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Mike

fellasmom

Chicago

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96
REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
8

  • The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe: The Case of the Midnight Ride & Other Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sydney Greenstreet
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Based on the famous detective created by Rex Stout, "The New Adventures of Nero Wolfe" stars Sydney Greenstreet as "the balkiest, bulkiest, smartest, and most unpredictable detective in the world... that brilliant eccentric private detective, orchid fancier and gargantuan gourmet." Nero Wolfe, armchair detective in the classic tradition, and Archie Goodwin, wisecracking hard-boiled investigator, shine in eight radio tales from this classic detective series first broadcast in 1950-1951.

    Mike says: "The original was better"
    "The original was better"
    Overall

    Greenstreet is a good choice for Wolfe and the Goodwin character was OK, but these are not the original Rex Stout stories (as far as I can tell) and they are not as good. Amusing; not great.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (916)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "One "bring your man to justice" story I like"
    Overall

    I put this on in the car, thinking my Dad would like it. But I really, really liked it. The reader was amazing. I doubt that I would have gotten through it reading it myself. Quite a bit different than the first movie. The title is supposed to refer to Rooster Cogburn, but really refers to the narrator of the book telling the story of when she was a young 14 year old girl who hires Cogburn to track down the man who murdered her father. I'm not usually one for westerns or "bring your man to justice" stories but this was the exception.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. G. Wells Science Fiction Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "The Star", "The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes", "The Country of the Blind", and "Under the Knife" are included in this imaginative, sometimes frighteningly prophetic collection.

    Mike says: "Hard listening"
    "Hard listening"
    Overall

    The narrator on this has a very monotonous voice and delivery. The pacing is also much too fast. The stories seemed to be interesting, but it was not a pleasant listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8339)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2841)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "two and a half stars"
    Overall

    I read and enjoyed Pilars of the Earth so I was interested in "reading" this. I wish I had gotten the condensed version. It's almost like he intended to publish this book in installments as he fills us in about what happened earlier in the book as he gets closer to the end. I also was bothered by the reader because his female voices were so sweet. Better to not attempt those voices than to do them so badly. There was also some very unappealing or worse scenes (the rape scenes have been mentioned but what about the scene where the person is skinned alive?) It was predictable and it certainly is interesting that these two were so far ahead of their times. I enjoyed all the discussion of architecture and building in Pillars. It does come up in World without End with regard to the bridge. But that's about it.

    I am finishing the book but it was so, so. Hence two and a half stars.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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