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James

Hoholulu, HI USA | Listener Since 2008

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  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1136)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Excellent, Historical, and Spellbinding"
    Overall

    The opening lines and narration had me feeling at first that I might have errored in this purchase -- a hokey factor? -- but that was not the case. But, I was completely wrong -- it is for me that the beginning/intro simply captures youth naivete. The story is excellent! It is spellbinding and moves through a long period of WWII in a superb manner tying story elements, personalities, and personal development together. Many parallel themes are linked. Many interesting personalities illuminate the times of WWII. A very long book -- and the narration kept my attention fully, always anxious to hear the next part. Brilliant is perhaps the best way to describe this book with its rare glimps as many culture and many life and cultural themes. Outstanding! The narrator also shows incredible command of the different participants voices. The Japanese are not pitched in a good light, but it is story and history explained, some lessons there -- such may offend some, but half a century later the J. culture is different. The current Japanese culture and people are still at the top of my favorites. Talent everywhere in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (889)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "Another Great Robicheaux Novel"
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    What did you love best about Light of the World?

    Narration, excellent discriptive prose, story, characters, management of suspense. Always holds attention. As usual, this narrator is excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Light of the World?

    Hart to say. All good.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. All Will Patton's performance have been excellent on the Dave Robicheaux novels.


    Any additional comments?

    Reissue some of the early novels narrated by other than Patton -- and reissue with Patton as narrator. You will sell a lot of the old novels. The narrator makes a huge, huge difference.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5596)
    Performance
    (5089)
    Story
    (5100)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "A Bit Slow for Me"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I found this novel to be well written but slow in unfolding. Perhaps a bit too heavy on diaglog. In comparison to, e.g., the Robicheaux novels, the Cuckoo's Calling does not measure up in my opinion.

    Lacks poetic language in descriptive features, for me.

    Just my opinion. Might be that detective fanatics will feel different.

    Good character in the lead (detective).


    Has The Cuckoo's Calling turned you off from other books in this genre?

    By same author, yes.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narrator is very good.


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

    Good lead character, I believe.


    Any additional comments?

    Dissapointed. Did not keep me so involved I could not stop the audio whenever I had something else to do. Great books blunt any intent to manage the time and are impossible to stop reading or listening to. Again, Robicheaux novels fit the latter sentence description while the current book (Cuckoo) does not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (576)

    Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.

    Deborah says: "How Does One Manage?"
    "Excellent Story and Paton's Reading iis Superb"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Patton really makes Burke's books sing. His inflections, delivery and ability to audibly capture the author's descriptive nuances and characteristics of the personalities through audible representations is genius. Patton is Burke's gift from god. The story is of course up to Burke's great abilities as a story teller with lifesized characters and beautifully descriptive prose. Burke and Patton are joined at the art.

    Patton's readings of all Burke's novels completes the author's art. Those reading of Burke's stories by other readers just do not have the same great rendering of the story nor especially the characters and environmental descriptions. I now only purchase Burke's novels with Patton's readings. Patton's timing, accent, expressiveness and ability to transfer written nuances in to speech is awesome. I have all of Burke's novels read by Patton and a couple by others read by others, the latter of which I just turn off after 15 minutes. With Patton's reaadings, I just can not stop listening to Burke's stories until they finish, and then I always wish there were more to go.

    If it is a Burke novel and a Patton readking, that is the deal of the century in my opinion. If you like mystery novels with characters etched in life and themes which hold that attention. this team is for you..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1115)
    Story
    (1116)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "Incredibly well done."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Incredible story unfolded in a sophisticated mannner. The speaker is superb. Requires undistracted listening. Reflects on various aspects of the human condition. The parallel them with the movie Apocalypse now is obvious. A great movie. A great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord Jim

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    From his many years on the high seas as a mariner, mate, and captain, Joseph Conrad created unique works, including Heart of Darkness, that have left an indelible mark on world literature. First published in 1899, his haunting novel Lord Jim is both a riveting sea adventure and a fascinating portrait of a unique outcast from civilization.

    brandon says: "A Bit of Beauty, A lot of Gibberish"
    "Could not get into this novel."
    Overall
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    Tried to listen to while traveling a long trip. Both my son and I found the early parts of the book seemingly discombobulated and turrned book off. Concievably we did not have a situation foor sufficient focus as the early parts of the book has multiple features linked to establish the story. I know the film -- that was great but seemed much more focused than the book. Conrad is a genius and likely the listener needs a quiet environment to focus on the story's linkages. My guess is that all gets well tied together in a sophisticated way by the stories end. The movied was powerful. Likely the book is also if finished.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderhead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1341)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (710)

    Nora Kelly, a young archaeologist in Santa Fe, receives a letter written 16 years ago, yet mysteriously mailed only recently. In it her father, long believed dead, hints at a fantastic discovery that will make him famous and rich - the lost city of an ancient civilization that suddenly vanished a thousand years ago. Now Nora is leading an expedition into a harsh, remote corner of Utah's canyon country, but what she unearths will be the newest of horrors.

    Leesa Scott-morrow says: "Brain Candy"
    "Not the best narrator for this story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting story. However, the narrator has a whiny sing-song voice which is not appropriate for this type of mystery tail. The narration voice is a major negative for this audible book, in my opinion.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Informationist: A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Taylor Stevens
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (735)

    Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

    Denise says: "UGH!!!"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    In my opinion: Badly written and poorly expressed audibly, This novel is to be avoided. I have experience may well read and interesting books on audible.com but this is not one of those.

    28 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4914)
    Performance
    (1622)
    Story
    (1611)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Reader"
    Overall

    Excellently written. Well defined characters. Well developed plot.

    I was unaware of what a good write this man is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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