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Pam

West Hollywood, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall, Kirby Heyborne, Lincoln Hoppe, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    An exploration of love, need, and the ineluctable force of the past, Nocturnes reveals these individuals to us with extraordinary precision and subtlety, and with the arresting psychological and emotional detail that has marked all of Kazuo Ishiguro's acclaimed works of fiction.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "Wow!"
    "Very Inferior Ishiguro Work"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am mystified by the good reviews. I can't imagine anyone enjoying or being touched by these stories. To me, they had none of the depth, subtlety, and originality of his novels. I didn't care about any of the characters except the Italian musician.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    The narrator who read the Italian musician was very good, but the one who narrated the supposedly comedic (not) story had no comic timing, and the one who narrated the plastic surgery story read so slowly, it made you want to scream.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I have read all of Kazuo Ishiguro's novels and am a big fan, so I was very disappointed and also angry that I had wasted my time and money on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Why is there an audiobook of this and not one of his masterpiece, Remains of the Day?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hemingway's Chair

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    An ambitious outsider is appointed postmaster over Martin Sproale, the mild assistant in a small English Coastal town, and starts to transform the friendly, old-fashioned local post office. Martin is faced with a choice: to be his usual agreeable self and go along with the drastic changes, or to be like his hero, Ernest Hemingway, and fight for what he believes in.

    Carrie Bolton says: "A good story, with awesome narration"
    "Dreadful"
    Overall

    I've listened to 276 books on Audible, and this is, hands down, the worst. Nothing about it works.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Roman Blood: A Mystery of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By Scott Harrison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    In Rome, 80 B.C., on a warm spring morning, Gordianus the Finder receives a summons to the house of a then-unknown young advocate and orator, Cicero. Ambitious and brilliant, the 26-year-old Cicero is about to argue his first important case. His client is a wealthy farmer, one Sextus Roscius of the town of Ameria, who stands accused of the most unforgivable act in Ancient Rome: the murder of his father.

    Greg says: "good read/listen"
    "Not a good listen."
    Overall

    This book is really nothing more than Sam Spade deposited in ancient Rome--a detective sniffing out clues and avoiding thugs in the gritty backstreets of a great city. The protagonist even has a devoted and efficient female slave who fills the Effie role. The author has done a great deal of research, but, like the hero, it feels like a veneer on the story rather than an integral part of it, unlike the exquisite scholarship of "The Egyptian." The main weakness, however, is the reader. Very poor choice for the material, as he has no aptitude for character voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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