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Blake

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  • No Way to Treat a First Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    One of this country's leading political satirists dangles before us a tantalizing novel whose protagonist has a great deal in common with a recent First Lady. Beth MacIntyre, First Lady of the United States, has been charged with the murder of her husband, a Presidential Lothario of the first water. She is accused of throwing a historic Paul Revere spittoon during a bedroom spat, putting an unfortunately fatal dent in the President's lust-filled head.

    M. S. Cohen says: "Buckley has no endgame"
    "Loved my second Buckley book"
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    Would you listen to No Way to Treat a First Lady again? Why?

    Yes, the lighthearted look at serious yet preposterous situations makes it not just a good listen, but also a pleasant one that put me in a good mood.


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

    The tone was good for the material, slightly dry but acknowledging the humor.


    Any additional comments?

    I have only recently started reading Christopher Buckley. This was second one after Boomssay, which inloved. The combination of humor, serious yet ridiculous topics, a smart wit, and good characters make his books a real treat and I will be reading all of them.

    There are often occasions when I want to read something humorous yet smart. Other options for these occasions are Carl Hiassin, Tom Robbins, Christopher Moore. Buckley isn't really like these authors but he fills a similar need for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NPCs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Drew Hayes
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

    Jonathan says: "Charming and Cute"
    "Entertaining and well thought out."
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    Performance
    Story

    Very entertaining. The story lines were woven together nicely. The reader should have at least a passing familiarity with role playing games but you wouldn't need to be a serious gamer to enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1091)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Amazing Audio Performance"
    Overall

    I read this book about 15 years ago and loved it. It is filled with fantastic characters (in both senses of the word) and even better dialog. It is really the dialog that carries the book for me.

    I wanted to reread the book and when I saw it was available in audio book format I jumped on it.

    The audio version is unbelievably wonderful. While it is not a dramatized version you almost feel that it is because of the PERFECT voices used for the characters. You really get the feel for the personality of Ignatious (the main characther).

    I cannot reccomend this highly enough for fans of quirky fiction. This is a perfect audio adaptation of an already great book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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