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Butch

SHERWOOD, AR, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5969)
    Performance
    (5178)
    Story
    (5168)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Excellent narrator!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Ruins to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Edoardo does an excellent job handling the different characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pasquale Tursi. His was the one character who had honor.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Pasquale.


    If you could take any character from Beautiful Ruins out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pasquale.


    Any additional comments?

    I downloaded this book after reading a review about it in the NY Times. It would not have been one I would have normally read or listened to. The narrator really did a great job making the story come alive. His fluency in Italian was a big plus.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17021)
    Performance
    (15144)
    Story
    (15186)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Wodnerful!!!"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    A hilarious surprise!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was my first listen.


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

    Not really. But I loved this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5700)
    Performance
    (3641)
    Story
    (3653)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Good listen"
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    What did you love best about The Art of Racing in the Rain?

    While. I didn't love it, I enjoyed the story


    Would you recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    I thought he did a great job with pacing and inflection.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2872)
    Performance
    (2523)
    Story
    (2543)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Make up your own mind"
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    Would you listen to The Casual Vacancy again? Why?

    Yes. I was reluctant based on some of the reviews. Once I got in to the story I could not stop. Ms. Rowling does an excellent job with character development. Tom's performance kept the book interesting. He brought life to the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barry Fairbrother. His sense of goodness brought balance to the story.


    What does Tom Hollander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His distinct way of bringing out the individuality of each character. His performance was such that each name was distinctly portrayed in a very credibley way.


    If you could take any character from The Casual Vacancy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    No aboubt about it, Krystal Weedon. Her fighting spirit and loyalty were very admirable.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Your Life Book Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Will Schwalbe
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (366)

    >"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

    Mark says: "A good book, but not really for me."
    "A great book lover's life"
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    Would you listen to The End of Your Life Book Club again? Why?

    Yes. I really enjoyed this book. It was a great review of some of the books I had read.


    What other book might you compare The End of Your Life Book Club to and why?

    I am not sure.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I will look for other books performed by him.


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

    The discussion of the The Bite of Mango was very compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Jeff did a great job in his performance.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Also Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (624)

    The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

    Gerald says: "Bravo Papa!"
    "Great performance by William Hurt"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sun Also Rises to be better than the print version?

    Yes. William Hurt really brought to life the characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While I didn't really have a favorite I liked Cohen the least.


    Have you listened to any of William Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was my first experience.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Parts of it really made me laugh


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2576)
    Performance
    (2368)
    Story
    (2357)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Emily - Audible says: "Colin Firth Kills It"
    "First Graham Green experience"
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    If you could sum up The End of the Affair in three words, what would they be?

    I really enjoyed this book. It was very thought provoking. Colin Firth did an excellent job breathing life in to each character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interplay between the three characters.


    What does Colin Firth bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A very clear understanding of the emotions felt by each character. Although Henry comes across as a very aloof civil servant, his reaction to his discovery of Sarah's relationship with Bendrix is very profound. He struggles with his perceived rules of proper society, and how he should react, and his own failures brought on by his job duties.


    If you could take any character from The End of the Affair out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bendrix.


    Any additional comments?

    As stated, this was my first experience with Graham Greene. While Colin Firth could make a telephone book sound interesting Graham's story is just as poignant today as in 1951, when he wrote this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (540)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "Very interesting!"
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    What did you love best about The Presidents Club?

    I loved the "behind the scenes" glimpse this book offered. It was very educational and interesting since I had no idea that there was a club. I will get another book where he reads because he was so good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Presidents Club?

    Nixon and Clinton. Their relationship was very intriguing.


    Which character – as performed by Bob Walter – was your favorite?

    Bob did such a wonderful job that it is difficult to single out one. He was very even handed in how he portrayed each character. I liked how he read in his voice without trying to mimic any certain president.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. I was just thoroughly engaged.


    Any additional comments?

    Bob Walter's performance was excellent. I did not detect any partisanship. He was very interesting reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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