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Caitriona

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  • Two for Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    This James Lee Burke novel, featuring Son Holland - the great-grandfather of Burke's Billy Bob Holland - as he flees a Louisiana prison camp with a Native American woman and a fellow prisoner in tow, is now available in audio.

    Tim says: "So Good... and a bonus! Clete is here!"
    "Wow"
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    Would you listen to Two for Texas again? Why?

    Yes - JLB always stands up to multiple readings. The plot, characters, narrative voice, humour, and depth of emotion in this story make it a very rewarding experience


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Two for Texas?

    Anytime Hugh is knocking around. Or Deaf. Will Patton's delivery is brilliant, particularly for these two characters.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Hugh or Deaf!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oftentimes both!


    Any additional comments?

    Nobody should ever be permitted to read James Lee Burke other than Will Patton. I'm addicted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1082)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Overrated and dull."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. Adding a plot would have been nice.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh. So what?


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Eli McCullough - Will Patton is the best. But even he couldn't save this for me.


    Could you see The Son being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No....Dullsville, Ohio.


    Any additional comments?

    I really didn't like this. The author was obviously attempting to write part paean, part elegy for The American Empire - its roots and decline, but it just ended up hitting you over the head with this in a rather unsubtle way. For instance - the Comanche Chief with Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as the stuffing for his shield.
    In the end I didn't care. The characters, with the exception of Peter, left me cold. There were no redeeming characteristics with which I could identify......

    The male narrators were great, especially Patton, of whom I am a big fan.

    I like her as an actress, but Mulgrew's voice really grates on the ears. I get that it suits Jeanne McCullough, but it is hard to listen to.

    This took me ages to get through because I really didn't look forward to putting it back on the player....that's not usual for me.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Train Dreams and Jesus' Son

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Here are two complete audiobooks by Denis Johnson, narrated by Will Patton. Listen to both Train Dreams and Jesus’ Son, as well as an excerpt from Denis Johnson’s National Book Award-winning Tree of Smoke.... In Train Dreams, Robert Grainer is a day laborer in the American West at the start of the 20th century—an ordinary man in extraordinary times. Buffeted by the loss of his family, Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world.

    A User says: "I Should Have Disliked These Stories"
    "Surprisingly Brilliant"
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    Would you listen to Train Dreams and Jesus' Son again? Why?

    Yes - certainly Train Dreams. The story affects you long after you stop listening. The writer has a very delicate touch, never descending to sentimentality or mawkishness.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Granier; a simple man's interaction with the world told with such dignity and pathos. Some scenes, like the fire, or the worlf girl, really affected me.


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

    I listen to a lot of Will Patton's work, mainly because I am addicted to his readings of James Lee Burke's novels. He is always brilliant. The cadence and tonality in his voice here is quite different to the JLB material. Granier's story is told with a breathy tenderness that I just loved. On foot of getting addicted to his readings of JLB's work, I have seen a lot of Patton's film work and he has extraordinary range and nuance, which clearly spills over to his readings.


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