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Johnny Williams

Johnny10

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  • Living in Daddy's Closet, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Lee Tucker
    • Narrated By Michael Lee Tucker
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The is a novel about a boy growing up with a closeted gay father. It details the good times and the bad times of living with a parent who never wanted to live up to who and what he was.

    Robert says: "When is the movie coming out?"
    "A Rebel with a Cause"
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    If you think about it, every great book has serve a cause. There was a reason it was written and a reason why it became popular. The book “Black like Me” by John Howard Griffin is a prime example. It was an outcry for social justice when there was none. One would like to think that people read it, because we all profoundly wanted things in America to change and they have to some extent. The Feminine Mystique changed the lives of women every where by opening up their eyes to the manipulation that had been going on for decades to create the loving “housewife” who would be happy at home taking care of the kids. While puttering through the web pages of audible.com, I fell upon what might be the very book that will open up people's minds about what it is like to be a gay man trapped in a marriage with kids to someone you don't love as a spouse, and how the desire to be with someone that you do love and can love with time becomes overwhelming. The name of the book is “Living in Daddy's Closet”. It is written in from the point of view of the main character's son hence the title. It is told with an extraordinary sensitivity and sense of humor. Some of the chapters where the main character, Arlan Johnson is trying desperately to hide his homosexuality are absolutely hysterical. However the main point, that the son's hits on in the book, is that he (the son) wanted his father to be happy no matter what and it was something that his father could never be. Unless he had been allowed to be with the person that he had really loved. The book states with saying verbatim that people should be allowed to marry the Person they love, it will make for a happier world all around. Interesting enough the main character is black and his family makes great sacrifices for him to have a “normal life” in the 50's and 60's, so there is a contrast of civil rights and gay rights. What they want for him as a black person, you have the feeling that they would not grant him as a gay person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Party

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By John William Cawthorne
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was one of the greatest writers of all time. Today he is remembered both as a brilliant playwright and one of the masters of the short story. "The Party" is a prime example of the latter.

    Johnny Williams says: "A truly Beautiful Reading of Chekhov's story/"
    "A truly Beautiful Reading of Chekhov's story/"
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    Where does The Party rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Chekhov and "The Party" is a truly wonderful piece of Slavic literature. I put it in my top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    The contrast of the situation a party going on and the moment of the Heroines distress, Chekhov using this same theme in his great classic "The Cherry Orchard." In former the heroine using the situation to escape financial problem, in the Party she is escaping marital problems. It is Mankind's desire to be amused even when the situation calls for distress. The attitude of not wanting to see the train wreak coming.


    Which character – as performed by John William Cawthorne – was your favorite?

    There two Characters the wife and the husband, J.W. Cawthorne get into a slow rythm with this piece which is quite appropriate with the lull of a country setting. He acts out every roles and you can really tell which Charater is speaking and any given time which I guess is the difference between the British and American interpretation that I have heard. The narrator acts out each person.


    If you could take any character from The Party out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The wife because of her breeding, education and background and her desire to be authentic when others are feigning feelings to put up a front.


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  • 'The Kiss' and 'The Problem'

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By John William Cawthorne
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Here are two short stories by Anton Chekhov, one of the greatest writers of all time. Today he is remembered both as a brilliant playwright and one of the masters of short fiction. "The Kiss" and "The Problem" are prime examples of the latter.

    Michael says: "Great Stories with Acceptable Narration"
    "A czekhov classic love it"
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    Where does 'The Kiss' and 'The Problem' rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For those who love Czekhov's this is one of his best work and this is a very good version of that work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 'The Kiss' and 'The Problem'?

    The mystery veiled in the different rooms, as the hero searching for the woman whom he thinks he loves and the woman who he thinks loves him.


    What about John William Cawthorne’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful as useually, he is an actor more than a narrator.


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

    The is a sad humour to the story. One neither laughs or cries however one does get caught up in the irony.


    Any additional comments?

    Nicely put together for the price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Anna Around the Neck' and 'A Trifle from Life'

    • ABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By John William Cawthorne
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was one of the greatest writers of all time. Today he is remembered both as a brilliant playwright and one of the masters of the short story. "Anna Around the Neck" and "A Trifle from Life" are prime examples of the latter.

    Michael says: "Good Chekhov bad Narration"
    "The best interpretation of Chekhov I have heard."
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    What made the experience of listening to 'Anna Around the Neck' and 'A Trifle from Life' the most enjoyable?

    Chekhov constantly ponder the question of older men taking advantage of younger women. In the one she get the upper hand and it is delightful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 'Anna Around the Neck' and 'A Trifle from Life'?

    The change that Anna goes through from the meek and the mild girl who had to marry for money to save he family. To the matron of the house who realizes that her husband is more afraid of her than she is of him.


    Have you listened to any of John William Cawthorne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and they are all excellently performed, he doesn't read books he acts them out.


    Who was the most memorable character of 'Anna Around the Neck' and 'A Trifle from Life' and why?

    Anna is the most memorable character.


    Any additional comments?

    This is well worth the money I spent on it, which wasn't much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 'Misfortune' and 'Not Wanted'

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated By John William Cawthorne
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Here are two short stories by Anton Chekhov, one of the greatest writers of all time. Today he is remembered both as a brilliant playwright and one of the masters of short fiction. "Misfortune" and "Not Wanted" are prime examples of the latter.

    Michael says: "Horrific Narration worsens two weak stories"
    "Great Retelling of Chekov's Tales"
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    What made the experience of listening to 'Misfortune' and 'Not Wanted' the most enjoyable?

    The acting in this was wonderful, the narrator doesn't just read he acts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The young man, that is in love with this married woman.


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

    You really feel for all the characters in the book. The younger women married to the older man, the young man who loves her. It is a story that still rings true today.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Mr. Cawthorne's British accent I feel it gives a more authentic feel to Chekkov.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol [Roberson Audio Version]

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By John William Cawthorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Get into the spirit, along with Scrooge, Marley, three ghosts, and a host of unforgettable characters. This is a wonderful rendition of the timeless Christmas classic by Charles Dickens, to be enjoyed again and again from season to season.

    Johnny Williams says: "Wonderfully Entertaining and affordable"
    "Wonderfully Entertaining and affordable"
    Overall

    This version of A Christmas Carol has to be the best when all is said and done. John William Cawthorne, a fantastic reader and actor, plays all roles and gets all of them absolutely right. It is hard to believe the one man can go from character to character in such short spans and bring a book to life the way he has. We are making it a family tradition in our household to listen to it every Christmas. Last but not least the price is also amazing, and I think there is a mistake because it says abridged version but my family and I followed it with the book this Christmas and it seems to be the unabridged versions unless they are publishing this exact abridged version at Peguin Books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • T'was the Night Before Christmas

    • ABRIDGED (3 mins)
    • By Clement Clark Moore
    • Narrated By John William Cawthorne
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (40)

    This is a wonderful rendition, set to the overture of "The Nutcracker", of the timeless Christmas classic by Moore to be enjoyed again and again from season to season.

    Marigold Galore says: "just lovely!"
    "More than Delightful"
    Overall

    My son had to do this poem for the Christmas pageant, and having this recording really help him. He took on the british accent and pick up all the intonations of the actor in the mp3. It was truely wonderful and all the parents and the teacher at the school were calling him a genius and a true star. So thank you audible for producing this one. I don't know who gave this less than a five but they are crazy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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