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Roger Conner

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Oak Park, IL United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Breakfast of Champions

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    Breakfast of Champions is vintage Vonnegut. One of his favorite characters, aging writer Kilgore Trout, finds to his horror that a Midwest car dealer is taking his fiction as truth. The result is murderously funny satire as Vonnegut looks at war, sex, racism, success, politics, and pollution in America and reminds us how to see the truth.

    Glenn says: "My favorite Vonnegut book"
    "Archetypal Vonnegut"
    Overall

    Although Vonnegut never says so, the events of the book are being described as if to an alien. This is his way of clearing his mind to look at people's prejudices and absurdities anew with no historical or cultural assumptions as if he were a child experiencing them for the first time, but a child with an adult mind. This enables him to convey his bitter cynicism about human beings with a sense of ironic humor worthy of Mark Twain. Our imaginations are "flywheels on the ramshackle machinery of the awful truth"--i.e., we have to make up stories to sugar coat the reality of human visciousness, selfishness, and stupidity. The lesson is: "WE ARE HEALTHY ONLY TO THE EXTENT THAT OUR IDEAS ARE HUMANE."

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Umberto Eco
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

    Darwin8u says: "Mortification of the Ears or "Redde mihi credita""
    "Astounding voice actors"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Name of the Rose to be better than the print version?

    Yes, actually. The vocal characterizations helps enormously in keeping track of the several personalities.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Name of the Rose?

    The theological debates among the monks, which were quite authentic as I understand. Again hearing them dramatized added greatly to what might otherwise seem rather dry.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Hard to choose. They were all good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playmates: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Spenser smells corruption in a college town. Taft University's hottest basketball star is shaving points for quick cash. All manner of sleaze -- from corrupt academics to hoods with graduate degrees -- have their fingers in the pot. Spenser's search takes him from lecture halls to blue collar bars and finally into a bloody confrontation with almost certain death. But Spenser saves an arrogant young athlete -- even though it nearly kills him to do it.

    Roger Conner says: "Terrible voice actor"
    "Terrible voice actor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Playmates? What did you like least?

    The reader makes no vocal distinction between characters. His attempt to portray black dialect would be funny if it didn't spoil the reading so. Get the book
    !


    What didn’t you like about Michael Prichard’s performance?

    See above


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Living

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Annie Dillard
    • Narrated By Laurence Luckinbill
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This New York Times best-selling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard is a mesmerizing evocation of life in the Pacific Northwest during the last decades of the 19th century.

    Roger Conner says: "Unfortunate abridgment"
    "Unfortunate abridgment"
    Overall

    Many of Dillard's psychological insights, stylistically evocative passages, and even needed character background are lost in this abridgment.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Small Vices: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Burt Reynolds
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Ellis Alves is no angel. But his lawyer says he was framed for the murder of college student Melissa Henderson...and asks Spenser for help.

    Vincent says: "Reynolds and the Book Were Excellent"
    "Novel idea, but slow."
    Overall

    It's fun to see Spenser up against an assailant who may be his equal as a shooter and about whom his usual contacts know nothing. It's also intereting that (with the exception of one bad apple) all the constituted lawmen are on his side. But there is a too-long stretch of the year of repetitive training that it takes for Spenser to recover from his injuries. This is exacerbated by the reader who has great voices for most of the men except Spenser, but never varies his exceedingly slow pace. Spenser is quick witted, but the reader annoyingly drawls his repartee.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • History of the Conquest of Mexico

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By W.H. Prescott
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    In 1519, Hernando Cortés arrived in Mexico to investigate stories of a wealthy empire. What he encountered was beyond his wildest dreams; an advanced civilization with complex artistic, political, and religious systems (involving extensive human sacrifice) and replete with gold. This was the Aztec empire, headed by the aloof emperor, Montezuma.

    Roger Conner says: "Gripping story"
    "Gripping story"
    Overall

    This is pre-PC history (the graphic descriptions of human sacrifice among the Aztecs are labeled "barbaric," for example--but the history is accurate and not Euro-centric. The narrative is detailed, but never anything but exciting.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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