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Brad

MARBLEHEAD, MA, United States

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  • The Whisperer in Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Phil Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    When local newspapers report strange things seen floating in rivers during a historic Vermont flood, Albert Wilmarth becomes embroiled in a controversy about the reality and significance of the sightings. However it isn’t until he receives communication from Henry Wentworth Akeley that he is offered the proof he requires.

    Brad says: "Blasphemous"
    "Blasphemous"
    Overall
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    Story

    I'm just starting out as a fan of Lovecraft. As far as I know I've read about half of his fictional works. This was an excellent recording and narration and I've listened 3 times already.
    The story is not one of my favorites but it is nevertheless effective and introduces the reader to some themes Lovecraft likes to play with(Yog Sothoth, artificial animation/consciousness, alien lifeforms). As a New Englander who went to college on the street where Lovecraft lived in Providence, I can say he certainly nails the atmospheres of ominous gloom which pervade some of the region's settings, and his prose puts other science fiction writers like hg wells to shame in my humble view.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Molloy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Samuel Beckett
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Dermot Crowley
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Written initially in French, later translated by the author into English, Molloy is the first book in Dublin-born Samuel Beckett's trilogy. It was published shortly after WWII and marked a new, mature writing style, which was to dominate the remainder of his working life. Molloy is less a novel than a set of two monologues narrated by Molloy and his pursuer, Moran.

    Gene says: "Nauseating, boring, hilarious, and magnificent"
    "Distinct"
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    There were points in this narrative when I was laughing hysterically, and some when I was disgusted and filled with utter pity for our sad little man, Molloy. Beckett is unlike anybody I can think of: hilarious, disturbing, and somehow smooth all the while. I'll definitely be listening again and again to this one.
    The narrator Barrett does an excellent job in this and other recordings.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Dickens: The Signalman (from the Naxos Audiobook 'Classic Ghost Stories')

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Stephen Critchlow
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Reader Stephen Critchelow has spent a lifetime collecting and reading works like these and, with carefully chosen music, brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this recording. "The Signalman" provides a great listening experience for dark autumn evenings.

    Brad says: "WOW"
    "WOW"
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    I picked up this for under 2 bucks because I'm a huge Charles Dickens reader. I was pleasantly surprised to find something which was a break from his long works without missing any of his wit and skill. I listened to it three straight times. It was well worth it.
    Nice narration as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise: From The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Heathcote Williams
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Led by his guide, Beatrice, Dante leaves the Earth behind and soars through the heavenly spheres of Paradise. In this third and final part of The Divine Comedy, he encounters the just rulers and holy saints of the Church. The horrors of Inferno and the trials of Purgatory are left far behind. Ultimately, in Paradise, Dante is granted a vision of God’s Heavenly court: the angels, the Blessed Virgin, and God Himself.

    Brad says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
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    This book is read very well. It has tracks for every canto so you can skip easily back to any verse. There are no explanations between cantos, just the translations form this masterful story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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