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Morgan Hill, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 3 reviews
  • 89 ratings
  • 691 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"
    "Entertaining but not "Lonesome Dove""

    Like many others, I listened to "Lonesome Dove" and loved it and wanted more of the story. This prequel, while entertaining, is a bit disappointing. Gus is one dimensional interested only in whores and it's hard to see how he would develop into the accomplished Texas Ranger we meet in "Lonesome Dove".

    There is a lot of emphasis on torture and unpleasant death but I didn't find that to be as bad as some other reviewers do, though and lot of bad things and not much positive happens to the heroes in this one.

    Near the end of the book, Mcmurtry changes style and suddenly we get Buffalo Hump and other Comanches in the first person where it had been third person throughout, which just struck me as odd.

    I have to agree with one of the other reviewers on the ending. The ending is ludicrous and stretches the readers credulity beyond the breaking point.

    Still, I did generally enjoy the story and it's worth it in any case as the first chronologically in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Great story; Disappointing narrator switch"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Story?

    Harry is dead but he's not gone. He can walk through walls and cannot be seen or heard. Yet he manages to help his friends while solving his own murder, leading a band of Chicago's worst criminally insane ghosts in an assault on the corpse-takers lair.

    What aspect of John Glover’s performance would you have changed?

    John Glover is not James Marsters. I listened to about an hour, then put it aside. The switch in narrators was too much for me. After a few months I went back to it and between mentally preparing myself and running the audio at 1.5x, I began to enjoy the story and to forget that Marsters was no longer doing the dialogue.To be fair to John, he did a good job. By the time I was halfway through had completely accepted him as the voice of Harry Dresden.

    Any additional comments?

    Excellent story, one of the better ones. Initially I did not like the direction it was taking. I didn't see how Butcher could weave an interesting tale with our hero in non-corporal form. He pulled it of masterfully. I can't wait for the next in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

    Jessica says: "Excellent, EXCELLENT reading!"
    "Great performance, ponderous story."

    This felt like the longest book I've ever listened to and that's saying something considering I've listened to "War and Peace" and several other nearly as long. Melville gives an in depth look at whales and whaling circa 1850. While some of this is interesting, it is also a bit dry, like listening to a text book at times. I abhor violence against animals, which made this book an odd choice for me and made it difficult to listen to the descriptions of whale hunting. I wanted to read it anyway to see how Melville handled attitudes towards the whales the morality of the hunt. I was not wholly satisfied on that regard.

    Hootkin's performance was excellent, breathing life into what could have been a very laborious listen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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