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Rickapolis

Rickapolis

Annapolis, Maryland, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 36 reviews
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  • 397 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2014
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  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    Generations of readers have enjoyed the ingenuous triumphs and feckless mishaps of boyhood days on the Mississippi. This classic of American wit and storytelling introduced Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, the Widow Douglas, and many other characters to the world; including, of course, the boy who "was cordially hated and dreaded by all the mothers of the town, because he was idle and lawless and vulgar and bad - and because all their children admired him so," Huckleberry Finn.

    Nothing really matters says: "Never thought I'd read this, but very glad I did"
    "AVOID THIS VERSION"
    Overall

    I made the colossal error of not noting the narrator of this version of the Twain classic. Dick Hill mangles one of the great novels in the history of American literature with his amateurish style. He stresses words for no apparent reason (think William Shatner in Star Trek) and them 'throws away' an important passage. Tom Sawyer is a must read (or listen) for everyone, but try one of the other offerings audible provides. When I can only give 'Tom' two stars you know the narration must be bad. It is.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Hilton
    • Narrated By Michael de Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Celebrating the 70th anniversary of this magical and well-loved classic. Following a plane crash, Conway, a British consul; his deputy; a missionary; and an American financier find themselves in the enigmatic snow-capped mountains of uncharted Tibet. Here they discover a seemingly perfect hidden community where they are welcomed with gracious hospitality. Intrigued by its mystery, the travelers set about discovering the secret hidden at the shimmering heart of Shangri-La.

    Julie says: "Amazingly wonderful, a new favorite!"
    "A wonderful find"
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    Hilton's story is a classic, well worth the listen. It makes you (or at least, it made me) imagine being in Shangri-la, with no cares at all. A most inviting place. The negative here is the performance. De Morgan's reading is fine, most of his voices are quite good, but the production quality is lacking. At least three times I heard something falling in the background. And the pace is interminable (a digital reworking could clean things up quite a bit). Loooong pauses are frequent. But I recommend you put those problems aside and just listen. I've said before here, classics become classics for a reason. "The Lost Horizon" is well deserving of the honor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with a Load of Mischief: A Richard Jury Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Martha Grimes
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (260)

    At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer - except for one Melrose Plant....

    C. Telfair says: "Favorite Revisited"
    "A novel with a load of hooey"
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    Poor story, poor narration, poor, poor, poor. The plot was very dull, and Steve West is a dreadful narrator. Stay away unless you already are a fan.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood on the Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Geraldine Evans
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Lapsed Catholic DI Joe Rafferty isn’t best pleased when he learns his latest case is at the local Roman Catholic convent, where a body was discovered in a shallow grave in the grounds. The nuns’ order is an enclosed, contemplative one, and access to their house and grounds is far from easy. Rafferty is inclined to think that was an inside job. He doesn’t find it as hard as his DS, Dafyd Llewellyn, to believe that nuns are capable of murder.

    Rickapolis says: "Terrible"
    "Terrible"
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    There is nothing in this tale to recommend it. The story, while somewhat believable, concludes in an absurd, totally UNBELIEVABLE manner. This is the first Rafferty book I've listened to, and will certainly never listen to another. Gordon Griffin, however, did a fine job of narration. Unless you're a fan of the series, avoid this nonsense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder in Thrall

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Anne Cleeland
    • Narrated By Marcella Riordan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    First-year detective Kathleen Doyle is a plucky Irish redhead of humble origins and modest means. Chief Inspector Michael Acton is her antithesis: a British lord turned cop. He's tall, handsome, and enigmatic - to a fault. He also has a knack for solving London's most high-profile crimes. Acton selects Doyle out of the newbie squad to partner with him on a series of investigations because she always knows when someone is lying - a trait that comes in handy when interviewing suspects and witnesses.

    Tracey says: "Great new entry into British mysteries"
    "A bit creepy, but enjoyable."
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    First off, Marcella Riordan's narration was excellent. I loved her accents for virtually all the characters, and hope to hear more of her work. As for the story, I feel a bit guilty about enjoying it as much as I did. That is because the second main character is a stalker. And freely admits it. Initially it reminded me of my early teens when, due to extreme shyness, I'd look up the address of my latest crush, and then ride my bike past her house to see if I would find her outside (it actually worked once!). But this goes far beyond that bit of youthful innocence, and most definitely crosses to the creepy side.The victim doesn't seem to mind, although she does have her moments. But I still was interested all the way through and find myself hoping for a sequel. The mystery was a bit overreaching, but then it did all tie together, in its way. If you're touchy about the subject you might want to give this one a miss. Otherwise, I think you'll find it a worthwhile listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • McNally's Secret: Archy McNally, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Playful, seductive, irresistible - this best-selling masterwork of fatal passion and greed introduces Lawrence Sanders's most wickedly charming sleuth. Meet Archy McNally, a freewheeling playboy who specializes is "discreet inquires" for the rich and not-so-discreet. Beneath the glaring sun of Palm Beach - and behind the lowest crimes of high society - McNally is paid to keep family skeletons in the closet. But when it comes to sex and scandal, McNally has a few secrets of his own....

    Ted says: "Forgettable? Yeah, Like A Savory Rich Desert!"
    "Where is the sass?"
    Overall
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    I loved reading the McNally books and was delighted to see them available on Audible. The story is still as good as ever, and Victor Bevine was great reader with one exception. That exception, alas, is Archie himself. He seems to deliver Archie's best lines as if he were reciting a mathematical formula. The sass, the flippancy is lacking. There were times I wanted to shout out, 'don't be so damn solemn'. I may try another to see if he changes his delivery any (and it may be the director's fault, not the reader) but I probably will not. Too bad. I enjoy the character very much, but not like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Perry: The Murder of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Peter Graham
    • Narrated By Eric Brooks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    On June 22, 1954, teenage friends Juliet Hulme - better known as best-selling mystery writer Anne Perry - and Pauline Parker went for a walk in a New Zealand park with Pauline’s mother, Honora. Half an hour later, the girls returned alone, claiming that Pauline’s mother had had an accident. But when Honora Parker was found in a pool of blood with the brick used to bludgeon her to death close at hand, Juliet and Pauline were quickly arrested, and later confessed to the killing.

    Helen Poe says: "Horrible reader"
    "Horrid, horrid, horrid"
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    This has got to be the worst narration I have ever heard, and Lord knows there are some bad ones. I couldn't finish. I could barely get started. I've read many of Anne Perry's books and really looked forward to this book but it was IMPOSSIBLE to listen to. You know that old joke that goes 'Who did you sleep with to get this job?', Ask Eric Brooks. DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK!

    I'm not kidding. The narration is awful.

    Rickapolis

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Gone to Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Forrest Carter
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    A hard-hitting western, it is sharp as a rock-strewn canyon trail. Josie Wales was once a gentle farmer, tending apple orchards and living in Missouri with his young wife and child. But his world was shattered when he returned home one day to find his cabin and family reduced to charred skeletons. Now a loner following his own outlaw code, Josie is headed for a land that might offer him a new life, if not new hope. Punctuated with the crack of pistol fire, Gone to Texas is Western fiction at its best. Despite their roughness, you’ll find yourself drawn to the scar-faced Josie....

    Maury Davis says: "The movie "The Outlaw Josey Wales" is this book."
    "A winner."
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    Books and the movies based on then so frequently have little in common I didn't know what to expect from this book. But, because I loved the movie 'The Outlaw Josie Wales' I decided to give this a try. And am very glad I did. The film took the book very much to heart, including much of the exact dialog (and why the devil don't more movies do the same?), that I could almost hear the actors in their roles. But don't take that to mean Ed Sala didn't do a top notch job of narration. His delivery tied the whole story together in a simple convincing way. I will definitely listen to this one again (and again) and strongly recommend it. Whether or not you've seen the Eastwood film, don't miss this. A real treasure.

    Rickapolis

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In the first story, Rip Van Winkle returns to a strange world after a very long sleep. In The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane encounters haunting difficulties and a headless horseman during his courtship of the lovely Katrina.

    Rickapolis says: "A Looooong listen"
    "A Looooong listen"
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    I hadn't read these stories since I was a boy and somehow remembered them fondly. They are still in print so someone must think there is something in them. But, my Lord, how verbose Irving is. Thedescriptionsofeverythingjustwentonforeverandeeverseeminglywithoutendwithnoobviouspurposethantomakethestorylonger. Audible is courteous enough to offer me a refund since I rated it so lowly, but I went into this with my eyes wide open, so I'll wait for another major disappointment before I take advantage of that offer.
    John MacDonald does a fine job with the narration. How he manages NOT to sound bored means he well earned his money.I have NO desire to listen to these stories again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Riddle of the Compass: The Invention that Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Amir D. Aczel
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The secrets of science meet the drama of the high seas. Amir D. Aczel - the distinguished science writer behind God's Equation and Mystery of the Aleph - turns detective as he uncovers the fascinating story of the invention of the compass.

    Andy says: "so much folklore"
    "Don't pass this up"
    Overall
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    I found this to be a very enjoyable listen. A lot of the specific details of the invention of the compass can never be known, so Aczel tells what is known, then goes off on different entertaining tangents of the times and places that are relevant to the story. At the end what you really know is that too much is unknowable. But it is still worth the trip. Henry Leyva does a very nice job reading, never sounding overbearing. Give this one a try. Rick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Around the World in Eighty Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (9)

    Phileas Fogg, a distinguished member of London's Reform Club, takes up a wager to circle the globe in just 80 days. Together with manservant Passepartout and a detective named Fix, Fogg makes a fantastic world tour utilizing every means of transportation available in the 1870s. This is a marvelous travelogue mixed with dazzling suspense, delightful fantasy, and lively comedy.

    Tina says: "I loved this book!"
    "A world of delight"
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    I read this book as a boy and enjoyed it very much. (As I did the David Niven/Cantinflas film). And I strongly recommend you give it a listen because it still is an absolute delight. Verne's story is considered a classic, and rightly so. He makes a little fun of the English, and many others along the way, as he relates the story of the unflappable Fogg. Frederick Davidson does an outstanding job of narration (and I've gripped about him in other books) and keeps the story going strong all the way through. If, like me, you've read this book before, then reacquaint yourself with it now, and if you are unfamiliar with it give it a try. You'll be glad you did. Rick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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