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Jay Quintana

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  • The Life and Works of Chopin

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jeremy Siepmann
    • Narrated By Jeremy Siepmann
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    Frédéric Chopin is the pianist-composer par excellence. Here, his life - from his birth in Poland, his famous affair with the French writer George Sand, and his death at the age of 49 in Paris - is told with his music featuring prominently.

    Stephen says: "Excellent Through and Through"
    "4+ Hours of Enjoyment"
    Overall

    Entertaining, informative, excellent narration...a great introduction to Chopin. Listened to it twice in 1 week.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Roadside Crosses: A Kathryn Dance Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Michele Pawk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (130)

    The Monterey Peninsula is rocked when a killer begins to leave roadside crosses beside local highways -- not in memoriam, but as announcements of his intention to kill. And to kill in particularly horrific and efficient ways: using the personal details about the victims that they've carelessly posted in blogs and on social networking websites.

    B. Riddick says: "Okay....but not 20 hours and not Deaver's best"
    "Fast-paced, entertaining, but unsatisfying mystery"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure. It's an easy listen, but the resolution left me unsatisfied. Part of the fun of a mystery is being given the clues to solve it. This didn't happen here. Too much information is given after the fact -- a la Scooby Doo.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jeffery Deaver? Why or why not?

    Probably, but it will be dependent on good reviews.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The voices of the teenagers were a little too childish.


    Any additional comments?

    Frankly, the book could've used a rewrite to deal with structural problems. There were twists and turns but, as mentioned above, not enough clues dropped throughout the narrative to make the big reveal satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald: 45 Short Stories and Novels

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jay Wohlert
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald is a collection of 45 novels and short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's short stories have themes that not only relate to the problems and culture of the Jazz Age, but were also about the promises and despair encountered by the young, as well as aging. Love and relationships between two mismatched or unlikely characters, such as people who are unlikely to develop a spark of romantic interest between each other, is common.

    C says: "TERRIBLE PERFORMANCE!"
    "No one is exaggerating: the narration is awful."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald better?

    A better narrator and, assuming there was a director, a better director. The only way to listen to this is at 1.5 X speed. Worse than the blandness of the narrator's voice is his constant miss pronouncement of words and names. It is laughably and, at times, surreally bad.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since this contained two novels and many short stories, it's hard to say.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Quicker pace and correctly pronounced words and names. How hard was it to consult a dictionary?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The production reeks of amateur hour. You're constantly taken out of the stories because you're scratching your head as to how this got made.


    Any additional comments?

    Trust me, and the other reviewers, on the miss pronounced words and names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By William Froug
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Jay Quintana says: "Terrible Recording"
    "Terrible Recording"
    Overall

    A recording of a lecture on screenwriting, not comprehensive but not bad either. Covers all the basics. There is a MAJOR PROBLEM, however, the lecture is about 15% Q and A and while the lecturer's voice is clear, the questioners' voices aren't. At all. Not an enjoyable listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living Biographies of Great Composers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Henry Thomas, Dana Lee Thomas
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    To appreciate the beauty of great works of music, we must be familiar with the lives of the geniuses who composed them. For in the personalities and life-stories of great composers is the key to their masterpieces.

    Jay Quintana says: "Nice mini-biographies, but..."
    "Nice mini-biographies, but..."
    Overall

    No music. I was hoping the narration (which is okay, not great) would be broken up now and again with samples from the composers' works.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Works of Beethoven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jeremy Siepmann
    • Narrated By Jeremy Siepmann
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    For many people, Beethoven is the greatest composer who ever lived. In this portrait-in-sound, actors' readings combine with his music to reveal a titanic personality, vulnerable and belligerent, comic and tragic, and above all, heroic.

    Rand says: "beethoven's life and works"
    "Enjoyed every minute"
    Overall

    True, this doesn't give an indepth account of Beethoven's life, but the production's lively and entertaining--it reminds me of great radio. The Life and Works of Chopin is another great title.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Picasso: Creator and Destroyer

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington
    • Narrated By Natascha McElhone
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Discover the many sides of Pablo Picasso - a brilliant painter and sculptor, a sexual sadist, a loyal Communist, a seducer, a father, and, ultimately, a tragic figure. Audio portraits of him and other creative geniuses are collected in Lives of the Artists.

    Jay Quintana says: "Disappointing..."
    "Disappointing..."
    Overall

    Doesn't tell us anything about Picasso...aside from the fact he was a complete heel...terrible writing, dubious interpretations...it's amazing this was published.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • PCs for Dummies

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 30 mins)
    • By Dan Gookin
    • Narrated By Dan Gookin
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Jay Quintana says: "Very Basic"
    "Very Basic"
    Overall

    If you know absolutely nothing about computers, than this might be for you. Otherwise...

    The author/narrator explains basic hardware and software and suggests--if you want to learn more and get more out of your PC--that you find a computer guru friend (and have him/her do all the heavy lifting).

    One more thing...the author/narrator's humor is decidedly unhumorous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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