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John

Father, teacher, writer, curry enthusiast.

New Boston, NH, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    Overall

    Listening to Steve Martin read his own work on this audiobook brings a depth to it that it might lack on the written page. Don't listen to this for it's tight, intricate plot or you will be disappointed. Instead, listen to it for the way it draws you into the main character's mind. There is a rhythm and logic to the way he reasons things out that is compelling. You grow to genuinely like this man and care what happens to him. I laughed aloud on at least three occasions while I was listening to this book - something I rarely do when I am alone.

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Mouse Noses on Toast

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Daren King
    • Narrated By Abby Sher
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    "I will have the colourful parrot soup", the lady said, "with extra beaky bits." "And I", said her husband, "will have mouse noses on toast." The waiter flipped open his notebook and wrote this down. 'Would that be with whiskers, Sir, or without?" Hiding on the restaurant table, Paul Mouse's world has just turned upside down. Surely the man is making a joke? Isn't mouse noses on toast just a big myth?

    John says: "Odd, But Then Again, So is Our Child"
    "Odd, But Then Again, So is Our Child"
    Overall

    Our five year-old is just at the point where he wants to start listening to longer stories and chapter books. This is far and away his favorite car and falling asleep book right now. The story itself is very odd - the narrative structure is very casual; it seems almost as if each chapter is being made up on the spur of the moment. The story is interesting enough to not drive us (the parents) crazy and bizarre enough to appeal to our Strange Child.

    Definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (2463)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (759)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Annoying Narration"
    Overall

    This is one of the few audiobooks I haven't been able to finish - the narrator was so annoying to me that I couldn't get past the second chapter. I listened to the preview, which sounded pretty good, but it was largely non-fiction. The narration falls down when it comes to dialog.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Andrea says: "Amazing Story."
    "I liked the narration."
    Overall

    The story is well-written (obviously), though of course, the language is a pretty dated. The narration fits the tone of the book extremely well and I find the narrator's voice very soothing.

    Granted, this is not a book that anyone is going to sit down and devour in a few sessions. It took me a full month of commuting to digest Part One. I am looking forward to (eventually) doing the same to Parts Two and Three.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (3265)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1320)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "An absolutely brilliant narration!"
    Overall

    As with Snowcrash, Stephenson's previous novel, there is an outstanding premise for this book. The plot and setting are intriguing. The only weakness is a slightly confused and unresolved ending. The absolute star of this audio presentation however, is the narration, which is nothing short of brilliant. Jennifer Wiltsie effortlessly switches back and forth from accent to accent, nailing each character flawlessly. She conveys emotion better than almost anyone I have heard to date. Please listen to this production for that, if for no other reason.

    0 of 0 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
    (203)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    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"
    "Possibly the saddest book ever written"
    Overall

    This book was so sad that it really challenged me to finish it. It was too well-written not to continue with, however. I ended up listening to it in ten minute snatches, so that it took me well over a month to listen to.

    What sounds like whinyness on the part of the main character turns out to be something far different - guilt that is only fully understood in the last chapter or so. I could not possibly imagine myself reading this book, but having stumbled onto it, I feel changed for having read it.

    Sad, but changed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5537)
    Performance
    (2853)
    Story
    (2911)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Outstanding mix of themes, brilliantly realized"
    Overall

    On the face of it, it would seem impossible to combine cyberpunk science fiction, Japanese sword fighting, linguistic theory, computer programming and ancient Sumerian theology into a cohesive whole. Stevenson does it. I found myself cheering outloud at one point in this book. During the final few chapters, I actually looked forward to my commute, so I could get some closure on this story. I can't believe that this was his first novel!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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