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William

Menominee, MI, USA

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  • Tinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Paul Harding
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (110)

    An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating.

    marcus says: "Breath Taking"
    "Annoying and pretentious"
    Overall

    This book has some problems. While the premise for the story is that a man is dying and therefore everything that follows is a hallucination, this may serve more as an excuse for strained and exaggerated writing that quickly becomes annoying. "Tinkers" is a convoluted series of episodes reaching back in time to the grandfather and father (as a young boy, and later as an adult) of the main character. It is a lot of sound and fury, eventually signifying very little. I found myself not caring about any of these characters and their overwrought problems - again the language got in the way of any character development. The point of view shifts from first person to third person, throughout, the language is overblown and affected. The audio narration is expressive and fairly well done, with the exception of the performer's attempt at women's voices -- most of them sounding like drag queens. I cannot recommend this audio book; it was frustrating and irritating to listen to and really had trouble just finding a story to tell.

    I gave it 2 stars simply because the technical aspects of this production are good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mother Night

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (288)

    American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Kurt Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of grey with a verdict that will haunt us all. Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense.

    Robert says: "“We are what we pretend to be”"
    "One of Vonnegut's Best"
    Overall

    I read "Mother Night" in college in the 60's. It was great then - it is still great. I believe it is one of Vonnegut's best novels, written at a time when he wrote novels instead of extended short stories that depended upon refrains and cartoons. (Sorry Kurt, but I know you'll understand what I mean, wherever you are.) The audio narration and pacing is excellent, the subject matter is complex and yet is told with simplicity and clarity. This is good stuff.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (353)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "A novel of ideas and depth"
    Overall

    Winter's Tale is a complex, engaging and thought-provoking novel. I think it demonstrates that the love of language, the love of ideas, and the ability to create characters who speak to us across time is still at the heart of great novel-writing. I read this book twenty-plus years ago and was impressed with its depth and sincerity then as I am now. AND it is good to hear it read by a gifted interpreter!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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