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R. Barry

Dallas, TX USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Kelly Oxford
    • Narrated By Kelly Oxford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Kelly Oxford is a wunderkind producer of pirated stage productions for six-year-olds, not the queen of the world, an underage schnitzel-house dishwasher, the kid who stood up to a bully and almost passed out from the resulting adrenaline rush, a born salesman, capable of willing her eyesight to be 20/20, that girl who peed her pants in the gas station that one time, totally an expert on strep throat, incapable of making Leonardo DiCaprio her boyfriend, and a terrible liar.

    R. Barry says: "Great stories well told; author/narrator perfect!"
    "Great stories well told; author/narrator perfect!"
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    What about Kelly Oxford’s performance did you like?

    Oxford has a pleasing, engaged, clear voice that strikes an agreeable, conversational tone.


    Any additional comments?

    When you listen to her first story, “Queen of the World or Something,” you’ll know you’re going to be well treated by this wonderful storyteller. Oxford’s episodic recollections of her life from elementary school through motherhood read like rich, often messy, sometimes unflattering, and always honest experiences which she has been able to craft into glittering jewels. Yes, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments along the way. What most surprised me, though, is the sense of depth lurking just below the surface of the witty, engaging anecdotes. Oxford subtly invites the reader to learn – or share what she learned – from her remarkable experiences. Personal favorite: “My Zoo.” There are no duds.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Goodbye to a River

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By John Graves
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    In this classic from the Lone Star State, John Graves learns that the river he knew and loved as a youth, the Brazos in north-central Texas, is slated to be dammed at multiple points - and he understands that things will never be the same. Goodbye to a River is a poignant narrative of one man's journey by canoe down the river of his memories. Along the way, he describes the colorful Texas landscape and recounts its rich history.

    John S. says: "Perfect narration"
    "The book is a treasure; the narration, perfection"
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    Story

    Imagine that your most erudite AND most grounded friend has been driven by a profound need to make a special journey. On his return he explains the need which drove him and relates how the journey unfolded. Imagine that your friend is a little old-fashioned but understands the inevitability of change, that he has a sense of the direction in which the world is moving, and that he just happens to be the best storyteller you know. That's GOODBYE TO A RIVER.

    Then imagine that he has the kind of gentle, expressive speaking voice that you could listen to for hours on end.

    Then buy this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beasts of Tarzan

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    In the third in Burroughs' famous series, Tarzan becomes entangled with a new Russian enemy, and finds himself stranded on an isolated island while his wife and son have been kidnapped.

    R. Barry says: "Fast-paced adventure; narration fair"
    "Fast-paced adventure; narration fair"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is an exciting, fast-paced Tarzan story in which the ape-man must try to rescue Jane and their newborn son from the nefarious scheme of the evil Rokoff. The narrator has a clear, pleasing, expressive, reading voice but, by her several mispronunciations, seems unfamiliar with some common English vocabulary words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Game Ever: Colts vs. Giants, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    On December 28, 1958, the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts met under the lights of Yankee Stadium for that season's NFL Championship game. Football was still greatly over-shadowed by the country's favored pastime - baseball - but the 1958 championship proved to be the turning point for pro football.

    On the field and roaming the sidelines were 17 future Hall of Famers, including Colts stars Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, and Gino Marchetti, and Giants greats Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, and assistant coaches Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry.

    The Best Game Ever is a brilliant portrait of how a single game changed the history of American sports.

    David says: "What about the other team?"
    "Great story -- well told"
    Overall

    If this title sounds remotely interesting to you, you're gonna love the book. Bowden has a great story to tell and does a terrific job, with lots of background information that adds considerably to the experience. Just one complaint keeps me from giving the audiobook 5 stars: the narrator, who otherwise does a good job, mispronounces many of the key participants' names, over and over and over again! How hard would it have been to get them right -- one call to the NFL office? Hey, he did get Jim Brown and Tom Landry right, and if you're young enough you'll never know the difference. Still and all, Bowden has you right there with some of the game's greatest in a truly historic and dramatic game. This is a treat not to be missed by real football fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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