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J. Comeaux

AudioBook Fan Extraordinaire

Member Since 2011

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  • 12 reviews
  • 44 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • Sherlock Holmes in America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jon L. Lellenberg (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), Daniel Stashower (editor)
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (193)

    Just in time for Sherlock Holmes, the major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law: the world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over 19th-century America - from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets America’s most famous figures.

    Amy says: "Terrific for Sherlockians!"
    "Laugh out loud stories clever and smart"
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    Any additional comments?

    Short stories by different writers, so you get different styles and characters. These are SO MUCH FUN. Sherlock and Wyatt Earp. Sherlock and Teddy Roosevelt. Don't tell me that the purists would wince. Let us have some fun with our favorite consulting detective and his trusty side kick. Love these stories.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2031)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1821)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Never Better than this wonderful performance"
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    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Anne's performance was the top. By creating different characterizations of the dozens of people in Oz (mice, stork, soldiers, witches, munchkins, wizard, and most importantly, Dorothy, Tinman, Scarecrow, and my favorite, the Lion), she made the story we know so well memorable again. Thank you for your talents, Anne.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beethoven's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Biss
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (444)

    The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence, and deeply felt interpretations. What is less known until now is that Jonathan Biss writes about music in a most compelling and engaging way. For anyone who has ever enjoyed a Beethoven concert or a Beethoven recording, or one of the many films about Beethoven, this audiobook is an inspiring listening experience.

    Carol C. Buchalter says: "An amazing glimpse into musical interpretation"
    "Would be improved by music"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed finding out about the musical experiences and insights that the author had in his young life. But really, with each mention of Beethoven Sonata number such-and-such, I really wished that a few measures were played for the listener to hear, recognize, and enjoy. I have not memorized the works by number. THis is an audio book, and it would be greatly enhanced with a few musical interludes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By Richard Rohr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counterintuitive of messages in the world's religions. Falling Upward offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life's mysteries: how those who have fallen down are the only ones who understand "up".

    William says: "Life Changing Once You Are Ready"
    "A soft-spoken priest with some sage advice"
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    Any additional comments?

    The best thing about this book is the way it can set your mind at ease. Have you been fretting and worrying over things like your salvation? Your behavior? Your attitude? Your ideal self vs. your real self? Let Father Rohr explain it all to you. It will be so much clearer. I'm so glad I let him in because things I had taken pains over, he eased up. Some of his quotes are memorable, such as from St. Augustine: "unity in essentials, freedom in non-essentials, charity in all things." It may be all I recall, but it is powerful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1836)
    Performance
    (857)
    Story
    (859)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "A Stand-Out Book, and Spot-on Narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    I read the book back in early 1980's, and now I have thoroughly enjoyed the audible version. What a wonderful job the narrator did of getting so many individual voices, sometimes in the same scene, and making them unique and enjoyable. The book captures many, maybe most, of the low-life New Orleans city living in the 1960's. I know because I lived there in the 1970's, and not much had changed. I have read a hundred reader reviews of this book, and the sum is this: if you like this sort of thing, then this is the sort of book you'll like. An anti-hero that has no redeeming qualities. A collection of characters all around him that are not much better. Even if you loathe the book, you'll come away with a feeling, "Well, I'm glad I'm not like THAT!" Just read it, it is one-of-a-kind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship Breaker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (591)

    In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

    Rusty says: "Very good"
    "Thrust into a world that might be"
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    Any additional comments?

    The author starts the story off with interesting characters that I started connecting with almost immediately. This is a great accomplishment for the author who has to build an entire futuristic world and introduce terms and settings that are not immediately familiar. But it works, and the story just gets more and more interesting with twists and hopes. There is a lot of groundwork at the beginning that pays off in the end, so that the story ties together neatly. There is room for a sequel, but make no mistake, this is a complete story in itself. I saw it recommended on Audible, and took a chance, and I'm glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Game: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (271)

    The seventh Mary Russell novel finds her searching for the missing Kimball O'Hara, the famous "Kim" of the Rudyard Kipling novel.

    Kat Coz says: "another very enjoyable trip"
    "In the grip of a prince, or a mad man"
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    I enjoyed this book, and it builds pace and accelerates, so be prepared to plod through much of the first half of the book. But then, some unexpected twists and turns and some real danger for our duo, it becomes a very exciting mystery. The solution was excellent. Bravo, Laurie King. I went out and bought the audio book of Rudyard Kipling's KIM after this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perry Mason and the Case of the Curious Bride: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Erle Stanley Gardner, M. J. Elliott
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Criminal lawyer and all-time number-one mystery author Erle Stanley Gardner wrote close to 150 novels that have sold 300 million copies worldwide. His most popular books starred the incomparable attorney-sleuth Perry Mason. In The Case of the Curious Bride, a woman claiming not to be a bride consults Mason about her "friend", whose husband, long thought to have died in a plane crash, turns up alive.

    J. Comeaux says: "Perry leaps into the fray"
    "Perry leaps into the fray"
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    Where does Perry Mason and the Case of the Curious Bride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This radio play is fun and confusing. The author introduces many characters in a short time, so for listening it gets a bit busy.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction to the book was to wonder how far Perry Mason will go when he can't be that certain, is told so many lies, has so many conflicting issues to deal with. It is a wonder he didn't just sit out the rest of his law career in jail.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked Rooms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (699)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (331)

    New York Times best-selling author Laurie R. King has won sweeping critical acclaim and an impressive collection of awards for her writing. Although other writers have tried, no one has matched King's ability to capture the allure of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

    Melanie says: "Don't miss this jewel!"
    "Essential for fans of Mary Russell-her story"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Locked Rooms?

    I cannot give away one of the most memorable moments without spoiling the final chapter, but this book is excellent and paints a very real unidealized picture of our favorite heroine Mary Russell. Who is she and where does she come from? This will answer many of those questions for us, and most importantly for her. Mary when she is away from Sherlock and among her peers is a very different Mary and we are both shocked and pleased.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mary left her heart in San Francisco


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure to read this book after "The Game" so you understand the references. Locked Rooms is a wonderful book, delving deep into Mary's innermost thoughts and feelings, but always with a purpose. Our detecting duo meet with interesting characters and they are given sufficient space for enjoyment. The book moves at an exciting pace for some of the time, but takes a slower stroll when needed. As much as I complained about "The Moor" I want to praise Laurie King for this book, Locked Rooms. I think she has reached a high point. I will proceed to the next in the series with high hopes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (371)

    A trail of ominous clues comprise a mystery that leads from an English hamlet to the city of Paris to the wild prairie of the New World. The trap is set, the game is afoot; but can Holmes and Russell catch an elusive killer, or has the murderer caught them?

    Mary Twain says: "Best Holmes since Arthur Conan Doyle"
    "Good depth into character"
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    Where does Justice Hall rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A good listen, and very important that you read the book O, Jerusalem first to enjoy this tale. But if you proceed to this book right after O Jerusalem, it will be like the second part, and you will really like the depth of character. A strong plus for this book is the imagery of Justice Hall. At first, perhaps we don't think we need all the description, but it appears to have meaning and purpose as the final chapter unfolds. I recommend this book for fans of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, the plot moved along slowly and had moments of faster pacing. Not the top of the series, but certainly among the memorable ones.


    Any additional comments?

    The main antagonist has a very tiny part in this story and we do not meet him/her until quite a ways into it. Perhaps this is good if you don't want to know ahead of time or if you like to be surprised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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