Wodehouse uses Mr, Mulliner as his storyteller in these short tales. Mulliner is a patron of the Angler's Rest pub and is always ready to tell his stories to those who will listen. His many relatives find themselves in lots of humorous, sticky situations. But never fear, everything always works out in the end! Perhaps not as funny as his Jeeves series, these stories are still lots of fun to listen to. I especially liked the three tales involving the Buck-You-Up-O tonic and the one about Mr. M.'s nephew James who finds himself living in his romance novelist aunt's cottage after her death. I found myself laughing out loud many times - in itself a great tonic to rival the Buck-You-Up-O!
Jonathan Cecil is an excellent narrator for these very British stories. I look forward to reading the next in the series - I marvel at Wodehouse's ingenuous use of the English language.
Excellent review of the Kennedy assassination with the actual ABC radio broadcasts of the time. Narrated professionally by Diane Sawyer. You really get the feeling of "being there". I especially liked the comments of Ike Pappas during the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by "an elderly man" (Ruby). He exclaims: "Holy Mackerel!" Other highlights are the interview with the surgeon in charge of trying to save JFK, the interview with Officer Tippet's wife, and the closing interview with Larry Sabato, author of the recent "The Kennedy Half Century". Thank you Audible and ABC for this free program! It brought back all the memories of that awful time.
A sweeping novel of Mid 20th Century India told with fantasy and humor. Rushdie is a brilliant writer who shows the history of India through the eyes of Salim, one of the children born on the stroke of midnight that heralded India's independence from Britain. This book is not an easy listen - one that you can listen to while doing other things. There are multiple characters and for someone not real familiar with Indian names, it is difficult to remember who everyone is, especially when you hear but not see the written names of people and places. I would recommend reading this instead of only listening to get the most out of the novel and if you are not familiar with post-independence Indian history, then you should check out some other sources. I have a cursory knowledge, but found myself not knowing who the author was referencing at times. I will probably get the book to read as this is a novel that can be read many times.
I liked the narrator very much, although I understand that he is using more a British than Indian accent. His voice was pleasant to listen to and his female voices were good.
Gaiman's enjoyable short story about a Texas backpacker in coastal England is a fun listen. There were many chuckles, although I think someone more familiar than me with H. P. Lovecraft would get more of the innuendos. I really liked Gaiman's narration as well and the excerpt of his new book also motivated me to buy the audiobook version of The Ocean At the End Of the Lane.
Good short audiobook mystery that had me guessing until near the end. I liked that the setting was a rare book store and the detective an ordinary guy. Will check out Pronzini's other novels. Sullivan's reading was very good - I heard the world-weariness in the first person narration of the detective.
This short interesting audiobook gives the listener an insight into how a musician prepares to record or perform a piece. Bliss tells how the act of recording is different from the act of performing. Bliss mentions two pianists who influenced him: Arthur Schnabel and Rudolph Serkin and explains how their playing of Beethoven's sonatas differ. The only drawback to the audiobook for me was the exclusion of any music to explain what Bliss was saying about certain Beethoven sonatas - unless the listener is a trained classical musician and/or very familiar with the mentioned sonatas, he or she would have a difficult time understanding Bliss' dissection of the music. This book did spur me to check out the pianists on youtube to get a flavor of their playing. And I will definitely see if my vast record collection contains any of the sonatas.
The narrator was easy to listen to and added to the enjoyment of the audiobook.
Since this book was about the idea of free and especially its use in the internet age, it was a free download from Audible. Of special interest to me was the history of free in business - the marketing of Jello and Gillette razors for instance - where the makers creatively promoted their products. When the author presented economic theories, my mind began to wander, but that was only a tiny part of the book. I learned how the internet has changed the concept of free and that the pre-internet ways of making a profit may not apply anymore. The author's reading of his work was enthusiastic and he spoke in a clear voice; I do think he could have spoken a bit slower as I sometimes wanted a second to digest the thought. All in all, this was an informative listen and I'm happy I downloaded it.
This first Harry Bosch novel is a winner. The mystery is complicated and involving and it had me guessing "whodunnit" through most of the book. I'm intrigued by the character of Harry and want to find out more about him - a good motivation for continuing to read more in the series. The book deals with Harry's Vietnam experience and ties his experiences there with his current (1992) time as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. I didn't know anything about the "tunnel rats" of the Vietnam War; I liked the way Connelly integrated this aspect of the war into his story. The narration by Dick Hill is excellent - he has the right timbre in his voice for the world-weary Harry and his voicing of the other characters is also very good.
I got this for free from Audible. A short story with detective D.D. Warren; I haven't read or listened to anything by Lisa Gardner before. The story was ok, nothing to get excited about. It took me awhile to listen to this - it just didn't interest me a lot. I especially didn't like the narrator - I can't really say why; there was something about her voice that didn't draw me into the story. I might read a novel by Gardner in the future, but I don't think I would listen to another.
This was my first book by Norah Roberts and I got it for free from Audible. I must say that this isn't my kind of novel - it has too much trivial dialogue and didn't have a very exciting plot. There were just too many references to the architecture of the inn and gift shop, and at times Roberts seemed more an interior decorator than a novelist. Roberts is a competent writer and I might enjoy some of her other books, but I really had to slog through this one, although the plot did pick up in the second half of the novel. I definitely will not be listening to the other two books in the trilogy.
Andrews was an ok narrator, although, as others have mentioned, his attempt at women and children's voices was grating. I would not seek out other books that he narrates.
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