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Ross

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  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julian Rubinstein
    • Narrated By Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

    S. Hawkins says: "Fantastic"
    "Excellent Audio Production"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1968)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1203)

    The "maddog" murderer who is terrorizing the Twin Cities is two things: insane and extremely intelligent. He kills for the pleasure of it and thoroughly enjoys placing elaborate obstacles to keep police befuddled. Each clever move he makes is another point of pride. But when the brilliant Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, a dedicated cop and a serial killer's worst nightmare, is brought in to take up the investigation, the maddog suddenly has an adversary worthy of his genius.

    D says: "I love this series"
    "Best of the best"
    Overall

    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!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Nick Mason
    • Narrated By Nick Mason
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Nick has been fantastically involved throughout the production of this download, so that it has become something far more than simply an author reading his work. For once, we can genuinely say this illustrated audiobook comes complete with bells and whistles, not to mention some Arctic winds, Venetian canals, telephones, aeroplanes, and a squealing pig or two!

    Ross says: "Another Brick in the Wall"
    "Another Brick in the Wall"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stories We Could Tell

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tony Parsons
    • Narrated By Matthew Macfadyen
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Stories We Could Tell is a book about growing up and being young, about sex and love and rock and roll, about the dreams of youth colliding head-on with the grown-up world. Tony Parsons goes back to his roots for this deeply personal book, the story he has been waiting to tell.

    Ross says: "Disapointing"
    "Disapointing"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chronicles: Volume One

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bob Dylan
    • Narrated By Sean Penn
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One explores the critical junctions in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities: smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough.

    Gerry A. Brown says: "Positively 4th Street"
    "Good listen -even for non-Dylan fans"
    Overall

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talking Heads

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Alan Bennett, Full Cast
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Performed by the author and five of Britain's leading actresses, Alan Bennett's tales are full of quirky, insightful detail that bring the characters vividly to life. From Julie Walters' portrayal of an actress seeking fame to Anna Massey's alcoholic vicar's wife, these individuals are linked by their self-delusion, desperation, and vulnerability.

    hh says: "classic"
    "Great audio experience"
    Overall

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • My Life Among the Serial Killers: Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Helen Morrison, Harold Goldberg
    • Narrated By Helen Morrison
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man.

    P. Minor says: "Boring reader,boring writing"
    "Very disapointing"
    Overall

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Sean Greer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Max Tivoli is uniquely cursed. His mind ages normally, but he is born with the withered body of a 70-year-old man, and his body ages in reverse. Despite this torment, Max manages three times to cross paths with Alice, the woman who captures his heart. Because he appears to be a different person each time they meet, Max has three chances for true love.

    Diana says: "Unfufilling"
    "Original and entertaining love story"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Aron Ralston
    • Narrated By Aron Ralston
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told, Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.

    Tim says: "Stunning and Emotional"
    "If you like survival stories..."
    Overall

    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'

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1218)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "A Must Listen"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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