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Paul

Bloomington, IN, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Birds & Don't Look Now

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daphne Du Maurier
    • Narrated By Peter Capaldi
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Du Maurier is of course world famous for many of her novels. These two stories are perhaps even better known as films (The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock and Don't Look Now by Nic Roeg), but here we bring you the full terrifying texts, superbly read by Peter Capaldi, who brings the true dimension of these works to the imagination.

    Kelley says: "Five star everything"
    "Excellent reads of two classic Du Maurier stories"
    Overall
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    Story

    Two of the less typical Du Maurier stories -- short stories, not novels. Both are familiar from movies: Hitchcock's "The Birds" and "Don't Look Now" (1973) with Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland. These original stories are as eerie as the movies. Superbly read here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Water

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    In Deep Water, set in the small town of Little Wesley, Vic and Melinda Meller's loveless marriage is held together only by a precarious arrangement whereby in order to avoid the messiness of divorce, Melinda is allowed to take any number of lovers as long as she does not desert her family. Eventually, Vic tries to win her back by asserting himself through a tall tale of murder - one that soon comes true.

    Paul says: "One of Her Best"
    "One of Her Best"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Deep Water to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition. But Patricia Highsmith's books are always good, and this is a fine production of this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Caller

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Karin Fossum
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    One mild summer evening Lily and her husband are enjoying a meal while their baby daughter sleeps peacefully in her pram beneath a maple tree. But when Lily steps outside she is paralysed with terror. The child is bathed in blood. Inspector Sejer is called to the hospital to meet the family. Mercifully, the baby is unharmed, but her parents are deeply shaken, and Sejer spends the evening trying to comprehend why anyone would carry out such a sinister prank.

    Paul says: "Good listen!"
    "Good listen!"
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    Performance
    Story

    This is the second book of Karin Fossum that I've read. The first one was Broken, which I read in printed form and LOVED. This one isn't as successful as that, in my view, but I still liked it a lot. Fossum is a Norwegian author, but not as "dark" as Jo Nesb?? or as the Swedish Stieg Larsson. Some interesting plot twists, and the narration is quite good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Wonderful book, but should be unabridged"
    Overall

    I agree with Scott from Portland that there should be an unabridged version of this audiobook. For myself, I don't buy abridged versions of anything (except once, by mistake). On the other hand, Audible.com is not to blame, since it is at the mercy of the companies that produce these audio recordings, and does not usually produce them itself. I am reading the book in hardback, and for those who don't mind listening to an abridged version, I can at least report that the book is a wonderful, savory read. This isn't a corny "B"-movie version of the Dracula story, but a fairly intricate novel, well-written and -- incidentally -- well-researched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (434)

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "Surprisingly good."
    Overall

    *Listening* to a book on audio is not at all the same as reading it in print. This is one I would never read in print; it would put me to sleep in ten minutes. But I listened to it on a long drive and found it a surprisingly good listen. Lots of lore (for example, the origin of the words 'salad' and 'salary'), and lots of history that's far more interesting than it has any right to be! And many more recipies prominently featuring salt than you'll ever cook up in a lifetime.

    As someone with a blood pressure problem, I found that -- oddly -- there only minimal discussion of the medical aspects of salt. Never mind, I'm glad I got this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • ABRIDGED (19 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Moby Dick is the epic saga of the fanatic Captain Ahab, who swears vengence on the mammoth white whale who has crippled him. The first American novel to win a place in the literature of the world, it has been called a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and weird characters, a symbolic allegory, a drama of heroic determination and conflict.

    Paul says: "Not Unabridged!"
    "Not Unabridged!"
    Overall

    The novel speaks for itself. It's not to everyone's taste for downloadable listening, but it's a classic of the first oder. And the narrator is masterful. (I first heard Dietz on Huckleberry Finn.) My main complaint, however, is that this reading is not -- as advertised -- "unabridged." This version contains 99 chapters and an Epilogue. The full version of course contains 135 chapters and an Epilogue. Because I didn't have my printed copy handy when I first started listening, the first discrepancy I noticed was in Chapter 7, where, without warning, the narration breaks off from the middle of the second paragraph and leaps suddenly (with no pause in the voice or any notice of a chapter break) into Chapter 8.

    The sound quality is pretty good, although as another reviewer noted the level drops rather low in parts. If you want a very good reading of an abridgement of the original, this one will do you well. But if you want a truly unabridged version, you'll have to look elsewhere.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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