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David Perera

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Washington, DC | Member Since 2009

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  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2072)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1332)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "Magnificent"
    Overall

    Perhaps the finest reading of a great novel, yet. Simon Slater's narration adds a new dimension to a rich source text. He does voices, he has a measured cadence, but his reading is neither extravagent nor unctuous. His narration is an aid to bring to further life the characters as Mantel depicts them. Read the book and listen to the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3574)
    Performance
    (3092)
    Story
    (3096)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Poor material, grating narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    From a clever premise -- aliens hire Hollywood agent to introduce them to humanity – John Scalzi crafts a workaday book where dialogue alternatively drives exposition or mimics the rat-a-tat snap of a bad sitcom. Moreover, the premise itself gets lost for large chunks of the book only to resurface toward the very end in an unconvincing manner. In the meantime, we get a version of Hollywood in which agents have hearts of gold, journalists have all the time in the world to shadow people, actresses are bimbos, etc. Scalzi also makes much hay with a sophomoric joke that the aliens communicate through unpleasant smells. Funny, maybe, the first time I heard it, less so the twentieth. Wil Wheaton’s reading is decent but the whiny edge that plagued his acting career is present here, too. I very much wanted to enjoy this book, but by its end, I was thankful it was over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mob and Me: Wiseguys and the Witness Protection Program

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Partington, Arlene Violet
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    When U.S. Marshal John Partington suddenly found himself protecting the family of renowned mobster Joe "The Animal" Barboza, he made up the rules as he went along. Among Partington's diverse activities: convincing Barboza's wife not to leave; keeping the witness, his wife, and their child alive; and transporting the witness to and from hearings in the face of death threats. Unbenownst to him, this experience would lead to the founding of the Witness Protection Program.

    David Perera says: "Hackneyed delivery"
    "Hackneyed delivery"
    Overall

    Dick Hill, the narrator, delivers the book in a Saturday afternoon B-picture matinee voice that quickly becomes insufferable. His attempt to sound like an "authentic" wise guy or tough guy or hardboiled detective, etc, dissolves into unintentional parody. Hill is perfectly capable (as audio samples show) of producing a genuinely masculine reading that doesn't depend on shtick; what a disappointment he didn't do so in this case.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Matt Dellinger
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    In the works for more than twenty years, Interstate 69 has been both eagerly anticipated as an economic godsend and the center of a firestorm of protests by local environmentalists, farmers, ranchers, anarchists, and others who question both the wisdom of building more highways and the merits of globalization. Part history, part travelogue, Interstate 69 chronicles the last great highway project in America, introducing the people who have worked tirelessly to build it or stop it from being built, and the many places it would change forever.

    K Cornwinkle says: "Get this for your solo drive across country"
    "good book, bad reading"
    Overall

    The text is a great light history of American commerce and attitudes -- but the reading drains the fun out of it. Robert Fass has a robotic delivery that sounds more like a Kindle than a human being. He's relentless -- he just does not let up his drone, which makes listening to this book a chore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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