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Richard Delman

Richard Delman San Francisco Member Since 2006
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  • "A remarkable, poignant, masterful w..."

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    You might not expect a story set in Southeastern Mississippi to be so poignant and so
    completely involving. (I apologize to all Mississippians). The title refers to the method in which
    children are taught the spelling of their state's name. However, the story and the characters here are so thoroughly, so brilliantly conceived that the book holds your interest in a spellbinding way. Virtually any other book will find that this one is a hard act to follow. The primary characters, Larry Ott and Silas (who is known as 32) have a story to tell that draws you in and grabs you by the brain and heart. I searched for Tom Franklin's other work, and was disappointed to find how little there is. Very hard to make a living as a writer these days, no matter how breathtaking your talent is. I can rave about other books, but I can't rave hard enough to do this one justice. The two men have intertwining life stories that encircle each other in a way that constantly surprises you. Justice, that wonderful construct (in the abstract) follows them for twenty or thirty years of their lives. I won't spoil the plot or the nature of these two men for you: the delight is in your own discovery. The secondary characters are also extremely well drawn, although the women are less so than the men, as we have come to expect, even from the best of our male writers these days. One of the women turns out to have an absolutely critical role. I will say little more, except to tell Tom Franklin, if he happens to be reading, to bear up and be brave: his talent is almost matchless. We are out here reading, and we are waiting for him to write again.

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    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

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    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
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    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
  • "Outrageously funny and inventive."

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    These are short stories by the author (and the narrator) of Beautiful Ruins. That was a great book and performance, and so is this, although the format is completeIy different. I once thought that T.C. Boyle was the master of the American short story: he still rules his roost, but Mr. Walter covers another territory, indeed. Most of these stories are about people who are what is often called "down and outers" in the Northeast of the U.S. Seattle, Spokane and Portland are the locales. The stories vary wildly from just a few pages to one which has three chapters. I found myself laughing so hard at many times that I had to take breaks from the book, to give my laugh muscles a rest, and to make the pleasure last longer.
    There is no more doubt in my mind that Edoardo Ballerini is the finest narrator we have today. His range is so remarkable, his tone and his ability to shift among characters so seamless, his facility with serious fiction, funny stuff, and everything in between: I truly hope you enjoy him as much as I do. I hope he continues narrating for many many years.
    It is really not possible to summarize these stories other than what I have just said. The stories are not unified, other than being generally sited where they are. Some are tiny, and some are so large that they encompass a new, futuristic world in which dinner at a good restaurant costs $5000. The big banks are now called Starbucks Financial Services and KFC-B of A. Society has been over-run by people called Zombies, who have become addicted to a drug which turns them into frightening monsters who eat cats, and yet are being trained to work at Starbucks (where a latte costs $60).
    Before I read Beautiful Ruins I had never heard of Mr. Walter. Now I will look closely for anything he writes, whether Mr. Ballerini narrates it or not. Of course, my preference for the narrator is obvious. I can't compare him to any other narrator, and so I won't. I understand that Mr. Walter has become something of a cult figure in the world of people familiar with his work. I understand this immediately. The breadth and depth of his inventiveness and creativity are breathtaking. Just the ability to make the reader LOL repeatedly: this is something that very, very few writers can do. Mr. Walters makes it seem easy, and each moment of humor is delivered so perfectly by Mr. Ballerini that I just don't want to hear anyone else trying it. If you enjoy creativity, inventiveness and humor, you will love this audiobook. I guarantee it.

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    We Live in Water: Stories

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    We Live in Water, the first collection of short fiction from New York Times best-selling author Jess Walter, is a suite of diverse, often comic stories about personal struggle and diminished dreams, all of them marked by the wry wit and generosity of spirit that has made him one of our most talked-about writers.

    Richard Delman says: "Outrageously funny and inventive."
  • "An immensely talented author"

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    Mr. King has written a lot of stuff that I just cannot read. But, if it's not a horror story, and if Frank Muller is reading it, you can count on a really good time. Mr. Muller remains the best narrator who ever lived, and he shows us the adolescent lives of Mr. King's characters with depth and humor. I have heard it said that Mr. King wrote for Mr. Muller's voice: if this is true, this book is a good example of why he did so. It's a little bit dated by now, and teenagers don't grow up quite so quaintly (at least, not here in California). Nonetheless, Mr. Muller is so convincing that the reader happily suspends disbelief and gets washed along with the boys. I can't imagine an audiobook lover not loving this book.

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    The Body

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    Made into the acclaimed film Stand By Me, The Body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship.

    Richard Delman says: "An immensely talented author"
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    This was an amazing book. As a nurse I found the medical parts fascinating and the story was engrossing. The characters were well written and so REAL. The only negative on this book was the length. I did feel that it was a bit too long and could have had better editing, overall, however, it was absolutely one of the best books I have listened to in a long time!

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    The first time I listened to this book I stopped after about 3o min because it seemed so boring and the subject so depressing. A friend told me to give it another chance and so I did. I am glad that I listened. First,the narration is perfect, each word clearly spoken with just the right intonations. The writing was beautiful and made me think long and hard about my life, my family, my own spirituality and beliefs. It touched my soul.

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    I first read this book several months ago and fell in love with it. I talked my bookclub into reading it and decided to try the audio version since I didnt have time to reread. I was enchanted with the audioversion, the reader is absolutely the perfect HAROLD!!! The story unfolds slowly just like Harold's walk was painstakingly slow. Each encounter Harold has with the random strangers he meets, changes him and awakens his awareness about his life, his relationships, his mistakes and finally he finds his redemption. I have highly recommended this book to my friends and most have enjoyed it as much as I did. I think it's one of my favorites of the year!

  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

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    I generally don't enjoy "English humor" so was hesitant to choose this audio, however, the great reviews persuaded me--I am so glad I listened. The narrator was perfect in portraying the nuances of each character. I felt like I was present with the characters and, at times I was actually laughing out loud. It was sweet and funny- an unexpected jewel!

Elle in the Great NorthWest

Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 02-29-12 Member Since 2011

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  • "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit..."

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    Ive read all of Picoults books. Some are better than others. This one is better than average. Sort of My Sisters Keeper meets Dances With Wolves.

    I dislike reviews that are, really, a synopsis of the plot but as the first reviewer I feel obligated to give a Non Spoiler brief of the story. Man with family becomes engrossed with wolves. Leaves family to fend for itself and devotes his early adulthood to research.
    Wife resents, divorces wolf man. Older gay son splits for 6 years and younger daughter resents this move, gets bratty, acts out. Dad has auto accident with daughter in car and has TBI. Son has authority to make life decisions about pulling dads plug. Daughter resents.

    As is typical for Picoult, each chapter is written from a different point of view, and the narrators vary in their ability. The dad, Luke, tells a good story. I didn't care for mom, Georgie, particularly. Cara and Edward, the children are pretty good.

    I wasn't bothered by the change in voice from chapter to chapter as I know that's Picoults style though others may find it difficult to deal with.

    It wasn't wonderful, but it was a thoughtfully written book about family situations none of us ever want to be a part of. Worth the credit but may appeal to women more than men.

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    In the wild, when a wolf knows its time is over, when it knows it is of no more use to its pack, it may sometimes choose to slip away. Dying apart from its family, it stays proud and true to its nature. Humans aren’t so lucky. Luke Warren has spent his life researching wolves. He has written about them, studied their habits intensively, and even lived with them for extended periods of time.

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Typical Jodi Picoult plot, chik lit but good"

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    Aunque los años y la fatiga embrollen el asunto, a pocos les pasa desapercibido lo primordial del contrato amoroso: la veracidad e intensidad de una relación que no puede ser falsificada. Cuando esto ocurre, sólo los afortunados capaces de emprender el viaje de retorno, siguiendo sus propios pasos, podrán encontrarse tal y como fueron: con la franqueza de un corazón dispuesto a ser sellado de nuevo por el amor. El aventurado viaje a una isla exótica tendrá para Adriana un doble desenlace....

  • Big Little Lies (






UNABRIDGED) by Liane Moriarty Narrated by Caroline Lee

    Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
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    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • El Café de la Luna (






UNABRIDGED) by Maria Dolors García Pastor Narrated by Sonia Román

    El Café de la Luna

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Maria Dolors García Pastor
    • Narrated By Sonia Román
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    En el corazón del barrio Gótico de Barcelona se encuentra el Café de la Luna, un lugar mágico situado en ese umbral indeterminado que existe entre la realidad y los sueños. Allí se dan cita a diario antiguas estrellas de relumbrón, escritores y lectores, hombres estatua y hasta algún que otro duende que, al amparo del benef icioso y sensual influjo de la luz del plenilunio, desgranan sus historias de pequeños éxitos y fracasos. Amores y soledades, el inevitable paso del tiempo, las oportunidades que se van para no volver?

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  • The Assistant (






UNABRIDGED) by Bernard Malamud Narrated by Richard Davidson

    The Assistant

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Malamud
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    Bernard Malamud's second novel, originally published in 1957, is the story of Morris Bober, a grocer in postwar Brooklyn, who "wants better" for himself and his family. First two robbers appear and hold him up; then things take a turn for the better when broken-nosed Frank Alpine becomes his assistant. But there are complications: Frank, whose reaction to Jews is ambivalent, falls in love with Helen Bober; at the same time he begins to steal from the store.

  • Charleston (






UNABRIDGED) by Margaret Bradham Thornton Narrated by Susan Bennett

    Charleston

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    • By Margaret Bradham Thornton
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    When Eliza Poinsett left the elegant world of Charleston for college, she never expected it would take her ten years to return. Now almost a decade later, she is an art historian in London with a charming Etonian boyfriend who adores her. But the past catches up with her when she runs into Henry, her childhood love, at a wedding in the English countryside.

  • The Grace of Crows (






UNABRIDGED) by Tracy Shawn Narrated by Piper Lewis

    The Grace of Crows

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tracy Shawn
    • Narrated By Piper Lewis
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    Saylor discovers her childhood friend Billy, homeless and ignored since his teens, and her world begins to shift. This encounter sparks Saylor's journey to gain insight into her strange fears and forge the power to overcome them. Armed with her new awareness, Saylor summons the courage to help her family.

  • Vagabonds: The End, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Roger Erickson Narrated by Dan Curtis

    Vagabonds: The End, Book 2

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    • By Roger Erickson
    • Narrated By Dan Curtis
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    Vagabonds is the continuation of The End. It chronicles the ongoing adventures of a group of survivors of a nuclear holocaust and their attempts to not be noticed by the Chinese, who now rule most of the world.