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Marion, IA, USA

  • 2 reviews
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  • 120 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Light of Day

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Graham Swift
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm

    The author takes us inside George Webb's -a divorced ex-policeman turned private investigator- mind. For one day, we see what Webb sees and know only what his thoughts reveals. We learn about his childhood and the secret it forced him to carry; the last moments with his ex-wife; his fall as a cop; the ease with which he has turned his police skills to the demands of his new profession. And we learn how those demands have put him in a league with a client, a woman he has come to love.

    Mike says: "A wordsmith no doubt."
    "Amazing, both the reading and the writing"

    Light of Day has a stream-of-consciousness style, telling the story of a private detective who has fallen in love with an imprisoned murderess. The writing is powerful, full of wonderful observations on life. The reading, however, is even better--a masterful performance that brings the book to life.

    The first two-thirds of this book are best, with some of the most remarkable writing I've come across. Swift delivers wonderful, inciteful observations and metaphors. He does lose steam in the final third, but only ends up stepping back to a more average level of writing.

    What makes this audiobook remarkable is the reading by Graeme Malcolm. Malcolm's voice and reading style bring this quirky British detective alive, handling the complex stream-of-consciousness text masterfully.

    The amazing combination made the first two-thirds of this book one of the best audiobook experiences I've had. If you only like plot-driven books, this one isn't for you. If you have any taste for something more, however, this book is well worth the time.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with the Golden Torc: Secret Histories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Stuart Blinder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup.

    Loren says: "entertaining"
    "Golden Stinker"

    This audiobook has good sound quality. That's the only good thing to say about it, and its a shame that the quality wasn't lower. If there was some distortion, it might have masked the terrible writing and the horrible voice casting.

    The writing in this book might appeal to a pre-teen, as long as that child has not read many books. I've seen better writing from high school classes.

    The voice actor is terribly miscast for this role. Either that or he made some very bad choices about the character.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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