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Gary

North Bergen, NJ, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Le Morte d'Arthur

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sir Thomas Malory
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Hear the immortal story of Arthur, the once and future king! The legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is a superb story of adventure, love, honor, and betrayal. Originally published in 1485, Malory's epic poem, Le Morte d'Arthur, is filled with dramatic power and deep, tragic irony. Guenever, Launcelot, Mordred, the quest for the Holy Grail and the ultimate doom of Arthur's realm - it's all here.

    Edward says: "Derek Jacobi is Astounding"
    "Deft dancing in the Word Morass"
    Overall

    One only has to track down the original text of this book to appreciate the reader's skill in its interpretation of it. I did this,curious to investigate the unabridged version,and found it unfathomable!The text was laid out in the ancient English style,with endless lines running into each other and no paragraphs or punctuation to guide you through it.But Derek Jacobi manages to not only to conquer the text,but to give it life as well.If you can excuse the odd patterning of the result,the book is a very worthwhile investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Glen Cook, Gardner Dozois (editor), Neil Gaiman, and others
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey, Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    The anthology Songs of the Dying Earth has assembled one of the most distinguished casts of authors ever - including Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Paula Volsky, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Lucius Shepard, Tad Williams, Tanith Lee, Liz Williams, Glen Cook, and eleven other famous writers - to write stories in honor of the genius of Jack Vance, stories using the bizarre and darkly beautiful far future setting of the Dying Earth, near the very end of Earth's lifespan.

    Gary says: "The Snack that left me Ravenous"
    "The Snack that left me Ravenous"
    Overall

    This tribute to one of the still living masters of fantasy made me realize just how under-represented the works of Jack vance are in audiobook form. The writers here have captured the odd cadences,the delicate pallettes of imagery and the whimsical ideas Mr Vance has entertained his readers with for countless decades. You can feel the respect of their tellings for the original works throughout,and until these treasures find their way to this website,I heartily invite all to have a taste of what Vance is and hope this will prompt the appearence of the classics these homages sprang from.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Sherlock Holmes Theater

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Yuri Rasovsky
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis, Kristoffer Tabori, a Full Cast
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Blackstone Audiobooks is pleased to present the first audio recordings ever of the only two Holmes plays written by his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This new, specially commissioned production of the Hollywood Theater of the Ear stars Audie Award-winning readers Martin Jarvis (as Sherlock Holmes) and Kristoffer Tabori (as Dr. Watson).

    Gary says: "Exactly the Opposite"
    "Exactly the Opposite"
    Overall

    I feel the first segments of these productions were a bit disappointing.Not the fault of the actors,who perform their parts with sufficient skill,nor of the production itself,which shows itself as an assembly of loving craft. I think ultimatly its Conan Doyle himself that must be blamed for this:the need to expand his audience and the lure of money probably tempted him to rehash old plots for a quick buck.Forgivable:these arepleasant productions but not deep.

    However,the REAL gem of this mix,unlike the previous review had mentioned was the last "comedy".If you have read all the old short stories and are very familiar with the characters,you'll definatly savor the dialogue here.It begins with Holmes and Watson trying to converse civilly enough,but it escalates into the delightfully vicious bile spitting only old friends can indulge in.And it gets WEIRD.Buy this collection just for the happy catfight and twisted twist ending.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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