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Alan J

bremerton , WA, USA

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  • The Diana Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tina Brown
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: among them, Diana's sexually charged mother, her bad-girl sister-in-law, Fergie, and, most formidable of them all, her mother-in-law, the Queen. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.

    Chris says: "Privileged people behaving badly"
    "Recommend"
    Overall

    I had no trouble following this book. It was facinating. Every time I turned off my audio player, I couldn't wait to turn it on again. This is a good listen. I've recommended it to several friends.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4278)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1585)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He and the Anti-Terrorist Task Force must stop "The Lion," an alleged Libyan terrorist with the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey. And listen to Mayday, by DeMille and Thomas Block, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time.

    CoCo says: "Excellent and engaging"
    "recommend"
    Overall

    A great listen. One of my favorite audios so far. It's long but it kept my attention from start to finish. Nothing boring here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Right Address

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carrie Karasyov, Jill Kargman
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    The Right Address sears through the upper crust of New York's glittering Park Avenue scene to dish the dirt on the ladies who lunch, the gents who club, and the desperate climbers who will stop at nothing to join the backstabbing, champagne-sipping, socialite-eat-socialite stratosphere.

    Jennifer says: "Fun and Light"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    This book got some bad reviews, but the audio version is very good. I'd just finished listening to the most boring historical novel and wanted something that flowed and entertained and "The Right Address" was a good choice. I even laughed in a few parts. The narrator was excellent. All of the characters are well rounded--except, unfortunately, for two:a bitchhy gay guy named Jerome and Maria a Mexican mistress, who were both so one dimensional that it distracted me from the joy of the rest of the book. A good listen though. It reminded me of the "Nanny Diaries."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dylan Thomas: A New Life

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Andrew Lycett
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In this authoritative, fresh, and compelling account of the extraordinary life and enduring work of Dylan Thomas, author of Under Milkwood, A Child's Christmas in Wales, Adventures in the Skin Trade, Portrait of the Artist As a Young Dog, and numerous poems and stories, Andrew Lycett peels back the layers of story that have accumulated around this extraordinarily talented writer, one of the most celebrated and contradictory literary figures of the 20th century.

    Alan J says: "A good listen"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    This one's still in my head even though I finsihed it two months ago. Facinating.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

    Connie says: "Cherry Jones - 10"
    "LIked This one"
    Overall

    I've never read Carson McCullers but I'd heard of her from reading biographies of other writers from the South, like Capote, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor. After finishing this audio I understand why she's in their league. The characters in this book remain with the reader long after the book is finished. If you're expecting a page turner then forget this one. This is a literary novel. It has peaks and valleys. Finish this audio and you'll come away with a better understanding of how humans are connected to one another and why and how they interact. After each chapter I had to keep reminding myself Carson McCullers was just 24 when she wrote this. Incidently, I thought the Narrator did an excellent job. I've enjoyed lots of books since I joined Audio last year, and this narrator I'd place at the top. This was a pleasurable listen and another reason why I think the United State's best writers are from the South.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Corrections

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (127)

    The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century - a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

    Charles says: "A memorable book; flawless narration"
    "Characters Reverberate"
    Overall

    Finished this book 3 weeks ago and have since listened to two other audio books, but the words of Franzens' characters continue replaying in my head (perhaps this is partly attributable to the narrator's superb performance. Some books I can't wait to finish, but when this one ended I wanted more.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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