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Donald

Weston, MA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "This book is not for everyone."
    Overall

    I listened for 6 hours, waiting to get hooked. I finally realized it wasn't going to happen when I stopped for gas and didn't feel the need to put my iPod on pause. The narrator does a great job, but this story is like a soap opera. Nothing much happens. Sure, there were quite a few humorous events, some great insights into human nature, and some interesting off-topic political rants. I'm sure there are a lot more gems of life lessons if I kept listening, but I don't want to work this hard. I want a book that makes me sit in my car listening when I'm already at my destination, and this book is not one of those.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The President's Pilot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Gandt
    • Narrated By Thomas Block
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (467)

    A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

    Matthew says: "Gives a whole new meaning to Snakes on a Plane!"
    "Incredibly bad narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Robert Gandt and/or Thomas Block?

    The plot tests credulity, but still is captivating. The narrator is among the worst I've heard; so bad that I wanted to warn others. You can't judge by the sample. Frequently the narrator sounds like he is drunk, has marbles in his mouth, and he just can't clearly enunciate his words. With great difficulty, I ignored the poor narration and found the story held my interest. Hard to believe Audible would allow such a poor performance.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Thomas Block’s performances?

    Never.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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