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Peter

Richmond, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Financier

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    The first in a "trilogy of desire", The Financier tells the story of the ruthlessly dominating broker Frank Cowperwood as he climbs the ladder of success, his adoring mistress championing his every move. Based on the life of flamboyant finance captain C. T. Yerkes, Theodore Dreiser's cutting portrayal of the unscrupulous magnate Cowperwood embodies the idea that behind every great fortune there is a crime.

    Peter says: "Outstanding classic, great narrator"
    "Outstanding classic, great narrator"
    Overall

    Geoffrey Blaisdell, the narrator, brings Dreiser's characters and 1870's Philadelphia setting alive in this compelling study of a maverick stock operator.
    This is what "Wall Street" or "Bonfire of the Vanities" should have been.

    If you're looking for insight into the world and minds of the "Masters of the Universe", you'll find that human nature is timeless, and that the American financial and legal systems, which Dreiser describes in detail, haven't changed that much.

    The book opens shortly before the US Civil war and ends with the panic of 1873, when financial houses in New York and Philadelphia rose to prominence funding the Union's side of the Civil war and the subsequent railroad boom.

    The books character's are strongly drawn and compelling - especially the protagonist, Frank Cowperwood, and his mistress Eileen Butler. Dreiser's prose is a thing of beauty and his eye for detail is unmatched.

    I'm proud of Blackstone for reviving this worth book, and hope they will record all three in the series.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5604)
    Performance
    (2232)
    Story
    (2260)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Tom Stechschulte is great"
    Overall

    Tom Stechschulte, the narrator of this book, proves himself to be the best interpreter of McCarthy's prose. Reading McCarthy's texts can be difficult at times, which make his achievement all the more impressive. This book isn't for everyone -- McCarthy's bleak view of human nature has NO resolution or happy endings. But, it's an impressive work and will rank high in the canon of "Doomsday" literature.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cleaner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (369)

    Meet Jonathan Quinn: a freelance operative with a take-no-prisoners style and the heart of a loner. His job? Professional "cleaner". Nothing too violent, just disposing of bodies. But his latest assignment will change everything. The job seemed simple enough: investigating a suspicious case of arson. But when a dead body turns up, and Quinn's handlers at "the Office" turn strangely silent, he knows he's in over his head. With only a handful of clues, Quinn struggles to find out why someone wants him dead.

    Bernie says: "excellent from start to finish"
    "Flat, formulistic, derviative."
    Overall

    Neither the settings or the characters had any life to them, most of the plot and devices were lifted from other works. The plotting is competent, and Scott Brick always helps any book.

    I'm really surprised by the rush of rave reviews early on. Were these from people who actually liked the book, or were they placed by the author and/or his friends?

    After I finished this book, I listened to James Lee Burke's latest; his three sentences describing the sunrise on the bayou in the opening crackle with life, and made me realize what I'd been missing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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