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Gary Smith

good stories have always been a passion since childhood.

Austin Texas | Member Since 2007

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  • The Anglo Files: A Field Guide to the British

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyall
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Sarah Lyall, a reporter for the New York Times, moved to London in the mid-1990s and soon became known for her amusing and incisive dispatches on her adopted country. As she came to terms with its eccentric inhabitants, she found that she had a ringside seat at a singular transitional era in British life.

    A User says: "An American in the U.K."
    "Really enjoyed it. Informative with lots of laughs"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Anglo Files to be better than the print version?

    Only heard audio version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author did a great job explaining her love hate relationship with a culture that is on face value not much different than ours. You could feel her many honest emotions come through. This type of book could have easily turned into a "bash the British, because they are different than Americans" a real cheap joke fest at the expense of the Queen and the British lifestyle. Instead,I now have a deeper respect and understanding of Great Britans humanity.


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

    I found her voice, tone, and presentation very easy on the ears.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really stepped outside of my normal genres on this one. Laughed at many parts. Even my wife, who normally cannot stand my habit of enjoying an audio book at bedtime ended up foregoing the nightly ear plugs to follow along on this one.That is very rare.


    Any additional comments?

    I surprised myself by really enjoying all of it. Well worth a Credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outcast: Star Force, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (397)

    Star Force is called to arms again! Outcast is a new beginning, the first book in a new spin-off series. Many peaceful years have passed since the Macro Wars ended. Most of those who fought against the heartless machines have aged - but not the ingenious artificial construct known as Marvin. His insatiable curiosity is as strong as ever, and he’s brought home fresh perils to humanity’s doorstep.

    Amazon Customer says: "Marvelous Marvin"
    "B.V. Larson does it again"
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    What did you love best about Outcast?

    Mr. Larson does space opera on a grand scale, while still keeping the human interest story line engaging. I was not sure how well the story would transfer from Kyle Riggs to Cody Riggs. It was a success. There is enough difference between the two to keep the tale interesting. Mark Boyett does an excellent job as narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reading the maturation process of Cody Riggs. B.V. Larson writes fun books with great characters.


    What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Boyett is the voice of this franchise as well as the Undying Mercenaries books. He has an excellent range of emotion and characterization.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several laughs, Marvin the Robot is a delight.


    Any additional comments?

    nope.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (957)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Dave and Clete are up to old tricks."
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    What made the experience of listening to Light of the World the most enjoyable?

    Catching up to old friends. I've been a faithful J.L.B. fan for well over 10 years. I grew up on the poor side of town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He has the ability to step me back in time with every novel. His gift of showing the true conflicted heart of a man has brought me to tears at times because it has opened up memories of how I was raised. How the worst people can at times standup and make a differance when least expected. It reminds me we are all capable of the finest acts of self sacrifice and bravery. And also sometimes only a hairs breadth of unspeakable horror. Very rarely do you see characters with such unbridled humanity.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Seeing Dave's and Clete's daughters bring a fresh dynamic to the storyline. They both are enjoyable characters and pump new blood into the series.

    As a father with two daughters age 22 and18, I felt Alifair and Gretchen's vocabulary and sayings were too much of a mirror of Dave's and Clete's old standbys. There is a 30 year gap in generational slang. And it makes the girls to much of a carbon copy. Young women don't regularly use their father's 20 or 30 year old slang. It sounds as awkward as me trying to use the new stuff kids/ young adults say. I used "gitting jiggy with it" at my youngest girl's 16th birthday. She asked me to never say that again! She was right though.thats not me. That's all that bugged me.


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

    When Will Patton took over for Mark Hammer on this series I stopped reading the books and only listen to the audio version now. Will really fleshes out the supporting cast. He also put an edge in Dave's voice. Not so tired and beat by life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not this one. Montana is nice, but it don't have the passion for play or capicty for hard times like the 2 poorest states in the Union.


    Any additional comments?

    Not his best. But Still a good J.L.B. trip through the frailties of the human condition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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