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Thomas Mailloux

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New Jersey, USA | Listener Since 2009

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  • Death of a Doxy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
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    (45)
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    (45)

    Blackmail is such an ugly word. But then again, so is murder. Unfortunately, both terms have been laid at the feet of one of Nero Wolfe's oldest acquaintances, a fellow P.I. with a knack for finding trouble, and stepping straight into it. He's been accused of murdering a kept woman, and now Nero's on the case.

    Michael says: "One of the best of a great series"
    "Solid entry in the Nero Wolfe series"
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    Would you listen to Death of a Doxy again? Why?

    Yes. It is a fine, complex puzzle with a satisfying resolution. Good strong characters, too, and some nicely evil ones.


    What other book might you compare Death of a Doxy to and why?

    Stout's Death of a Dude, for no good reason other than similarity of title.


    What about Michael Prichard???s performance did you like?

    After several of Pritchard's readings of the Wolfe books, I can't imagine anyone else reading them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The interaction between Wolfe and Jacquette, the night club singer is priceless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lords and Ladies: Discworld #14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (301)

    Thomas Mailloux says: "Witches vs. Elves"
    "Witches vs. Elves"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This is Terry Pratchett at his best, funny and wise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are too many to choose from. I'd have to say Nanny Ogg in this one, because of her laid-back and unashamed attitude to life, sex and food.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nanny Ogg in the restaurant making a shambles of the seductive dinner.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It took me 3 sittings, but yes, I would love to have done it in one go.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is filled with great individuals. All 3 witches. The Librarian. The Arch Chancellor. The Dean and his dried frog pills. Ponder Stibbins and his theories of quantum magic. Casanunda, the dwarf 2nd greatest lover in the world. (We try harder,)

    On top of this the story is exciting and compelling. There is so much packed into this book it's a wonder it doesn't explode.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dorsai!: Dorsai Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gordon R. Dickson
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (161)

    Throughout the Fourteen Worlds of humanity, no race is as feared and respected as the Dorsai. The ultimate warriors, they are known for their deadly rages, unbreakable honor, and fierce independence. No man rules the Dorsai, but their mastery of the art of war has made them the most valuable mercenaries in the known universe. Donal Graeme is Dorsai, taller and harder than any ordinary man. But he is different as well, with talents that maze even his fellow Dorsai. And once he ventures out into the stars, the future will never be the same....

    Mike Murphy says: "35 years ago I loved this. Now it seems very thin"
    "Hard S-F military adventure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Dorsai! to be better than the print version?

    No. Not worse, either. Both audio and print have strength and weaknesses. The main thing I miss with audio is being able to go back and check something I may have not paid enough attention to the first time through. Yes, you *can* go back, but not as easily aas leafing through pages.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Donal, of course. He is the hero. somewhat enigmatic and shallow, but this is sci-fi and we don't often get character development. :-)


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mercenaries across the universe!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book but not Dickson's best. He improved as a writer as his career progressed. But you need to read this book to fully undeerstand some of the later books in the Dorsai series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (394)

    A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.

    Thomas Nedreberg says: "Easy to get offended but what the hell..."
    "Sarcasm from a master"
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    What made the experience of listening to The New New Rules the most enjoyable?

    There is a lot of humor. Dark humor, often, but still funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    does not apply


    What about Bill Maher???s performance did you like?

    Bill read the rules as if he werre performing on his HBO show.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    2 sittings did it for me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've seen HBO's Real Time weekly comedy you are aleady familiar with Bill's New Rules. There is nothing new here but maybe you've forgotten or missed something. It is worth the time to listen.

    If you have not seen Real Time but are a fan of Maher you are in for a treat. Bill delivers exquisite timing in his social and political humor.There is often irreverant wisdom underneath the humor and you can learn from him.

    Worth the listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Interesting Times: Discworld #17

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (316)

    David says: "Great reading of a Pratchett classic!"
    "Rinccewind and Cohen in the Aurient."
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    If you could sum up Interesting Times in three words, what would they be?

    funny, exciting, interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Teacher, because he is so totally out of place with


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    May you live in Interesting Times!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Down and Out in Paris and London

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Orwell's own experiences inspire this semi-autobiographical novel about a man living in Paris in the early 1930s without a penny. The narrator's poverty brings him into contact with strange incidents and characters, which he manages to chronicle with great sensitivity and graphic power. The latter half of the book takes the English narrator to his home city, London, where the world of poverty is different in externals only.

    Darwin8u says: "The King of Boldness, Clearness, and Audacity"
    "Little known Orwell title is worth the listen."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    interesting sociological study of life amoong the poor in France and England.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Orwell. author and hero.


    Which character ??? as performed by Frederick Davidson ??? was your favorite?

    Orwell.


    If you could take any character from Down and Out in Paris and London out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Orwell. He is cultured and erudite, even in poverty.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly reccomend this book. It is dated, I am sure, as even poverty does not stand still. Even so, it is a remarkable first-hand study of life among the poor in France and England in the 1930s.

    Orwell describes his struggles in Paris, as his money runs out and pawn shops are his only resource. Later, he has jobs in restaurants, both posh and less so, and tells of his empployers abuse, disdain and, in some cases, outright robbery. He tells of drunken nights among the working poor, who have no other source of entertainment.

    The story moves to London, where an expected job is delayed a month. Orwell spends that month mostly as a tramp, among tramps, and discovers dignity, honor (I should say

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By William Fortier
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The Mysterious Stranger is Mark Twain’s final novel. It was worked on periodically from roughly 1890 up until 1910. The body of work is a serious social commentary by Twain addressing his ideas of the Moral Sense and the "damned human race". The story tells of the adventures of Satan, the sinless nephew of the biblical Satan, in an Austrian village in the Middle Ages. Classic storytelling. A very interesting side of Twain’s writings.

    Thomas Mailloux says: "Learn basic pronounciation before you perform"
    "Learn basic pronounciation before you perform"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book is a classic and worth the time, but the reader cannot pronounce basic words.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories?

    The thin line between good and evil, and how most evil is done by men, not devils.


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Fortier???s performances?

    No. He can't pronounce basic words. He should spend time with a good pronouncing dictionary before trying to read a book.


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

    My reaction was mostly pique at the reader, and trying to guess what word he *really* meant.


    Any additional comments?

    Any Twain is good, but I'd try a different reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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