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Richard

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • No Way to Treat a First Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    One of this country's leading political satirists dangles before us a tantalizing novel whose protagonist has a great deal in common with a recent First Lady. Beth MacIntyre, First Lady of the United States, has been charged with the murder of her husband, a Presidential Lothario of the first water. She is accused of throwing a historic Paul Revere spittoon during a bedroom spat, putting an unfortunately fatal dent in the President's lust-filled head.

    M. S. Cohen says: "Buckley has no endgame"
    "No one does DC politics better than Buckley"
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    No one can write about DC politics better than Christopher Buckley.
    I doubt anyone could make an 'act of congress' any funnier than he.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Made in America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (204)

    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    Thomas S Kovacs says: "Bryson OK Roberts not so much"
    "so many mispronunciations"
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    Any additional comments?

    Bill Bryson ALWAYS tells a fascinating story but the reader, William Roberts, should have had some guidance how to pronounce MANY place names. It became increasingly irritating. Too bad Bryson did not read it himself. He's a fine reader/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (727)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "TRULY HILARIOUS WITH A GREAT READER"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bad Monkey to be better than the print version?

    Arte Johnson is such a terrific reader, he adds a real dimension to the novel.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Thor Knai
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (363)

    Captured on closed-circuit television: A man walks into an Oslo bank, puts a gun to a cashier’s head, and tells her to count to 25. When he doesn’t get his money fast enough, he pulls the trigger. The young woman dies—and two million Norwegian kroner disappear without a trace.

    Janet says: "Great writer! WORST narrator in all of Audible!"
    "Beware the narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book because of the narrator.I'm a big fan of Jo Nesbo's work but I have no idea if the story is any good because i could not listen beyond three chapters.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have found someone who knew how to narrate an audio book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Thor Knai?

    Robin Sachs. Even though Knai knows how to correctly pronounce the author's name and Harry Hole's as well, he's far from the reader Sachs is. It's too bad Sachs didn't take the trouble to find out that Hole is not pronounced as it is in English (at least according to Nesbo himself).


    Did Nemesis inspire you to do anything?

    Never listen to a book narrated byThor Knai.


    Any additional comments?

    If I could only get my credit back for this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    This is one of the defining novels of English writer Julian Barnes. An entertaining melange of stories starting with a contemporary account of the launch of Noah's Ark takes us into unexpected areas of human foibles, activities, and tendencies.

    Richard says: "More Great Julian Barnes"
    "More Great Julian Barnes"
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    Where does A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    HISTORY OF THE WORLD is one of the best books I have yet to listen to, and I have listened to hundreds. Barnes is brilliant with his wide ranging intelligence and splendid writing style. Alex Jennings is one of my favorite narrators and has done equally well with other of Julian Barnes' books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    These are stories that are linked in the most subtle (and not so subtle) way.


    Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Alex Jennings' narrations of other Julian Barnes books are truly wonderful.


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

    Some of these stories are quite funny, and others serious and philosophical.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (601)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "Porca miseria"
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    Would you try another book from Patricia Highsmith and/or Kevin Kenerly?

    I would certainly try another Patricia Highsmith book but if the setting were Italy I would avoid Kevin Kenerly who seems unfamiliar with the Italian language. One would think that the producer of the recording would have either found someone who could speak Italian or have given the narrator some tips. It was the same as finding a printed text full of typos.


    What other book might you compare The Talented Mr. Ripley to and why?

    Strangers on a Train or any of her stories are worth a try.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Kenerly's a fine reader, except for his Italian. This was just a bad match.


    Could you see The Talented Mr. Ripley being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It was a film.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (445)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "Patience required"
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    It you can take the time for this VERY meditative narrative, it finally pays off.
    Dell isn't as interesting an observer as Frank Bascombe and it's best to ignore the logic of a 66 year old man recalling so vividly his 15-year-old self. A very good reader but someone should have caught the idea that 'row' meaning argument is not pronounced (twice) like what one does in a boat...and Ipana (the toothpaste) is NOT pronounced e-pahna. Picky picky

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Trick of It

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Frayn
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The Trick of It is a comical look at an odd couple. Original and witty, Frayn tells a complete story through one-sided letters. Compact, light and entertaining, The Trick of It is a clever tale. A nameless college professor writes letters to an esteemed friend living in Australia. The professor is a critic who has dedicated his life to teaching and explaining the writings of a profound female writer. He knows her books inside and out.

    Richard says: "Jarvis and Frayn: a perfect combination"
    "Jarvis and Frayn: a perfect combination"
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    Vintage Frayn...clever as ever. Martin Jarvis is the perfect reader for this unusual 'epistolary' novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo Station

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Downing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    Anglo-American journalist John Russell lives in Berlin and is approached to do some work for the Soviets. He reluctantly agrees and soon becomes involved in other dangerous activities, like helping a Jewish family and an idealistic American reporter. When the British and the Nazis notice his involvement with the Soviets, Russell is dragged into the world of warring intelligence services.

    Richard says: "As Good as Alan Furst"
    "As Good as Alan Furst"
    Overall

    Having read all of Alan Furst's wonderfully cinematic novels, I was especially glad to discover David Downing's. Downing mines the same territory as Furst. His descriptions of time and place may not match Furst's brilliance, but his characters are more developed and his novels have a real plot. And he has, blessedly, none of the embarrassingly described sex scenes that Furst seems to think are erotic. Simon Prebble is a splendid reader.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Act of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Howard Jacobson
    • Narrated By Mike Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Felix Quinn calls himself a happy man until his wife, Marisa, has an affair. Then an event occurs that changes everything. At a stroke he goes from dreading the thought of someone else touching her to thinking about nothing else, knowing no peace until she betrays him again and again. But how can it be called betrayal if it is what he wants?

    Madeleine says: "Achingly intense, naked story"
    "Not the usual Jacobson"
    Overall

    I am a great admirer of Howard Jacobson's writing, Some have considered him the English Philip Roth. To me he is far a better writer -- wiser, more perceptive. But this is certainly not the Howard Jacobson of books like Kalooki Nights and The Finkler Question. It isn't the writing nor the excellent narrator that I found so unpleasant -- just the theme of the novel. Proceed with caution. There are so many other Jacobson books far more worthy of being offered in audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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