Morrissey turned me on to this author and what a find. This 'talking heads' series is brilliant and very well suited to the audio experience. Another reason to congratulate Audible on their link-up with the BBC.
John Sandford is just about the best crime/thriller writer I've read. And Richard Ferrone, as a narrator, brings the 'Prey' series of books to life like no other narrator can.
A great audiobook experience. Better than reading the book. Better than watching a movie.
Now lets have more of the series made available on Audible!
Nick Mason does a fine job as reader and gives a good general overview of the band's history from the early Syd days up to the Live 8 reunion.
However, there's little new insight into the band members, their relationships, and, particularly, how the music was written and recorded.
In fairness, the book is abridged and maybe that's why it seems a bit unrevealing. Plus Mason is a drummer and had less to do with song construction than the other three.
I don't see the logic is abridging a book like this. The only buyers are going to be Pink Floyd fans. And fans like this are going to want as much material as possible. With digital downloads, there's no logic in abridging a book like this; not like five years ago when it would have been sold on cassette.
Worth a listen if you're a Floyd fan. Though I would look forward to the day when/if Roger Waters wrote a comprehensive autobiography.
This novel is based on the author's time working for the New Musical Express in London in the mid-to-late seventies. This weekly music paper was full of great writers and at the forefront of punk/new wave revolution.
As someone who grew up with the 'NME' as my 'bible', I really looked forward to this listen. However, whilst it does capture the music scene of the time, the characters and story don't really come to life and Parsons would have been better off writting a non-fiction account of his time at the paper.
This is an great example of how a modern Audiobook production can really enhance the spoken word. The production, voice-overs and snippits of Waits-like music are top class.
A charming true story of an 'underdog' trying to make his way in post-Soviet Eastern Europe. Exciting and funny, give it a try. I'd never have picked up on this one if it wasn't for Audible.
I'm a seventies child and not a huge fan of Dylan (I actually like his more recent stuff over the sixties-era work) but I can recommend this audio-book to those with only a passing interest/knowledge of the man and his songs.
A few folks have complained about Sean Penn's 'monotone' narration, but I think it fits right in with Dylan's unstructured, loose writing style. I will definitely be buying Volume Two!
This is mostly a meadering, self-indulgent book. The author spends too much time telling us how wonderful a person she is and not enough time on the subject matter.
I can highly recommend a book called 'Mindhunter' by John Douglas on serial killers. It's available on audio CD (published by Recorded Books) and is a brilliant listen. Hopefully Audible will offer it for download soon.
Don't let the unlikely premise of this story put you off. It's a very original and entertaining love story. The writing is fresh and the naration deserves five stars.
You will enjoy this if, like me, you like survival stories. Even though the majority of listeners will know in advance what happens, it doesn't really take away from the build up of tension.
If you want a five-star survival story recommendation, try 'Into Thin Air'
McCourt is one of those rare authors who is also a great audio-book reader (Stephen King is another, by the way).
This is a classic; a great piece of Irish literature that is also very entertaining.
Both my parents grew up in 1950s Limerick (McCourt's hometown) and the characters and events ring true. This one deserves all the awards it has received.
His follow up, 'Tis' is worth listening to as well, though it's set mostly in the States and doesn't have quite the impact of this, his first book.
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