Steven Wright once again proved he is the Salvador Dali of stand-up comedy. Wright's deadpan delivery is right-on, having been honed by decades of one-line, high-concept, non-sequitors. Wright's mind is a twisted Mobius strip of concept and experience, and following his narratives will leave you similarly twisted and laughing out loud.
This performance is, as the title implies, very much a continuance of his previous body of work; nothing new here. If you loved Wright's previous material, you'll love this, too; some may feel disappointed as if it all had been heard before. If you *don't* like Steven Wright, why are you even reading this?
Steven Wright still has a pony, and still has a lock on my funny bone.
George Orwell's classic dystopian world is brought to life in this audio retelling of 1984. This performance requires some patience on the part of the listener as the Story of Winston Smith starts to unfold. The narrator, Simon Prebble gives a very true performance, but the work describes a world that is gray, dingy, depressing, and humorless, so the narration seems dry, dull and boring. But the performance merely reflects the mood of the book, as the nightmare that is Airstrip One in the nation of Oceania unfolds.
The performance really picks up as the characters of Winston, Julia and O'Brien form and come to life. Stick with this one; you will be rewarded in the end. Well, before the end, actually. After sixty-five years, 1984 remains a chilling, frightening portrait of a world that might have been. And could still be.
Big Brother is watching!
This is a compactly written, formulaic novel that failed to strike a chord with this listener.
[This novel is not to be confused with another novel by the same title written by Mark Russinovich and Howard Schmidt. That title is (as of this writing) not yet available on Audible, so if you are looking for that book, you'll have to wait a bit.]
Baldacci's protagonist is one-dimensional, almost superhuman, and, once you get to know him, entirely uninteresting. Puller, an Army criminal investigator, is thrown into a multi-faceted mystery when a colonel and his family are found brutally slain in the coal country of West Virginia. The action of the plot, through twists and turns, leaves Puller virtually unchanged from his state and station at page one, so what was the point of the action? Besides just action, that is?
And there is plenty of action. Puller is masterfully voiced by Ron McLarty, as is the part of the female local sheriff, by Orlagh Cassidy. Ms. Cassidy, carrying the female dialog, shows less range than her male counterpart, inflicting a rural brogue to all of her voices, a situation that works for the Appalachian sheriff, but not so much for the other characters.
This listen is for the listener who wants to put their feet up and loose themselves in an action novel. If you want stimulation or illumination, look elsewhere. If you just want to relax with a quick read, enjoy Zero Day.
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