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Josh

Monterey, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Freedom from the Known

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jiddu Krishnamurti
    • Narrated By Adam Behr
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (83)

    Drawn from a number of Krishnamurti's talks and dialogues, Freedom From the Known explores many of the central themes of his teaching. The chapters include: Learning About Ourselves, Pursuit of Pleasure, Justification and Condemnation, and the Dissipation of Energy.

    Kristinn says: "Absolutely stunning"
    "Great but audio needs editing"
    Overall

    The words and wisdom of J. Krishnamurti penetrate delusional thinking like a spear. The narrator delivers a pleasant neutral tone that is very easy to listen to. The production, however, suffers from poor editing as many first lines are repeated. Even if Krishnamurti had intended that, which is doubtful, the effect is still awkward and jarring. This recording deserves to be re-edited if possible and re-uploaded.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Joyce’s experimental masterpiece set a new standard for modernist fiction, pushing the English language past all previous thresholds in its quest to capture a day in the life of an Everyman in turn-of-the-century Dublin. Obliquely borrowing characters and situations from Homer’s Odyssey, Joyce takes us on an internal odyssey along the current of thoughts, impressions, and experiences that make up the adventure of living an average day.

    Tad Davis says: "Flawed"
    "A forceful narration but a long haul"
    Overall

    This is James Joyce fired out of a cannon. An impressive demonstration of narrative athleticism by the talented John Lee does not compensate for a lengthy difficult listen and lack of nuance. It may possibly have been compressed in post production on the other hand to squeeze it into a certain time frame in which case they should de-compress it and re-publish. The nuance might bloom once it has air. 60% speed should do it. Then you might have a great audio.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Death Vows: A Donald Strachey Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Richard Stevenson
    • Narrated By Richard Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Private eye Donald Strachey is out to solve another mystery, this time in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. When he starts probing into the institution of gay marriage, he doesn't expect it to lead to murder. Along with a birds-eye view of Berkshire culture, this audiobook combines the literary styles of Dashiell Hammett with the wit of Dorothy Parker. A taut, suspenseful, ripped from the headlines thriller, this is the ninth in the Strachey series.

    Keith says: "A Good Time-Killer"
    "Five Stars"
    Overall

    I'm giving this 5 stars because I prefer authors reading their own work. No one can be as authentic or know the character's psychologies as well. Such is the case with this rendition. Stevenson's tough but ironically funny delivery delivers detective Strachey in pure form. The text is as compelling as a Hammett or Chandler. I only wish Hammett recorded his own material. This will be a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (280)

    Seymour "Swede" Levov is a prosperous, hard-working family man who comes of age in America's triumphant postwar era. But when the country begins to run amok in the 1960s, Swede's perfect world crumbles.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    "A sledgehammer of an audio"
    Overall

    If you are a fan of the late Ron Silver you will love this audio. Its as if Roth wrote a one man show tailor made for Mr. Silver who brings the audience to their feet with this. The dialogue passages are about as good as audio books get the most notable being when Jerry Levov lights into his star younger brother. Its heavy on the drama, grim in some cases, but always riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where the Truth Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rupert Holmes
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Renaissance man Rupert Holmes, who has won Tony, Grammy, and Emmy awards for everything but the kitchen sink, returns to delight readers with his first novel. When a wry young journalist known for her celebrity interviews begins a book-length piece on singer-actor Vince Collins, she discovers that he and his comedy-team partner, Lanny Morris, are less than an open book.

    L says: "great fun"
    "Good but..."
    Overall

    If you love Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis you will love this. But without the suggestion that the pseudonyms in the book are really D&J it would be hard to stay with it.

    For one thing the sex scenes which border on soft porn are not in keeping with the narrative as if an editor thought they should be in there for selling points. It gave the narrator an unnecessary sluttish quality that was inconsistent with the femininity of the character as well as the tone of the woman who was reading the text. Do women really talk, let alone write with crude sexual candidacy like men in a sport bar after a few beers? My wife says no way. Also the scenes at Disney land are redundant.

    On the other hand the sense of location, biographical details (if they are not fictionalized) and the characters of Dean and Jerry are all very real. That much is good writing and it is all excellently read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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