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Richard

Attleboro, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Overseas

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (239)

    When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

    Cassie says: "I WANT ONE!!!"
    "The reason men should not listen to "chick lit""
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A woman with a high sense on incrudulity.


    What could Beatriz Williams have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Made the characters more human. The main male character was in turns
    a- A major WW1 poet, a famous one like Wilfred Owen
    b- An perfect Edwardian scholar/athlete
    c- A 21st century hedge fund titan, the savior of Wall Street
    d- good looking and a great lover
    e- a "time traveler"
    For God's sake give me a break. Are we ready to think that the same class that gave the world it's fratricidal bloodbath of the Western Front 1914-18 to start the 20th century also gave us the Wall Street of 2007 to torpedo the 21st century?

    The woman was by turns:
    a- a brilliant Wall Street analyst
    b- a "Hottie"
    c- the smart and loyal girl next door
    d- dumb as a box of hammers
    e- a great lover
    f- a "time traveler"

    Well I should have stayed away from any book that has Wall Street protagonists, my bad.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    Her performance was good, accents excellent, except for the Harvard Professor who sounded like he was Joe Kennedy's cousin who was brought up in South Boston.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    An excellent referance and brief discussion of Patrick O' Brian's Audbry/Matitrin novels


    Any additional comments?

    Writing like this is why guys like me should stay away from "chick lit" It just irritates and makes me angry enough to write a review.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Chestnut Street

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Maeve Binchy
    • Narrated By Sile Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; “for the future,” she would say. The future is now. Across town from St. Jarlath’s Crescent, featured in Minding Frankie, is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities.

    Jean says: "A great collection of short stories"
    "If you like Maeve Binchy stay away from this one"
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    Would you try another book from Maeve Binchy and/or Sile Bermingham?

    I have always liked Binchy. I have listened to a lot of her work I love Dublin and she has a feel for the town. but this one was terrible.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Maeve Binchy again?

    Probably not


    Did Sile Bermingham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    so/ so


    Any additional comments?

    All the men in this collection are either lying cheating no goods or they are total wimps.No strong male characters. Worst line- a man writing to his ex just after she has given birth to his twins- "I don't know the thing to do here" come on you idiot the right thing to do is man up and help raise the kids or at least support them.Give this one a pass

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5904)
    Performance
    (5470)
    Story
    (5490)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Stephen King and Will Patton: the best"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Great storytelling, Stephen King has a wonderful ear for diologe. The best description of AA since "Tin Roof Blowdown" also read by Will Patton.
    I had however just listened to "the Shining" Which I believe made this book much more accessable.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Sleep to and why?

    Any of King's large pieces


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Danny and Dr. John


    Any additional comments?

    There are a few great narrators, the late Patrick Tull was one Cassandra Cambell and Simon Vance but my nomination for the best male American spoken voice of our time is
    Will Patton.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (904)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Well rowed Washington,well rowed."
    Overall
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    Where does The Boys in the Boat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 5. An inspiring story story,well told. It has it all, suspense, excitement.
    An outstanding narration which matches perfectly the prose.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved it all. That sounds like a cliche but in this case it is true.


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

    I have not heard him before, but it won't be my last, he did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    As a rower and a boat builder I am glad on of my personal heros,George Pocock is so important in this story. I hope that even if the listener has never rowed a good wooden shell that they will understand the magic. The author and the narrator have done a great job to bring that experience to life.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1263)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1133)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Wonderful storytelling"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared?

    That it was world class storytelling, funny, charming and irreverent.


    What other book might you compare The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared to and why?

    Donald Westlake at his best meets Stigg Larsenn.


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

    The pace of his reading and his voices brought the book alive


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but just too long for that, which is good


    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of experience that I listen to audiobooks to get and so often do not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4595)
    Performance
    (3861)
    Story
    (3870)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "A good story not as good as the first book"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    interesting detail about the Spanish Civil war I had not heard before


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of scale


    What three words best describe John Lee’s performance?

    Not his best


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no- too long


    Any additional comments?

    Normally a fan of John Lee but his voice as Daisy the American woman is terrible.
    Makes her sound like a fishwife from Brooklyn.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (990)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "Perfect match of text and narrator"
    Overall

    This book has the best ending of any book that I have ever listened to, bar none. I like Adrian McKinty despite an excess of what sometimes seems to me gratuitous, violence. But what makes McKinty so compelling is his sense of place and character. However the best part of this book to me as an Audible listener was the pairing of Gerard Doyle reading Adrian McKinty. Doyle is one of those rare narrators that are so evocative of place and character that, like Will Patton or Partick Tull, I could listen to him read a phone book.
    The plot gets somewhat convoluted in the of middle this book but does get recalled to duty about two thirds of the way through and I just let Gerard Doyle carry me though the boggy sections. All in all a terrific download.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire Part 1: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    Curatina says: "Great listening!"
    "Just keeps getting better"
    Overall

    This is a great listen that has a great build. I sometimes get somewhat lost in the Swedish geography and names but I trust the writer and narrator to get it right in the same way I trust Jack Audbry when he sails the HMS Surprize.
    More than a few red herrings, memorable villians and an improbable hero to root for, what more could you ask for?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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