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Lawrence

Cranberry Township, PA, USA

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  • The Egyptologist

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Phillips
    • Narrated By Gianfranco Negroponte, Simon Prebble, Gerard Doyle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Howard Carter has just made one of the great discoveries of all time, the unveiling of Tutankhamun's tomb. At the same time, Egyptologist Ralph Trilipush finds himself in a slightly less spectacular position. He has staked everything on a scrap of hieroglyphic pornography. Halfway around the world, an Australian detective sets off on a globetrotting quest to find a murderer. Or two. Or three. These events, seemingly unrelated, are about to collide in a spectacular yet utterly unpredictable fashion.

    Lea says: "I gave it another chance and WOW."
    "Second worst book I've ever listened to"
    Overall

    The concept of telling the story from different perspectives by providing only the correspondence and jounal entries of the characters is interesting but that is the only good thing I can say about the book and my pleasure with this novelty lasted about 10 minutes. All of the characters are annoying and you have to listen to them tell the story!!! It moves slow, and there is no historical education benefit. This is the first bad review I've ever written and the second worst book I've listened to in over 400 books on tape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (2044)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (737)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Goes OK until about 2/3 of the way through"
    Overall

    At the beginning of the book, there is a character that serves as the cowboy philosopher voice of the author but seems about as connected to the rest of the story as the rehashed sidebars in a poorly written news magazine article. For most of the book, I had gotten used to tuning out until the story resumed. Then about 2/3 of the way through the book, the action stops and the rest of the book is either this character's monologue or monologue disguised as dialog with some sage old acquaintence. It's almost as if the author couldn't figure out how to get his point accross with the story and gave up and started making the point directly. I woulnd't have minded so much if his point had been profound and relevant to my life AND it could be made in a few pages but neither of those were true. The only reason I stuck with it was that I was sure this long side bar was going to end and we'd hear some more about the main story line but that never happened. If the Audible, "We hope you have enjoyed..." had not come on, I wouldn't have been sure the story was over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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