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Happy

Woodstock, NY, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 7 reviews
  • 28 ratings
  • 398 titles in library
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  • Christine Falls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (254)

    It's not the dead that seem strange to Quirke. It's the living. One night, after a few drinks at an office party, Quirke shuffles down into the morgue where he works and finds his brother-in-law, Malachy, altering a file he has no business even reading. Odd enough in itself to find Malachy there, but the next morning, when the haze has lifted, it looks an awful lot like his brother-in-law, the esteemed doctor, was in fact tampering with a corpse, and concealing the cause of death.

    Vivienne says: "Engaging debut."
    "A literary tour de force"
    Overall

    I have listened to dozens of books in the past few years, and "Christine Falls" ranks high on my list of the best of them. It is well plotted, with breathtaking descriptions and rich atmosphere, and the reader, Timothy Dalton, is superb. I was engrossed from its dark, moody beginning to its surprising and twisted ending. I love mysteries that combine a strong story line with good characters and a smart, literary sensibility - Le Carre is one of my favorite writers - and this book didn't disappoint me in any way. I highly recommend it.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Just Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patti Smith
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (559)

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

    Rick says: "Exceptional. Deeply honest and thoughtful."
    "Elegantly written, simply and beautifully read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was one of the most touching and emotionally gripping memoirs I've heard on recorded books. It relates the journey of two sensitive, intelligent, artistic kids, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, from self-imposed bohemian poverty to the heights of artistic achievement and fame. Throughout, the two maintained an abiding friendship and a deep love for one another.Their mutual trust and support through hardship, illness, shifting sexual preferences, friends and fashions, is an inspiration and a deeply compelling "read."

    Patti Smith captures the New York musical, literary and artistic scenes of the late '60s and '70s with intimate, atmospheric detail. I loved hearing stories about Ginsberg, Burroughs, Corso, Dylan, Warhol, Sam Shepard and other denizens of the Village, the Lower East Side and the Chelsea Hotel, told by someone who was at once a wide-eyed observer and a mover and shaker in her own right. This is an engrossing and moving book, read with touching simplicity in Patti's heavy South Jersey accent. Above all, it is a love story about two odd, striving kids who achieved great fame and fortune. Sadly, this book is primarily an homage to Robert, who died of aids in 1989. He had lots more art to make and lost many years of a possibly fulfilled and a happy life.

    Anyone interested in art or music in particular, and the NY bohemian, beat, glam, gay and transgener worlds in particular, that existed with the scene, will be fascinated. This book and its protagonists are fascinating and, if you don't fall in love with them, you might at least come away with respect and admiration for how they invented their lives and outsized personalities. The author, though, stay focused and tells the story so intimately that you feel you know her and are hearing the book over a cup of hot tea in a NYC apartment during those days of thrilling discoveries, brilliant artworks, and a restless, new freedom of behavior that, in some, ending tragically.

    This is a book to read, listen to, and cherish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Swan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Benjamin Black
    • Narrated By Timothy Dalton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (67)

    Two years have passed since the events of the best-selling Christine Falls, and much has changed for Quirke, the irascible, formerly hard-drinking Dublin pathologist. His beloved Sarah is dead, the judge lies in a convent hospital paralyzed by a devastating stroke, and Phoebe, Quirke's long-denied daughter, has grown increasingly withdrawn and isolated.

    David says: "A great sequel!"
    "Utterly compelling and brilliantly read"
    Overall

    The richness of Benjamin Black's prose coupled with the emotive reading by Timothy Dalton made for an absolutely compelling listen. This is the kind of literary mystery book I love, laden with atmosphere and filled with arresting descriptions and deeply-drawn characters. I actually re-listened to many parts of this book just to hear the brilliant turns of phrase that Mr. Black has conjured from a seemingly deep well of creativity.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Jolie Blon's Bounce

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (147)

    Return to James Lee Burke's "timeless, parallel universe" with detective Dave Robicheaux, as he investigates the murders of two women, tries to prove one man's innocence, and faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."

    JD. says: "Sorry I was wrong"
    "Mark Hammer is amazing"
    Overall

    I am surprised and disappointed by some of the comments about Mark Hammer's narration. I've now read (er... listened to) all the Dave Robicheaux books that have been narrated by Hammer. He so captures the feel of Southwest Louisiana, with its various accents, subtle innuendo and unusual characters, that I have found it almost impossible to continue listening to other JLB books. I know that Will Patton is a fine actor, but Hammer has gotten into my skin in a way that's rare in my experience, and I am a little grieved that there isn't more by him to look forward to. I certainly hope to hear more from him in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "An amazing, thought-provoking book"
    Overall

    Every word of this book is impeccably written, nuanced and insightful about things specifially personal to its characters as well as to society in general. McEwan displays a deep knowledge of politics, music, literature, medicine, sports and more, and he described them with often biting, sometimes hilarious accuracy. This journey through a day in the life of a middle-class London brain surgeon and his family is fascinating throughout. Although not the action-packed thriller some readers here seem to want, there are a few hair-raisingly tense moments where the air of impending violence was palpable. The reader had just the right tone of British sophistication and wry humor to keep me listening with great pleasure. I was sorry to hear it end, and highly recommend this book - contrary to the reviews of other readers on this page. Try it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2267)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (531)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Hilarious... with a point"
    Overall

    As usual, Hiaasen's over-the-top characters are hilarious, but there's always an underlying morality at work having to do with greed, avarice and the rape of our environment. None of this detracts from the fun, though. A couple of times I laughed so hard I almost went off the road. Definitely worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2935)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (168)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Bad accent"
    Overall

    I'm in the middle of this right now so I can't give a totally educated opinion. However, a couple of times I laughed out loud because some of the characters sounded like Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouzot. I reserve further judgment until I find out how the plot develops. I can only hope it's as good as The Pink Panther!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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