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James

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  • The Fan Club

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Irving Wallace
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Four men obsessed with actress Sharon Fields meet in a bar one night and are soon planning her abduction. She is raped by three of the men and then forced to write a plea for ransom to her movie studio. She manges to communicate her location in the note and in the rescue, the three rapists are killed. The fourth man escapes and is soon planning a new fan club for another actress.

    jaye says: "this story makes no sense."
    "Irving Wallace - a Master in character development"
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    If you could sum up The Fan Club in three words, what would they be?

    incredible detail, unforgettable


    What other book might you compare The Fan Club to and why?

    Although I can't come up with a similarly - themed book that has this kind of character development which comparable to the great Russian authors of the 1800's. The theme is definitely "be careful what you wish for, the wish may come true." Crime and Punishment might be a good book to compare this to, not for a parallel theme, but for the way you can't let go of thinking about it once you have committed yourself to listen. It is long, but if you listen to it you will not forget it.
    I read this book when it came out in the 70's and I never forgot how powerful this novel was - maybe because of the subject, but I think mostly because of the way it was written.
    I think Irving Wallace was one of the best writers to come out of the 1900's.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Sharon Fields shoots the rapist, that decides to kill her, in the nuts,
    even though he is dying with a knife in his back.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    be careful what you wish for, the wish may come true


    Any additional comments?

    I noticed that this novel received only a couple of reviews and they were average at best. If you have never heard of this author or did not finish listening to the complete
    book, I would recommend checking them both out again.
    Also, I am a male in his 50's, so I remember when we had female actresses that were iconic. Remember this book was written before aids, breast implants, etc.
    Bob Hope would bring the iconic beauties to visit and perform before the troops overseas. Although this story, of course, takes this adoration for these women
    to an extreme, Irving Wallace masterfully wrote what could have actually happened.
    A female may look at this story completely different than a male. I will say that it is a horrific story of rape and imprisonment, but a hell of a story as well.

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  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1514)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (773)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Powerful and Entertaining"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to City of Thieves the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was excellent. The story is well written for an audio. You can sink your teeth into it. Not boring in the least, not just another war story. This one brings you right down into the trenches. I am still listening to it so I don't have an opinion on how the author ends the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator really brings the characters to life.


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

    Haven't listened to Ron Perlman before.


    Who was the most memorable character of City of Thieves and why?

    Haven't yet finished the audio (about 20% to go) so I don't yet know my favorite character. I also don't know how this book is going to end, so I can't comment on that. So far, though, I am really enjoying listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this audio based on its reviews, so thanks for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Irving Wallace
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Thousands of desperate people are drawn to Lourdes and its renowned Grotto when the Vatican announces that the Virgin Mary will perform another miracle cure there. Their lives are at stake... but will a miracle really occur?

    connie says: "good idea, tedious dialogue"
    "Great Story for Believers and Non-Believers"
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    What did you love best about The Miracle?

    The story could have been pretty mundane, but the way Irving Wallace presents the various layers of reasons for and against the possibility of this miracle at Lourdes, as well as including a love story, terrorism and the news interest, this subject keeps it moving right along. He perfectly ties it all together in the end while making you think about this event even after you are done with the book. I am surprised the ratings haven't been that great. All Catholics and anyone that believes in this miracle should read this book. It is very informative and is not biased. Irving Wallace is one of the great authors of the 1960's-80's.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Mr. Wallace tackles this controversial subject and yet tells a great story.


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    He narrated this book a bit slow, but after about 30 minutes I was used to it. I don't think this aspect should keep you from getting the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending is great and ties the story together perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    Any book from Irving Wallace is worth listening to or reading. He would tackle subjects of interest in his own terms and was not afraid to go to the extremes whether it is sex, religion or politics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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