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Bjørn Borud

Trondheim, Norway | Member Since 2010

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  • Warhorses of Letters Complete Series

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Robert Hudson, Marie Phillips
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry, Daniel Rigby, Tamsin Greig
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Deep in the British Library tucked into the slipcover of a book on the history of Blenheim Palace a packet of extraordinary letters has been discovered. "Dear Marengo brackets Napoleon's horse close brackets, I've never written a letter like this before…. "Thus begins the first passionate letter from Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington's horse, to his hero Marengo in this epistolary equine love story.

    Bjørn Borud says: "Vaguely amusing, good performance"
    "Vaguely amusing, good performance"
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    What disappointed you about Warhorses of Letters Complete Series?

    The writing isn't up to scratch. The writer manages to be amusing for about 10 minutes and then it gets old rather quickly.


    Has Warhorses of Letters Complete Series turned you off from other books in this genre?

    What genre would that be?


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

    Stephen Fry is always excellent.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had Stephen Fry.


    Any additional comments?

    Not even evolution's finest product, Stephen Fry, can make this book funny in the long run. It is, as I said earlier, amusing for a while, but it quickly becomes old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pattern Recognition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (255)

    Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

    Laura says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Altering the book?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pattern Recognition to be better than the print version?

    I am not done with this audio book yet, so the "Overall" and "Story" ratings should be taken with a grain of salt.

    However, the performance is compromised by the fact that the audio version of this book has been censored. I'll leave it as an exercise to the reader/listener to figure out what was censored in the book, but I would like to voice my displeasure with this practice. This is NOT okay.

    If you can't bring yourself to publish books that contain swear words or offensive phrases then please do not censor them -- have the cojones to not publish them at all rather than editing.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio quality isn't particularly good. Isn't there an original recording of this book done in some high quality format? It is 2014 -- there is really no good excuse for rubbish audio.

    0 of 0 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
    (1942)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (960)

    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"
    "Overrated"
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    What would have made A Confederacy of Dunces better?

    A Confederacy of Dunces would have been a lot better if it had been written by someone who is funny. I don't think Mr Toole is very funny and I have no idea why this book has sold well. It is boring.


    What could John Kennedy Toole have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have no idea what would transform an un-funny writer to a funny one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barrett Whitener?

    I am not sure if changing narrators would be at all helpful. I suppose you could make it slightly more entertaining by having Tony Blair read it in a funny voice, or get Gilbert Gottfried to read it REALLY LOUD.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Confederacy of Dunces?

    It wouldn't be so much the cutting of a scene as throwing the entire book in the wood-chipper and going "oops -- oh well".


    Any additional comments?

    This is a highly over-rated book. Even the weather-report for central Sahara is more entertaining than this.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Even

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Woody Allen
    • Narrated By Woody Allen
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (235)

    Woody Allen's early comic fiction was heavily influenced by the zany, pun-ridden humor of S.J. Perelman. And now, for the first time, Woody Allen narrates one of his early collections of short stories, Getting Even. Listen to Woody Allen revenge himself on such significant subjects as death, obesity, organized crime, the invention of the sandwich, and much more.

    Jane says: "This was ok, but I didn’t smile as much as I hoped"
    "Excellent"
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    If you could sum up Getting Even in three words, what would they be?

    Pretty Damn Funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Schmeed


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

    I have not listened to any other audio books performed by Woody Allen before, but I would have to say that he does a cracking job in this one.


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

    Yes, I had an extreme reaction to this book: at one point I laughed so hard that I had tea spurting out of my nose and my monocle popped out. This was followed by a a brief exclamation of "damn" (as I had made a mess of my table cloth) and a rather violent throwing of a napkin to the floor. Fortunately I was able to regain my composure quickly and by the time my butler had arrived to investigate the commotion I was once again calm.


    Any additional comments?

    If you happen to have a time machine, please go back in time and convince Mr. Allen to produce more works of this kind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (816)
    Story
    (821)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Interesting, but with lots of filler"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book describes a series of really interesting cases of people with brain injuries or other "deficits". This is both thought-provoking and interesting.


    What was most disappointing about Oliver Sacks’s story?

    Sacks' tends to write a lot of filler. After every case described he produces pages and pages of uninteresting rambling talk.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd recommend the book. It is entertaining. But be prepared that in between the good parts there is a lot of filler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Eamonn Riley
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    You need clues. You need time. You need a motive. You won’t have any of them.When a whole family is murdered in Stockholm, Detective Inspector Joona Linna knows there is only one person who can help find the perpetrator. Erik Maria Bark, retired hypnotist, is called in to work with Josef Ek, a fifteen-year-old boy who witnessed the brutal murder of his family.Following a series of accusations by his patients, Erik is reluctant to return to his craft but makes an exception for Joseph Ek

    Bjørn Borud says: "I'd rather eat glue"
    "I'd rather eat glue"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It is hard to decide which is worse: the book or the terrible narrator butchering the book.

    I guess what could make this a 4 or 5 star listening experience for me is if the publiisher were to include a 20 minute clip of the narrator being exposed to 500.000 Volt electrical pulses at a rate of about 4 Hz. I think the screams of pain might, somehow, help me forget wasting a credit on this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not something narrated by Mr. Riley or written by "The Keplers".


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think I clarified this in an earlier comment.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hypnotist?

    All of them. I'd cut them out and hand them over to Sonny Moore so he can mangle them into his next dubstep track.


    Any additional comments?

    Make Jo Nesbø bring back Harry Hole.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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