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David

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  • 6 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 134 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6565)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1904)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "A beautiful story but narration ruined it for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Khaled Hosseini and/or Khaled Hosseini?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another book from Khaled Hosseini? Why or why not?

    no. Khaled is a wonderful author. He is not a narrator. The performance ruined the book for me.


    What didn’t you like about Khaled Hosseini’s performance?

    The reading was bland, sterile, boring. Having listed to many books read by serious actors, I was stunned at the abysmal performance presented by Khaled Hosseini. I found it totally uninteresting and without passion - I could barely finish listening.


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

    It is a beautiful story. I wish now I had read it instead of listening to the Audible version.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Many Lives, Many Masters: The True Story of a Psychiatrist, His Young Patient, and Past-Life Therapy

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Brian L. Weiss
    • Narrated By Brian L. Weiss
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (245)

    Dr. Brian Weiss is a highly respected psychiatrist from the mainstream of the medical establishment. Catherine is one of his most difficult cases, a 27-year-old woman racked by phobias and anxieties. In the course of Catherine's treatment, Dr. Weiss makes a startling discovery. Under hypnosis, she recollects, in vivid detail, events from past lives ranging from the prehistoric times and ancient Egypt to the 20th century and the fires of World War II.

    Rebecca Reed says: "Many Lives, Many Masters"
    "Abridged Version is weak"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Brian L. Weiss and/or Brian L. Weiss?

    No. So many authors insist on reading their own books and destroy all potential - it's unfortunate.


    Has Many Lives, Many Masters turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What didn’t you like about Brian L. Weiss’s performance?

    It was amateurish - weak.


    What character would you cut from Many Lives, Many Masters?

    Brian Weiss'


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the book and loved it. My intent on listening to the audio version was to refresh my memory. Unfortunately, it is so radically abridged that I found it not worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5601)
    Performance
    (3550)
    Story
    (3558)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Enzo - I love you."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A beautiful, heartfelt, masterful work with magnificent narration. Sometimes it benefits us to view ourselves from another vantage point. Enzo is a particularly astute observer and views reality from an entirely logical place, that is, if you happen to be canine and born without opposing digits or a tongue that can form words. If he has a fault, it is that his kind, gentle spirit does not allow him to imagine that there are those among us who do not share his inner beauty and wisdom. But he shares it with us and we are so much richer for it. A must read for so many reasons. I do love you, Enzo :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (379)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "Burke/Patton - in Perfect Harmony"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors. I love his poetic, masterful command of the language, his ability to define nuances in every scene and character that he paints. Until very recently, I have read many Burke novels but decided to embellish my drive time with Audible books - and I SO love the experience. It hadn't occurred to me that a Burke novel could be improved upon - reading his work creates a visual masterpiece in one's mind. But listening to Will Patton narrate a Burke novel is even more thrilling if that is possible. Patton is a genius actor, in my opinion, and that fact is exemplified in this novel where characters and scenes spring to life with his well polished craft. Burke/Patton excel in this marvelous novel with the combined creative forces presented here. 5 stars for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    Return to James Lee Burke's "timeless, parallel universe" with detective Dave Robicheaux, as he investigates the murders of two women, tries to prove one man's innocence, and faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."

    JD. says: "Sorry I was wrong"
    "To each his own but I'll just read this one."
    Overall

    It is interesting to me to see the range of opinions expressed regarding the narrators of James Lee Burke's books. Maybe it is just what you get used to, I'm not sure. I first read James Lee Burke years ago when a college professor recommended him to a friend of mine, so I had an idea of who the characters "were" - especially Clete Purcell, a hinge pin in so many of Burke's novels. My first listen was with Will Patton's version and I found all his characters believable and entirely identifiable, always knowing who was talking at any given moment. Clete was uniquely who I imagined him to be: a gruff and gutsy character with a strong presence. To me, Mark Hammer is always struggling with his characters, weak on his southern accents, his black southern characterizations but weakest of all with Clete Purcell. It is distracting to me to listen to this narrator. I will just Kindle this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4531)
    Performance
    (2007)
    Story
    (1997)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "I wanted to enjoy it - I really did."
    Overall

    I loved the concept of this audiobook but, in reality, I just couldn't listen to it. The actor, reading as a child in an attempt to convey child innocence, created (for me) a boring, monotonous and grating delivery. Maybe I could read this in print but listening is just not an option.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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