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robert

Minneapolis, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Round House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Gary Farmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (993)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (841)

    One Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked. The details of the crime are slow to surface as Geraldine Coutts is traumatized and reluctant to relive or reveal what happened, either to the police or to her husband, Bazil, and 13-year-old son, Joe. In one day, Joe's life is irrevocably transformed. He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed and slips into an abyss of solitude. Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

    Melinda says: "Heavy in My Heart"
    "underwhelmed"
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    What did you like best about The Round House? What did you like least?

    I quit listening almost 3/4 through because I remained unconnected to characters and uninvolved in plot. Narration flat. Perhaps this was a conscious choice to remain consistent with American Indian minimal inflection.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Louise Erdrich? Why or why not?

    I think I've read all her work, but not of this book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gary Farmer?

    Perhaps George Guidall.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (1036)
    Story
    (1031)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "terrific reader caps excellent book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Macbeth: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    reader


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Macbeth: A Novel?

    witches last encounter with Macbeth


    Any additional comments?

    although I know the play well, I don't think it necessary to be sucked into the novel

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (573)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "I wanted to finish"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Art Forger the most enjoyable?

    The exploration of old and new painting materials and techniques as well as the several plot twists made me sorry to finish


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tom Reiss
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (301)

    Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex Dumas has become, through his son's books, the model for a captivating modern protagonist: The wronged man in search of justice. Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face....

    Jean says: "Truth more unbelivable than fiction"
    "Who knew Alexancre Dumas?"
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    What did you love best about The Black Count?

    Meticulously research, carefully crafted story of a mulatto of the New World whose intelligence, elegance, and courage promote him to a leader of the Revolution who later led Napoleon's troops into Egypt.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Count?

    REailzing that the Count and Three Musketeers were modeled on this man.


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

    Dumas's character as well as his derring do


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A fine man in all regards who fought racism even in France, which prided itself on equality for all--except blacks.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Song of Achilles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Madeline Miller
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (360)

    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

    Cariola says: "Didn't Expect to Like It, but I Was Swept Away"
    "bodice ripper"
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    Would you try another book from Madeline Miller and/or Frazer Douglas?

    no


    Has The Song of Achilles turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I expected a scholarly retelling of the Iliad, not a Barbara Cartland set in Homeric Greece.


    What about Frazer Douglas’s performance did you like?

    Expressive, articulate reader


    What character would you cut from The Song of Achilles?

    all


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Charm City

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town--until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.

    Amazon Customer says: "On of my favorites"
    "lippman's a master"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    gripping read


    What did you like best about this story?

    believable characters, plot that grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go until the last words, fine reader


    Have you listened to any of Deborah Hazlett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    as good as I've grown to expect and appreciate


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (592)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "painless, exciting history"
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    Would you listen to Agincourt again? Why?

    You never know when you'll be called upon to build a long bow; vital to selection the propre yew.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Agincourt?

    Both sides' insistence that god rode with their troops


    If you could take any character from Agincourt out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Fictional characters quite cardboard, the romance trite. None of the mattered however in the rantings of royalty and the mute sufferance of soldiers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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