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Audiofile

Portland, ME, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • A Manhattan Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By T. M. Wright
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Abner Cray, a photographer, comes to New York City to work on a new coffee table book about Manhattan. An old acquaintance has offered to let him use his apartment while in the city, and though the two never really got along, Abner accepts. In the apartment he finds that a woman named Phyllis Pellaprat is already in residence, and over a short period of time, Abner falls in love.

    Audiofile says: "haunting cozy, great narration"
    "haunting cozy, great narration"
    Overall

    a cozy spook story that is practically blood free, and moves at its own inexorable pace, with an intermingled element of romance. Subtle and evocative, it pulls the listener into its ghostly world much as the protagonist is pulled toward the supernatural, with the aid of Dick Hill's quirky and masterful narration

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Chris Farrell
    • Narrated By Chris Farrell
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The New Frugality amounts to a paradigm shift in the way we spend and save. The good news is that a frugal lifestyle is one of less waste, lower environmental impact, greater peace of mind, and, over the long run, deeper satisfaction.

    Audiofile says: "Basic but Informative"
    "Basic but Informative"
    Overall

    Chris Farrell's basic point is that monstrous corporations foster out-of-control spending in the gullible and innocent consumer. His advice on frugality is basic stuff, but Farrell's skillful reading -- his first -- makes up for the book's general repetition. He is not a professional reader -- he often runs over his own words, and his pauses for breath are very audible -- but he enunciates well and his tone is light and conversational, as if the listener were an old friend. Instrumental music caps each chapter, smoothing out the transitions between Farrell's determined 'green living' admonitions and his more sedate save-don't-spend mantra. An occasional lisp over hurried phrases is the only sour note marring this fast-paced overview of simple economic sense.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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