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Barry

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Basic Training

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Colin Hanks
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Written to be sold under the pseudonym of "Mark Harvey", this 20,000-word novella was never published in Vonnegut’s lifetime. Basic Training is a bitter, profoundly disenchanted story that satirizes the military, authoritarianism, gender relationships, parenthood, and most of the assumed mid-century myths of the family. Haley Brandon, the adolescent protagonist, comes to the farm of his relative, the old crazy who insists upon being called The General, to learn to be a straight-shooting American....

    Darwin8u says: "A Quaint Vonnegut Bildungsroman"
    "Short Coming of Age Slice of Life"
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    What did you love best about Basic Training?

    My first Vonnegut. Slow start but well worth the patience. The characters in ensemble are clearly drawn with each one showing growth and clear change.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Basic Training?

    I was quite moved in the final scene, when the General shows his strength of character by admitting his need for change of heart and expresses clearly with great difficulty that this indeed has happened. Then he is able to speak directly to his family with emotion no longer a threat to his authority, speaking of love with a balance of discipline.


    What about Colin Hanks’s performance did you like?

    Colin Hanks presented the characters clearly and consistently. He did a fine job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened with interest as long as I could before breaking off for other required activities


    Any additional comments?

    It was a slow starting book for me, but I'm glad I hung in there rather than giving up. It was a great experience and I needed to learn not to quit too soon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15841)
    Performance
    (10153)
    Story
    (10035)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Charles Dickens with Sex and a Scots Attitude"
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    What made the experience of listening to Outlander the most enjoyable?

    It's a tie! Gabaldon and Porter are a formidable combination of writing and reading. I can't express what a great experience it was except to say that at the time of this writing I've just finished the third of the series and can't wait to start number 4.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Claire Beacham Randall Fraser is an attractive, honest, selfish, plain spoken, profane, courageous and extremely sensual woman. After being immersed in Dickens for almost a year, it's almost embarrassing how much sex there is in this book, but soon, it becomes integral to the story of love, romance and adventure between Claire and Jaime.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Every character is well written, presented and fully developed. Of course Claire is the central figure with Jaime a close second. But you could look as far afield to Murtaugh, or the little dried up lawyer, or any of the less prominent characters and feel that you know them and care about them.


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

    The next Harry Potter series only for (very) Mature Audiences.

    "A film" of this book would only be possible if it we done like the Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter series . . . only on steroids. This is a big, big book and there are 7 of them. Do the math.


    Any additional comments?

    Diana Gabaldon is prolific and extremely entertaining. She starts quickly and goes all out pedal to the metal from start to finish. Are there flaws? Yes, but I'm not listing them because what I see as flaws another would see as style. This was her first novel. It's just almost miraculous what she was able to do (and has done since.) And this fact makes the consistency of her writing, at least as far as I've read to date, amazing to me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hold the Anchovies

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harris Tobias
    • Narrated By Bill Comb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Retired New York City homicide detective, Vinny DeMarco joins his old partner, Bluto, in a pizza restaurant in Reno, NV. The oldest pizza delivery man in America gets more than he bargained for when he delivers a pizza to the mysterious Scotsman, one of Reno's big shot gangsters. What follows is a tale of action, murder and revenge as hot and spicy as a pepperoni pizza.

    Barry says: "Dashiell Hammett with Pepperoni and Extra Cheese"
    "Dashiell Hammett with Pepperoni and Extra Cheese"
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    What did you love best about Hold the Anchovies?

    Hold the Anchovies was fun, light entertainment: fresh to my ears and . . . well my son owns a pizzeria, so it hit close to home.


    What other book might you compare Hold the Anchovies to and why?

    Any of the noir detectives.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The encounters with the bad guy: the fearlessness of the battle hardened retired detective: his wily manipulation of the crime boss and particularly the strenthening, rather than weakening as the threat increased and grew clearer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to all my books in big chunks and only leave when duty calls me away.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill Comb's rendering of the characters ranged from the consistenly harsh and rough voice of our hero to the lightest of the females and was good in every one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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