would have hoped to learn about all their lives to the same extend.

  • Harvard Square

  • A Novel
  • Autor: Andre Aciman
  • Sprecher: Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 20 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Sprecher
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Geschichte
    5 out of 5 stars 1

It’s the fall of 1977, and amid the lovely, leafy streets of Cambridge a young Harvard graduate student, a Jew from Egypt, longs more than anything to become an assimilated American and a professor of literature. He spends his days in a pleasant blur of 17th-century fiction, but when he meets a brash, charismatic Arab cab driver in a Harvard Square café, everything changes. Nicknamed Kalashnikov - Kalaj for short - for his machine-gun vitriol, the cab driver roars into the student’s life with his denunciations of the American obsession with "all things jumbo and ersatz".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Killed by the narrator.

  • Von Kaleb McCormack Am hilfreichsten 10.08.2018

Killed by the narrator.

Gesamt
3 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
1 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 10.08.2018

Aciman's writing is marvellous as always.
Hearing the book read entirely in the protagonist's thick Egyptian accent however quickly progresses from quaintly original to positively nerve-racking. Especially when the narrator even imitates Kalaj's agitated manner of speaking (or ranting and rambling rather) you can't help but skip ahead just to keep yourself from yelling at your iPod.

  • One Second After

  • Autor: William R. Forstchen
  • Sprecher: Joe Barrett
  • Spieldauer: 13 Std. und 17 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eine traurige Möglichkeit!

  • Von Stephan Klose Am hilfreichsten 28.01.2019

Americans don't cannibalise their neighbours!

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 07.08.2018

What's new: This time it's an EMP instead of a zombie apocalypse or a super flu.

What's not new: Everything else.

In fact it's mostly really old. Same characters that have been seen 100 times – just flatter. A town full Christians and soldiers. Nice, white, heterosexual American patriots (plus a black soldier and the most patriotic Pakistani-American ever featured in literature). While the world plunges into chaos the little town prevails –both physically and morally!– thanks to its Christian college and a professor of military history who keeps reminding everyone of Gettysburg and of Omaha Beach (omitting Wounded Knee, Hiroshima and Abu Ghraib), reciting Lincoln's and Roosevelt's speeches and saluting every flag he sees.

"We're still Americans!", is the most repeated sentence in the book.
Whether it's about sharing food or not turning your neighbours into food.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • A Novel
  • Autor: A. J. Finn
  • Sprecher: Ann Marie Lee
  • Spieldauer: 13 Std. und 42 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Sprecher
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • furchtbare Sprecherin und schwache Story

  • Von Andreas M Am hilfreichsten 27.08.2018

Positively Hitchcockian.

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
1 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
5 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 02.06.2018

The story is masterfully told –entirely from the perspective of a manic, addicted recluse– with a well crafted plot full of twists and turns, hints, red herrings, and mcguffins. The character's backstory unfolds quite in the same slow, deliberate way. Only gradually does the reader/listener get to know the protagonist's true mental state; all the way wondering whether the action is real or just a figment.
Films noires were the author's inspiration and he did a good job at adapting the genre: the mood, the stylisation, the exaggerations – all perfectly plausible as seen through the protagonist's frantic eyes.
The narrator tried to do the same, sounding more and more hysterical as the story progresses. Great voice acting really! Only it's an audio book and not radio drama! Listening to her increasingly shrill diction for 14 hours might well drive the listener into lunacy as well.

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