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  • Invisible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ralph Ellison
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5432)
    Performance
    (4927)
    Story
    (4923)

    Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

    Imhokhai says: "Masterfully written; perfectly narrated"
    "You've been waiting, buy it, you won't be sorry..."
    Overall

    Ralph Ellison's masterpiece comes to life in the hands and voices of Joe Morton. The author's prose is alive, urgent, commanding of your attention.

    This is a reading which perfectly matches narrator to subject matter. Mr. Morton is to be commended for his dazzling ability to traverse generation, race, nationality, gender and regional dialects with ease, often in the same sentence. Many passages which deal with multiple voices, the narrator along with other speakers, are confronted with natural ease and pacing. I found, on several occasions, I had to pleasantly remind myself there was only one person responsible for the many clearly identifiable characters.

    Invisible Man's absence from the Audible catalog has finally been rectified, and thankfully it has been given the reading and treatment it deserves.

    43 of 50 people found this review helpful
  • The Angel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1052)

    In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

    6catz says: "Very Entertaining Read"
    "Excellent narration of a tedious courtroom melodrama"
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    The task set out at the beginning of this tale was to recount a story which was even more terrible, shocking, and frightening than that laid out in the Alienist. I was frightened, but only that the courtroom ramblings of the Famous Attorney would never come to an end. After what seemed like 10 hours of poorly-reasoned argument, and extremely poor court management, the event did come to an end; and, in doing so, proved the entire process pointless, not affecting the outcome of the tale one bit. I liked The Alienist very much, but this lacked many of the enjoyable aspects of the other tale. George Guidall’s narration, however, was superb, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Western Star

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2130)
    Performance
    (1980)
    Story
    (1966)

    Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after a weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a younger sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, then-deputy Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Wyoming Sheriff's Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran the length of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Evanston and back.

    BDHumbert says: "I am a huge Longmire fan..."
    "A fine addition to the Longmire pantheon"
    Overall
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    Story

    Craig Johnson delivers a fine addition to the Longmire series, paying homage to Agatha Christie along the way. Flashbacks provide additional insights into Walt's past and past relationships, and help clarify how Longmire the sheriff was created. Present-day actions advance the Bidarte storyline in surprising ways. Additionally, George Guidall does a marvelous job with the reading, as usual; his voice is perfect for the characters and material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pilot: A Tale of the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Fenimore Cooper
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    The hero of The Pilot - modeled on John Paul Jones - leads the American Navy in dangerous raids on the English coast. James Fenimore Cooper's fourth novel, published in 1823, helped start the genre of sea novels. Cooper's other major works include the renowned Leatherstocking Tales: The Pioneers, The Last of the Mohicans, The Prarie, The Pathfinder, and The Deerslayer.

    Robert says: "A historically significant, slow tale, read by someone who doesn't know the terminology"
    "A historically significant, slow tale, read by someone who doesn't know the terminology"
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    Interesting, since this novel helped define the genre of sea stories, it is, nevertheless, a dull tale in need of a good editor.

    The narrator does a fair job with voices and inflection, but so mangles the ship and sailing terms I was literally laughing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. American

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    Mark Franklin came from the American West to Edwardian England with two long-barrelled .44s in his baggage and a fortune in silver in the bank. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered -- at Scotland Yard, in City offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of Society (even King Edward was puzzled) and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing.

    J. Jason says: "WOW! WHAT A BOOK; WHAT A PERFORMANCE"
    "In need of a good editor"
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    After enjoying the Flashman novels, I decided to try this one. Sir Harry shows up in a cameo, but the story is neither amusing nor exciting, on the whole. It reads like a compilation of a bunch of Flashman ideas, stitched together in a rush and patched together with some anecdotes about an American visitor to England. David Case is great as usual...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (224)

    Scobie, a police officer in a West African colony, is a good and honest man. But when he falls in love, he is forced into a betrayal of everything that he has ever believed in, and his struggle to maintain the happiness of two women destroys him.

    Elanjelian says: "A Novel on Sin and Damnation"
    "Graham Greene at his best - Michael Kitchen superb"
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    Story

    This is my favorite Greene novel, perhaps because I enjoy Michael Kitchen's narration so much. A fabulous combination, don't miss out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9987)
    Performance
    (7358)
    Story
    (7408)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Ariel says: "Great story, terrible narration."
    "Entertaining, well read, pleasant diversion"
    Overall
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    An entertaining performance, suitable for young listeners, educational and enjoyable. Percy Jackson is certainly the most mature 12 year old you will ever encounter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3670)
    Performance
    (3102)
    Story
    (3098)

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    P. Shuart says: "Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++"
    "Endured rather than enjoyed - not like the movie"
    Overall
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    This is for Delta, and Delta is for a Completely different story-line...

    If your exposure to the Bourne character is through the Matt Damon depiction in the movies, like what is shown in the image associated with this Audiobook, and you want to experience more of that character's adventures, you will need to wait for another movie to come out. This book will not help.

    Apparently, the Bourne of Robert Ludlum's imagination is very different from that of the screenwriters.

    Set just after the Vietnam war, there is a strong Asian theme, which is carried through into the next books, as well.

    Scott Brick does an acceptable job with the Narration, but I found it difficult to take seriously, something I chose to endure rather than enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (451)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "Worst narrator I've heard in 300 books - hated it"
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    Story

    This is the first performance by Nicolas Coster I've listened to, and I was cringing as I reluctantly continued. I found myself hoping the story would end, so I could move on to one of the other books narrated by Christian Rodska. Hopefully Mr. Rodska will record this book and there will be a better Unabridged option.

    Mr. Coster's performance is slurred as if he were imitating a drunkard, his voices are indistinguishable from each other, and he attempts to deliver emotion by speaking more loudly or softly. It is more like listening to someone relating a story they have heard, rather than a story they are narrating.

    My advice is to avoid this recording and wait for better material, or purchase the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6340)
    Performance
    (5166)
    Story
    (5133)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Erez says: "A masterpiece"
    "Jeremy Irons is perfect, wonderfully sinister"
    Overall
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    Jeremy Irons' voice is perfectly matched to Humbert Humbert, a wonderful performance, worthy of multilpe listens. My favorite book this year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    Overall
    (4400)
    Performance
    (3392)
    Story
    (3392)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "Captivating, Compelling, Enduring - A Must Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up True Grit in three words, what would they be?

    The narrator, Donna Tartt, states in her review of the book that her family loved it, she read and re-read it many times; it was a much loved friend. I felt the same way, after listening to her performance, and have listened to her reading several times. If you saw the recent Cohen Brothers movie adaptation, and admired the odd conversation and language, you'll find it all here, and more. The story is fresh and engaging, different than both movies, sharing elements of both. It is told in first person, as a memoir, narrated by Mattie, with her reflections of events which occur at different times mixed in, which gives the reader insight which is lacking in the films.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The odd language, conversational exchanges, Portis created and included in his book.


    Which character – as performed by Donna Tartt – was your favorite?

    Mattie Ross


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lively Times


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it, you won't be disappointed

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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