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William

Gallatin, TN, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    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"
    "Will Patton & Faulkner = wonderful"
    Overall

    Faulkner isn't for everyone, and it took me several tries to latch onto him, but once I did, years ago now, it was a revelatory experience. Hearing Will Patton read Faulkner and bring voices to those characters is another revelation - I hate having to shut down the ipod and leave the story hanging.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Sixkill

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    On location in Boston, bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson is accused of the rape and murder of a young woman. From the start the case seems fishy, so the Boston PD calls on Spenser to investigate. Things don't look so good for Jumbo, whose appetites for food, booze, and sex are as outsized as his name. He was the studio's biggest star, but he's become its biggest liability...

    Jean says: "SixKill"
    "Spenser's Last Bow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Sixkill?

    I liked Parker's approach of alternating episodes from the title character's life with narrative chapters in the present, so we get a sense of him organically. Would have loved to see how he fit in with the rest of Spenser's


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's vintage Spenser, with an unusual set of villains.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which Spenser finally gets Jumbo to talk.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Though I have a hard time picturing Joe Mantegna as the presumably Irish/English Spenser, Mantegna reads the character with flair and makes Spenser's wise-assery come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4851)
    Performance
    (4069)
    Story
    (4068)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "A great tale"
    Overall

    Yeah, I missed Marsters too (though maybe not as much as the fan who called him John Marsters) but recall that Marsters' first outing in the series wasn't nearly as polished as his second book. I thought John Glover got into the groove as the book went along, and forgot about the narrator in the pace and tension of the story. Harry's demise seems to have gotten his attention, in a good way. I can't wait to see how or if he keeps the changes in the future.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (15827)
    Performance
    (11807)
    Story
    (11739)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Eh, not so much"
    Overall

    I'd heard a lot about Tina Fey, but other than the ubiquitous clips of her Sarah Palin imitations, had managed never to see her on either SNL or 30 Rock. So I suppose a lot of the nuances were lost on me. There were parts that were hilarious but her narration was ultimately off-putting. She had a tendency to swallow words, especially in her asides, and often it was just corny. By the end of the book, I felt I had had enough Fey to last me for some time - and no interest to tune in to see more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (21399)
    Performance
    (15506)
    Story
    (15560)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Rubbish"
    Overall

    An ugly, plodding,, thudding bore of a book peopled by cartoon characters and fueled by scant imagination. It's only redeeming feature is Roy Dotrice's wonderful narration though I kept wondering if he wished he were back under New York City with Vincent. Don't waste your time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas B. Allen
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The American Revolution was not simply a battle between independence-minded colonists and the oppressive British. As Thomas B. Allen reminds us, it was also a savage and often deeply personal civil war, in which conflicting visions of America pitted neighbor against neighbor and Patriot against Tory on the battlefield, the village green, and even in church.

    James says: "Mediocre Story, Poor Narrator"
    "Interesting content, uninteresting reader"
    Overall

    I'm interested in the period and in the often untold stories, such as the role of Tory/Loyalist groups in fighting against independence. But the narrator's style made it hard to engage with the content - he had little animation, and every. sentence. or. clause. came. to. a. dead. stop. I've heard many other histories read with vigor and even emotion, and was disappointed in this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2760)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (960)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    With its dark humor, amazing plot twists and compelling stories within a story, "The Memory of Running" was one of the most enjoyable and hard-to-stop-listening tales I have heard in a long time. McLarty's reading gave it an authenticity that at times made me believe this was a real, factual account. I'm saving it to listen again!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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