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Andrew M. Woodward

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  • Wishful Drinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

    Nick says: "An entertaining, yet unfortunate story."
    "Good story but the reading..."
    Overall

    Great story, but someone else should have read it. Goodness she is OTT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2023)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (716)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "The new Hemingway?"
    Overall

    Terrific story and an even better movie and the baddie is a truly marvellous depiction of pure evil, but I've seen Mr McCarthy touted as the great stylist and I can't go for that. If style means using the conjunctive more than any other writer in recorded history (he walked down and did x and shot y and got in his car....and and and ...I got lost listening for a full stop) then yes but Hemingway did this long ago and far better

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farewell, My Lovely

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Elliott Gould
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Philip Marlowe navigates the underworld of the Los Angeles gambling circuit while investigating the disappearance of a beautiful nightclub girl. Written at the height of the author's creative career, this novel, with its crooked cops, ex-cons and deadly, seductive women, is a masterpiece of the genre Chandler is credited with creating. "Farewell, My Lovely" is Raymond Chandler's second novel featuring his archetypal private eye.

    Krzysztof says: "good quality, no complains"
    "The drinking detective"
    Overall

    Marlowe is a wonderful creation. I do wonder how, given his heroic 24/7 drinking and seeming ability to survive on a diet of eggs, he ever managed to detect anything more significant than his sock drawer, and the plot is wonderfully incoherent, but it's a superb reading that brings Marlowe's cynicism and humanity into terrific relief. Huge fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Quarter: The Battle of the Crater, 1864

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Richard Slotkin
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    With gripping and unforgettable depictions of battle and detailed character portraits of soldiers and statesmen, No Quarter compellingly re-creates in human scale an event epic in scope and mind-boggling in its cost of life. In using the Battle of the Crater as a lens through which to focus the political and social ramifications of the Civil War - particularly the racial tensions on both sides of the struggle - Richard Slotkin brings to listeners a fresh perspective on perhaps the most consequential period in American history.

    Ronald says: "very information"
    "Padding"
    Overall

    I really wondered when this was ever going to start. The answer is about two thirds of the way through. Endless horribly padded chapters about the two armies, their strategies, the build up to the battle, the commanders, and Lord knows what else before you finally get to the battle. Of course we need some context, but frankly you could lose most of the first half of the book and be no less informed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Quartered Safe Out Here: A Recollection of the War in Burma

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    George MacDonald Fraser beloved for his series of Flashman historical novels offers an action-packed memoir of his experiences in Burma during World War II. Fraser was only 19 when he arrived there in the wars final year, and he offers a first-hand glimpse at the camaraderie, danger, and satisfactions of service

    Andrew M. Woodward says: "Accents"
    "Accents"
    Overall

    GMF is one of my all time favourites, but I am not sure about the reader. GMF was Anglo-Scottish so why have a very upper class English drawl for the reading? Especially as he has to do the Cumbrian voices, which are so much of the magic of the book. I'm not sure if they are authentic,not being a Cumbrian but frequently they end up sounding like North country Daleks, which I suspect is not quite right!

    But get past this, and the book itself is a wonder - Frasers unsentimental vivid ability to put you in the events with him is extraordinary, as is his ability to evoke characters and make the reader empathise with his pride in his comrades. And then there are the desperately moving or very funny set pieces - the scenes where the section share out the kit of a comrade killed in action, the looting of the air drop, and best of all GMF's speculating about what the section would have done if they'd been given the option of dropping the bomb or not, which truly raises the hairs on the back of your neck. And most of all the dialogue.

    It pains me as a Flashman fan to say this, but this is the best GMF ever did.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

    Parusski says: "Perfect narrator for one of the best classics."
    "Unbeatable"
    Overall

    If there has ever been a better reader than Martin Jarvis I haven't found one and if there was ever a better suited book for him than Copperfield I haven't heard it. The great characters come leaping out of the I-Pod and once you've heard him do Micawber, Uriah Heep, Aunt Betsy, Murdstone, Traddles et al you can never imagine them any other way. Dickens used to do public readings of his books - if Jarvis had been around he'd have paid him to do it for him. Glorious stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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