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Michael

The Colony, TX, USA

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  • Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Donald Clarke
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    No singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than jazz legend Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues - and this authentic biography sets the record straight. Donald Clarke was given unrivaled access to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s with those who knew Lady Day in all stages of her short, tragic life - from her childhood in the streets and good-time houses of Baltimore, through the early days of success in New York and the years of fame, to her tragic decline.

    Michael says: "Good Biography, Tedious Discography"
    "Good Biography, Tedious Discography"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book very much. Lady was a fascinating person. The only problem with the book (to me) was that there were too many details about recording sessions. I don't really care who played drums on which song at which session. However, the rest of the book was great. The narrator was perfect for the material. The language in the book can be pretty salty so be advised if listening out loud. All in all a good bio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "Good Book, Narrator Not So Good"
    Overall

    I hate to harp on this but the new narrator really lets this book down. He is a fine narrator, but Roy Doltrice (who did the earlier books) owns this turf. Mr. Doltrice gave every character his or her own voice, accent and mannerisms that made it easy to identify which character was speaking. I got confused with who was speaking sometimes with Mr. Lee. If Random House reads this, please bring back Roy Doltrice for the next book.
    Having said that, the book itself is excellent with no let-down from the earlier volumes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Time Radio Shows: Adventures by Morse

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nostalgia Ventures
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    After I Love a Mystery and I Love Adventure, Carlton E. Morse created a third series of high adventure, Adventures by Morse. Similar in feel to his other shows, it centered on the globetrotting exploits of San Francisco detective Captain Bart Friday and his sidekick Skip Turner in stories that also bordered on the supernatural with rational conclusions.

    Edmund says: "The best of Old Time Radio"
    "Lots of Fun"
    Overall

    The plot is ridiculous. The actors are over the top dramatically. The woman character basically justs screams. The dialogue is unintentionally funny sometimes. But somehow it is all a lot of fun to listen to. The ending is a bit of a let-down, as the main character simply explains all the mysteries to the other characters. But I still enjoyed it.
    There is what seems to be a sales pitch to radio station managers at the beginning that lasts about 24 minutes. You might want to skip this and get on with the story.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Odyssey of Homer (Dramatization)

    • NONE (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Yuri Rasovsky
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    When this groundbreaking serialized dramatization premiered on 320 U.S. radio stations, critics were unanimous in their praise. It won numerous honors including the George Foster Peabody Award and the Pulitzer Prize for broadcasting. Never before or since has such an ambitious undertaking been attempted in public radio, and it was accomplished, not by a major network, but by a small nonprofit independent producer in Chicago. That was in 1981. It has been sitting on the shelf ever since.

    Michael says: "Lack of Editing Makes Listening Tedious"
    "Lack of Editing Makes Listening Tedious"
    Overall

    This is a very enjoyable rendition when it is actually telling the story. The cast is great & the audio trick to indicate when a god is speaking through a mortal is neat. The problem is that the original multipart broadcast is presented unedited (as far as I can tell). That means that each episode ends with a preview of next week's episode & the credits. Then the next episode begins with a recap of last week. There are also interuptions to tell you how to get a free study guide (numerous times), and stuff like Ray Bradbury telling you that modern technology is great. There are also places where they pause to explain certain things in the text that might confuse a modern listener & these are welcome.
    If this had been edited into one whole presentation, it would be 5 stars easy. But as it is, it is almost too annoying to enjoy.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2061)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (543)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Unbelievably Riveting"
    Overall

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. I stayed up late listening until I was a zombie at work. The narrator is perfect for the material & the material is facinating & emotionally gripping. There is a section after the epilogue where the author details his sources. Be sure to listen after that for an interview with Chatterton and Kohler conducted by the author after the print version of the book was published.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Inklings

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Humphrey Carpenter
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    During the 1930s at Oxford, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams - friends and scholars - met regularly to discuss philosophy and read aloud from their works. And it was in this company which came to be called the Inkings that The Lord of the Rings and The Screwtape Letters first found audiences. Listen to their story!

    Alan Rither says: "Excellent material, but a poor recording"
    "Good but somewhat trying"
    Overall

    I must also point out that the recording quality makes the reader a little hard to understand, but once I got used to it, I was able to concentrate on the words. It starts with a short biographical sketch of the various people that were Inklings or sat with them at the pub that really tried my patience. I's rather hear Betty Boop read a phone book. But once the book proper started, it was very interesting. If you like C.S. Lewis (you have to get used to him being called Jack), Tolkien and the others, I think you may find this book worth the annoyances.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1034)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Nigel Planer is the reason"
    Overall

    This series of books are very entertaining. Funny, good plot and characters. But Nigel Planer's performance is the reason that listening is far better than reading these books. He matches each voice perfectly with the character and reads the text in perfect harmony to the author's writing style. I can not imagine these books without him now.

    50 of 51 people found this review helpful

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