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Devon

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  • The Savage Detectives: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation. The Savage Detectives is a hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, companionable and complicated road trip through Mexico City, Barcelona, Israel, Liberia, and finally the desert of northern Mexico. It is the first of Bolaño's two giant works, with 2666, to be translated into English and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "Started slow but ended great"
    "Amazing experience"
    Overall

    The story is told by large cast of characters who seem to be responding verbally to questions about two poets, a Mexican and a Chilean. But somehow, these two end up seeming mythical and insubstantial while the supporting characters become full blown companions through their unique voices telling stories combining the mundane and bizarre. A latticework of detail is provided (You always know the date and place of a narration.), but motivation almost always remains mysterious. By some inexplicable means, the narrative tension is sustained through many adventures in Mexico City and Europe.
    The readers are absolutely great. I'm sure that their good pronunciation of Spanish words (as well as German and even Latin) and the excellent definition of the characters through their voices and accents made this novel a much greater pleasure to listen to than it would have been to read in print.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The New York Times Audio Digest, March 11, 2014

    • HIGHLIGHTS (51 mins)
    • By The New York Times
    • Narrated By The New York Times
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

    Elisabeth says: "Good, but very abrupt change of topic"
    "New York Times podcast"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing is good.


    What didn’t you like about The New York Times’s performance?

    Everything. The reader doesn't seem to have any sense of what he's saying. It eventually began to drive us crazy.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I want to cancel my subscription to this, but can't figure out how.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander of Macedon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    The enigma of Alexander the Great has remained with us for 2,300 years. In spite of the best efforts of historians, Alexander is no less a mystery to us now than he probably was during his own lifetime. There was no one like him before or since. In the pages of Harold Lamb's intriguing Alexander of Macedon, we find some of the answers to the great riddle of his character.

    Michael says: "Read Arrian first"
    "Exciting! Historically accurate?"
    Overall

    Mr. Griffin did his usual fine job of reading the book, but the book itself is pretty bad. I guess the problem is that nobody really knows enough about Alexander and most writers keep having to say, "Well, maybe it was like this..." But, Lamb didn't worry about it and just made up the parts he didn't know, quite romantically.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Peloponnesian War, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thucydides
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    If ever a tragedy of Olympian proportions could be ascribed to an historic event, it would surely be appropriate to use that term in relation to the great city state of Athens. John Ruskin referred to the Peloponnesian War as "the suicide of Greece". It is an apt phrase. For never in history has a community reached such sublime heights of civilized life only to plummet to ignominious defeat within a single lifetime.

    Devon says: "Choose This Version!"
    "Choose This Version!"
    Overall

    I'd already listened to half of The Peloponnesian War by the other reader and was on the point of giving up. Then I switched to this one and don't want it to end! Mr. Griffin shows an understanding of the material that brings the story (a distant, difficult one) wonderfully to life.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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