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R. Cryan

Virginia | Member Since 2013

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  • Someone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice McDermott
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    An ordinary life - its sharp pains and unexpected joys, its bursts of clarity and moments of confusion - lived by an ordinary woman: this is the subject of Someone, Alice McDermott’s extraordinary return, seven years after the publication of After This. Scattered recollections - of childhood, adolescence, motherhood, old age - come together in this transformative narrative, stitched into a vibrant whole by McDermott’s deft, lyrical voice.

    Anastasia Burke says: "Each word chosen like a jewel"
    "Boring"
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    This is the most boring book I've ever listened to. The book is boring; the reader is boring. And the reference to a song about the white cliffs of Dover in the years right after WWI is a jarring anachronism that reveals the author's laziness.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Deadly Shade of Gold: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (176)

    When McGee picks up the phone and hears a voice from the past, he can't help it. He has to meddle. Especially when he has the chance to reunite Sam Taggart, a reckless, restless man like himself, with the woman who's still waiting for him. But what begins as a simple matchmaking scheme soon becomes a bloody chase that takes McGee to Mexico, a beautiful country - and one from which he hopes to return alive.

    Aaron P. Lazar says: "Travis McGee - a hero for all time"
    "The Narrator doesn't quite work for me."
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    Robert Petkoff a good narrator generally, but he has too soft an edge to his voice and his reading to pull off Travis McGee. McGee is a man's man, and the audiobook publisher should find a reader that sounds like a tough guy. (And McGee, as the first person narrator, can quote women without doing a female voice.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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