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The problem is that I have read too much and can't find new literary books. Writers today fill with too much stuffing, too little meat.

BaulmesSwitzerland | Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 201 ratings
  • 564 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Jefferson says: "The River of Sewers, Stars, Life, and Death"
    "Disappointing, but still excellent."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    the book was disappointing because i expected more from McCarthy. It is most excellent writing, and the character is three-dimensional. He was, nevertheless, hard to like and to feel involved with.

    Time will show me if he sticks in my head like the characters of "all the pretty horses" and many of the other books he has written, in which case i would have to change my opinion of this book. The visual pictures produced by the story may be unforgettable; they are already jumping up at me.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    i am listening to Endurance.

    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    never boring

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Too many words, repetitions, poorly written"

    i nearly didn't make it to the end of this long, tedious, boring book.
    Now i realize that i heard the first book abridged, by accident, so they must have cut out a lot of the filler. Don't waste your time on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jungle Book

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Rebecca Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When young little Mowgli's parents are run out of their camp by a formidable Bengal tiger, the toddler scampers to safety alone in the cave of a Seeonee wolf pack. Thereafter forest animals succor Mowgli, and through his wits and their kindness, he reaches adulthood.

    Ian says: "Excellent book - dreadful narration"
    "marvelous original"

    Too bad that Disney had to destroy this wonderful classic. Baloo and Bagheera are sages, teachers, wise ones; Disney made clowns. Mother wolf confronting Sh?re Khan at the mouth of her den remains untouched by the passing years, indeed, the whole story has not aged, although the Dearly Beloved manner of telling it probably has.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flags of Our Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Bradley, Ron Powers
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

    Patti says: "History in Real Life"
    "Good story poorly written"

    The story was good enough to keep me listening, in spite of the maudlin tone of voice of the reader and the continual repetition of the age of the "boys", how heroic they were, how serious and quiet the author's father was, etc. OF COURSE THEY WERE HEROIC, CLEARLY A SUPERHUMAN EFFORT WAS GOING ON. i didn't need to be told it every five minutes. i consider this book to be very poorly written. It is A TERRIFIC STORY, i only wish that the editor had done his job and toned down the pathetic tone that the writer has sprinkled all through his book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "adds another dimension"

    This is one of the books that i have reread; i've read it three times and think it is marvelous. Listening adds another dimension to the story - the scene between Ivan and the Devil that takes place in the middle of the night has always mystified me, hearing it clarified the conversation so plainly that i wondered why i had a problem with it earlier. Personally, i think it is one of the most perfect novels i have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Malone Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Samuel Beckett
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett

    Malone Dies is the first person monologue of Malone, an old man lying in bed and waiting to die. The tone is fiercely ironic, highly quotable, and because of its extravagance, also very comic. It catches the reality of old age in a way that is grimly convincing, cruel as humor so often is, and memorable because of Beckett's way with words. A master dramatist, Beckett's novels can be even more effective when heard, and especially when read by such a Beckett specialist as Sean Barrett.

    Susan says: "Living Beckett"
    "Living Beckett"

    Hearing these books ( i read them several years ago) brought them to life and gave them a whole other dimension. Personally i think they are marvelous, full of humor and philosophy. I wish Audible had more Beckett- MORE, MORE please.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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