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Anthony Pour

Marina del Rey, CA | Member Since 2007

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  • Classic American Short Stories, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser, Jack London, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and others
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    The greatest short story writers strive to achieve a single, dramatic effect, a feature which the early masters of this genre perfected. Although the short story came from Europe, it was reborn in America and reached a pinnacle of superb form on these shores by the turn of the 20th century. In so many of our best writers, we hear echoes of a pioneer ethos that sustains the heart of a great literature. Here are 12 of America's best.

    Michael says: "Fun listening too"
    "Charlton Griffin turns classics into superhits!"
    Overall

    I now got into the habit of searching the Audible website solely by the name of one narrator: Charlton Griffin. So far he helped me hear stories I have read, or tried to read, several times since high school in a brand new way. For instance, for many years I could never get through Poe's House of Usher. But Mr. Griffin gave Poe's rather pompous verbosity a pleasing musical quality and thus helped me finally make it to the end of the story and discover that it is indeed a very good one.
    So, now I am going to order Charlton Griffin's rendition of Homer's Iliad. I have tried to read that super classic several times before, but never quite made it past page 20 or so. I'll be happy to keep everybody who is interested informed what Mr. Griffin did for me there.
    Anthony Pour

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (488)

    Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

    Russell says: "Totally Worth It"
    "Body building steroids and the brain."
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    Story

    This book made me wonder. There have been countless, highly publicized studies about things like for example fatty foods causing obesity. So, why on earth has there been no study about body-building steroids shrinking the brain?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14584)
    Performance
    (11974)
    Story
    (12601)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "20-hour narrative about a simple inference."
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    Performance
    Story

    The one and only reasonable explanation for this kind of adult behavior is simple. The supposedly brilliant, superrich, mindbogglingly successful and breathtakingly beautiful male protagonist who wastes a whole lot of time and effort on sex games with a birdbrained, infantile, yet legally adult female got to be a closet pedophile.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3886)
    Performance
    (3280)
    Story
    (3263)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "What happened?"
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    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    What happened to my - until now - favorite author? I only hope he did not write this book himself. Because it's a scary thought that he did. It could only mean that with age a man's humor and common sense, no matter how compelling, become as frail as his muscles and reading his new books turns into one big yawn, on a par with watching him lifting weights.


    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Going Rogue: An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sarah Palin
    • Narrated By Sarah Palin
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (155)

    In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics - from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost.

    Mike & Jan Geihsler says: "Needed unabridged"
    "Common sense, wit and humor - what a relief it is."
    Overall

    No wonder she is making the grim-faced dwarfs in the leftist media foam at the mouth. Mrs. Palin has all that liberal intellectuals so sorely lack: good looks, poise, common sense, wit, imagination, and irreverent humor about the business of politic. She can count on my vote for the Top Job in 2012 or sooner. Maybe, if the Republicans could manage to come up with something along the lines of Acorn, I would not hesitate to go into the trouble of racking up several voter registrations. And, for the liberal pollsters' info, I have a college degree and no red neck.

    9 of 51 people found this review helpful
  • The Italian Renaissance

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J.H. Plumb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In all of human history there has never been an era as richly endowed with human creativity as the Italian Renaissance. When the economic boom of the Late Middle Ages had allowed a flourishing and wealthy merchant class to emerge, a plethora of artists, sculptors, architects, and thinkers followed in their wake. In an astonishingly short period of time, Italy was transformed mentally, physically, and spiritually.

    DEW says: "A truly pleasurable experience"
    "Charlton Griffin does it again."
    Overall

    I would have never finished this book in print. But Mr. Griffin's audio version was fascinating. My next listen to it will be in Venice and Florence with an iPod in my pocket and earphones in my ear while sipping an espresso in one of them piazzas. Can't wait.
    Anthony Pour, CA

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Guy de Maupassant
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Guy de Maupassant, (1850 - 1893), a native of Normandy, wrote in a bold and vigorous style that moves inexorably along clear plot lines. He had an astonishing capacity for creating believable characters, and he wasted little ink in putting his stories in motion. Maupassant was a master of "le mot juste," waiting until the perfect word came to him before setting his thoughts to paper. He was one of the first truly modern writers, and today his stories still resonate with enthusiasm and originality.

    Anthony Pour says: "An Oscar for audio books!"
    "An Oscar for audio books!"
    Overall

    Hollywood would be well advised to create a new Oscar category: audio books. I might even begin to watch the Academy Awards show again if there were a chance to see Charlton Griffin hugging one of them golden statues. It might give the by now somewhat weary spectacle what it so badly needs - a touch of class.
    Anthony Pour

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Of Human Bondage, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    One of the main themes in Of Human Bondage is the concept of ambivalence and how we are simultaneously attracted to and repulsed by people, objects, thoughts, and actions. Although this was not a new concept in 1914, in the hands of Maugham it was raised to such a pitch of literary perfection as to stand as his most precious contribution to the art of writing fiction.

    John says: "Men Only"
    "Charlton Griffin - a new dimension in literature"
    Overall

    I read Maugham's "Of Human Bondage" when I was very young, a long time before MP3 and iPods, and Charlton Griffin's rendition made me discover a brand new dimension in it. I am impatiently waiting for another great listen by him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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