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Noel M. Parker

Sierra Vista, Arizona (Relocated for Retirement) Reading, Audible, Travel, Fishing & Boredom

South Coast, Oregon | Member Since 2011

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  • Just Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patti Smith
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (671)

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

    Rick says: "Exceptional. Deeply honest and thoughtful."
    "Listen before you buy...."
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    What would have made Just Kids better?

    A different voice. Being from the West it was difficult and even irritating to listen to
    the dry, bland Brooklyn accent. This heroine doesn't get angry, happy, sad, thrilled, excited, furious .... the voice never changes. Irritating.


    What could Patti Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I assume this is someone's life story. The story is too dull not to be someone's life story...
    The story is very typical of growing up in the 50's, surviving a full time stint as a hippie, even having a mate "come out". I know, I did it. And, basically that's Part 1.


    What didn’t you like about Patti Smith’s performance?

    The voice. There was no excitement, no surprise, no anger, no feeling. She finds out
    her life partner (!) is gay and sleeping with men and it's just another day. It would have been really nice to know she was alive and living this life story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The voice is most irritating, and it made me want to shake the heroine.
    Reaction? Dull, bored.


    Any additional comments?

    And, this is just Part 1. I will grind through Part 2 simply because I cannot not finish a book, although I know the ending...
    Patti Smith tells us the ending in the preface and first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire in the East: Warrior of Rome, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Harry Sidebottom
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    A.D. 255. The Roman imperium is stretched to the breaking point, its authority and might challenged throughout the territories and along every border. One man is sent to marshal the defenses of a lonely city and to shore up the crumbling walls of a once indomitable symbol of Roman power, a man whose very name means war: a man called Ballista. So unfolds an epic drama - a story of empire, heroes, treachery, courage, and most of all, of brutal, bloody warfare.

    Steve says: "As good as historical fiction gets..."
    "Did they really say "fuck" in 256 AD?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Leaving out all the modern contemporary english.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I plan to listen to Lionheart, it's been sitting in my Library a couple of years.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't think I would say the Narrator was responsible for detracting from the book, he tried to change up each character voice - of course the one with the lisp was a little distracting.


    What character would you cut from Fire in the East?

    The fat "Reptile" - especially his bloated description added nothing to the story. I didn't know they called the Persians (from the east) "Reptiles" in 256 AD.


    Any additional comments?

    If this is "as good as historical fiction gets" we are definitely in (reading) trouble..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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