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Angus Davis

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  • Up in Honey's Room

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The odd thing about Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, he's a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, doesn't know that Walter is a member of a spy ring and gives shelter to escaped German POWs. But she's tired of telling him jokes he doesn't understand; it's time for a divorce.

    Pat C says: "Funny"
    "Elmore Leonard for President!"
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    What did you love best about Up in Honey's Room?

    I loved the Hot Kid so much I have practically memorized it and Honey's Room let me live a little longer in view of Carl (Carlos) Webster's ironic brilliance and daring do. All the characters in this book are memorable and intriguing, but the story and the action are not quite up to the standard of the Hot Kid. Nevertheless, I wouldn't have missed it.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was desolate that it came so soon.


    What about Arliss Howard???s performance did you like?

    I don't even think of it as a performance it was so convincing. To me, Arliss Howard is the voice of the 1930's.


    Who was the most memorable character of Up in Honey's Room and why?

    I loved Honey, so beautiful, appealing, open and direct. However, even though the Polish Countess/German Spy trails a faint scent of a stock character, she is my favorite. She encompasses the essence of a degenerate nobility and the power of a woman capable of intrigue, compassion and murder.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a student of 'classic' literature and Elmore Leonard is a prolific producer of
    genre pulp fiction. So I stand up when I say his work has a seamy realism and pulse so artistic and close to life he provides profound satisfaction. It should be the basis for at least as many doctoral theses as it has been movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1236)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (937)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "A Gothic masterpiece and great literary work."
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a fine presentation of a great novel. The characters and the twists and turns of the story come brilliantly alive. This has long been one of my favorite books and I like it even better after taking in the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sins of the Father: Clifton Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (723)

    Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw.

    Margaret Campbell says: "Can';t Wait for the Next One!!!"
    "Not quite up to the standard of Book One"
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    Any additional comments?

    Again the characters are uncomplicatedly on the side of the good or the opposing sleazy guys. But the interesting character of Jack is missing. His absence is partially compensated by the heroine's powerful, aristocratic American relatives who are on the right side but not quite so good in heart. I had to have this after the first but I am not so hungry for the next one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steppenwolf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Peter Weller
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (368)

    Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine.

    Darwin8u says: "Save this Hesse novel for your midlife crisis."
    "Great literature but..."
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This once very popular work by the German Nobelist Hesse is deep, complex and fascinating. And, while short, readable and not terribly dense, it is not a page turner. It is a highly philosophical work that emerges from the narrative consciousness of a man in painful search for meaning outside the normal structures of the comfortable middle class. I listen to it when I have an energy that isn't satisfied by thrillers.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Only Time Will Tell: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1036)

    From the internationally best-selling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war"....

    C. Johnson says: "Standard Archer "class-clash". Stellar narration!!"
    "A really good read. Almost but not quite excellent"
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    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't stop listening to this book with keen enjoyment and kept going back over passages to make sure I'd gotten the full sense of it. That's the good news. This is serious fiction--almost. Where it falls short, I think, is trading off a deep sense of character complexity in favor of strongly delineating which side of the good/bad divide they are meant to be seen as standing on. So, well worth listening to but falls short of the hopes ot inspires.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    Overall
    (4329)
    Performance
    (3141)
    Story
    (3138)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Story picks up after slow start"
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    Do you have any additional comments?

    At first I feared I'd picked a dud. The protagonist seemed too full of self pity to be taken seriously. The narrator's tone of relentless ponderousness contrbuted to this sense. I stuck with it though inermittently and eventually was swept up in a real 'Heart of Darkess' reversal. This is a woman's book in a profound sense, not for wonen only.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy: Second World War 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (268)

    This volume of Churchill's history ofWorld Ward 2 recounts the dramatic months as the war drew to a close - the normandy landings, the liberation of western Europe, the bombing of hiroshima and Nagaski, and the surrender of Germany and Japan.

    John M says: "Always good, occasionally great"
    "Winston Churchill knew more about WW2 than anyone."
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    Would you listen to Triumph and Tragedy again? Why?

    And he wrote about it with an excellence no one else has equalled. I would certainly listen to it again. I am amazed at how candid yet diplomatic Churchill is, and how beautifully he writes. Imagine a great world leader, also a brilliant journalist, who knows first hand the course of the most important war in history describing events and the personalities of the principal world rulers with penetrating insight and great humor. There is so much to be learned by this book, listening to it twice would only be good for starters.


    What other book might you compare Triumph and Tragedy to and why?

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is a brilliant book and I loved it. However, the account of a journalist who lived through the war and observed it first hand pales in comparison with Churchills authority and intimate knowledge of events.


    What about Christian Rodska???s performance did you like?

    I thought of him as Churchill. I felt Churchill was telling me about the war.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Triumph and Tragedy. The birth of the world today.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one book I am going to get a hard copy and take notes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3715)
    Performance
    (2092)
    Story
    (2096)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "I wish Tana French would write ten more like this."
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    Where does Faithful Place rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I think there is sometimes a thin line between great literature and fine detective fiction. Tana French crosses this line. Her characters are finely and deeply drawn and the life they share is far more than a stage set for murder. In fact, the murder is so deeply rooted in the lives and personalities of the characters it serves as an entrance into their complex and difficult world. In other words, this book is not about solving a murder (even though it is) it is about searching for an understanding of love, family, fate and how it happens that one person comes to kill another.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Faithful Place?

    There are so many, most of them explosive interactions between the characters. I think my favorite scenes are the flashbacks to the protagonist undercover cop and the murdered girl he loved.


    What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    It's funny that this question surprises me. The narration is so closely associated in my mind with the story, the connection is seamless. In other words, it's hard to imagine the story in any other way than that evoked by Mr. Reynolds.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Faithful Place. Where love brings death home to meet the family.


    Any additional comments?

    I've already downloaded In the Woods. Let me know when you have another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5074)
    Performance
    (2173)
    Story
    (2166)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Everyone went to Yale except the Author."
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    What would have made The Company better?

    The author makes a big deal out of the upper class WASP background that sprouted many of the the CIA's agents, originally, but the narrator doesn't know how to pronounce a lot of the insider words and the author makes big boo boos like calling oarsmen


    Would you recommend The Company to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't. It is too painful to hear someone try to create the Ivy League insider culture when he isn't of it. No Yale graduate would mention the fact that he was a Yale graduate and rowed against Harvard. But the author here lays out things like crew and skull & bones as though he knew something about them.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He could have attended Yale.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Company?

    I would have cut out the entire beginning after the initial assassination. Unfortunately, I couldn't get past this part.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Toff and Old Harry: The Toff Series

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Creasey
    • Narrated By George Hagan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Hon. Richard Rollison, alias "The Toff", decides to find gangland leader "Old Harry". But things start to look black for Rollison when rumours start that he is actually "Old Harry".

    Constance says: "Good Classic Detective Story; Some Recording Flaws"
    "Old fashioned, very tame, but I liked it."
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yes. The title character is a wonder, rich, brilliant beloved by the poor and criminal class, but we never get to see this demonstrated. For most of the book the


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    The Toff is a great character, but is not developed. The same could be said for all of the other characters as well. They are introduced with much promise but it is never fulfilled.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The opening scene where the mysterious girl and the mysterious stranger who seems so kind and omniscient save the desperate nephew from drowning himself to get back at his rich uncle.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The Toff's friendship with the poor and criminal class, neither patronising nor judgmental, was inspiring. I would like to know more poor people and criminals. Seriously.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I am a fan of Creasy, and, actually, of most British mystery writers of a certain age--like Michael Gilbert, Reginald Hill, Ruth Rendell, and the Inspector Banks novelist (name escapes me at present). There is an innocence about these well-told stories that appeals to me in contrast to the stories featuring a martial arts master, ace sharpshooter and lady-killing hero who beats everyone up or shoots them to catch a really diabolic serial killer, for example--though I love Jack Reacher,too.


    My only additional comment is that the questions I have answered here, that you asked, have no relation to the questions that appear in the review as published which makes me look like an idiot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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