Feb 072013

Dune by Frank Herbert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The story and narrative style is crisp and wastes little space. The scope of the story is breathtakingly immense. Ten thousand years since the man-machine wars– and those are only hinted at by reference to the Butlerian Jihad. Act I is the Atreides taking possession of Arakis. Act II is the fall of House Atreides and the rise of the lisan al gaib, Paul Muad’dib. Act III is the culmination of the legend wherein the lisan al gaib takes possession of the position of the imperial emperor, the landsraad, Dune and the future of humanity. (Although that is another story.)


A huge cast of narrators retells this story lovingly. There’s little more that I can say about this story than what I said about the paperback version (above)– I do wish to note that the primary narrator is sometimes tasked with reading lines from characters who have been previously narrated by other narrators (e.g., sometimes there is a different narrator for the Baron Harkonnen– and sometimes the primary narrator reads the Baron’s lines.) I am pretty sure that Paul, Jessica, Chani, Stilgar and Gurney are all voiced by the same narrator throughout the audiobook.

Despite the oddity of inconsistant narrator selection for a single character, the primary narrator is skilled enough at narration that it is easy to tell the difference between his general narrative voice and the various characters he narrates for.

I highly recommend both the paperback and this most recent audiobook from McMillan audio, released in 2007.

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Feb 012013

A Christmas Carol: An Original Performance
A Christmas Carol: An Original Performance by Charles Dickens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Believe it or not, this is my first read of the “immortal classic, A Christmas Carol.” I’ve seen 5-6 variations of the Charles Dickens classic starring various personages, including versions with the redoubtable Patrick Stewart and George C Scott– not in the same version, of course. I’ve even seen a reimagining of this classic tale (Scrooged with Bill Murray, or some of the Walt Disney versions with Mickey and Scrooge MacDuck).

Truthfully, I was blown away by the clever yet pithy narrative style invoked by Dickens. And Tim Curry, as narrator (I got this as an Audible audio-book) is truly fantastic. This will definitely become part of my annual Christmas celebration.

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Jun 102012

Dexter in the Dark
Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Divergent from the established body of work, delving into something that might be supernatural. Dexter in the Dark also presents a point-of-view other than Dexter’s. Jeff Lindsay manages to pull off this break in writing pattern, but it feels decidedly like a different type of book.

The subplot with Cody and Astor feels a bit far-fetched, and I can understand why Showtime doesn’t head that direction with their story. Darkly demented.

Nick Landrum continues to nail the voice of Dexter Morgan with his dry monologue and whit. It’s unfortunate that he’s been removed from the last two books in the series.

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Jun 072012

Dearly Devoted Dexter
Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lindsay continues to slice away at the Miami PD, removing problems from both Morgans’ lives. Not quite as thrilling as the first in the series, but a worthy successor. I can’t help but love Dexter’s slow slide into normalacy under the supervision of Doakes, and Lindsay continues to display real whit as an author.

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Jun 022012

Darkly Dreaming Dexter
Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jeff Lindsay’s writing is well structured, nicely paced, and darkly enchanting.

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