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  • Dark Star Safari

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz

    Forty years ago, Paul Theroux first went to Africa as a teacher in the Malawi bush. Now, nearing 60, he returns to travel by train, canoe, bus, and cattle truck from one end of Africa to the other. From Cairo to Cape Town, what he finds is recorded in the style that has stamped Theroux as a master of the travelogue. His curiosity and intelligent observations help create an unforgettable portrait of the varied land that is Africa today.

    karen says: "One of the best"
    "Narrator spoils the book"

    Though the author's cynicism is sharper than some of his other narratives, the narrator/reader does a great injustice to this work. The intoned cynicism and sarcastic inference often doesn't seem to accurately portray Theroux's intended tone. Worse, the reader's efforts to interpret accents and voices are miserable - his Egyptian interpretation is no different than an East African or Indian, and every one seems to have a sinister undertone. Just awful, and really too bad, because I think the book itself could otherwise be both insightful and entertaining.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Edward Abbey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah.

    Todd says: "Wrong narrator for Abbey"
    "Wrong narrator for Abbey"

    I love this book - one of my true favorites - have read the actual book several times before downloading the audio version. I'm also a big fan of Edward Abbey - both his non-fiction and fiction work.

    Unfortunately, Michael Kramer was a poor choice of narrator to capture the real sense of Abbey's prose. I've listened to many of Kramer's narrations of mystery and suspense novels, and he's fine for those. But, unfortunately, all wrong for Desert Solitaire.

    I was disappointed, too, by Kramer's frequent mispronunciations, especially place names, throughout the narrative. Many of the local place names are tricky, I admit, but either the narrator and/or audio editor need to do their research!

    Despite the unfortunate narration, I highly recommend Desert Solitaire. Better the book than this audio version, but better the audio version than not at all.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft.

    Matt says: "Dragon Tattoo(esque)....but......"
    "Coffee. I need more coffee."

    I've listened to 3 other books by Jo Nesbo (The Snowman, The Redbreast & The Devil's Star) and loved them. Headhunters feels like it was written by someone else, and the reader is beyond dry. Deadly dull. I gave up after 4 chapters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alaska and Beyond: Jack Blake Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By M. D. Kincaid
    • Narrated By Reed McColm

    It has just been four months since Alaska Trooper Jack Blake asked Wildlife Trooper Jet Torsen to marry him on the ice of this very remote, wind-blown lake. Only that day was darker. Darker and much colder. If it were not for Jet killing the man trying to take his life, Jack would not be here. And there would not be a wedding today. The pastor is ready to join Jack and Jet in holy matrimony.

    Todd says: "Horrid narrator"
    "Horrid narrator"

    The story itself is pretty cloying to start with, but the narrator is awful. He butchers the pronunciation of place names all over the western U.S., including Alaska, with regularity. Apparently the audio editor was just as uninformed. But even forgiving the consistent mispronunciations the characterizations are cheesy throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By P. J. O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane

    In Don't Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards, best-selling humorist P. J. O’Rourke delivers a hilarious theory of politics.

    America’s most subversive conservative, O’Rourke describes government as a devil’s bargain between power, freedom, and responsibility, and goes on to hilariously skewer the politicians who have bargained with us to consolidate power, and the many mini-bargains and evasions that citizens have made with the consequences of their choices.

    Fernando says: "Would be much funnier with a different narrator"
    "Bombastic without the Humor"

    I've long enjoyed the wit and sarcasm of P J O'Rourke, even though I usually disagree with his politics. This book, however, proved a great disappointment. O'Rourke is simply full of himself. His efforts to be clever and intellectual fail, and they're merely tiresome.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Yurgel says: "Oh my god"
    "Narration ruined it."

    Okay, sure the story is pretty contrived but it had potential until Scott Brick got ahold of it. His overwrought reading sounds more like soap opera fare than mystery and intrigue.

    6 of 19 people found this review helpful

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