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Andy

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  • 7 reviews
  • 114 ratings
  • 346 titles in library
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  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "Who says the campus novel is a dead duck?"
    Overall

    There are just not enough novels with 49 year old men who are kind of clever but not terribly good at anything as heros. This is certainly the funniest one in the genre I have ever read. Like the other reviewers I laughed out loud many times.
    Plenty happens - there is love, death, problems with the waterworks and literary criticsm. What more can you want?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Choke

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (159)

    Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's controversial and blazingly original debut novel, introduced a fresh and even renegade talent to American fiction, one who has retooled the classic black humor of Terry Southern and Kurt Vonnegut for the lunacy of the millennial age. In this novel, Choke, he gives listeners a vision of life and love and sex and mortality that is both chillingly brilliant and teeth-rattlingly funny.

    glamazon says: "Oh please, not another abridged!!!"
    "Original amusing and sexy in a sick kind of way"
    Overall

    I sometimes wonder if I have been listening to the same book as other reviewers. This is an ultimately uplifting book about the point at which people break out of destructive behaviors and turn their lives around.
    Now that obviously involves delving into the destructive behaviors but since the example given is sex addiction everything has its positive side.
    I found it a very funny book. It is completely unreliable on almost everything especially the opening entreaty from the author to stop reading.
    If you are easily offended its not for you. If your are annoyed by snowboarder speak...Dude don't do it!
    If you enjoy original and irreverent ideas coming at you in twisted but amusing ways get it in your cart!
    I bought it because I enjoyed the sample...I think its pretty representative of the whole book so I would recommend you try that, if you enjoy it you will enjoy the whole thing.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Final Jeopardy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Linda Fairstein
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    In Final Jeopardy, Manhattan's Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper makes her debut. Stunning movie star Isabella Lascar is found dead outside the prosecutor's summer home. The question is, was the shot meant for Alex? Former sex crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein is the New York Times best-selling author of The Bone Vault and has won international acclaim for her gritty, experience based thrillers.

    Andy says: "Enjoyable and tightly written"
    "Enjoyable and tightly written"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, it is written in a very lively and engaging style with very strong characters right through the “supporting cast” which is not always the case in this type of thriller. I particularly enjoyed the very politically incorrect NYPD detective.
    One of the themes of the book is that though rape and sexual assault must be very harrowing but the Asst DA finds it too rewarding to let it get her down. The book is written in that way it is very robust and there is lots of good humour without it ever underrating the serious of crimes of this sort.

    The plot has lots of interesting twists, I saw some coming form way out there ( is that good or bad?) but others really caught me by surprise.

    I’ve not read anything by this author before but I notice there are a couple more available through Audible and after a decent interval I will certainly be listening to them.
    One more thing the reading is first rate, great pace, energy and characterisation.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Deep South

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nevada Barr
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    Nevada Barr's award-winning mystery series captivates fans with vividly drawn wilderness settings and the resourceful sleuth, middle-aged park ranger Anna Pigeon. Deep South portrays Anna boldly confronting hostile teenagers, suspicious locals, and a resentful "old-boy" network as she struggles to solve a gruesome murder. Anna leaves behind her beloved Mesa Verde to take on a position as district park ranger of the Mississippi Natchez Trace Parkway.

    Internet Shopper says: "Narrator'w Swallowing Very Distracting"
    "Great sense of place"
    Overall

    I really like books that transport you to their setting. I felt like I had spent quite a few hours in sweaty Mississippi by the time I had finished this book. Really good writing on the critical scenes where she is attacked ( I don’t think that is giving much away). Anna is an intriguing character and she has a lot to learn as a manager which is very entertaining.

    The down side is that I did not really feel convinced by the motive of the villain and the final resolution of the plot but I enjoyed the journey and didn’t feel to let down by the weakish ending on the whodunit front because Anna’s personal story is more interesting and leads somewhere more credible.

    I am looking forward to the next one but how I wish Audible made the sequence of a series a bit clearer.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Comedians

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Tim Piggot-Smith
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of corrupt 'Papa Doc' and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American, and Jones the confidence man, these are the "comedians" of Graham Greene's title. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life. And, to begin with, they are men afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear itself.

    Andy says: "Classs act"
    "Classs act"
    Overall

    Greene has fallen a bit out of fashion these days but listening to the Comedians reminds me, at least, why he was once thought of as the best living writer in English. The Comedians has pace, great characters and a real sense of place and time. The reading is very fine in the main though I agree with the comment about him being a bit shaky in the Haitian accents. Definitely for all those who appreciate that great writing and layers of ideas should come in an entertaining package with a strong plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lifeless: Tom Thorne, Book 5

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mark Billingham
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Tom Thorne's career is on the skids. Depressed by the recent loss of his father, berated for overstepping the mark on his last case, he's been 'encouraged' to take leave. It's a fairly dire situation. But not as dire as the situation for London's homeless. Three vagrants have been found murdered in the last month. Were they just random jetsam, or were they targeted for a reason?

    Andy says: "Far from Lifeless"
    "Far from Lifeless"
    Overall

    One measure of really good whodunit is that you should "get it" a satisfying time before it is all spelt out for you. This one really worked for me. It is an engrossing book which got me intrigued from the very first. The main character is suitably flawed but sympathetic in the Bosch/Rebus tradition and the audio book has great atmosphere with music and sounds that add, for once, not distract. The feature I liked the best was the tough but compassionate treatment of the London homeless that is at the core of the book; it treads the tightrope between bleeding heart and bleeding heartless very successfully.
    Essentially it's a great, if quite dark, mystery book with a strong plot and well developed characters who really make you care about what is going to happen to them. I don't often take abridgments but at 6 hours this leaves a very full meal of a book which is well worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2903)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1083)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Still Running"
    Overall

    Its been a couple of months since I heard this book and seing the listing again revived the warm feeling of goodwill that pervades this book.
    It is episodic but none the worse for that. I particualy liked the story about the when our hero haphazzardly joins a cycle rally.
    Don't miss it. It will stay with you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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