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Charles

Gloucester, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Insane City

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dave Barry, The Gza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    Seth Weinstein knew Tina was way out of his league in pretty much any way you could imagine, which is why it continued to astonish him that he was on the plane now for their destination wedding in Florida. The Groom Posse had already sprung an airport prank on him, and he'd survived it, and if that was the worst of it, everything should be okay. Smooth sailing from now on. Seth has absolutely no idea what he's about to get into.

    Sylvia says: "It is Barry - it is Florida - it is INSANE!"
    "pretty damned funny"
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    Where does Insane City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it's among the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    the characters - they are a hoot


    Have you listened to any of Dave Barry and The Gza ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Only in Miami!


    Any additional comments?

    I want to hear more!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (834)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "not quite classic Hiaasen"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator is the worst! As for the story, it lacks some of the vivid and ridiculous characters of previous books by Hiaasen.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: the use of the monkey as a thread in the story. Least interesting: the characters seemed a little flat.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Arte Johnson’s performances?

    No, I would avoid him.


    Did Bad Monkey inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to older Hiaasen novels narrated by George Wilson


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bureau for Rich People

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Farahad Zama
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (175)

    Farahad Zama's debut novel transports listeners to faraway India for a story brimming with endearing characters, homespun wisdom, and blossoming love. After Mr. Ali retires, he launches a matchmaking service that helps an array of clients arrange marriages. But he's unaware of his able assistant's dire need for his marriage bureau.

    Lorriee says: "The Marriage Bureau for Rich People"
    "A nice gentle story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend it, particularly for someone who likes the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series. While the stories and settings are different there is a gentle tone to the narrative and funny characters to follow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    it captured a place and a people in a lovely way


    Which character – as performed by Tania Rodrigues – was your favorite?

    Both the lead character and his assistant were my favorites


    Who was the most memorable character of The Marriage Bureau for Rich People and why?

    The assistant, she had the most interesting back story and you really rooted for her to find love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4267)
    Performance
    (3729)
    Story
    (3698)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Great story, slightly disappointing ending"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1Q84 to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but I would think that having the Japanese names and words pronounced correctly would be a huge benefit for a listener vs the average American reader.


    What other book might you compare 1Q84 to and why?

    It's hard to say what this compares to


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices - especially the three different readers - were one of the best aspects of the book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily. There is a lot to digest and think through. Punctuating with some breaks in the listening was helpful.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend the book even with the comment that the ending was a little weak. The fact that there are so many interesting details to the story and intriguing threads running through the characters and plot line is a huge strength to the book. It would have been nice to have seen more of these threads brought together in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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