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David

Hanalei, HI, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17724)
    Performance
    (13836)
    Story
    (13872)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "mixed emotions"
    Overall

    While I have enjoyed the series immensely, I am periodically put off by Roy Dotrice's portrayals of some of the characters. He does many things so well including consistent and distinct voices for each character and keeping Tyrion and The King slayers voices different but similar (they are brothers). But often he portrays young people and women with voices that sound so unrealistic that I find it disturbing and distracting. Teenagers are often made to sound much older and most older characters sound toothless. I am about to try the fourth book in the series and hope that the narrator, who did Pillars of the Earth, is an improvement, though I suspect from the preview that some of the subtle tones of Dotrice will be sacrificed for more of a "reading" than a portrayal. Stay tuned.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (643)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "The ring of truth"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Imperium again? Why?

    It is one of my all time favorite listens. I often avoid dry history books, but this one is full of real people involved in a fascinating story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Imperium?

    This book and the narration brought ancient Rome to life for me. It was as if I got to know intimately, historical figures who were previously like cardboard images.


    What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

    Jones's voice has that ring of truth that makes the fictional part of the story merge seamlessly with the factual part, creating an informative and engaging tale yet avoiding distortion. There is an appropriate arrogance in his delivery that makes the words sing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard, Debra Winger
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished his most virulent accuser. Browse other Philip Roth on audible.com.

    David says: "Delve into the characters"
    "The Human Stain"
    Overall

    It has been many years since Goodbye Columbus when I first read Philip Roth's work. If I had known how his skill and insight had evolved I would have followed him every step of the way. As it is, now I have to go back and listen to his entire body of work. Roth has an ability to see into his characters and through his revelations, articulate his philosophy in a way that makes his writing unique and potent. This is my favorite Audible selection so far and, in fact, is one of my favorite reads of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Unpardonable Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew Taylor
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Edgar Allan Poe is an American boy in England, a child standing on the edge of mysteries. In 1819, two Americans arrive in London. Soon afterward a bank collapses. A man is found horribly mutilated on a building site and an heiress flirts with her inferiors. All the while, Poe's young schoolmaster struggles to understand what is happening before he and his loved ones are destroyed. But the truth has its origins in the New World and the Old, in a bitter episode of corruption during the War of 1812.

    Anne says: "worthwhile"
    "An Unpardonable Crime"
    Overall

    Even with the interruptions imposed by intermittent listening, I could easily drop into the story at any point. I was there every step of the way with this exceptionally talented writer and superb narrator. I was especially impressed with the writer's skill in interjecting what I imagine are his personal insights into the story line in a matter of fact manner, that never felt like prosteletizing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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