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Colin

Greer, SC, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Winner of the 2001 Audie Award for Classic Fiction, this is an unparalleled presentation of Maugham's stories, complete with sound effects and music.

    Jack says: "Jewels!"
    "Very enjoyable--"
    Overall

    This is my first encounter with Maugham's work and these are gems. Characters, suspense, humor and pathos in 30 minute --more or less--chunks. The narrator is first rate. Looking forward to volumes 2 and 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feast Day of Fools: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1125)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (918)

    Celebrated crime master and two-time Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke returns with a gorgeously crafted, brutally resonant chronicle of violence along the Texas-Mexico border. Sheriff Hackberry Holland patrols a small Southwest Texas border town, meting out punishment and delivering justice in his small square of this magnificent but lawless land. When an alcoholic ex-boxer named Danny Boy Lorca begs to be locked up after witnessing a man tortured to death by a group of bandits, Hack and his deputy, Pam Tibbs, slowly extract the Indian man’s gruesome tale.

    Melinda says: "Shoot Out at the More-Than-OK Corral"
    "Desensitizing violence"
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    Performance
    Story

    I am a fan of James Lee Burke and Will Patton, but unfortunately I could not finish this book. While Burke's novels all have a dark side, this one is a black hole that squeezes the joy out of reading/listening. Aside from the musings of Hackberry Holland on love and mortality, the book is an unremitting series of heinous episodes of murder, torture and mindless violence. When halfway through a minister is crucified by a shadowy Russian mobster, I was numb and really didn't care anymore. That's when I decided to turn it off. The battle between good and evil is at the heart of much great literature, but in this case evil overwhelms the talents of an otherwise great writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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