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United States | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 190 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Long After Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard

    Fantastic or conventional, chillingly suspenseful, or hauntingly nostalgic, each of these stories has that aura of the unexpected combined with the special ring of absolute rightness that is brilliantly, uniquely Bradbury.

    Iola says: "Another Bradbury Worth Listening To"
    "Great Collection of Ray's Short Stories"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ray's short of Dublin on Sunday is outstanding. Brought tears to my eyes. The chocolate bar confessional at the end made me laugh out loud for a full minute. Wonderful. Overall, a great collection of stories of every sort written in the constricting confines of the short story. Every word is perfectly placed. From prosaic to poetic, these are worth the listen. As a first introduction to Bradbury, you'll get a feel for his ability to paint your mind with images and people.

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

    Mr. Prichard brings great characterizations and voice to the reading. I've already relistened to a number of these simply because Michael did such a wonderful job of voicing. Several of the old men sounded like they were brothers, but from young to old, great job. As one who has voiced hundreds of characters to my sons over the years, I admire this immensely.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Summons & The Brethren

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller, Michael Beck

    The Summons: Once Judge Atlee was a powerful figure in Clanton, Mississippi. Now the judge is a sick, lonely old man who has withdrawn to his sprawling ancestral home. Knowing the end is near, Judge Atlee has issued a summons for his two sons to return to Clanton to discuss his estate. The Brethren: They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. In prison these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong. Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich, very fast.

    Michael says: "Great Performance"
    Would you listen to The Summons & The Brethren again? Why?

    I'd probably listen to them both again. They are both well-written stories. Although the tax aspects of estates is something that the author conveys inaccurately, only someone in the business would pick that up. I would listen to The Summons with pleasure because the reading was so well done. The Brethren narrator had a number of vocal peculiarities that rubbed me like sandpaper all the way through, but I'd still listen again.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The protagonist in The Summons was believable and you hoped for the best for him. How he dealt with the problems he encountered were sometimes humorous and sometimes pathetic. With The Brethren, I didn't know who to really root for. There was no one I connected with because everyone was crooked or underhanded and cold hearted. The story, however, still kept my interest to see which of the less than honorable characters would win in the end, if anyone.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The Summons was voiced superbly. The Brethren: The narrator had an irritating way of ending every sentence. Dropping his voice and ending in almost, or actually, a whisper. Rarely was there anything in the end of a sentence that made you anticipate the next one. It was as though he was done reading after every period. Had the story been less compelling, I would have stopped listening after the first few chapters. The variation and accent of his character voicings was inconsistent, confusing, and, for some characters, non-existent. In his defense, there was a large number of characters to voice. However, I will think twice before purchasing another book narrated by him.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Both books grabbed my attention with enough interest to make me want to listen all the way through. I was reluctant to leave my car at times when I reached my destination because I wanted to hear more.

    Any additional comments?

    There are a number of places in The Brethren where the narrative repeats about 5 seconds at a time. This needs to be cleaned up by the techs at Audible before too much longer. It's expected that there might be a bobble or two in the recording, but these happened about 10 times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Science Fiction Favorites

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Isaac Asimov

    This selection of some of Asimov's most enduring and unforgettable stories is read by the author himself. These vintage tales encompass the full range of Asimov's versatility, while displaying his puckish sense of humor.

    Jeff says: "Entertaining and personal"
    Any additional comments?

    In the introduction, Mr. Asimov tells how he selected the stories, that they were some of his favorites. I appreciate that and some, indeed, were delightful tales. Others were simply Meh! His personal insights and introductions to each item are enjoyable, but his voice takes some getting used to. After a while, you just realize it's the author reading and go with it. Overall, not one of my favorites but certainly worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Platt
    • Narrated By David Platt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...BUT WHO DO YOU KNOW WHO LIVES LIKE THAT? DO YOU?

    Forrest says: "Cutting Through The Fluff"
    "Cutting Through The Fluff"
    What did you love best about Radical?

    I have been challenged to the core of my being by the message that David Platt brings. The challenge is clear and do-able. What a wake up call to the Church in North America!! Rather than continuing to insulate ourselves from the real needs of the world by building self-congratulating works that only show love to those who already love us back, Platt challenges us to overlay the Gospel with our lives to see if anything shines through. Jesus' commission is ours. If we fail to take it up, God will use someone else, but we will not see the reward nor have the fellowship with Him in its realization.

    I'm not a Calvinist, but that doesn't really matter. The call of Jesus to His Church is exactly the same. Things that I've been blind to in the past, David has helped me see with crystal clarity for what they are. No Christian should be afraid to listen to this book, nor should we try to explain it away by a differing theology. As a CPA, I'm particularly challenged to live below my means and invest the money of this world to make eternal friends.

    This is not an ivory tower exposition of the necessity of being active in the Church. It's also not a pastor trying to lay a guilt trip on his people to get them to do something. Instead, it is a call from one laborer in the Master's vineyard to another to be diligently about the Master's business. It's always been interesting to look at Paul's designation of himself as a bondservant of Christ. This book helped me see that status as my own and realise that I no longer belong to myself. I am Christ's, and He has priority over anything else.

    This is a brave book in that it didn't comfort me in my current situation and congratulate me on how well I may be doing. Instead, Platt looks at the commands of Jesus and the claim of God on my life. He doesn't claim any supernatural knowledge of my situation, but he lays out the Biblical mandate and basically says,

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The 5-point challenge is worth the price of the book. Very worthwhile reading.

    Any additional comments?

    After 8 hours of listening to Mr. Platt, one might tire of his emphatic delivery. Please don't let that dissuade you from listening. He does a very commendable job of reading and the message is so compelling that the emphasis of each point is important.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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