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skellytone

Athens, OH USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (887)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (547)

    When the young orphan called Pip encounters the escaped convict Magwitch, the child's life is altered forever - in ways he cannot even imagine. In the course of his story, Pip encounters such memorable characters as the eccentric Miss Havisham and her beautiful ward Estella - and a mysterious benefactor. This recording includes both of the endings Dickens wrote for this classic novel.

    Jerry says: "Why a classic is a classic"
    "Great narration!"
    Overall

    Frank Muller's tremendous, and I think he really has a feel for Dickens. This story kept my attention, and his use of voices rounds it out without being distracting. From Recorded Books, who can be counted on for the best readings.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (834)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Arte Johnson does a great job!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Bad Monkey the most enjoyable?

    This is a fun summer road-trip listen. I just had to post a review in response to all the negative early reviews of Arte Johnson's reading. This is really well-read. Arte J's characterizations are a good fit for this material. (His "Norwegian accent" is spectacularly bad, but it's a very brief excerpt, and c'mon -- this is just a lightweight comic crime novel! I really enjoyed it.


    What other book might you compare Bad Monkey to and why?

    Just a good ol' Hiassen pot-boiler. A fun read.


    Have you listened to any of Arte Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've heard Arte Johnson read. I'll look for more.


    Who was the most memorable character of Bad Monkey and why?

    The interaction between the voodoo queen and her customer was a favorite aspect for me.


    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6709)
    Performance
    (3474)
    Story
    (3494)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "What a lot of fun!"
    Overall

    I really ate this up. A fun little fantasy that's very well read. Nothing kills a good story like a bad reader, and I think it's rare to find authors who read their own work well. Gaiman is a first-class reader as well as storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Neil Hunt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    If you happen to find a map in a dead buccaneer's sea trunk, you can't very well ignore it, not if you are Jim Hawkins and his friends Dr. Livesey, Captain Smollett, and Squire Trelawney! But even with a map, buried treasures are not easy things to come by.

    Darwin8u says: "A Pirate's Life Indeed."
    "A great one -- both the story and the reading"
    Overall

    What a fun trip into Pirate World! The reader of course makes or breaks any audio book, and Recorded Books consistently uses excellent readers. No exception here -- I enjoyed this from start to finish. Might even listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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