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Timothy G. Greenwood

TimG

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  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (588)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Superb"
    Overall

    The novel is a completely gripping study of the mind of the leading character. The narration is superb, no other word for it. His voice is clear and dynamic. When doing dialog you could be listening to a group of different actoors performing the piece. In fact I chose my next selection solely on searching for the same narrator.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Afghan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

    BobInWA says: "Slow Part 1 - Great Part 2"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Forsyths 'The Day of the Jackal' is one of my all time favorites so I had high hopes for 'The Afghan', but was diappointed. In fact half way through it almost became my first ever abandoned Audible selevtion, but I perservered to the end. The first half is very heavy on passive voice back story. The second half picks up somewhat, but not enough. There is one big hole in the plot and the finale is a rather abrupt anti climax.

    The narrators voice is very clear throughout, but rather boring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5092)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1326)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Memorable"
    Overall

    I finished listening to this a couple of weeks ago but keep thinking of the main characters. The two initial stories merge in a most compeling manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4222)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1521)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Reasonably entertaining"
    Overall

    Fairly entertaining and well narrated, but there is not a whole not here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1467)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (509)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    krista says: "Atypical"
    "Reasonable story, poor language"
    Overall

    In the end the story kept me going and was entertaining, but a very slow start and excruciating writing at times. Constant use of childish terms like 'smucking' and ending a chapter mid sentence gets on your nerves.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rise and Shine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    It's Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. The host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. It's the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her younger sister Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow.

    Marie says: "Don't waste your time or credit"
    "Not her best"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed all of Anna Quinlens previous books, so downloaded this one without hesitation. It does have good prose, but no good story. Until the last hour nothing of particular interest happens. I had no interest in the events that befell the two main participants.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3159)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1657)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    Richard Delman says: "A masterpiece. An epic western story."
    "Character driven story"
    Overall

    Thirty six hours is a long time, but this character driven story kept my attention for every minute. They are detailed and complex people who suck you into their world. It is a character based, rather than an action based stoty. If you just want a quick shoot em up, then look elsewhere, but if you want to sink into the plains of the western USA in the late 19th century then join Gus, the Captain, Lory and the rest here.

    Two points made in these reviews are worth addressing. Gus's voice is a little loud. Those listening on earphones may have to find a good volume setting. I listened on the car radio and the additional volume was not a problem. The constant use of 'he said' or 'said Gus' etc. may have proved annoying if read, but I only noticed it having read the comment here. Instead it fealt like just lisetening to dialog between two different characters.

    Invest the thirty six hours - you will not regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (284)

    Alexander Lawson is a former detective for Northern Ireland's police force. After a disastrous six-month stint in the drug squad, he became addicted to heroin and resigned in disgrace. Now 24, sickly, and on the dole, Alex learns that his high-school love, Victoria Patawasti, has been murdered in America. Victoria's wealthy family sends Alex to Colorado to investigate the case, and he seizes the opportunity for a chance at redemption.

    Dawn says: "Gerard Doyle Is Terrific!"
    "Narration is excellent"
    Overall

    Though I enjoy most of the audio books that I buy, I generally feel that they would be better read than listened to. Not this one. written in the first person from the Irish protagonist the very clear Irish accent really adds to the story. Though the details of the 'who dun it' may be more obvious to the listener than to our hero the story has a wonderful rhythm that make the actual murder mystery more of a sideline

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lighthouse: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Combe Island off the Cornish coast has a bloodstained history of piracy and cruelty but now, privately owned, it offers respite to over-stressed men and women in positions of high authority who require privacy and guaranteed security. But the peace of Combe is violated when one of the distinguished visitors is bizarrely murdered.

    jb says: "Outstanding!"
    "Classic P.D. James"
    Overall

    With it's closed setting on the fictional island of Coombe and psychological insights into Dalgleish, Miskin and the suspects this is classic P.D. James territory. I enjoyed this even more than the previous 'Murder Room'. The narration is solid and clear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Traveler

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2284)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (462)

    Maya is hiding in plain sight in London. The 26-year-old has abandoned the dangerous obligations pressed upon her by her father and chosen instead to live a normal life. But Maya comes from a long line of people who call themselves Harlequins, a fierce group of warriors willing to sacrifice their lives to protect a select few known as Travelers.

    Nicholas Winn says: "Told friends and family"
    "Mixed"
    Overall

    I listened all the way through, but this was rather weak. The premise was not the problem, but the style is poor and the ending just prepostorous. We expect the good guys to win, but it is as though the author just completely gave up and ignored all the previous strenghths of the bad guys.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, Tobias Smollett (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (215)

    Don Quixote, the world's first novel and by far the best-known book in Spanish literature, was originally intended by Cervantes as a satire on traditional popular ballads, yet he also parodied the romances of chivalry. By happy coincidence he produced one of the most entertaining adventure stories of all time and, in Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, two of the greatest characters in fiction.

    James says: "Excellent"
    "Just remarkable"
    Overall

    I was a little hesitant to invest 36 hours but am certainly glad that I did. The book is just remarkable. In places (mainly from Sancho) it is laugh out loud funny. Published some 400 years ago it is the most modern of novels, both self referential and in the second part attacking a false sequel.
    The narration is excellent with clear, differeing voices for the main characters.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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