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Brian English

benglish2004

Cranford, NJ United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Three-Day Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Kardos
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each has gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything. Will is a part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios. Then one night Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store, drags a young woman into Will’s car, and shouts a single word: "Drive!" Shaken and confused, Will obeys.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "Gem of a novel"
    "Cannot believe I wasted a credit on this garbage"
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    What disappointed you about The Three-Day Affair?

    For all the rave reviews, this book was poorly plotted and averagely written. The ending was so dull and flat it's beyond belief.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Kardos again?

    Never.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ray Chase?

    Chase does his best with the poor material, but his voice characterizations are irritating to the ear. There are also a lot of annoying, repeated mispronunciations.


    What character would you cut from The Three-Day Affair?

    All three of them. And they'd be easy to cut, because their were all cardboard cutout cliche characters anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Ignore the positive reviews. This is really a bad short book. You are guaranteed to be irritated that you spent 7.5 hours getting to the so-called "end" of this fiasco. Stay away.

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  • Flashman on the March

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Many have marvelled at General Napier's daring 1868 expedition through the treacherous peaks and bottomless chasms of Abyssinia to rescue a small group of British citizens held captive by the mad tyrant Emperor Theodore. But the vital role of Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., in the success of this campaign has hitherto gone unrecorded.

    D. says: "Another Great Flashman!"
    "Just doesn't work as an abridged book."
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    What did you like best about Flashman on the March? What did you like least?

    While this is not anywhere near my favorite narrator of the Flashman series, he does a serviceable job. But what kills this audiobook is the fact that it's abridged. The Flashman series relies on historical detail and plot twists -- the abridged version simply skims the important points of action. You lose so much of the period flavor and historical feel of the complete books. GMF is a talent writer who is an utter joy to read; if you want to abridge something, abridge those awful lawyer books by hacks like John Grisham. Leave the good books alone.


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