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R. E. Wren

Avid reader. Native Baltimorean. Older male. College-educated.

Maryland | Member Since 2009

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  • The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Virginia Hamilton
    • Narrated By Andrew Barnes
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), a giant in the world of children's literature, was the first African-American woman to win a Newbery Medal and the first children's book author to be awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. In her prize-winning anthology of American Black folktales, The People Could Fly, Hamilton has gathered and retold a collection of stories that teach us much, move us deeply, and make us laugh out loud.

    Ann says: "Fly Indeed"
    "Good narrator, disappointing stories"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narration was enjoyable. The stories seemed better suited to children. All in all I am ambivalent about wheter the time I listened to the stories was well spent. For stories supposedly from African-Americans I didn't get the impression they were that authenic.


    Would you recommend The People Could Fly to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. The stories were not compelling, in my view.


    What does Andrew Barnes bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent portrayal of dialects. Clear wording. He added a lot to the story experience.


    Was The People Could Fly worth the listening time?

    One or two stories were very entertaining. I especially liked the story about two Johns. And the tale was less than 4 hours.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15450)
    Performance
    (11984)
    Story
    (12049)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Stunning Adventure Series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Storm of Swords to be better than the print version?

    I can't answer that since I have not read the print series. But I would be surprised if the printed version was any better than this superb audio edition. Dotrice does a masterful job of presenting the various characters.


    What other book might you compare A Storm of Swords to and why?

    A Clash of Kings. Same author, many of the same characters. A continuation of a saga.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without giving anything away for future readers, I would say it was the Red Wedding scene.


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

    No way. Much too long for that. But I enjoyed it over a period of days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
    Overall
    (5512)
    Performance
    (3122)
    Story
    (3144)

    Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

    John says: "HHTGH - Lightly Fried"
    "Comedic Trip Through Space"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" to a friend because it is a hilarious, imaginative and excellently narrated tale.


    What other book might you compare The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to and why?

    The Space Odyssee book about Hal the Computer. Hitchhiker reminded me of it with the Deep Thought computer.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    His inflection, his slightly English-sounding voice and his spot-on delivery.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Arthur takes a trip in outer space.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1925)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1298)

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend and the other bad boy in her life....

    Joan says: "Been there read that!"
    "Evanovich Does It Again"
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    What did you love best about Smokin' Seventeen?

    The familiar characters, the humor, the story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    On the edge of my seat, not really. But it kept me wanting to hear more until the very end. After a few of the Stephanie Plum adventures you know what kind of mischief she gets into. The byplay with Bella and her spells was great! Stephanie's romp with Ranger is edgy.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She is a tremendous narrator who adds immeasureably to the story. Her renditions of Lula and Grandma are wonderful.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bella's Evil eye.


    Any additional comments?

    As one can tell, I really liked this Audible selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4293)
    Performance
    (3662)
    Story
    (3641)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Coffee Lover says: "Joy, Joy, Joy!"
    "Entertaining Story about British Royalty"
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    What made the experience of listening to Her Royal Spyness the most enjoyable?

    The story presented a different twist to what one usually thinks of spoiled royalty. This is about a young woman of royal blood who is virtually penniless, but who has a sharp mind and a willingness to work. She ends up helping her clueless brother, who has an overbearing and stingy wife.


    What other book might you compare Her Royal Spyness to and why?

    Sort of like one of the characters in


    Which character ??? as performed by Katherine Kellgren ??? was your favorite?

    The main character.


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

    Not really, but I listened to the entire book over a few days. It held my interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (432)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Pure Trash"
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    Would you try another book from Josh Bazell and/or Robert Petkoff?

    Absolutely not. In fact I am sorry I wasted my money on


    What was most disappointing about Josh Bazell???s story?

    The ridiculous premise that a foul-mouthed, Mafia hit man could become a doctor and then survive numerous attempts on his life for one. But most disapointing is that the author is overly enamoured with the vilest profanity. The entire story is liberally befouled with the f-word and other references to the female genitalia. If this was a movie, and I hope it never gets to that stage, it would be triple-X rated. I cannot recommend this to anyone.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Petkoff???s performances?

    As along as it is not a Josh Bazell offering of smut.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I heard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hit and Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    Keller's a hit man. For years now, he's had places to go and people to kill. But enough is enough. He's got money in the bank and just one last job standing between him and retirement. So he carries it out with his usual professionalism, and he heads home, but guess what?

    Jose says: "End of game?"
    "Another Lawrence Block Hit"
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    What did you love best about Hit and Run?

    The story involves a very different twist, a hit man who is set up for a murder he didn't do. As the title foretells, the hit man runs. Although the ending is fairly predictable, I still enjoyed this story and I do recommend it. The narrator does a good job, except his imitation of a busy phone signal is grating. All in all, well worth the price!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected twists.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dot and Keller captured Taggart and made him believe they killed his dog.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it did keep me interested throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    On the eve of Marcus Cicero's inauguration as consul of Rome, the grisly death of a boy sends ripples of fear through a city already wracked by civil unrest, crime, and debauchery of every kind. Felled by a hammer, his throat slit and his organs removed, the young slave appears to have been offered as a human sacrifice, forbidden as an abomination in the Roman Republic. For Cicero, the ill forebodings of this hideous murder only increase his frustrations and the dangers he already faces as Rome's leader.

    David says: "Enjoyable Read"
    "Wonderful story of Ancient Rome"
    Overall

    Conspirata is a spellbinding story of Cicero and his triumphs and trials in ancient Rome as told by his slave (and chief recorder). The narration is superb. I highly recommend this audibook and only wish it had been written when I studied Latin many years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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