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dugbuddy

Kansas City, Mo | Member Since 2011

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  • Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Bayles, Ted Orland
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. This is a book about what it feels like to sit in your studio or classroom, at your wheel or keyboard, easel or camera, trying to do the work you need to do. It is about committing your future to your own hands, placing free will above predestination, choice above chance. It is about finding your own work.

    Inga Ladd says: "Amazing!"
    "a wonderful and necessary read for artists"
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    If you could sum up Art & Fear in three words, what would they be?

    encouraging, enlightening, reaffirming.


    What did you like best about this story?

    encouragement in a language that creatives all speak, musicians, visual artists, dancers, culinary artists, sculptors, it speaks to all of us in our language. It provides a path out of frustration and the option of quitting the creative process.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    Solid and soothing.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6007)
    Performance
    (5570)
    Story
    (5588)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "I really expected a lot more from this book"
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    What do you think your next listen will be?

    H.P. Lovecraft read by Wayne June


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Odd character voices that appeared to be characatures rather than characters.


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

    it had moments where references to other books or characters might lead to something far more grand, but never developed. It could have been grand... it should have been grand.


    Any additional comments?

    Alcohol appears to be the main villain in this book. it certainly puts up more of a fight than any of the other antagonists. I was so looking forward to a grand adventure and thrill ride... instead, I got a temperance lecture. whee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2957)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (193)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "please, no more french accents."
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Michael?

    I would have preferred a female narrator for the female characters. Paul is very good, but when the french accents came in, It was Monty Python and the Holy Grail all over again.... "I'm FRENCH you see-ly King'ga! Why Do you think I have this OUT--RRAG--GEOUS Accent!?!"


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, laughter, then frustration that I purchased something that I can not return.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tarzan of the Apes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By David Ian Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Why has this classic been so popular over the years with its presence in films, books, radio, and television? It is the mythology of the primordial steps of man's advancement. David Ian Davies has achieved great success in capturing each character with their own unique sound.

    Benedict says: "I did not know that!"
    "It was fun."
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    If you could sum up Tarzan of the Apes in three words, what would they be?

    bygone age adventure


    What did you like best about this story?

    it moves quickly


    What does David Ian Davies bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings a depth and bridge of personal closeness between an older text to a younger listener. He makes this probably more fun than it might be just to read.


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to additional Burroughs books if the same narrator was providing the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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