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Richard Shalhoub

Dually addicted bookie. Read and listen to most books together. If I don't like reader of audible I dump it and move on.

Medford, MA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 14 ratings
  • 574 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1088)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Wolf Hall Part 2 does not disappoint"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend it anyone who has enjoyed reading "Wolf Hall" or enjoyed listening to Simon Slater's rendering of Part 1. It seems about half as long.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character of Thomas Cromwell...brilliant and badass...


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

    The dialogue has an additional dimension...and the story requires a superior reader...which Vance is...as was Simon Slater in Wolf Hall.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes...a number of laughs at the wit of Mantel's channeling of Cromwell.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know why Simon Slater wasn't chosen to read...since his rendering of Wolf Hall was one of the greatest performances I've heard but Vance does a very good job of it...and the Cromwell voice choices he makes echo Slater's in the earlier book. Hilary Mantel is a superb writer...a witty and brilliant vision of how things may have been in a very mean and ruthless time period. I enjoyed seeing the fall of several of Cromwell's (and Woolsley's) enemies.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Adam Hochschild
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (170)

    World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain's leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper.

    Tad Davis says: "A story of personalities"
    "Very well told rendering of WW I"
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    If you could sum up To End All Wars in three words, what would they be?

    Rich folks suck.


    What other book might you compare To End All Wars to and why?

    Hochschild "Burying the Chains" is about the struggle to end slavery in the nineteenth century. One can't understand the two world wars without understanding that less than a century earlier, three-quarters of the world's population lived in some form of slavery, serfdom or indentured servitude.


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

    Rich folks suck.


    Any additional comments?

    OK...not *all* rich folks suck. First book I've read about this era and this war that recognizes class consciousness. It's a great book to read for "Downton Abbey" fans...which I am.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13240)
    Performance
    (5572)
    Story
    (5616)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "The only Follett story worth listening to"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Time listening was not particularly well spent. There are lots of better books to listen to...and it's LONG.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    His performance is the primary reason I finished the bloated story.


    Do you think The Pillars of the Earth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No...but he wrote one anyway. I began listening to it...and dumped it after a couple hours...I found myself rooting for the plague in his sequel...


    Any additional comments?

    My suggestion is to read Bernard Cornwell's stories that are set in the same historical time period and place...much better written and the performances are quite good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9156)
    Performance
    (3563)
    Story
    (3603)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Find another way to kill 24 hours"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If Ken Follett was a better writer and story teller.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the first part of this "epic" story which was ok because it was read by the GREAT John Lee...I chose not to plow through this one...Even with Lee's great rendering...it is soporific...wouldn't have cared if all the characters died of plague after the first couple of listening hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morality Play

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Barry Unsworth
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    It is the late 14th century, a dangerous time beset by war and plague. Nicholas Barber, a young and wayward cleric, stumbles across a group of travelling players and compounds his sins by joining them. Yet the town where they perform reveals another drama: a young woman is to be hanged for the murder of a 12-year-old boy. What better way to increase their takings than to make a new play, to enact the murder of Thomas Wells?

    But as the actors rehearse, they discover that the truth about the boy's death has yet to be revealed.

    Steve says: "Great story"
    "Great Story...highly recommended"
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    Would you listen to Morality Play again? Why?

    Yes...this was third time reading and first listening. Great story...a novella...and fresh every time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The breathless narrative by a first person storyteller.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene. Story told in first person brings you right into the forest watching the other characters in medieval England. Economically told. Cinematic.


    Any additional comments?

    A short novel that manages to have you engaged with several characters as they dance on the edge of danger's cliff while unraveling a mystery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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