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Paul

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Johnny Carson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry Bushkin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

    Pi says: "Not for the uninitiated"
    "Interesting Perspective - Awful Narration"
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    Where does Johnny Carson rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The horrible narration makes a fair assessment impossible to determine.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's self imposed inflections detracted from the book. Whether it was from his wry expressions or from overly exaggerated utterances, the narrator believed he was bigger than the story itself. In fact, his voice created interpretations of the material that may not have been the author's intent. The narration is so bad that the publisher should have another recording produced and delete this version altogether.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the insight into Carson's life. As an individual who grew up watching him regularly, I could imagine him saying some of the lines in the book and appreciated the opportunity to remember him in that manner.

    Now, about that awful narrator...

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (548)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "3.5 stars (rounded down)"
    Overall

    Overall, an enjoyable read. I liked Cicero and Tiro quite a bit. To me, the book fell into three sub-stories and I felt a lag in the transition between them. The ending was somewhat abrupt and would have liked a little more conclusion or tease. I also expected the language to be more stilted although Cicero's articulation was excellent. The courtroom debates were intriguing. I would consider another of Harris' books from this historical period.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Metamorphosis

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Franz Kafka
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning to find he has been transformed into a gigantic insect. This extraordinary tale of imagination was written by Kafka against the backdrop of increasing turmoil in central Europe and remains not just an affecting tale but a disturbing allegory.

    Pierre Gauthier says: "Haunting!"
    "Don't want to wake up like this"
    Overall

    Kafka creates despair in his character from the start. The listener understands that this may not end well. It is well written as one can see in his mind's eye the desolate room in which the occupant lives. Enjoyable to reflect on the individual as he changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Mary W Shelley
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (25)

    Dr. Frankenstein learns the secret of imparting life to inanimate matter. To test his theories, he collects bones from the charnel-houses to construct a "human" being, and then gives it life. The creature, endowed with supernatural size and strength, is revolting to look at, and frightens all who see it. Lonely and miserable, it comes to hate its creator. The monster murders Frankenstein's brother and his bride, and flees. The doctor pursues his creation in order to destroy it.

    Catlin says: "Amazing Story of Tragedy and Sorrow"
    "Enjoyable Dark Gloom"
    Overall

    The writing was outstanding. Mary Shelley's use of language had a poetic quality as she pulls words of great description to tell the tale. The actor did a fantastic job with the various voices and clear speech - even with the various accents. This is no modern day horror story, but the dark gloom that hung over the story was engaging to the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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