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Hamilton, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
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  • 216 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • James Earl Jones Reads The Bible: The New Testament, King James Version

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Topics Entertainment
    • Narrated By James Earl Jones

    In a voice as rich as it is recognized, James Earl Jones lends his narrative talents to the King James Version of the New Testament. In over 19 hours enhanced with a complete musical score, James Earl Jones interprets the most enduring book of our time utilizing the acclaimed actor's superb storytelling and skilled characterizations. Hailed as the greatest spoken-word Bible version ever, and with almost half a million copies sold, this exquisite audio treasury is certain to enthuse and inspire.

    Robert says: "Background music"
    "Great disapointment ..."
    What disappointed you about James Earl Jones Reads The Bible?

    The musical background to this reading is such an irritable distraction that it is not possible to give the text the attention it is due.. it is infuriating. Other fiction and nonfiction down loads from Audible in my experience do not have this kind of an "enhancement" This "music" does not improve the performance or the subject matter one iota ... it unfortunately diminishes the listening pleasure ... very considerably!

    What did you like best about this story?

    There is nothing wrong with the story... it is, as they say, timeless and it is because of this quality and the reputation of the reader that I wanted to hear this particular version.

    What didn’t you like about James Earl Jones’s performance?

    There is nothing not to like about James Earl Jones performance. His is a wonderful voice... music all on its own, a real blessing and hence the addition of the background sound track is an aggravating distraction making it very difficult to pay attention to the subject matter.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There is nothing wrong with the book or the reader's performance.. the trouble lies with someone's idea of improving the book by including a distracting and totally unnecessary sound track.

    Any additional comments?

    Such background music as had to be endured and in this particular case is not an enhancement but a annoying distraction. I would whole heartily endorse a recording without the background "noise"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Havana Lunar

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert Arellano
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Inspired by 50 years of Cuban literary noir, from Cold Tales by Virgilio Piera to Reinaldo Arenas' Before Night Falls, Robert Arellano's Havana Lunar intertwines an insider testimony on the collapse of socialist Cuba with a psychological mystery.

    Janis says: "Gripping Dark Allegory"
    "Gripping Dark Allegory"
    What did you love best about Havana Lunar?

    Robert Allerano has the ability to spin a dark death and resurection allegory while lighting it up with the colour of daily life in Castro's Cuba, showing us our Hero's seedy and decaying socialist Havana and the rich colourful countryside of his family. On top of this he gives us a gripping murder mystery with an allegorical descent into hell - a kind of death and resurrection. For some this could all be quite a strong emotional roller coaster ride.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Allerano has the ability to write a well paced thriller... both on the emotional as well as the level of practical daily events, plot developments... he knows how to develop both levels at the same time... building up and introducing you to even more colour as he spins his story. You get drawn in as you listen. Hints of the superstitions of folk magic with their entrancing spells develop a psychological bind as well.

    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Mano Rodruigez, the young doctor cought up in this underworld manipulative intrigue is the book's central figure and hero... We experience and feel the story through him and our narator Jonathan Davis does a fine job by telling this story with great empathy. It is through the doctor's eyes and emotions that we experience everyday life in a seedy Havana as well as go back in time to the young doctor's past.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Perhaps some of the most intense moments of this novel are the literal, climactic descents into hell, into the fetid charnel house crypt in Havana's Colon cemetery, of Mano's girlfriend's initiation into the world of Havana's underworld teenage prostitution with its pimps and thugs. It is Mano's own devotion to his jintera girlfriend Julia which takes him directly into an excruciating death and resurection experience in this very same crypt.

    Any additional comments?

    All in all, a very welcome experience, both as an emotional thriller, murder mystery and trip to what is still for the most of us, an exotic part of the world.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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