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marvin

tucker, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Christine

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (331)

    It was love at first sight. From the moment 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham saw Christine, he knew he would do anything to possess her. But Christine is no lady. She is Stephen King's ultimate vehicle of terror.

    marvin says: "excellent novel made better by great narrator"
    "excellent novel made better by great narrator"
    Overall

    thisis one of my favorite SK novels, glad to see that if finally made it to audobook.
    And I hope everyone takes notice of Holter Grahams fine narration. To me he is the best since Frank Muller, and may even surpass him. He gives great inflection and change of tone to each voice and he not only reads, he performs. His voice changes subtlely throughout the book as arnie becomes more and more possessed. Each scene he acts out, giving his own interpretation as if acting it out among differnt characters, but its just himself.
    This is the finest performance by a narrator I think I have ever listened to.
    highly recommended

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Vertical: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rex Pickett
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    It’s seven years after the events of Sideways. Miles has written a novel that has been made into a wildly successful movie, and the movie has changed his life. Jack, contrarily, is divorced, has a kid, and is on the skids. Phyllis, Miles’ mom, has suffered a stroke that’s left her wheelchair-bound and wasting away in assisted living. She desperately wants to live with her sister in Wisconsin. When Miles gets invited to be master of ceremonies at the International Pinot Festival in Oregon, he hatches a harebrained road trip.

    marvin says: "Too much unrefined sex"
    "Too much unrefined sex"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, like every other sentence had talk of miles ejaculating it seemed like.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ?


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    In this book no favorite. Brick is good, but miles seems like a completely different person from the miles in "sideways". As does jack. But miles is particularly unlikeable. He's sex obsessed. Treats everyone badly. And especially says mean things to his mom.
    Just wayyyyyy to much sex going on with super hot young chicks and miles. Seems like the author is living vicariously thru miles. And it's told in a way that comes off as creepy. Not sensual.
    Or maybe I'm missing somethjg?


    Do you think Vertical needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I didn't think sideways did. But I welcomed a new novel with miles and jack. Ultimately I didn't like the direction the characters lives had taken.


    Any additional comments?

    A dissapointment. Seems a contrived plot to facilitate another road trip.
    The characters aren't consistent with sideways and too much sex not portrayed very sexily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (281)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, poor editing ..."
    "One of the best true stories not many are aware of"
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    What made the experience of listening to In the Heart of the Sea the most enjoyable?

    It made me feel like i was actually there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the descriptions of life on a whaler in the 1800s..the island


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    owen chase


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    a fight for survival thousands of miles from land in the 1800s


    Any additional comments?

    This absoutely should be made into a film...a great story that more people should be made aware of. Excellent writing and fact gathering by NP and dead on narration by brick. i wish it had gone on longer....a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (595)

    The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

    Gerald says: "Bravo Papa!"
    "One of my favorite audiobooks and performances of"
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    What did you love best about The Sun Also Rises?

    The scenes in chapter four...the interactions between brett and jake..jakes personal thoughts...the descriptions of life in Paris in the 20s


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love story between brett and jake...and how unique it is


    What does William Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One of the finest performances i have ever had the pleasure. Shame he doesnt narrate more books. he gives such nuance and inflections to the thoughts and voices...things i wouldnt have done on my own just reading it. he truly adds depth to this story. a pleasure to listen to, do your self a favor and give this one a shot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when jake is alone in his apt and cant sleep and begins to cry


    Any additional comments?

    one of the absolute best audiobooks you will ever listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (967)
    Story
    (967)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "good story, excellent narrator. ignore the plants"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Fielding to be better than the print version?

    dont know?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Fielding?

    The college experieinces


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    He is one of the best narrators working today. His voices changes for every character, he modulates his tone...in short he performs his narration. he studies the book and characters and is very prepared before he actually records the reading. Excellent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    There are too many

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (337)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Narrator lessens the audiobook. Why not Martin??"
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    Besides the great works that Martin has written (imo), the biggest joy was hearing him narrate his own works, his voice, the nuances and inflections he gave to it.
    I was so looking forward to listening to him narrate another of his fiction works, then I saw Campbell Scott was the narrator. If I was asked to choose one narrator who I would NOT wish to read this book, it was be him...his voice is near monotone and offers no inflections or change of tone between characters.
    First of all...Why didnt Martin himself narrate it??? He has done such an excellent job before...and then why, out of all the fine narrators out there, did they choose the one who has the least expression in his vocie?
    Ive tried to get into the audo version, but its so hard, I know its a fine novel, but my rating reflects the audioversion of the book, not just the writing itself, as a true review of an audiobook must reflect the entire produciton, and this one is severely lacking in the performance department.
    I would so love for another edition with Martin reading it to come out...I would pay double for that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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