NORTHPORT, ALABAMA, United States | Member Since 2010
Reading a Rex Stout novel is a visit with old friends. Wolfe and Archie, Fritz and Cramer, and the rest, everyone is in top form here. I give it 4 starts rather than 5 because I didn't care for the ending (no spoilers here). Still, it is a delight.
No. However, I'll be listening to more.
Foe Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, this time it is personal!
If you don't know this series, you really should try it. The relationships between the characters trumps the mystery element and thus, the books hold up to repeated readings.
I loved the passion all the actors clearly brought to this project.
They took the original and gave it a bit of a modernization. The performances were marvelous.
There is some first class acting here folks. These people are good at what they do. For anyone who thinks some of these actors are "typecast" in one role, give this a try. You'll be impressed. Wonderful!
Now we are talking. After several potboilers that were largely forgettable, Grisham returns to his roots with a take rich with Southern history featuring the likable everyman hero Jake Briggance who was last featured in A Time to Kill all those years ago. Compelling and rich in atmosphere with characters to root for (and characters you will despise). The only problem is that I spotted the ending coming but the journey of the novel makes that small weakness.
Jake. I wish Grisham would write a few others with him. For my money, Briggance is Grisham's most fully realized character.
Judge Atlee was a hoot.
Raturn with John Grisham to where it all began as Ford County learns some secrets were never meant to stay hidden.
Come to Sycamore Row. It is a journey worth taking.
The fact that Tina Fey was reading/performing her own material.
She was funny, and just a bit sassier than I expected.
If you need to laugh, do yourself a favor and get this audiobook. However, I would not recommend trying to drink while you listen. You'll be laughing too hard.
This performance of Bradbury's classic novel deserves to be listened to and savored. It is a favorite of mine.
The ideas in the book are as relevant today as when it was written. Listen to the book and then look at the world around us. Bradbury's prose moves over you like beautiful music or a great poem. Hurt's performance brings the beauty of this language to life in a way that helps you appreciate the majesty of the book in a new way. If you read it in high school and didn't enjoy it, give this performance a try!
James Naughton's performance is perfect. Rich and rewarding. If we can't have Tom Selleck read these then Naughton's performances are the next best thing.
Brandman does good characterizations but his plotting in the story could use some work. We only get one of these a year so a bit more imagination would be nice. I'd like to see Sunny Randall return to the series as well.
Yes. he does his usually super job.
If you are a fan of Jesse Stone, this one is worth your time. If you are new to the series you should start with one of the books written by Robert B. Parker himself because his plots are better.
Loss, Identity, and Family
This one probes Elvis Cole's background and personal psychology. It lends an added richness to the character. Some will complain that Elvis isn't quite as funny here as he usually is but, it makes sense given the context.
I thought his performance brought a kind of gravitas and force to the story that fit the prose quite nicely.
Yes. I couldn't quite manage to do that, but I wanted to.
Loved the book. My only complaint is that sometimes Lucy Chanier really gets on my nerves. Part of me wishes Crais would write her out of the series.
Burt Reynolds performance. He seems to understand the cadence of Parker's writing in a way other audiobook readers don't.
What a pity the publisher decided to go with Joe M. as the reader on the majority of the series. Reynolds reading Parker is a true treat.
The pacing is fantastic.
Joe Pike is a force of nature and here Crais unleashes him!
My wife and I listened to this on a road trip and absolutely loved it! We were sorry to come to the end.
The fact that Bradbury selected the stories to be featured and reads them himself is a fantastic treat!
Any fan of Bradbury will enjoy this.
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