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Harry

Ossining, NY, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Something Rotten: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (242)

    After spending her time chasing a stray Minotaur into pulp Westerns, filling in for Joan of Arc, and raising her infant son, Friday, Thursday needs a break in the real world. But her return to Swindon is far from relaxing. Rogue fictioneer Yorrick Kaine and the evil multinational Goliath Corporation are trying to rule the world, and a deadly assassin called the Windowmaker is tracking Thursday's every move.

    Karen says: "Re: the different narrator"
    "Enough Complaints!"
    Overall

    OK, so I don't love the narrator on this book quite as much as the narrator on the three previous Jasper Fforde books, but c'mon folks - how many books can make you laugh as often as anything in the Thursday Next series. These are gifts from the OutLands and should be cherished. Yes, I almost drove off the road while laughing at the game show where politicians vied to be the best at evading questions. If only we had television access to "Celebrity Name That Fruit" life would be as wonderful as a Thursday Next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4936)
    Performance
    (1644)
    Story
    (1633)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "A Worthy Throwback"
    Overall

    The story is an throwback to a much earlier Stephen King while the writing is in realm of his mosre recent books. In short, perfection. On top of that, the narrator is superb! I would probably purchase a recording of his reading the phone book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Cry Destiny

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michel Russell
    • Narrated By Peregrine Muir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    A handsome 30-year-old gay Brit returns from over 10 years in the US, where he became an award-winning fashion designer with a top fashion house. Scott Farrell has left behind his lover, a famous porn star, to spend Christmas with his lesbian friends in dear old Plymouth, a place that will never, ever, be the same!

    Albert says: "This is not audio entertainment"
    "Not the worst"
    Overall

    Not the worst book I've ever read or auditioned, but certainly at the lower end of the quality scale. The writing is mostly tolerable, but the ridiculous plot and flights of fancy were difficult to swallow. Even the narrator sounds bored. And in the middle of the muddle, there is an unexplained graphic lesbian sex scene followed shortly after by a graphic gay sex scene. It was as if they had been transplanted from another book.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5602)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2258)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Brutal yet beatiful"
    Overall

    Brutal yet beutiful tale read by the most astonishing narrator ever!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Spot of Bother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    At 61, George Hall is settling down to a comfortable retirement. Then his tempestuous daughter, Katie, announces that she is getting remarried, to the deeply inappropriate Ray. Her family is not pleased and Katie can't decide if she loves Ray or loves the wonderful way he has with her son, Jacob. Her mother, Jean, is a bit put out by all the planning and arguing the wedding has occasioned, which get in the way of her quite fulfilling late-life affair with one of her husband's ex-colleagues.

    Linda Lou says: "DONT BOTHER WITH THIS SPOT!"
    "Smart and Funny"
    Overall

    Smart, funny, and with a pitch-perfect narrator to boot! I normally listen to audiobooks solely while commuting to and from work. With this one, I had to plug in my Ipod and listen to more at home. The characters are real and 3-dimensional yet the author weaves them into situations which, while totally believable, evolve like a hilarious, off kilter Rube Goldberg machine. I would love to spend more time with this family - at least from a distance.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (180)

    The Gingerbreadman, psychopath, sadist, genius, and killer, is on the loose. But it isn't Jack Spratt's case. He and Mary Mary have been demoted to Missing Persons following Jack's poor judgment involving the poisoning of Mr. Bun the baker. Missing Persons looks like a boring assignment until a chance encounter leads them into the hunt for missing journalist Henrietta "Goldy" Hatchett, star reporter for The Daily Mole.

    Gary says: "10001001110000111"
    "The Right to Arm Bears"
    Overall

    What a great way to pass the time while waiting for Jasper Fforde's next Thursday Next novel!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peyton Place

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Grace Metalious
    • Narrated By Tim O'Connor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (42)

    In 1956, when this novel was first published, communities all over New England snapped up copies to see if they were the town portrayed in the book. Peyton Place is the story of a repressive New England town known for its high standards of public morality, and the steamy sexual activities that take place behind its bedroom doors.

    Patti says: "A Must, A Classic"
    "Guilty Pleasure"
    Overall

    I was only 3 when the book came out, but throughout the 50s and 60s there were whispers (and shouts) about Peyton Place. I was still too young to sneak into the movie and when I finally saw it on late night TV, I yawned. That said, both the book and the narrator are a real treat and I found it surprisingly better written than it's trash reputation would suggest. The inner voices are surprisingly honest and I will publicly admit that listening made driving to and from work a great ride. Take the plunge! You'll enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3283)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1033)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "When did it happen?"
    Overall

    Stephen King has always been a good story-teller and I would sometimes put up with a lot just to get through the plot. So my question is, when did he become a good writer? This book, while bearing similarities to some of his other novels, is particularly well written and a joy to listen to. Campbell's Scott narration is pitch perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    A man climbs over the railings and plunges into Niagara Falls. A newlywed, he has left behind his wife, Ariah Erskine, in the honeymoon suite the morning after their wedding. "The Widow Bride of The Falls", as Ariah comes to be known, begins a relentless, seven-day vigil in the mist, waiting for his body to be found.

    Harry says: "Clean Out Your Ears"
    "Clean Out Your Ears"
    Overall

    I must take exception with several reviewers who complained about the narration of this remarkable book: it is equal to the task in every respect. In fact, I ended up searching for other titles read by the same narrator. The book, itself, is worth every moment of the time spent listening and now, two weeks after finishing it, the story continues to haunt me. Those simply looking for a good story will not be disappointed - you get twenty years of plot with intricate twists and turns. Dig a little deeper and you get such remarkable descriptions of characters and situations you actually watch while they materialize in front of you. I occasionally laughed, frequently got angry, and more times than I would like to admit felt a lump form in the back of my throat. Ultimately, you hope for justice for the many injustices thrust upon the characters, and while there is a satisfying conclusion, it feels real rather than contrived. Except for "We We the Mulvaneys" which I read a few years ago, I had not read any other Joyce Carol Oates since attending college in the 1970s. "The Falls" reminded me of what I have been missing. Ms. Oates is a prolific writer and am looking forward to reading everything I've missed over the last 30 years.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    Garlic and Sapphires is Ruth Reichl's riotous account of the many disguises she employs to dine anonymously. There is her stint as Molly Hollis, a frumpy blond with manicured nails and an off-beige Armani suit that Ruth takes on when reviewing Le Cirque. The result: her famous double review of the restaurant: first she ate there as Molly; and then as she was coddled and pampered on her visit there as Ruth, New York Times food critic.

    Kathleen says: "disappointing"
    "An Amazing Experience"
    Overall

    The combination of the author's welcoming prose and the narrator's friendly and familiar voice (do I know her?) makes this a pleasure for all senses from beginning to end. All senses? Yes! You can see, smell and taste each dish as it is described (including the feel of the texture and the sound of the bite), and instead of feeling hungry, you feel sated as I if you, yourself, were dining with the author. Equally described is each individual human character and situation, assuring you that the author is as comfortable in describing them as any dish with shaved truffles. Ms. Reichl doesn't shy away from presenting her own foibles. In one scene I found myself truly disliking her, only to discover, a few paragraphs later, that her husband is chiding her for the same behavior. I would love to say to the author - and the narrator - let's have lunch!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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