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Stan

Atlanta, Ga, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Human Stain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

    RYAN says: "There's a good story in there. Somewhere."
    "A potentially juicy story 'over done' to ashes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Without hearing or reading it myself I could not have imagined so many adjectives and adverbs could be strung together into such a tome. Repetition for the sake of clarification or to express a fine point is one thing - repetition in this book is constant, leaving me with the impression left that the book is the result of a contest to see how many ways the same point could possibly be made.

    The narration of the book was heroic. I found myself marveling at the stamina and mouth/tongue coordination displayed as Mr. Boutsikaris read the marathon run-on sentences.

    I finally finished the book by simply letting the audio player run, waiting for a notable ending. (The sister's emergence was a nice touch, but definitely not as part of the wrap up of the book.) Alas I was left with the feeling that in the end Roth simply ran out of words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Evidence: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (102)

    When the bullet-ridden body of a Silicon Valley billionaire washes up on shore, assistant D.A. Dismas Hardy finds himself the prosecutor in San Francisco's murder trial of the century. The suspect: a Japanese call girl with a long list of prominent clients. But when a bizarre series of events blows the case wide open, Hardy finds himself on the other side of the law - as a lawyer for the defense.

    Alton says: "good book"
    "Didn't grab me"
    Overall

    I've listened to probably hundreds of audio books, and I've always been able to find something that caught my attention, even if I wasn't a fan of the book. If nothing else, I'm cheap and don't want to totally lose the $$ I put into the audiobook. Unfortunately, for the first time ever this book has totally failed to grab even a little of my attention. I find myself daydreaming while I'm 'listening'. Can't say it's the narrator. Couldn't identify with the characters at all. Maybe I'll try again in a year - for sure I won't remember any of it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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