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Deborah Baldwin

cookbook collector

New York, NY | Listener Since 2009

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  • The Third Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Flann O'Brien
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder.

    Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased with the mention of the novel in the TV series Lost.

    Robert says: "Worth the Effort"
    "Surreal surprise"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up The Third Policeman in three words, what would they be?

    Droll and absurd.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator. His plight was so poignant.


    What does Jim Norton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's hard to imagine this zany mystery story without his voice. Or voices. He can play five parts at once in a funny, convincing way.


    If you could rename The Third Policeman, what would you call it?

    Crime and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Norton's droll delivery is worthy of a prize. The writing is rich and witty. And the plot is ridiculous. Highly recommended.

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  • Swamplandia!

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen Russell
    • Narrated By Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (242)

    The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost.

    Suzn F says: "Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Disappointing"
    "Is this the voice of an alligator wrestler?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    While reader David Ackroyd does justice to the rich language of this zesty tale, his fellow reader, Arielle Sitrick, subverts it by delivering her side of the story in a flat, girlish voice that lacks emotion and even enuciation (did she say physics or fitness?). I'm soldiering through, eager to know how Ackroyd's character ends up, but I wouldn't recommend listening to this version of the book if you could pick up a hard copy and imagine a grown-up woman's voice instead.


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