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Richard

Ballyhooly, Ireland

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  • You're Only as Good as Your Next One: 100 Great Films, 100 Good Films, and 100 for which I Should Be Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mike Medavoy, Josh Young
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who, though never far from controversy, remained loved and respected through four decades of moviemaking. He helped bring to the screen some of the most acclaimed Oscar-winning films of our time, including Apocalypse Now, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Sleepless in Seattle.

    Richard says: "Not Great, Quite Good, No need to Shoot"
    "Not Great, Quite Good, No need to Shoot"
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    Narration was good but the story was not as engrossing as I was expecting. I thought he would be discussing in more detail the great, good and awful. Instead there was a huge amount of self satisfaction (I should have known better, this is a Hollywood Insider after all) about some very spurious links to great films and very little discussion on the really bad ones, which is where the interest really would have been.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Superb"
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    Performance
    Story

    I thought I had read the book 5 - 6 times but actually listening to the stunning unabridged version I heard pieces of the book that I hadn't read before or certainly don't recall. Owen Meany sounded exactly as he should, John Wheelright as dull as he should. Everything was as it should have been. I couldn't recommend it higher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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