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Jay Quintana

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  • 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
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1701)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1477)

    Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

    Ted says: "Dark, Cold, and Danish"
    "Intriguing characters, good story, overly long..."
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    What did you love best about The Keeper of Lost Causes?

    The protagonist Carl.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery. It's good one, though it feels like the novel could be cut by a third and not lose anything essential.


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    The accents he uses when speaking dialogue! Why? It calls attention to itself and takes one out of the story. Had he spoken the dialogue with the same voice he does the narration, I would've given him 5 stars for his performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this to the extent that I want to listen to the next book in the series. But, please, for the love of all that is holy, enough with the accents!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road to Wigan Pier

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    When Orwell went to England in the 30's to find out how industrial workers lived, he not only observed but shared in their experiences. He stayed in cramped, dreary lodgings and subsisted on the scant, cheerless diet of the poor. He went down into the coal mines and walked crouching, as the miners did, through a one- to three-mile passage too low to stand up in. He watched the back-breaking, dangerous labor of men whose net pay then averaged $575 a year.

    Marianna says: "Annoying Narrator"
    "Nice sketches of people and places."
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    What did you love best about The Road to Wigan Pier?

    Orwell paints vivid portraits of people and place. Got claustrophobic listening to him write about visiting a mine.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Road to Wigan Pier?

    The aforementioned visit to the mine.


    What does Frederick Davidson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought he did a serviceable job.


    Any additional comments?

    The problem I had with the book is half of it, it seems, is devoted to Orwell's thoughts on government. Frankly, it wasn't interesting at all. This book needed more people, less ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Syndrome E

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Franck Thilliez, Mark Polizzotti (translator)
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    The classic police procedural meets cutting-edge science in this huge international best seller. Already a runaway bestseller in France, Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Henebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare—and violent—film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it—especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead.

    Just Jen says: "Unique and entertaining, an absolute must."
    "Always interesting, but uneven. Worth a listen."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they are into mysteries, yes. Not sure if the plot made sense at times and it was hard to see how everything connected in the end, but it is a unique plot.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It had a lot of twists and turns and I wanted to see how the different plot strands tied together at the conclusion. Alas, for me, it wasn't done to my complete satisfaction.


    What does Gildart Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Can't really think what he did do, but I know what he didn't do: he didn't take me out of the story. In other words, I never really thought about the narrator as I was listening, which is a good thing. Too many times, with other narrators, I find myself annoyed at a voice they adopt for a character or a too dramatic tone they take when describing something.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salvation of a Saint

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (translator)
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Yoshitaka, who was about to leave his marriage and his wife, is poisoned by arsenic-laced coffee and dies. His wife, Ayane, is the logical suspect - except that she was hundreds of miles away when he was murdered. The lead detective, Tokyo Police Detective Kusanagi, is immediately smitten with her and refuses to believe that she could have had anything to do with the crime. His assistant, Kaoru Utsumi, however, is convinced Ayane is guilty. While Utsumi’s instincts tell her one thing, the facts of the case are another matter.

    Patricia says: "Appealing but not Compelling"
    "Very Good Mystery, Kept Me Hooked"
    Overall
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salvation of a Saint?

    The introduction of the female detective. Thought she added a lot.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    He just did a good, solid job. Too many times a reader's performance takes away from the narrative. Pittu's performance blends in smoothly.


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

    I enjoyed the investigative process.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the first book in the series was good. But the mystery in that story wasn't as compelling as the mystery is here. Whatever the audio equivalent of a pager turner is, this is it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1429)
    Performance
    (1326)
    Story
    (1337)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Honestly, it doesn't get any better than this."
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    Lee's words and Spacek's narration completely transport you into the world of the story. I can only say ditto to all the praise from the other reviewers. There's nothing more for me to add, except this, do yourself a favor and get this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Bruce Locke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (230)

    The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

    Pamela J says: "We're all victims of our youth"
    "Good story RUINED by horrible dialogue reading"
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    What would have made Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage better?

    The narrator should have read the dialogue with the same voice he read the exposition. As it is, this is a horrible recording. I'm returning it. I have all the other Murakami audiobooks and they are great listening experiences. For some bizarre reason, someone thought it was a good idea to have the dialogue spoken in an accent that I guess was supposed to be Japanese, and yet sounded like no one I've ever heard in my 47 years on earth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tsukuru was interesting, except when we had to listen to his dialogue.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bruce Locke’s performances?

    If he doesn't try an accent, I suppose so, but otherwise, not a chance.


    Any additional comments?

    You endure the dialogue rather than enjoy it. Frankly, having the narrator speak in this dialect is one of the stupidest decisions in audiobooks history. The story might in fact be better than 4 stars, but, due to how terrible this listening experience was, there's no way I can give it a 5.

    19 of 24 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
    (408)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (144)

    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"
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    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
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    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.

    John says: "Can't finish with this reader"
    "No one is exaggerating: the narration is awful."
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    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.

    1 of 1 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.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful

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