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David

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Prosper, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A High Wind in Jamaica

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Hughes
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Set in the 19th century against a backdrop of island life and the vast surrounding seas, A High Wind in Jamaica is the gripping story of the Bas-Thornton children, whose parents send them back to England following a hurricane in the postcolonial Caribbean they call home. Having set sail, the children quickly fall into the hands of pirates. As their voyage continues, things take an awful turn

    Amazon Customer says: "Bach gets in the way"
    "Unusual story"
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    What did you like best about A High Wind in Jamaica? What did you like least?

    Unique pirate story told from viewpoint of kidnapped children. Outstanding job of getting inside the childrens' heads and describing the situations and their feelings.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Hughes? Why or why not?

    Yes because of his story telling ability and descriptive technique - not too wordy or flowery but accurate.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The auction.


    Did A High Wind in Jamaica inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader's performance was excellent, fantastic job with the voices and accents. Quite believable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (327)

    Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade is hired to locate a client's sister by tailing the sister's companion. Spade's partner Miles Archer takes on the assignment, and quickly both Archer and the man he was shadowing are murdered. As Spade pursues the mystery of his partner's death, he is drawn into a circle of colorful characters, and they are all after a legendary statuette of a falcon that had long ago been made for King Charles of Spain. Encrusted with jewels, it is worth a fortune.

    Jim says: "A little overacted"
    "Classic west coast crime novel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it. The book is so much richer in character development and plot than the movie, and it gives a peek into San Francisco in an earlier era, and it is the quintessential west coast crime novel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Maltese Falcon?

    There are so many, but I would choose Sam Spade interrogating Brigid O'Shaughnessy over breakfast in his apartment.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    Joel Cairo of course, Mr. Dufris sounded just like Peter Lorre. He did a great job with Gutman too.


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

    Yes, because of the plot of course.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Dufris did a fine job, but his voice for Sam Spade fell a little short of expectation, not that I wanted him to sound like Bogart, but he just didn't sound hard boiled enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Muriel Spark
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    In the classic work that launched a play, a movie, and a song, Muriel Spark tells the darkly intriguing story of an eccentric Edinburgh teacher and the intense relationship she develops with six of her students. The scandalously outspoken Miss Brodie makes big waves in the conservative Scottish school, preaching the value of art, passion, and daring.

    Kathleen says: "creme de la creme"
    "Book equivalent of a chick flick"
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    Would you try another book from Muriel Spark and/or Nadia May?

    I would not.


    What was most disappointing about Muriel Spark’s story?

    The fact the story was propelled by 'he said, she said'. It was like listening to rumors and chit chat.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It really didn't have scenes.....it was like listening to a group of girls from another era talk amongst themselves. There was a lot of flash back and flash forward.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie?

    Most of it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is well written, provides a window into another culture and era, and the reader did a fine job. However as a male, I didn't like the story, found it boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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