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CH

mount kisco, NY, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 531 titles in library
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  • The World According to Garp

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (225)

    Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

    Sarrie says: "What is up with this narrator?"
    "Terrific"
    Overall

    Read this thirty years ago, but now I appreciate it so much more. One of the best I've listened to. Engaging, funny and meaningful.

    Just fiished Cider House Rules also, and am headed all the way through this author.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4497)
    Performance
    (2647)
    Story
    (2647)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Simply the Best"
    Overall

    I've listened to over 250 audible.com books, and this is the best I have ever listened to. I dragged it out, because I could not stand for it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Stone
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In Saigon during the waning days of the Vietnam War, a small-time journalist named John Converse thinks he'll find action - and profit - by getting involved in a big-time drug deal. But back in the States, things go horribly wrong for him. Dog Soldiers perfectly captures the underground mood of America in the 1970s, when amateur drug dealers and hippies encountered profiteering cops and professional killers - and the price of survival was dangerously high.

    gnudung says: "intense narrative of a dark and complex time"
    "oy gevalt"
    Overall

    An hour and a half into this, I give up. No Mas. Maybe it is me, but I just can't follos it.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1221)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "great"
    Overall

    doesn't get better than this book. I've listened to hundreds and this is in the top ten. Wonderful writing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Burnt House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    A small commuter plane carrying 47 passengers crashes into an apartment building, and LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker works overtime to calm rampant fears. But a grisly mystery lives inside the plane's wreckage: the unidentified bodies of four extra travelers. And there is no sign of an airline employee who was supposedly on the catastrophic flight.

    Audiophile says: "Recommended for Faye Kellerman Fans"
    "eh!"
    Overall

    This started out well, but went downhill, and the ending can only be described as blah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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