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Randy

not down to earth

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Sherlockian

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Graham Moore
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines-- anticipating the detective's next adventure-- only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning -- crowds sported black armbands in grief -- and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.

    Snoodely says: "Worth purchasing"
    "Engrossing Tale"
    Overall

    The Sherlockian weaves back and forth intricately between two story lines. A lesser author would have left the reader feeling schizophrenic, but Moore aptly handles the job. He's created a compelling read and a sympathetic, albeit milquetoast main character. The downsides of this novel are that some of the mystery elements or twists are foreshadowed too readily and the narration of the Holmes voice sporadically borders on irritating. Those minor matters aside, this is an enjoyable yarn, one that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself would find seducing.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George Dohrmann
    • Narrated By Emily Rose Speer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The NBA has returned to prominence on the backs of phenoms like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. The media promotes them, the shoe companies pay them, and America applauds. But how exactly do such players reach the pros? What do they give up to get there? And what happens to those who fall short?

    Randy says: "Amazing book, fantastic narration."
    "Amazing book, fantastic narration."
    Overall

    This book is a tremendous achievement. It will move you to laugh, to cry and to shake your head in disbelief. The author deserves heaps of praise for eloquently bringing this engrossing, true story to the public.

    The other reviewers are entirely wrong about their remarks regarding the female narration. A woman's voice works here because one of the main characters spends the bulk of his time yelling. If a man read this it would result in either an emotionless reading or constant shouting at the listener. Beyond that, this is a story with a multitude of male basket-ball playing characters. Choosing a woman to narrate allows for each of these characters to have their own identities in a way that a man narrating would not. There's no risk that the voice becomes one of the primary characters in the story.

    This is a story about people, not about basketball. One need not know the sport well to be moved by this book. This is an important story with moments that will stick with you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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