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Dennis

PENSACOLA, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Musical Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Perry Keenlyside
    • Narrated By Nigel Anthony, Paul Rhys
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This is the poignant and compelling story of perhaps the most naturally gifted musical genius of all time. Copiously illustrated with examples of his music, it tells of Mozart's extraordinary childhood travelling the courts of Europe, and of how, after a brief period of fame in Vienna, his fortunes declined until his early death and last resting place in a pauper's grave.

    Maurizio says: "Beautiful but much too short"
    "Listen up!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this, although Mozart's life was more depressing than I expected. The musical snippets scattered throughout were a nice addition.

    My biggest complaint is in the narration. The volume changes depending upon whether the narrator is reading text or an excerpt from a letter. And he has the annoying habit of dropping his tone to emphasize a particular word so that it is sometimes hard to understand. Example: He describes a particular song in a Mozart opera as both touching and . . . and what? I had to rewind to hear the dropped tone on the word "ironic." Yes, my hearing is just fine -- and I want to keep it that way by not turning the volume way up just to hear the whispers.

    Nice book. The narrator works hard and, for the most part, delivers well but the volume thing was annoying.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11945)
    Performance
    (10855)
    Story
    (10879)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Know what you're getting . . . ."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle.


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

    The narrator had a real challenge giving a distinctive voice to each of the characters. He did a good job with this.


    Any additional comments?

    Cartoon characters. Pedestrian writing. Good story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2812)
    Performance
    (2589)
    Story
    (2575)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "A Solid Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What about Colin Firth’s performance did you like?

    Colin Firth did a great job. I was expecting a big-time actor like him to phone this thing in, but he was outstanding. He really brought the story to life. Most impressive.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fascinating story, but I can see why it would not be to everyone's taste. The protagonist is, frankly, not very likeable but the interplay between the few characters is performed with such deftness that it becomes clear why Greene is a master. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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