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Robert Stevens

RJS

New Mexico USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    Robert Stevens says: "Superb reading of an excellent work"
    "Superb reading of an excellent work"
    Overall

    Despite being familiar with other major Faulkner works, I knew very little about this one. It is certainly a more dramatic, more suspenseful, and more accessible work fhan some of his other major works. I loved it. I think it would have a wider popularity if it were not for the rather rough characters and lives presented in the work, but it is certainly masterful story telling. It may be my favorite Faulkner work at this point. It avoids much of the the observations, asides, and other aspects (which I like - BTW) of many Faulkner works, making it seem more like traditional fiction, somewhat different from most Faulkner. I was left thinking what a great, great writer he was. The reading could not be better.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • How I Got This Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Patrick McManus
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Grab your fishing net and hold onto your funny-bone; you're in for a hilarious romp through the woods with best-selling funnyman Patrick McManus. How I Got This Way is a rib-tickling collection of stories about the outdoors guaranteed to leave you chuckling. Join McManus and his pals on a venture into the Idaho wilderness that includes taking a hike with - ahem - the president of the United States.

    Snoodely says: "Mark Twain meets Bertie Wooster"
    "The only book I didn't find worth finishing, ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Patrick McManus and/or Norman Dietz?

    Attempts at humor were worse than if humor had not been attempted at all.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Norman Dietz?

    Yes, definitely


    Any additional comments?

    An amateur attempt at writing if there ever was one. How did this get published?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Northanger Abbey

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (362)

    When Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and disconcerted by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of "Gothic novels" by her new friend, Isabella, Catherine longs for mystery and romance. When she is invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family at Northanger Abbey, she expects mystery and intrigue at every turn.

    Johnny says: "Awesome"
    "Very Enjoyable"
    Overall

    This was a "first" Austen work for me. It was an excellent work to begin with. Wonderfully read and wonderfully written.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The John Cheever Audio Collection (Unabridged Stories)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Cheever
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep, George Plimpton, others
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    Here are twelve magnificent stories in which John Cheever celebrates, with unequaled grace and tenderness, the deepest feelings we have.

    Greg says: "All Stars Deliver"
    "Not worth the time"
    Overall

    With very little exception, these stories lack sufficient substance to merit any attention. The style is dated, devoid of any character development, and lacking in interest other than the occasional slightly ironic observation or ending. The words flow with ease but there is nothing behind them and they go nowhere.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful

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