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Kc

Nashville, TN, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 264 titles in library
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  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Gabriel Woolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress? Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters.

    Joseph R says: "A Book which keeps one guessing --- wrong"
    "pretend it's a live reading"
    Overall

    You would consider this an accomplished performance if you pretended you were listening to a live reading, hence overlooked occasional verbal fumbles, swallowing noises, paper shuffling, etc. One assumes they just set a microphone in front of the reader and let him go from start to finish; not the most professional of production values, especially when other versions with fully staged casts are available. Nevertheless, the reader does a good job evoking the Victorian literary voice and creating individual characters. But don't buy this version unless it has a significantly lowered sale price.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flying Colours

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    Hornblower becomes a national hero when he escapes a French firing squad. But the 'Terror of the Mediterranean' becomes Europe's most wanted man, forced to fight alone for England - and liberty.

    Jean says: "Flying Colours"
    "The best of the Hornblower books!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love all of the books, and Christian Rodska's performances are uniformly superb, but this is the most exciting book. If you're not working through the series (and you really should), then listen to this one if you listen to no other.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From Here to Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Jones
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: the Army is their heart and blood...and, possibly, their death.

    Peter says: "Less Would Have Been More"
    "Over-long book with pedestrian narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story of an army base on Oahu in the months preceding the Pearl Harbor attack is over-written but absorbing nevertheless, despite a so-so narration. The two-track plot follows the fortunes and love lives of a sergeant and a private. It effectively delineates the military and social attitudes and divisions of the time, including casual racism and antisemitism and an interesting dip into the homosexual demimonde in Honolulu. But It's a show-offy literary performance featuring NCO's debating dialectics, Shakespeare-quoting whores, and a zen master in the stockade. The author never used just one simile if he could think of five, and invented adverbs if actual ones weren't available. (This book would have driven Elmore Leonard mad.)

    The narration is well-paced, considering the heft of the book, but the reader 's accents and vocal characterizations of the cast are off base at best and annoying at times.

    I bought this in a special Audible sale/promotion of unabridged classics, and question whether it was really worth my time despite the special price.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Commodore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    The newly promoted Commodore returns to the scene of his first naval action - the Baltic. In a gripping adventure in the northern waters, Hornblower must use all his skill and experience to prevent a catastrophic war.

    KATHRYN says: "Missing last chapter"
    "Missing Last Chapter, as already noted by another"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love all of the Hornblower books, and this one had an accomplished performance. However, as noted by reviewer Kathryn below, the last chapter is missing. After I saw Kathryn's comment, I confirmed it by checking the printed book in the library. I don't understand why Audible doesn't correct or explain this. It's still worth listening to, but find a printed copy and spend an extra 5 minutes to finish the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lieutenant Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (196)

    The nineteenth century dawns and the Napoleonic Wars rage as Horatio Hornblower faces the fury of the French and Spanish fleets combined. Amidst the hissing of wet wads, the stifling heat of white-hot cannon shot and the clamour of a mutinous crew, new Lieutenant Hornblower will need all of his seafaring cunning to overcome his first challenge in independent command on the high seas.

    Jan says: "Great stuff if you like naval warfare under sail."
    "Worth Considering for Patrick O'Brian Fans"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you've exhausted Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series and miss tales of the British navy in the 18th-19th centuries, then the Hornblower books seem to be a worthy way to get your fix. The main character is appealing and the naval arcana is well-told, but this book lacked the sly social commentary that lace the O'Brian books. Nevertheless, it's a series I shall continue with. Excellent audiobook narration, with a variety of upper and lower class British accents delineating the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5762)
    Performance
    (5115)
    Story
    (5106)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "The story lives up to the narrator"
    Overall
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    I got this audio solely because the narration is by the incomparable Jim Dale. Happily, the quality of the story lives up to the quality of the narrator. Cleverly plotted, magical, and moving. A must for fans of "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" and Harry Potter. My favorite book (in any format) since "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle."

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1101)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (713)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "superb book, okay reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book itself deserves 5 stars along with the Pulitzer Prize that it won. I picked up a copy of the book and will be experiencing it again. The tangentially connected storylines set up themes that reverberate as the narrative unfolds. The different perspectives on the passage of time...the "goon" of the title...really live up to the Proust epigraph that begins the book. The vision of the near-future is particularly plausible and hilarious at the same time. The performance, though, was a little too deadpan for my tastes; there is so much droll and delicious writing that a more accomplished actor could have had a lot of fun with it, along with the listener. Hence, my one-star deduction for the audiobook experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1478)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "thrilling tale; superb reader"
    Overall

    This thrilling story will have you googling the author to try to find out how much of it is true and how much is fiction, as it shares many details of the author's biography. It's an engrossing picture of life in Bombay and on the sub-continent, from the bottom up. A few too many portentous pronouncements and embroidery-sample epigrams keep me from giving this the fifth star, but it wouldn't have gotten to four if it were not for the skill of the reader, who channels multiple accents with great facility, making each character vivid and unique. I'm going to look into his other narrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (782)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Excitement plus satire, with the perfect narrator"
    Overall

    I had long been curious about this series, and when I heard Patrick Tull's voice in the listening sample, I had to give it a try. (His parts of the multi-reader MOONSTONE by Wilkie Collins are easily the best.) It's terrific historical fiction (exciting sea battles, interesting background asides on the Napoleonic wars and British politics) peppered with very droll, amusing remarks and social commentary that makes the narrative voice as much a character as Aubrey and Maturin. Tull is the perfect reader for this material, and now I find a new addiction as there are 20+ books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (188)

    This is a darkly hilarious coming-of-age novel and a richly plotted suspense tale told through the distinctive voice of its heroine, Blue van Meer. After a childhood spent moving from one academic outpost to another with her father, Blue is clever and possessed of a vast lexicon of knowledge. But when a drowning and the shocking death of a teacher lead to a confluence of mysteries, Blue is left to make sense of it all with only her gimlet-eyed instincts and cultural references to guide - or misguide - her.

    Jeanie says: "Over 21 Hours of Bliss..."
    "Performance Turnoff"
    Overall

    The reader's performance was a big turnoff for me. I just couldn't get into the book, even after starting over a couple of times. I finally gave up and never finished it. The book got decent reviews so I may read it some day, but I can't recommend this audiobook performance.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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