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Harold

Tell us about yourself! Just a cynical and tired, retired English professor.

San Angelo, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1471)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1216)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "From Civilization into Darkness"
    Overall

    The enigmatic narrator Marlowe tells his dark story of madness and despair from the deck of a ship anchored in the Thames in the harbor of London, the then world's center of commerce and civilization. It ends in the heart of madness and despair, the Congo river deep in Africa. In this short novel, which has been called one of the most important works in modern literature, Marlow's voice is that of Kenneth Branagh, one of the finest of actors today. His voice gives a complete new dimension with an interpretation on a richer more meaningful level that is impossible with just the printed word.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • The Patriot Game

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By George V. Higgins
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    For Pete Riordan the assignment is both simple and formidable: find the IRA leader who’s running around the US trying to be guns. (Nobody knows his name and nobody knows what he looks like.) There is one possible lead: two Massachusetts politicians are trying to bring off an early pardon for Mikey-mike Magro, currently in prison for murder. And Magro is known to very proficient at finding guns for sale.

    Harold says: "Another by the master of the crime-dialogue novel."
    "Another by the master of the crime-dialogue novel."
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    This is one of the best by the man who really invented the swift crime novel told largely through remarkably rich dialogue among the seediest low-level and colorful Bostonian Irish crooks in modern fiction. He is also one of the most underrated of craftsmen and most trenchant commentators in the genre. Treasure this author. There are very few other American criime writers as good as he.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1034)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "The Grand Master of the Crime Novel"
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    Story

    John D. MacDonald served a long and fruitful apprenticeship in paperbacks to become the universal king of the hard-bitten beautifully crafted crime novel. The Travis McGee series
    is the culminating work of a master who was always better than his many imitators. This opener in the series gives us plenty of crisp action and Travis, the absolute best of the lonely, sometimes cynical, knight operators in a dirty and violent world.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Footprints: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Burnside
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Michael Gardiner has lived in Coldhaven all his life, yet he still feels like an outsider. When Moira Birnie, convinced that her abusive husband is the devil, kills herself and her two young sons but spares her 14-year-old daughter, Hazel, Michael uneasily recalls his past connections to Moira. As teenagers, Michael and Moira had a brief romance; more troubling, Michael was responsible for the death of Moira's brother, the town bully. In the wake of the tragedy, Michael becomes obsessed with Hazel....

    Harold says: "the Dark Woods of Scotland"
    "the Dark Woods of Scotland"
    Overall
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    Story

    After reading this chiller. one becomes convinced that The Scots make great whiskey, but they have the darkest, most chilling woods in the world (outside Russia) and this setting for real Gothic novels has been too long neglected. The combination of the reader's brogue and the setting fixes this story perfectly--although at times a little exposition would clarify names and places. There is also a fine balance of illusion and reality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Leader: A Faux Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jim Harrison
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Author Jim Harrison has won international acclaim for his masterful body of work, including over thirty books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In his most original work to date, Harrison delivers an enthralling, witty, and expertly crafted novel following one man’s hunt for an elusive cult leader, dubbed the Great Leader.

    Craig says: "Are you an over-thehill guy with one last mission?"
    "A Complete, Down-to-earth Man"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jim Harrison is one of the few contemporary writers who speaks (through all his first person narrators) as a reasonable soul who has found in this world of madness and despair the real meaning of living. His love of sex, brook trout, and the richness of every aspect of life comes to him because they are what they are and he is what he is, whether he's a State Police Detective (ret.) or a happy wanderer with a strangely exciting teen-age girl passenger : (English Major).
    . I would love nothing better in life than to spend three months (brook trout season) with this richly articulate man whose found himself.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Burnside
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Leonard, The Glister's 15-year-old narrator, lives in the decaying coastal community of Innertown. Every year or so, a boy from Leonard's school disappears, vanishing into the wasteland of the old chemical plant. Nobody knows where these boys go or whether they are alive or dead, and without evidence to the contrary, the authorities claim they are simply runaways.

    Tracy L. Walters says: "I can honestly say that this is the first book...."
    "The Sin of Inaction--The Glister"
    Overall

    This a dark apocalyptic novel, beautifully written and reverberating with levels of truth. The narrator's scriptural Calvinistic tone adds a dimension of enrichment possible only with the fullness of sound. "The Glister" has the solemnity and beauty of McCarthy's "The Road." It is easily among the finest audible books yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Borderline

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (155)

    While vacationing in Big Bend National Park, Anna and her new husband find themselves sucked into a riptide of danger and intrigue that surges from the Mexican desert to the Texas governor's mansion.

    W.Denis says: "Another hit"
    "Skill and Setting: an Almost Perfect Match"
    Overall

    Nevada Barr is much more than a very good "crime "genre novelist; she is one of the finest local colorists and imaginative-ly perceptive novelists in our literature. Her vivid descriptions of the national parks which are the settings of her novels and the very interesting psychological developmen of her her brilliantly conceived heroine Ranger Ann Pigeon make this among thle best of the series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Country: A New Rendering of the Watson Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    Inspired by a near-mythic event on the wild Florida frontier at the turn of the 20th century, Shadow Country re-imagines the legend of the inspired Everglades sugar planter and notorious outlaw E. J. Watson, who drives himself relentlessly toward his own violent end at the hands of neighbors who mostly admired him, in a killing that obsessed his favorite son.

    John says: "Engrossing, Rich and Powerful"
    ""A Sense of Place""
    Overall

    A magificent production. One of the most significant and thoroughly American novels of the last half-century coupled with a brilliant, sensitive narrator to create what is actually a new medium, one that does far more than any of the new, more expensive, gadgets . They are only a more convenient way of obtaining the subject matter; They do not change it. This is the perfect answer to the Nobel committe charge of "provincialism."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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