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wjp618

WJP

New Haven, CT | Member Since 2010

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  • The Rottweiler

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    The first girl had a bite mark on her neck, but they traced the DNA to her boyfriend. But the tabloids got hold of the story and called the killer 'The Rottweiler' and the name stuck. The latest murder takes place very near Inez Ferry's antique shop in Marylebone. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in the shop, suddenly, everyone Inez knows is a suspect, and the killer feels all too close.

    Sparkly says: "Lots of atmosphere, and a Freudian mystery."
    "Loved it! Especially Freddy Perfect."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rottweiler the most enjoyable?

    The narrator and the story. Both were absolutely wonderful. It's Ruth Rendell in her "crazy intertwined neighborhood" mode.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! As Alexander Gibbons sorted things out, things definitely got more and more interesting. And the twist with the strong box and the perfume counter were genius.


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Anthony – was your favorite?

    Freddy Perfect and Suzanne/Zenab's mother. Freddy Perfect was absolutely amazing.


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

    "What do you know about your upstairs neighbor?"


    Any additional comments?

    I'm an unabashed Rendell fan, so I give this 5 stars all around.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of the Native

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Virginia Woolf once called Thomas Hardy "the greatest tragic writer among English novelists". His atmospheric novels were often considered shocking upon their publication. In this classic, Clym Yeobright returns to Egdon Heath from Paris, intending to settle down and improve the lives of his townspeople. But the alluring and mysterious Eustacia Vye has other plans. Like so many of Hardy’s masterpieces, The Return of the Native is both a rich character study and a critical examination of Victorian society.

    wjp618 says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Return of the Native to be better than the print version?

    I would. I love Patrick Tull's voice, and for some reason the density of Hardy translates really well to audio (especially with such a gifted narrator). I think I appreciate Hardy's long descriptions of setting much more than I would when reading, given that our modern tastes are a little more sparing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The forehead slapping decisions of the two sets of couples. And when the young boy is gambling.


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

    I have listened to his version of Dickens' Hard Times, which is why I bought this edition. I love, love, love his voice. He has such skill with women, especially. Dickens has a wider variety of characters than Hardy, so Dickens was, in that respect, more fun. But man oh man, when Eustacia is lamenting her scourging, I really felt like I was listening to *her* and not Tull at all.


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

    When the Reddleman wins back the guineas. And when Eustacia hears the "frog" on the second 5th of November.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that classics like this one are really done a wonderful service with such careful and artful narration. Even as a literature lover, I simply don't have the time to sit down and really immerse myself in a book like this, but when I enjoy it this way, I get to savor it while doing all sorts of other things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darker Side of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Phil Reynolds
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Most famous for his tales of crime and deduction, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also had a passion for suspense, the supernatural, and the macabre, as demonstrated in this collection of gothic short stories. This set contains the stories 'The New Catacomb', 'Playing with Fire', 'The Terror of Blue John Gap', 'The Case of Lady Sannox', 'The Brown Hand', and 'The Los Amigos Fiasco'. So get ready for Doyle’s vivid, spine-tingling imagination to unnerve and thrill you in equal measure!

    wjp618 says: "Just wonderful."
    "Just wonderful."
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    What did you love best about The Darker Side of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Volume 2?

    What can I say. Fantastic. Such wonderful narration, so fun to hear a little Conan Doyle outside the normal Sherlock territory.


    What other book might you compare The Darker Side of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Volume 2 to and why?

    There are some Gothic Tales of Horror compilations, and one about Classic Crime Short Stories that are rather in the same vein. Creepy, great, fun.


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

    Fantastic accents.


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

    Oh gosh, when Douglas Stone realizes what he's done in "The Case of Lady Sannox"! Come ON! Worth every penny!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crocodile Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Liza is raised in a remote rural hamlet. One evening, Liza’s mother orders her to leave home forever. Paralyzed at having to fend for herself, Liza finds refuge with Sean, a drifter with whom she begins to share the bizarre story of her life.

    Fay says: "The Crocodile Bird-not Rendell's best, still good"
    "Spooky, fantastic, amazing."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Crocodile Bird the most enjoyable?

    I loved this. I have read and listened to a great deal of Rendell, and this one struck me as special, due in no small part to the 1st person flashback perspective. Jill Tanner is terrific; I am not always keen on female narrators, but she has the perfect voice for this narrative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The feeling that it gave me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one with the dogs.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! But it was too long to do so!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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