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Brian

Cordova, TN, USA

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  • A Study in Scarlet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This is the very first Sherlock Holmes novel, published in 1887. In it, Holmes and Watson meet for the first time. It is a fascinating and exciting tale of kidnapping and murder. The detective and the doctor are immediately in fine form as Holmes plucks the solution to the mystery from the heart of Victorian London.

    Brian says: "Difficult narration"
    "Difficult narration"
    Overall

    This is a great story, obviously, as the introduction between Watson and Holmes is established as roommates who grow to know one another and enter into their first great mystery. The low ranking therefore has little to do with the novel, but that of Watson's narrator who, although full of character, belies the voice of what our minds tell us he should be, and bumbles at too quickly a pace to enjoy a fireside mystery.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Castle of Otranto

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Horace Walpole
    • Narrated By Tony Jay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    On the day of his wedding, Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed under mysterious circumstances. His calculating father, Manfred, fears that his dynasty will now come to an end and determines to marry his son's bride himself, despite the fact he is already married. But a series of terrifying supernatural omens soon threaten this unlawful union, as the curse placed on Manfred's ancestor, who usurped the lawful Prince of Otranto, begins to unfold.

    Brian says: "As for literary history"
    "As for literary history"
    Overall

    This book, like Pamela for feminist literary history, is important due to the fact that it was the first gothic novel ever written. The voice is a good one for the story, deep, reverant, dramatic; the writing is of excellent breed as well. With that said, however, so much has been ripped-off from this novel, and into novels that we've already read, that the story itself comes off as a bit cliche, not to mention ridiculous. Although the hyperbole of the novel is based off sybolic intentions, the best that one can say about this piece is that it lit a torch for future great novels--not that it's so much a great novel on its own two feet. Worty of reading if you care about the history of novels in general, but if you're looking for a great gothic novel this can't be a first choice.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Dangerous Game

    • ABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Richard Connell
    • Narrated By Reg Green, Jim Gallant, full cast
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    A boating accident leaves famed hunter Sanger Rainsford of New York City alone, exhausted, and washed ashore a remote island with a dark reputation. In search of food and shelter, Rainsford happens upon the expansive chateau of the mysterious General Zaroff, and soon finds himself a player in the most dangerous game he has ever encountered.

    Brian says: "Great bedtime story"
    "Great bedtime story"
    Overall

    This is the kind of story that you play with headphones, in bed and stark blackness, during a rainy night when you want an old-fashion suspense story. Although short and not to the perfection of Poe or a Holmes story, it's better in adventure at least and entertainingly read. I really had fun with this one. Save it for that perfect night.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Dan Lazar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Barry says: "The Voice Needs to be Better"
    "Great reading"
    Overall

    Although Wilde tries to hit far too many home-runs with quotable-quotes, sometimes hitting flush and sometimes missing altogether, he proves his greatness in this novel without question. This is a strong, bold story of a man who accidentally sells his soul for eternal youth. On that premise, the story unfolds in the hands of an excellent storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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