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Michael

Weyers Cave, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9689)
    Performance
    (8903)
    Story
    (8952)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Did Dotrice get a bump on the head?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Feast for Crows in three words, what would they be?

    Great story, hampered by inconsistent performance.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Dotrice could easily have reviewed his previous pronunciations of names (like Catelyn and Petyr) and, more importantly, voices. His Dolorous Edd went from a brilliantly deadpan nasal to a cross between Hagrid and Davos Seaworth. Sam has apparently turned into a halfwit, if his new voice is any indication. It is sad.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Hugh Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (115)

    The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has ground its way through the courts for generations. At its heart are Ada Clare and Richard Carstone, who find love - and terrible loss - through their involvement in the endless battle. Meanwhile, her friend Esther Summeson, who believes she is an orphan, gradually discovers the truth of her identity. The court case throws out a web ensnaring all who come near it, including Lady Dedlock, the menacing lawyer Tulkingham, detective Bucket and tragic little waif Jo.

    Deborah says: "Ideal as an audiobook"
    "Flawless book; reader should get a medal."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sometimes you read a book that makes you just a little *better.* Bleak House is one of those books. The plot begins slowly and builds carefully, which will delight a good listener. The characters are memorable, believable, and varied. And what Hugh Dickson does with this reading is astounding: his Mr. Smallwood, his George, his Esther are just amazing. It's not just the perfect accents but the temperament, idiosyncracies and moods he brings out. What a book. Thanks, Mr. Dickens, and thanks, Mr. Dickson.


    What other book might you compare Bleak House to and why?

    Maybe Les Miserables, for the rejection of legalistic and heavily moral religious institution in favor of compassionate action. Maybe some of Trollope's more deeply felt books... Phineas Redux, Dr. Thorne. A little Charlotte Bronte.


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

    Hard to say, but I often thought about that as I listened. His brilliantly repulsive Mr. Smallwood I couldn't have created on my own. Likewise the stalwart George.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    New York Times best-selling author Sarah Waters received sweeping critical acclaim for her debut, Tipping the Velvet, and has been a finalist for the Orange and Booker Prizes. In The Night Watch she tells the riveting, intersecting tales of four Londoners during and after World War II. As these four people survive the devastation of war and experience the dizzying heights of life, their paths cross in ways none of them can foresee.

    AmazonShoppingQueen says: "may not work in audio"
    "Beautiful, wrenching story."
    Overall

    In "The Night Watch," we meet and learn to love several characters whose lives intersect in WWII London. Much is left to guess at, and I'm one who appreciates that: what is foregrounded is life itself in all its fragility and tenderness. Haven't encountered such a compassionate book in, well, a long time. The writing's quite lovely, too. And the reader... Juanita McMahon, you're an artist. Absolutely flawless. I really hope Audible will offer more Sarah Waters books soon, and that Ms. McMahon is the reader.

    This book (and its myriad voices) will stay with me a long, long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winesburg, Ohio

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sherwood Anderson
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Winesburg, Ohio has the most memorable cast of characters in 20th-century fiction. Listeners will remember at least a few stories and their characters for the rest of their lives. Each of the 23 stories stands on its own. And each is also interwoven into the fabric of the book.

    Jacob says: "Hilariously bad"
    "Stories marred by poor, distracted reading."
    Overall

    I have been listening to audiobooks for a long time now, but I'm not sure I've encountered such a graceless, toneless reader before. I can imagine that these stories would be engaging and memorable when read well, but this is an ordeal. At times the reader seems to lose his place, pause, then bumble on in a dispirited way. I didn't mind the 15 minute preamble, though it didn't tell me anything new about Anderson, but the reading itself... sigh... not too good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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