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Michael C. Caulder

drcaulder

Santa Monica, California USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Martin Freeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2233)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1528)

    Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbability, and desperately in search of a place to eat.

    J. Carpenter says: "awesome... except for the voice of Zaphod"
    "No Stephen Fry"
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    I really like Martin Freeman as an actor, but his is just not the right voice to narrate literature. After listening to Stephen Fry's wonderful narration/interpretation of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, I was excited to continue the series. Unfortunately I really couldn't even get past the first 20 minutes of The Restaurant at the End... because of the narration.

    Freeman's voice lacks the authority, the gravitas, that made Fry's narration so enjoyable. It's precisely what makes him such a great Arthur Dent that makes him so unsuited to the narration. It's not his fault, he was miscast.

    Imagine if instead of Anthony Hopkins, they'd cast Dudley Moore as Hannibal Lecter. Hell, instead of Dudley Moore what if they'd cast Anthony Hopkins as Arthur? These choices matter.

    I'm going to keep plowing ahead because the book is so good, but as it stands I'm not dying to listen to any more.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (919)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "About more than a murder"
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    This is an interesting story that's as much about the end of an era, and the beginning of yellow journalism as it is about a sensational, and now forgotten murder. I definitely think it's worth a listen if you find either true crime or history interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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