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Rickapolis

Rickapolis

Annapolis, Maryland, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (372)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Amazon Customer says: "Timeless Humor"
    "Great book for the road"
    Overall

    There's a reason that books remain in print this long. They continue to relate to the 'modern' reader. In whatever age the 'modern' reader may be living. I laughed out loud frequently, and was a little surprised at the, er, 'earthy' humor. Being striped naked and laid between the breats of the giant women of Brobdingnag is racier than I thought would have been allowed. But then the book WAS originally published in secret. David Hyde Pierce does an outstanding job of narrating as well. Top notch. A very strong 'recommend'.

    5 of 5 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
    (48)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    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
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    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.

    Sharon says: "Longest listen ever!"
    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone to Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Forrest Carter
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    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
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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
    (103)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    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"
    Overall
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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
  • The Swiss Family Robinson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Johann David Wyss
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Swept off course by a raging storm, a Swiss pastor, his wife, and their four young sons are shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island. Thus begins this classic story of survival and adventure that has fired the imaginations of readers since it first appeared in 1812.

    A User says: "Classsic and familiar story"
    "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my."
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    Lions, tigers, bears, and everything but a duck billed platypus on this island, that somehow no other people have discovered (save a female shipwreck victim which the family takes three years to find). I know this is considered a classic in the Robinson Crusoe vein (hence the name) but it was so unbelievable that it became laughable after a while. No one ever got sick (except an occasional 'fever' of Mother's), never an accident, and after nearly ten years alone on the island the four brothers were delighted to welcome their new 'sister' into the family. Yeah, sure. I'm glad I listened, but I'll watch the Disney film version many times over before I submit myself to this again.I didn't much care for Fredrick Davidson's narration, but I don't want to be any more negative than I have been already. Rick

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Moriarty: Sherlock Holmes' Nemesis Lives Again

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By John Gardner
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Once again, the game is afoot . . . What really happened in Switzerland between Moriarty and Sherlock Holmes in 1891? And why is Holmes, now in London at 221B Baker Street, curiously uncooperative with Scotland Yard’s inquiries? Furthermore, why has Moriarty planned a grand meeting with the international crime syndicate? These are the questions that make up the larger mystery of the sinister Professor Moriarty’s return.

    Rickapolis says: "The Family Moriarty"
    "The Family Moriarty"
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    I remember reading this book back in the late 70's (and the sequel as well) and found it to be one of the best Sherlock Holmes take-offs I had ever read. Of course, Holmes doesn't directly appear, although oft talked of, but authors have been building on Doyle's characters for a century and most have failed to hit the mark. John Gardner does, with flying colors.
    The professor has returned to London (it seems he survived Reichenbach Falls as well) and is tending to his family. That is what he calls his criminal organization. Think Vito Corleone and you will be right on track. And if he looks out for his people, his people better be there to greet him when he wants them. To further the 'Godfather 'comparison, he is conscienceless, brutal, and quite deadly. Holmes said of Moriarty, 'He is the organiser of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city...' and you will be convinced. Still, at times the reader/listener finds himself pulling for the bad guys, although as the story goes on those guys become very bad indeed. The ending left open room for a sequel which appeared a couple of years later. I understand that book, 'The Revenge of Moriarty' will be re-released next year.
    Robin Sachs is an excellent narrator as he provides just the right touch of menace in his voices he describes the goings-on of the gang.
    Some Holmes aficionados may be a bit offended by Sherlock's attitude to all this (reported indirectly), but I found this to be a very entertaining tale, and will be happy to download the sequel when it becomes available.
    Rickapolis

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Alex Grecian
    • Narrated By Toby Leonard Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (479)

    Victorian London is a cesspool of crime, and Scotland Yard has only 12 detectives - known as “The Murder Squad” - to investigate thousands of murders every month. Created after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure to capture Jack the Ripper, The Murder Squad suffers rampant public contempt. They have failed their citizens. When Walter Day, the squad’s newest hire, is assigned the case of the murdered detective, he finds a strange ally in the Yard’s first forensic pathologist, Dr. Bernard Kingsley.

    Debra says: "Enjoyable annoying book"
    "The Yawn"
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    I found this book a terrible disappointment. It was slow, dull, and completely uninteresting. I cared not a wit for the characters and found it an extremely difficult chore to stick with it to the end. I was convinced by the listener review to give it a try, but that writers opinion is, as it turns out, quite different from mine. I cannot recommend it at all. On any level. I consider this one of the biggest 'waste of a credit' in my Audible experience. Sorry to be so negative, but there you are.
    Rick

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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