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Joe

Dublin 22, Ireland | Member Since 2005

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  • Tinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Paul Harding
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating.

    marcus says: "Breath Taking"
    "A rich pattern"
    Overall

    Beautiful language and rich characters. I really enjoyed this book mainly for the poetry of the words

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • How the Irish Saved Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Thomas Cahill
    • Narrated By Donal Donnelly
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (84)

    Thanks to Thomas Cahill, the pivotal era called the "dark ages" is brought back to vibrant life, its personages portrayed in all their seemingly contemporary humanity, its issues simply and compellingly spelled out. How the Irish Saved Civilization will change forever the way we look at our past, and ourselves.

    P says: "Fascinating book"
    "History made interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    From my early school days this part of our history I always found drab and boring. The time of the Tuatha De Danan, St Patrick and the Celts were more about rocks and stones than people, but this book makes a difference. It is filled with fascinating characters, gives an intriguing background to stories such as the Táin Bó Chulainn etc. Donal Donnelly reads it well but sometimes lapses into stage Irish when quoting. Overall a rich and rewarding listen. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Album: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair, Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Daniel Woodrell is able to lend uncanny logic to harsh, even criminal behavior in this wrenching collection of stories. Desperation-both material and psychological - motivates his characters. A husband cruelly avenges the killing of his wife's pet; an injured rapist is cared for by a young girl, until she reaches her breaking point; a disturbed veteran of Iraq is murdered for his erratic behavior; an outsider's house is set on fire by an angry neighbor. There is also the tenderness and loyalty of the vulnerable in these stories - between spouses, parents and children, siblings, and comrades in arms....

    Donald Braman says: "Terse, violent, and revelatory"
    "Sparse, graphic language with genuine insights"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I never read Woodrell before though I now realize he has written an number of successful novels, some of which have been made in to movies. He is a sharp, observant wrier in the tradition of Carver and Hemingway. The language and the characters tell their story. There is no need to embellish. His characters are striking and strong and his turns of phrase will knock you out. Already, I want to listen to the stories again. Why are there no more Woodrell stories on Audible. He is a rare treasure. Read these stores and you will hear for yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dogs of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Conor Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    Rome. When Chief Inspector Blume arrives at the scene of a brutal killing, he finds enquiries well underway, the case itself apparently clear-cut, and a prime suspect identified. But when worrying shortcuts sanctioned by one of his superiors are uncovered, it seems events are being manipulated from on high. The complex truth Blume will unravel will shock even him, and his struggle for justice may yet cost more innocent lives....

    s says: "A Bit Uneven But Good Read"
    "The new Dibdin?"
    Overall

    A triumph of clever and understated writing. Not as sharp and insightful as Michael Dibdin yet, but there is plenty of time for that. Cannot wait for the next offering

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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