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David Field

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  • Lost on Planet China

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (176)

    When the travel bug bit, J. Maarten Troost took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. As Troost relates his gonzo adventure - dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead) - he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think.

    Dan says: "Funny but harsh with some underlying truth."
    ""What to Hate About China and Why""
    Overall

    I was really looking forward to the profound insights of a seasoned traveler with a sophisticated cultural palate. Halfway through the book, I was still hopeful. All I got was what to hate about China (pretty much everything) and why (it stinks, you can't breathe, Mao is still god, everything is fake, what isn't fake is being either destroyed or copied into obscurity, the people are rude and mean-spirited when they aren't inscrutable, and the culture is inexplicable - but the food is great if you like eating poisonous invertebrates, western pets, genital organs, and raw meat).

    And some of the insights _not_ offered up were amazing. How could you wander innocently into a gay bar and order a drink without recognizing the place for what it was (whimsically punching in the only floor number that was unlabelled in the elevator might at least have been a reason to be wary)? Or worse, what American male, having just checked into a seedy motel in the middle of the night, could honestly say that he doesn't know what the girl on the other end of the line is offering when she says, "Ma'sah'gee"? And what about the young man who assaulted him by the ATM, screaming at him and repeatedly slapping the back of his head - why tell me about the incident without offering any sort of interpretation, however naive or biased?

    A co-worker was born in China, and while she admits she would not want to raise her children there, she did appreciate the view from Tai Shan (Mr. Troost claims one cannot see more than 10 feet in any one direction through the smog). Nobody she knows thinks highly of Mao and his likeness is not everywhere.

    I give it one star for the deliciously sarcastic wit, which carried me through the first couple chapters before it got old, and after that it was
    downright irritating.

    Audible, can I get a credit refunded? I will happily delete the files and forget I ever heard of the book.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Interview with the Narrators

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Narrated By Laura Wilson
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    Narrators Kate Reading and Michael Kramer have read the audio edition for every book in Robert's Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series. In this interview with Macmillan Audio Director of Production Laura Wilson, they talk about their work on The Gathering Storm, the latest installment of the series, co-written by Mistborn author Brandon Sanderson.

    Everend says: "Wonderful - (but incomplete)"
    "what a delight to get to know the narrators"
    Overall

    I had no idea the narrators of these stories were married, and the knowledge brings a whole new dimension to the interplay between the female and male voices in the books. I also loved getting to know them a little bit better, and hearing about some of the challenges of reading these stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Man Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    My Man Jeeves, first published in 1919, introduced the world to affable, indolent Bertie Wooster and his precise, capable valet, Jeeves. Some of the finest examples of humorous writing found in English literature are woven around the relationship between these two men of very different classes and temperaments. Where Bertie is impetuous and feeble, Jeeves is coolheaded and poised.

    Ken says: "Jeeves and Pepper"
    "Best Narrator, but wish I'd known it was reprinted"
    Overall

    I have always loved Jeeves stories, and when I got this collection among my first Audible purchases, it quickly became my fallback whenever I had finished a heavier book and wanted something light to fill in before picking up another. I think I've listened to it at least a couple dozen times now, and I still enjoy it. Sure, I've got the stories practically memorized, and the plots will never surprise me, but they're still worth a chuckle. I only wish I had known that all the Jeeves stories in this book were reprinted in Carry On, Jeeves before I bought that one as well. If buying the books in print, I would rather have had the full Jeeves collection in Carry On, Jeeves, minus the Reggie Pepper stories in My Man Jeeves, which I've never found quite as entertaining.
    For that reason, I'd give it two stars if not for Simon Prebble's narration. I think he makes a far better Jeeves than any other I've heard so far, and his renderings of some of the elderly relatives in the stories make it worth listening to some of them twice in a row just to hear a specific passage again. The one that comes to mind most is the uncle's shock and outrage upon seeing the portrait for the first time in the Hard-Boiled Egg. Definitely recommended. If only Prebble had narrated the other Jeeves books on Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Ragged-Ass Gulch

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Bill Pronzini
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (757)

    Ravaged by time and abandoned by the people who once flocked there in search of golden nuggets, Ragged-Ass Gulch is a ghost town. What’s left is a small, proud, and close pack of people who aren’t looking for change. But change seems to be afoot as several mysterious fires plague the town. That’s where the Nameless Detective comes in….

    Geraldine M. Guerin says: "Character study"
    "glad it was free, want my 90 minutes back"
    Overall

    This read like a Hardy Boys story. I kept expecting some plot twist to save it, but none ever came. The girl showed some promise in the beginning as a wildcard, like maybe she would show up her husband in his own line of work, but no such luck. She ended up being only marginally helpful. Everything was completely predictable. The detective's reasoning was nothing special, and every other character behaved exactly as you'd expect from the first impression.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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