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Cameron

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  • The Maid's Version: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (58)

    Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family in West Table, Missouri. Her husband is mostly absent, and, in 1929, her scandalous, beloved younger sister is one of the 42 killed in an explosion at the local dance hall. Who is to blame? Mobsters from St. Louis? The embittered local gypsies? The preacher who railed against the loose morals of the waltzing couples? Or could it have been a colossal accident?

    Janice says: "What really happened"
    "Disjointed"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is my first review to write after listening to over 100 audiobooks, but I felt it needed to be written. I enjoyed the author's imagery and poetry-like descriptions, but the story was too "all over the place". The vignettes, while independently interesting, were not in any sort of reasonable order (at least none that I could discern from listening to the audiobook) which made following the story difficult. They jumped randomly from World War I to the 1960s and everywhere in between. While I don't always mind this in certain books or films, it just didn't work in this book.
    Also, from the descriptions I read, both Audible and in other publications, I believed that this book was written as a mystery. It read more like a bunch of disjointed barely-connected stories, none of which piqued my interest as to who (if anybody) might have committed the deed in question. I'm extremely glad it was only four hours long, as I would not have been happy to have wasted any more of my time than that listening to this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Woodrell again?

    I will probably listen to Winter's Bone in the future, just because it has been so well received.


    Have you listened to any of Brian Troxell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3843)
    Performance
    (3426)
    Story
    (3435)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Doesn't hold up."
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who already loves the book.


    What could Harper Lee have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A plot would have been nice. It was just a couple of years in the life of the Finch children. Boo Radley helped it to come back to somewhat of a full circle, but not enough.


    What didn’t you like about Sissy Spacek’s performance?

    She did a decent job for the voice of Scout, but all the other voices sounded the same.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It wasn't horrible, but no redeeming qualities for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I just don't think it should be considered a modern classic.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (557)
    Story
    (561)

    The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

    Brooks says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What disappointed you about Winter's Bone?

    Not enough story. It was basically just a week in the life of a hillbilly. There was a small amount of a mission that the main character was on, but not enough to make a book out of. I can't fathom how they made a feature-length film out of this book. I would figure it would make a half-hour show at most.


    Has Winter's Bone turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Just Daniel Woodrell books. I listened to "The Maid's Version" and didn't care much for it, either.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Galvin?

    Maybe Carolyn McCormick. It's hard to say because I'm not a particular fan of most women narrators. I don't mean to come of as sexist...men just usually do a better job of voicing female characters than women do voicing male characters. It doesn't really matter, though. The book was too boring to be interesting regardless of who narrated it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    That's the problem. This book didn't incite any reaction from me. I just didn't care. I didn't care about the main character. I didn't care about the small amount of conflict that took place. I just didn't care.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2693)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1294)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "My least favorite of the series by far."
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Hell's Corner?

    It was extremely over-contrived. Baldacci kept trying to throw in twist after twist. Oliver Stone continually made deductions and arrived at conclusions that would be a HUGE stretch. In addition, the dialogue was often cheesy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    The more I listen to him, the more I doubt it.


    What didn’t you like about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

    McLarty was fine, but not as strong as in some of the series' other books. Cassidy was horrible at the accents she was trying to pull off. The British accent was okay, but her U.S. southern accent was very distracting. Even when trying to voice a charactier with no accent at all, it seem like she struggled.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not so much. I was ready for it to be over while it still had hours left...and that's rare for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Lewisohn
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (336)

    Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

    Tad Davis says: "Insanely great"
    "Good for a fan"
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    What about Clive Mantle’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed how the narrator used the different voices of John, Paul, George, and Ringo when reading their quotes. You could definitely tell whose quote it was just by his voices. It really gave life to what could have been a tedious non-fiction work.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book is great for a die-hard fan. However, for the casual fan or average reader, there is probably way too much minutiae to keep it entertaining...hence the 44 hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2322)
    Performance
    (2114)
    Story
    (2110)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Mixed Bag"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The memoirs part of this book was great. Billy has lived a fascinating life. The musings part of this book, read before a live audience, was mostly an unfunny stand-up act. I expected more from Mr. Crystal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3653)
    Performance
    (2075)
    Story
    (2104)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Bad audio"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gus, obviously.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lee Horsley’s performances?

    Yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'm looking forward to watching the mini-series.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio on this audiobook was horrible. Gus is supposed to be a loud talker, as is referenced many times in the book. However, the difference in volume between the normal narration and Gus's dialogue was so vast that my speakers would rattle when Gus talked. If I turned the volume down, I wouldn't be able to hear the rest of the narration. Also there were many instances of poor quality when it came to the recording: frequent and audible sound breaks, papers rustling, and even an instance or two of the narrator clearing his throat. I enjoyed the story thoroughly, and even the voice of the narrator, but this book needs to be re-recorded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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