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Tarja

Layliainen, Finland | Member Since 2002

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  • Jack's Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barry Gifford, Lawrence Lee
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The classic and fascinating story of Jack Kerouac, "King of the Beats" and American literary legend, recorded through the voices of his friends and lovers. Authors Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee retraced Kerouac's life at home and on the road and talked with the prophets, musicians, poets, socialites, and working people who knew him. Some are famous (Allen Ginsberg, Gore Vidal, William Burroughs); some are not (Jack's boyhood buddies, his lovers, his barroom companions). All have contributed to a remarkably vibrant, riveting portrait of a life.

    Tarja says: "You didn't know Jack. But now you do."
    "You didn't know Jack. But now you do."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Jack's Book?

    The structure and the voices of those interviewed are very crisp and clear.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jack was not a hero, he was a storyteller and that's the way his contemporaries remember him.


    What does Mauro Hantman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Feeling, pace and warmth.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sadness in the end, but that is always with a biography of any sort.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done, very enjoyable. Listener is not required to be too familiar with Jack's works, but might definitely get interested in them after listening to "Jack's Book" (which, btw, is a brilliant title).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6978)
    Performance
    (6355)
    Story
    (6364)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Very entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good characters. Some developments were quite obvious, but all and all very entertaining and well written. Story will continue, I'm sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bat: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbo
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (812)

    Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Probably the best of this remarkable series."
    "Nearly perfect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    It's a crime story with a victim/s and "who-did-it" but as such it is 95 % perfect. Sean Barrett does a great job narrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1154)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (269)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "Poor"
    Overall

    Excellent narrator. Interesting topic, but poor story structure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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