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William

Burbank, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Tom Baker Reads 'A Christmas Carol'

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tom Baker
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Charles Dickens' story of solitary miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is taught the true meaning of Christmas by the three ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, has become one of the timeless classics of English literature. First published in 1843, it introduces us not only to Scrooge himself but also to the memorable characters of underpaid desk clerk Bob Cratchit and his poor family, the poorest amongst whom is the ailing and crippled Tiny Tim.

    Sarah Hadley says: "Tom Baker Brings New Life to Old Xmas Chestnut"
    "A Holiday Treat"
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    This is a wonderful reading of the Dickens classic. Tom Baker's distinctive voice brings out the warmth and humor of the book.

    If you are a fan of Tom Baker, this is a must buy. If you're not a fan, take a chance on this audio book and you will be by the time you finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Steven Sherrill
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (797)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (749)

    Five thousand years out of the Labyrinth, the Minotaur finds himself in the American South, living in a trailer park and working as a line cook at a steakhouse. No longer a devourer of human flesh, the Minotaur is a socially inept, lonely creature with very human needs. But over a two-week period, as his life dissolves into chaos, this broken and alienated immortal awakens to the possibility for happiness and to the capacity for love.

    Cathy says: "Full of surprises, delightfully unexpected"
    "Excellent Contemporary Fantasy Novel"
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    I bought the book because I was intrigued by the title. It didn't fulfill any of my preconceived notions (like retelling the Minotaur myth from his perspective). I'm not complaining.

    Instead it's the story of an immortal living a pretty ordinary life in the United States. Most people accept him as part of their world even though he is a minotaur.

    Neil Gaiman mentions in his introduction that author Steven Sherrill suggested Holter Graham as the narrator. This is the first time I've listened to a book narrated by Graham and his work is excellent. He brings the characters and text to life.

    The book is rich on it's own but this is an example of what a great performer can add to a work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Scanner Darkly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Paul Giamatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (277)

    Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

    Lew says: "Brillant Novel, Read to Perfection!"
    "Giamatti Reads PDK!"
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    If the idea of Paul Giamatti reading Philip K Dick sounds exciting to you, buy this audio book. You won't be disappointed.

    Giamatti brings to life the mundane beauty and everyday struggles of the characters in the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow on the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Southwest Arizona, a century ago: an uneasy truce exists between the remote frontier community of Picture City and the neighboring Apaches. That delicate peace is shredded when the bodies of two white men are found hideously mutilated. The angry townspeople are certain the “savages” have broken the treaty, but Billjohn Finley, the local Indian agent, fears that darker, more unholy forces may be at work. There’s a tall, dark stranger in town, who rode in wearing the dead men’s clothes. A stranger who may not be entirely human.

    David says: "This Horror/Western is classic Matheson"
    "Matheson Western Horror Novel"
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    If you're a Richard Matheson fan, this book is well worth your time. It's an excellent blend of two of his favorite genres.

    The reader does a terrific job presenting the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2231)
    Performance
    (1779)
    Story
    (1778)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Ronson books should be read by Ronson"
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    My first introduction to Joh Ronson was an excerpt from this book on This American Life, which I found intriguing. The book has many more surprises.

    Ronson is one of those authors who has a distinct speaking voice and it adds another layer to his work to hear him read it. I wish he would record some of his previous books.

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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