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Parola138

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  • Selected Shorts: The William Hurt Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tobias Wolff, Ron Carlson, Richard Ford, and others
    • Narrated By William Hurt
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A collection of poignant, romantic and funny tales performed by Academy Award -winning actor William Hurt. This collection includes a bonus track of an exclusive interview with William Hurt. Hurt's readings are thoughtful, tender, romantic, and resonant. A treasure.

    Parola138 says: "amazing voice for audio"
    "amazing voice for audio"
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    I guess I am not alone in realizing William Hurt's audio talent. I absolutely am enamored with his reading of "The Sun Also Rises." It's as good, if not better than, listening to great music. So, to see him knock out a bunch of short stories (of great authors don't forget), I was pretty satisfied.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Likeness

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2823)
    Performance
    (1728)
    Story
    (1736)

    Tana French's debut, In the Woods, hit the New York Times best-seller list and drew rave reviews from the Times (London) and Booklist. Picking up six months later, this riveting sequel finds Detective Cassie Maddox still scarred by her last case. When her boyfriend calls her to a chilling murder scene, Cassie is forced to face her inner demons. A young woman has been found stabbed to death outside Dublin, and the victim looks just like Cassie.

    Michael says: "Really on a Different Level"
    "Major Leagues"
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    This story is masterful in the way its written. I recently finished reading a few other 'mystery' type books where you hit pockets when the author sort of loses you in the suspension of disbelief and you know its a fictional book. Not with Tana French. You get pulled in and its all very real. I don't know why, but the recording on this book sounds slightly muffled. But you get over it after a few minutes and, other than that, its narrated pretty well especially with all the Irish slang and accents. I really thought the plot of this one was brilliant compared to other books not only in this series but in this genre as a whole.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sun Is God

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Colonial New Guinea, 1906: A small group of mostly German nudists lives an extreme back-to-nature existence on the remote island of Kabakon. Eating only coconuts and bananas, they purport to worship the sun. One of their members, Max Lutzow, has recently died, allegedly from malaria. But an autopsy on his body in the nearby capital of Herbertshöhe raises suspicions about foul play.

    JMom says: "Read the book"
    "Just the right length"
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    I was introduced to McKinty through the Duffy trilogy, which is still his best work so far. I really found the subject of this book a bit of an odd direction for him, but also I was curious to see how he would handle it as an author. Overall, I found this to be an interesting book. Not as compelling as other books he has penned, but interesting. McKinty's style is there and it dances with wanting to be a Duffy or Forsythe book, but manages to hold its own identity despite being a crime investigation story. Gerard Doyle did an amazing job of narrating. This book had just the right length too, as one more hour would have killed it. Overall, it's a brief, interesting read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Junky

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By T. Rider Smith, Andrew Garman, Mark Nelson
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Burroughs' first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures, and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. Through time spent kicking and time spent dealing, through junk sickness and a sanatorium, Junky is a field report from the American post-war drug underground. It has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse and unapologetic tone.

    Parola138 says: "Love this book"
    "Love this book"
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    First off, I hate Naked Lunch. Maybe the worst book I've ever read. Burroughs is one of those writers you feel like you're supposed to like, then you read Naked Lunch and decide for yourself its all academic snob hype and nothing more. Junky is a different beast altogether. Junky is very blunt, very well-written. It transports you back in time very easily to the 1950's. It falls into line with On the Road, but to me is the darker, brooding kid brother. Narration on this is great. If you hated Naked Lunch, give this a shot (in the arm).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloomsday Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (351)

    Michael Forsythe is contacted by his former lover, Bridget, a New York Irish Mob boss, whose fiancé he killed. Bridget, calling from Dublin, says that her 11-year-old daughter has been kidnapped. Michael's choice is to fly to Dublin and help her find the girl, or be executed at the hands of Bridget's goons, who are holding him at gunpoint. He agrees to nothing, but is soon on the way to Dublin, leaving the first two of many dead bodies in his wake.

    Johnnie Walker says: "SIX STARS ******"
    "weakest of the series, still pretty entertaining"
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    Opinions on these books range. I liked the second book the best. This one didn't suck me in, but around the middle I started to like it more. Then it grew on me and I was satisfied. I burn through this author's audiobooks so easily. They read (or play, I should say) so easily. The writing is top-notch. Then, on top of that, you have Gerard Doyle's impeccable delivery on the narration. If I listen to more than three hours in one day, I start speaking in an irish accent the next day at work. No joke.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (378)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "my short story"
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    Here's my short story. I read all Sean Duffy 3-book series by this author first. Took a break. Read the first of the Michael Forsythe books (Dead I may well be), and thought it was just ok. I didn't think I was going to continue with the series. But, I decided to give this second book in the forsythe series a go and I'm glad I did. This is the best book I've read by this author yet. I really thought this was a superb book and superb narration. If there were a hundred books by this author and narrator combo, I'd buy every single one of them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (637)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "a bit too existential for me"
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    I feel like this book would fare better with Italian readers who might appreciate a more existential way of writing. I am all for existentialism, but not when it applies to a crime novel. You literally go half way into this book before you even understand what is going on with the man convicted of the crime, so its hard to care about the crime part of it. The rest is the narrator's marriage and random things about his life. I just don't feel like its a good mix. A crime novel succeeds for me when it is more plot driven, with the characters secondary. I'm an American though. I just felt like he wanted to write like Camus and Raymond Chandler at the same time. Before attempting this author, search Mediterranean Noir on Wikipedia to get a grasp for what this book is like. Aside from my qualms with the book itself, narration was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4727)
    Performance
    (2781)
    Story
    (2783)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Enjoyed very much"
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    I went into this book blind. I found it very slow for most of the book and the narrator has some awkward pauses and mouth noises throughout. I would knock out a few hours, forget about the book for a while. Come back to it a week or two later, get a little further. Then I hit a point where it got very good. The writing is superb. Highly talented. Narration could use improving but overall this is a great audiobook and unfortunately I will probably buying everything else this writer has written as a result.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead I Well May Be

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (550)

    Young Michael, an illegal immigrant escaping the troubles in Northern Ireland is strong and fearless and clever, just the fellow to be tapped by Darkey, a crime boss, to join a gang of Irish thugs struggling against the rising Dominican powers in Harlem and the Bronx. The time is pre-Giuliani New York, when crack rules the city, squatters live furtively in ruined buildings, and hundreds are murdered each month.

    Robert says: "What an amazing book"
    "Liked it"
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    I got into McKinty with the Duffy series, which moved a lot quicker for me and I like better than the Forsythe books. Honestly, I went four hours with this book, not really connecting with it. Then it got better. The descriptions of New York are awesome. The narration on this is perfect as in all the other books. If you are first breaking into McKinty, ready Cold Cold Ground first (The trouble trilogy).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • South of the Border, West of the Sun: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Eric Loren
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime - beginning in Japanese - has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime's happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart.

    Darwin8u says: "A River of Unmindfulness"
    "The overlooked gem"
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    This was unavailable in audio for many years. I am happy to see they've finally released it. I've read four Murakami novels and most of the short story collections. I don't think this book is as popular as 'Wind up Bird' and some of the others, but in my own opinion this is his best work. Wind Up Bird and Kafka are paced very slow with chapters and chapters of stuff that is intereting to read, but overall does not contribute to the story. This book is slim, to the point. Wistful romance of the only-child. It is very haunting without trying too hard. I've read the other Murakami novels once, but this book I've read at least five times. I am surprised it is not as popular as his other books. If you already like Murakami, I think you will like this. If you're new to Murakami, I can't think of a better novel to start with.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Slaughter: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (833)

    . Mister Slaughter opens in the emerging metropolis of New York City in 1702, and proceeds to take both Matthew and the reader on an unforgettable journey of horror, violence, and personal discovery. The journey begins when Matthew, now an apprentice problem solver for the London-based Herrald Agency, accepts an unusual and hazardous commission. Together with his colleague, Hudson Greathouse, he agrees to escort the notorious mass murderer Tyranthus Slaughter from an asylum outside Philadelphia to the docks of New York.

    Cheryl says: "Fantastic series!"
    "I struggle to even give this two stars"
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    I loved the first two books of the series. Like many other reviewers have written, I had never heard of this author before "Speaks the Nightbird." Leave it up to audible to ensnare people with their first-of-a-series sales aka 'gateway drug.' I almost went ahead and bought all four available Corbett novels. Glad I didn't. I literally burned through the first two books. The writing, pacing and characterization was top-notch. You felt like you were in the passenger seat and the author was sprawling a great journey before you. This third book, however, is completely the opposite. It is well-written, but lacks heart. It starts off intriguing enough, but then goes into this deal with Mr. Slaughter which is neither thrilling or interesting. Mr. Slaughter reminds me a lot of Heath Ledger in the second batman film, where he tries sooo hard to be soooo crazy and wicked that its just kind of ridiculous. I kept pressing myself to listen to this book, but it shouldn't be that much work. I gave up a few hours shy of the end because, well, I could not force myself to care anymore. I am debating whether or not to even read the fourth book in the series. And the strangest thing off all is that Mr. Corbett has made some decisions in this book that make him really unappealing as a main character as a series. The pacing in this book also suffers, whereas it was almost perfect in the other books. I don't know what threw me off with this one, but it didn't 'feel' like the other books. It bored me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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