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David

Old Washington, OH, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 414 titles in library
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  • Poe's Detective: The Dupin Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Edgar Allan Poe is the undisputed "Father" of the Detective story and his Detective C. Auguste Dupin set the stage for eccentric, logic-wielding sleuths like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. This is the first audio collection of Poe's detective stories, plus one non-Dupin detective tale, "Thou Art the Man". Celebrity narrator Bronson Pinchot delivers amazing performances of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt", "The Purloined Letter", and "Thou Art the Man".

    David says: "Stop The Music!"
    "Stop The Music!"
    Overall

    I wonder if the companies that produce these recordings have any understanding of their customers?

    Good reading by Bronson Pinchot, but badly marred by the insertion of what I guess is supposed to be "creepy atmospheric" music at the beginning and end of each story. I do not understand this practice, and I don't know of anyone who is a regular listener who thinks it adds anything but annoyance to these productions.

    This collection has the three Dupin stories, and also includes the very little known "Thou Art Man," which is not a Dupin story at all. A better selection might have been "The Gold Bug" which is a "Dupin" story, but with "Dupin" changed into William Legrand.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kostya Kennedy
    • Narrated By Ben Bartolone
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Pete Rose played baseball with a singular and headfirst abandon that endeared him to fans and peers, even as it riled others--a figure at once magnetic, beloved and polarizing. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years ago he was banished from baseball for gambling, then ruled ineligible for Cooperstown; today, the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into perhaps the most provocative in sports, a layered, slippery and ever-relevant moral conundrum.

    David says: "Good book, not so good production."
    "Good book, not so good production."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It would be nice if the producers took the time and effort to pronounce baseball players names correctly.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (714)
    Story
    (711)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "BEWARE! THIS IS ABRIDGED."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is supposed to be unabridged, but don't be fooled, the last 200 pages are chopped off. This is very misleading from Audible, they say, "It's an inabridged reading but it is abridged for audio."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (715)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (356)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Don't believe the bad reviews."
    Overall

    A good book, the reader really captures Steve Martin's "voice."

    I think there is a lot of Somerset Maughan in this book, and that's a good thing in my mind.

    Spoiler Alert, don't read anymore if you don't want a spoiler.



    I expect it would have been tempting to murder this girl, and I expect that Steve Martin felt some pressure to kill her off. He resisted, I think correctly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10225)
    Performance
    (5864)
    Story
    (5947)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Dune"
    Overall

    This is a book I know well from reading years ago. I have also listened to another unabridged reading of Dune many years ago on cassette tape in the early days of recorded books.

    This is an ensemble reading with some pretty weird production values. There are different readers for different characters, and sometimes the characters "thoughts," are in a different voice. Sometimes it works OK, at others it gets a little muddled. There are also sound effects, a little Star Trek Sci-Fi background noise here, maybe some middle eastern sounding music, maybe some real cheesy horror show special effect creepy sound, next it will sound like somebody is running a sweeper in the next room. The producer also has added a bunch of reverb to voices in places. It doesn't seem as irritating or intrusive as the book goes on, maybe you just get used to it.

    I'm usually very anti music or sounds in book reading, but this is such an odd production that it really doesn't seem to damage much of anything.

    I know the book contains a lengthy list of definitions in the back, these are not included. If you haven't read the book before, you may want to pick up a copy in a used bookstore, probably get one for less than a dollar.

    If you are like me, and liked this book when you were in HS or college, it's a pretty good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Railway Bazaar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul Theroux
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    The Great Railway Bazaar is Paul Theroux's account of his epic journey by rail through Asia. Filled with evocative names of legendary train routes - the Direct-Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Delhi Mail from Jaipur, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Hikari Super Express to Kyoto, and the Trans-Siberian Express - it describes the many places, cultures, sights and sounds he experienced and the fascinating people he met.

    David says: "Just about as good as it gets..."
    "Just about as good as it gets..."
    Overall

    It's great to have this at Audible, an amazing trip by Paul Theroux, with great narration by the late Frank Muller, he captures Theroux's attitude, mood, and "crankiness," perfectly.

    Additionally, the book has what I think is the best attribute of recorded books; forward momentum. I usually listen while walking, and I think the best books help me move forward.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Pale Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (95)

    A 999 line poem in heroic couplets, divided into 4 cantos, was composed--according to Nabokov's fiction--by John Francis Shade, an obsessively methodical man, during the last 20 days of his life.

    David says: "Quality recording!"
    "What is postmodernism?"
    Overall

    "There is a very loud amusement park right in front of my present lodgings."



    Very nice addition to Audible.This is a difficult book, made a little difficult by this excellent production. It is a great narration, and fun to listen to. Before you buy, Google "Pale Fire" and read about it.

    The book is completely non-linear, I listened in the car and while walking, then got a paperback edition for 50 cents and read different parts at night. This isn't Dean Koontz or David Baldacci, but something very unique.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocents Abroad

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The Innocents Abroad is a keenly observant, politically incorrect and often hilarious narration of the author’s cruise to the Holy Land aboard a retired Civil War ship. First published in 1869 and the bestselling of Twain’s works in his lifetime, The Innocents Abroad will delight listeners with the celebrated author’s musings on historic landmarks, cultural differences and silly travelling companions.

    David says: "A step in the right direction."
    "A step in the right direction."
    Overall

    Until recently, "The Innocents Abroad" was only available read by Flo Gibson. The Flo Gibson reading is one of the most horrible readings available.

    I was glad to have this narration available. However, it's got issues: first of all, goofy music at the beginning of each chapter, first it was banjo, then crazy computer music.

    The narrator adds some cheesy editorial "ahems" and some other noises that I don't think were present in the text. He also reads very slow in an attempt at a drawl. I was so glad to get a version other than Flo Gibsons, and was happy enough until I listened to Bronson Pinchots "Autobiography," then I knew how this book should have been done.

    The Innocents Abroad is a great read, good enough to make up for the shortcomings of this narration, but we can wish for a Bronson Pinchot reading.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Chapters from My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    This book is part memoir, part philosophical text, part study in human behavior, from one of America's greatest literary treasures. Narrated masterfully by Bronson Pinchot, this audiobook also includes Twain’s popular short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "Good stuff!"
    "Amazing performance from Bronson Pinchot."
    Overall

    I don't know what Mark Twain sounded like, but this sounds right to me. Mark Twain was a very successful lecturer, so he must have been entertaining to listen to, this reading is one of the best I have heard in years of recorded books. I hope Bronson Pinchot can work his way through the Twain catalog. He could really make "The Innocents Abroad" come alive.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories of William Somerset Maugham, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By W. Somerset Maugham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    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!"
    "Great reading, horrible production."
    Overall

    This is a great reading, but ruined by crazy sound effects and stupid music.

    The music would be bad enough, but this producer put bird noises, and other insane sound effects into the mix.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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