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P. Wade Thompson

Hollywood, MD | Member Since 2004

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  • 339 ratings
  • 505 titles in library
  • 32 purchased in 2014
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  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (655)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "A Great Listen"
    Overall

    I've loved the Hitchcock film of Rebecca for years and have finally gotten around to listening to the audio book. Anna Massey does a wonderful job, as the other reviewer said, of bringing each character to life. The way I described it to my sister was that her voice for Mrs. Van Hopper made me want to reach out and slap the woman - the voice was perfect. The book made me appreciate the movie more and I must watch it again.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (322)

    Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade is hired to locate a client's sister by tailing the sister's companion. Spade's partner Miles Archer takes on the assignment, and quickly both Archer and the man he was shadowing are murdered. As Spade pursues the mystery of his partner's death, he is drawn into a circle of colorful characters, and they are all after a legendary statuette of a falcon that had long ago been made for King Charles of Spain. Encrusted with jewels, it is worth a fortune.

    Jim says: "A little overacted"
    "Interesting Story ruined by the narrator"
    Overall

    I gave up listening to this one a couple of hours into it because I could not stand hearing the fake-unbelievable-falsetto voice the narrator used for all the female characters for one more minute. His voices for the male characters and general narration were good (and the reason for the second star), but his women were absurd. That and the "end of disc one...beginning of disc two" made this a wasted credit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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