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Donald T. Wardlow

donald t wardlow

Myrtle Beach area, sc usa | Listener Since 2009

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  • All Things Wise and Wonderful

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (222)

    This enchanting collection of stories is the warm and joyful sequel to All Things Bright and Beautiful and All Creatures Great and Small, the memoirs of James Herriot, the world's most beloved veterinarian.

    C. McCoy says: "The best in Classics"
    "Still funny after all these years"
    Overall

    I first read the four original James Herriott books in the late '70s and early '80s, when they were first issued. The U.S. government records audio books for blind folks like myself, and the readers they get are good. However, in the cases of the Herriot books, they made the huge mistake of using an American reader. Fortunately, this recording has a British reader--an absolute must for these stories. Mr. Timothy is exceptional, and sounds a great deal like the man who played Herriot in the TV series "All Creatures Great and Small," in the '80s. The decades between haven't taken the fun out of these tales, and neither has an extremely unkind biography of Herriot, though the author certainly tried to destroy what Herriot created. I close with a line from the original Dr. Doolittle movie--"Maybe what the doctor tells me isn't all together true, but I love every tale he tells me. I don't know any better ones, do you?"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sidney Sheldon
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Carol says: "Great Schlock!"
    "Best Book by Sheldon you can Buy from Audible"
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    The only better Sheldon book than this is "A Stranger in the Mirror," and Audible hasn't got it.
    So this is his best work that Audible has.
    Sheldon does what John D. MacDonald also excelled at-drawing highly unlikable characters and filling you with desire to see how low they can sink into the quagmire of human depravity.
    Noe!l Page is a spoilt French girl. She runs away from an arrangement her father made for her-straight into the arms of the worst sort of man a girl can find.
    Larry Douglas is a beast no one girl can tame.
    Meantime, Katherine Alexander is a Chicago beauty and intellectual. But she is an emotional cripple.
    She finds the right man in Washington, DC-then leaves him in a minute when she meets Larry Douglas.
    But Noe!l Page has been keeping notes on Larry, no matter that he's across the Atlantic, and she has a plan for him.
    The narration is terrific. The reader is an Englishman with a rare gift for voices.
    I am particularly impressed that he can do American accents-usually a reach for even great British actors.
    This is a very adult book. As in every Sheldon book, the sex is rendered in gasping (unrealistic) detail.
    It travels effortlessly from Chicago to France, back to the States, then to a frenetic finish in Greece.
    The time is before, during and just after World War II, a time frame Sheldon made his own in "Stranger in the Mirror," as well as this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blockade Billy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William Blockade Billy Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first - and only - player to have his existence completely removed from the record books.

    Martin says: "Fun, Short Listen"
    "Two Short Great King tales"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Stephen King can still write a short story that packs a wallop. He does it twice here. "Blockade Billy" particularly appeals to me, since it's a baseball story, and I'm a huge fan, as King is.
    He creates a baseball team in dire need of a catcher-and a catcher who will be one-no matter the cost.
    Cost is a factor in the second story, "Morality," to be exact, the cost of a woman's soul. She and her husband are in desperate need of money, but the act they commit to get it is more than the lady can handle.
    Blockade Billy is read by Craig Wasson, who is as good as it gets and clearly loves his baseball.
    Whoever reads "Morality," it's a good yarn too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17575)
    Performance
    (15627)
    Story
    (15579)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "top 5 King books"
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    This is an incredible book, and Craig Wasson's narration makes it so much better it isn't funny. Wasson doesn't just bring the characters to life, he brings the book itself to life in a way few narrators can manage.
    The novel itself is awesome-only Stephen King could posit a world where the Kennedy assassination is better than the possibilities if Oswald's bullet had gone elsewhere.
    Jake, the main character, has one chance to go backwards, a million to one chance any man reading this would probably take.
    King reconstructs both the good and the bad of the late '50s and early '60s which few manage. Most gloss over the '50s as a perfect decade, which it must have been-if you weren't black, Jewish, homosexual or disabled in any way at all.
    King has written once you can't put down, for the first time since "Green Mile."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joan Rivers Live at the Palladium

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Joan Rivers
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The one and only Ms Rivers at her funniest and wittiest. Live at The London Palladium is a great record of one of the truly great female entertainers. Not afraid to be outrageous and catty, she rips in to any number of celebrities and even royalty!

    Sarah says: "Not Good."
    "I'm a big fan, and even I yawned"
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    I'm used to loving everything Joan Rivers does. Sorry, not this time.
    She just wasn't funny.
    particularly the material about her dog Spike I found appalling, and that's a word I never hoped to use to describe anything done by a woman I admire so much.
    I know she has aged, but this just never should have been recorded.
    Her book, written 7 years later, is 7 times as funny on one page as this entire thing is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joan Rivers
    • Narrated By Joan Rivers
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (125)

    Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted - a.k.a. boring - ex-child stars who don’t even have a decent addiction. With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes.

    L. Standridge-Santopietro says: "Totally Honest and Brave"
    "It was so perfect until ..."
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    I was ready to write a melting love letter to this book and its author-until I find how much had been left out!
    Can we talk here?
    Where was the part with the funny nicknames for all our 50 states? Where were some of the other hilarious jokes?
    What was there was excellent. I loved it to death. I've loved Joan Rivers since the early '80s when she subbef for Johnny Carson, and appeared on Hollywood Squares. What a hoot.
    solid 4 out of 5, should have been 5 but for the missing material.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3146)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1645)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "Maybe best book ever"
    Overall

    This book, and "the Stand," by Stephen King, go back and forth in my mind as far as being the best book ever. Mr. Horsley brings this book to life as only a Texan can do, even better than the skilled narrator who did the audio for the Library of Congress. He was good--Horsley is exceptional. He captures the brashness of Gus, the savagery of Blue Duck, the timid nature of July Johnson, and so much more. With such an epic to work with, many potential narrators would be overwhelmed. This reading lends an added dimension to an amazing book--more realistic than anything John Ford ever put on the screen. In this real Wild West, the good guys certainly don't always win, and even the good guys show the character flaws that make them seem more real than any hero John Wayne ever portrayed. McMurtry only wrote two other books worth bothering with--Streets of Laredo, the sequel to this book, and "Last Picture Show." Other than that, don't even bother. Forget the two prequels, they're worthless. This is easily my favorite western, and as i stated at the outset, one of my two favorite books of all.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1106)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (499)

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Comfort Listening"
    "Old Friends are back, at their best"
    Overall

    This is the first of an awesome series. When I first read it, when it was on the bestseller list, the narration was done by an American. Even with that handicap, these stories made me laugh, cry, and think. They're back, and better than ever, with Christopher Timothy reading them. He excels at the voices, and well he should--having portrayed Herriott on TV. Time hasn't taken the fun out of these books, and neither has an unflattering biog of Herriott done after his death in 1995, although its author certainly tried to wreck the fun of these books. The stories bring happiness to even the most harsh experiences. The tales of failed dates with his dream girl would give heart to a man facing those struggles in these modern times. The tales of an outsider becoming an insider in an often clanish community are a pure delight. Read on, and enjoy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (277)

    Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

    meredith says: "Marred by background noise"
    "rediscovering old friends"
    Overall

    I have always loved animals, particularly my 4 Seeing Eye dogs. In my teens, these books were new, and I read them all. This could be the best of the series, because of the wildly funny stories of Herriott, a smallish man, trying to party with Granville Bennett, an overpowering party animal no man can keep up with--though he obviously enjoyed trying. Add the tale of Herriott finally establishing a beach head with Helen, after a number of disastrous attempts, a tale to bring a smile to any man who chased, and finally won, a delightful woman, and you have a book to read repeatedly. I now know that Christopher Timothy, the narrator, played Herriott on TV, and that too brings back memories. The series was the last show Mom, Dad and I could watch together, and it made us all laugh--even Dad whose strength was nearly gone, and Mom who seldom found cause to laugh. Read again, and again, and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    Upton Sinclair's The Jungle is a vivid portrait of life and death in a turn-of-the-century American meat-packing factory. A grim indictment that led to government regulations of the food industry, The Jungle is Sinclair's extraordinary contribution to literature and social reform.

    Donald T. Wardlow says: "brilliant rendering of an old classic"
    "brilliant rendering of an old classic"
    Overall

    I was prompted to revisit this old gem because of the recent peanut butter scare. At least, to-day, the perpetrators of that crisis will be dealt with. It wasn't always so, as this book clearly states. This book is a difficult assignment, but the narrator clearly worked long and hard to pronounce the Lithuanian words and proper names. This is a man who brings a book to life--many narrators can't, or won't. This book is not intended for the young, or the faint of heart, as the descriptions of brutality, and the descriptions of conditions under which food was once prepared, are nearly as graphic as Edward R. Murrow's rendering of Buchenwald.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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