One of the best. Not only for the writing - it is a classic, after all, but especially for the narrator, who makes vocal choices that help us to hear the rhythm of the text.
Nick Carroway...the narrator. He tells it as he sees it, in a very genteel way.
What is not to love? Heald makes this book come alive, and does so by not falling into the traps that so many other authors do...he does not "chew the scenary" and make it about "him" or "his reading" but fully immerses himself as the voice of the novel.
His light, southern accent, and genteel delivery hearkens us to a time and place from which the narrator delivers the plot. He is excellent at taking on other character's voices and vocal mannerisms without overdoing it (as I said above. There is no sense of a "listen to what I am doing here...aren't I clever and talented?").
I may never "read" this book again, I so enjoyed this particular audio version (with Heald as narrator).
I have said it all...and you can tell I am a fan of this narrator and will look for other works read by him.
The subject/author/narrator - Martin Short. His story, his telling, his performance...wow!
Billy Crystal's book on Sundays with his family (I cannot recall the title right now). This is real, at times dramatic, but fun, and funny.
Though I read more print/ebooks than I listen to audio ones...I cannot imagine the print begin better. When Martin relates a story, or plays a character, or relates and encounter with Kate Hepburn, he does the requisite voice. In one case, I was not familiar with the character, but I was able to hear Martin "do" him - so I got it, and thus enjoyed this book in audio more than I would have in print.
By the autobiography's end, I felt like I was an "insider" to Mr. Short's life, that I was not only with him on his journey, but also a friend. Thus, when he recounts the health challenges and conclusion of his wife's earthly travels, I was feeling for him in his grief and missing his Nancy as well.
Wonderfully put together so that the "sad" parts of Martin's story, never brings one down ,there is always a laugh around the corner to keep this from becoming a depressing work. I highly recommend it.
Yes. The later (current) Stone Barrington Books are not too deep. A decent, albeit always unbelievable plot, leads to a quick and satisfying conclusion.
My memory of this book, is actually my only negative comment. Tony Roberts' choice of the voice for the Detective "Dino" - sounds like a drunk Jackie Gleason. The voice does not match my imagining of the character.
Mr. Roberts, with one exception, brings good, and mostly slight, vocal intonations to each character...so that (except for the character of "Dino") no one sounds too much like a cartoon.
A lawyer, his loves, and trouble.
No. At least not THIS version. The narrator did a fine job with men...but whenever women character's came about, and there is one woman is is a main character throughout the book, they sounded like Muppets...which was really distracting.
Not so much this one. It is sort of a mystery by the numbers, not a lot of twits or surprises, but MacDonald is a good and descriptive author that the reader is compelled to follow the trail.
As I mentioned earlier...he cannot perform in women's voices without sounding like a animated squirrel or Muppet...which became very distracting for me.
Just the dialogue as written. MacDonald can take the description of a woman's clothed rear end and allow the reader to visualize the character, and does so without becoming pornographic or silly.
The third in the McGee series, really begins to hit its stride after a strong opening and a weak sophomore offering.
A more involved story, than just a one page monologue.
No one. He IS reading the character he plays on the series.
Disappointment for sure. Could have done a lot more with this.
The price was right (free) and it was thankfully short, so not a total waste of time...but close.
I loved the way it studied, in a unique, new way, the main character - Sherlock Holmes.
His vocal pacing was very good.
The focused, yet imperfect mind, of an aging former detective.
A read for true Holmes fans, because they will appreciate the story without being disappointed that this is not a classic Holmseian mystery.
The museum escape
Where Langdon sees himself on a video from the day before committing a crime that he does not remember.
I could not wait to listen to it, in order to keep progressing with the story.
Though I have to "check my brain at the door" for Brown's work, and look past his dislike and cheap shots towards religion and people of faith, as his books go, this one was a lot of fun.
The writing AND narration equally.
The author, Robert B. Parker, brings Chandler's Philip Marlowe back to life in this sequel to the classic author's first novel.
Having played Philip Marlowe in the film "The Long Goodbye" - Gould is comfortable being the narrative voice of this character. In addition to that Mr. Gould is comfortable with silence and pauses and thus presents the story, and voices with good rhythm. Finally, his characterization voices of other men and women are not over the top while still keeping it listenable for the hearer of the audiobook.
The Sequel to the Big Sleep Continues the Excitement
As of 5/22/2013, upon my reporting of this error...the audiobook is falsely advertised as "Unabridged." Clocking in under three hours made me suspicious as did the fast clip of the story. I pulled off my old paperback version and began following along and discovered chunks of the story details and dialogue removed...thus the book is "Abridged." I do not like abridged books, but since there was not another option for this (I don't believe anyone ever recorded an unabridged version) I was happy to listen to it. But for those who want that, beware, this book falsely advertises itself as "Un." This is the reason I took it down one star for my "overall" review.
Yes. The Narrator (Craig Wasson) is wonderful and makes this story come alive.
Time and Again by Finney - That, like this are great, epic stories utilizing Time Travel.
Have not listened to others...but I will!
Past Present and Future...together...again.
Do not let 30 hours dissuade you from listening to this fantastic novel!
Typical mediocre Spillane.
Surprised, while also relieved to have finally arrived. A bit of a trudge to get there.
I have not. I have heard his narration, but not book reading performances. Keach is getting older and slower, and I detect some kind of speech impediment that makes me think I am listening to a person who sufferred a minor stroke.
All of this is okay, but I was hearing shades of "Mike Hammer" (the main character and narrator).
For fans of Spillane only.
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