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David

prog_dave

Manchester, CT USA | Member Since 2014

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  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (599)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Joe Barrett is Amazing"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bonfire of the Vanities the most enjoyable?

    Joe Barrett. The different characters were immediately recognizable by the way he portrayed them, and oh boy, did the voices match the personalities! I've listened to dozens of audiobooks and the only person who gave me a similar experience was Jim Dale with the Harry Potter series. Mr. Barrett brought out everything that's great about listening to books.


    Any additional comments?

    Slight spoiler alert! Although it's his earliest novel, it's the last one I've encountered and I had the same reaction to the ending of the book as I have to the previous three - I'm left wanting more (where's the real ending?). I guess that's probably what he's going for, but it prevents me from granting that fifth star (as if Mr. Wolfe cares).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (275)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "Too Hard"
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    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I had a hard time with this book. I found some of the stories very interesting, but they never really lasted very long before Mr. Miller was on to something else, often only tangentially related to the previous story. Personally, that kind of writing is always a struggle for me when listening to audiobooks - I get caught up in a story line and have no trouble concentrating, but authors who flit from place to place frequently are hard for me to follow.

    I also struggled keeping track of the names and dates, especially since the book is only loosely in chronological order. If I had to do it over again, I would buy the written book - I don't think audio is the right format. My "overall" rating is lower than either my story or performance ratings for this reason.

    The narrator was pleasing to listen to, but I cringed at his occasional attempts to mimic an English accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (971)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "A Better Man than I"
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    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this audiobook because of the movie adaptation. It was very difficult to listen to at times, and I was glad I didn't have to watch some of the scenes (I will not be watching the movie). Normally my imagination is more creative than any film director could replicate (why I love books), but thankfully I was fairly successful at suppressing it in this case.

    The facts of slavery were not a surprise. Hearing them narrated was certainly more harrowing than reading about them, and for that reason I consider the audiobook a far better way to encounter this piece of our American history than the printed book. Lou Gossett Jr. did a fine job.

    What really struck me throughout the book was the charity of the author. His ability to understand and forgive those who have wronged him filled me with admiration, but also shame, because it was very obvious that my own ability to forgive is sorely lacking in comparison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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