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Douglas

Pincher Creek, AB, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • O. Henry: Complete Short Stories Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By O. Henry, William Sydney Porter
    • Narrated By Bob Thomley
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    O. Henry's short stories are well known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization, and clever twist endings. This collection includes "The Last Leaf", "The Love Philter of Ikey Schoenstein", "The Caliph", "Cupid and the Clock", "The Brief Debut of Tildy", "The Higher Abdication", "The Ransom of Red Chief", "One Dollar’s Worth", "Cupid a la Carte", "Girl", "Springtime a la Carte", "The Ethics of Pig", "The Social Triangle", "Witches Loaves", "The Romace of the Buys Broker", and more.

    Loren says: "Mis-named: This is not a complete collection"
    "requires concentration"
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    Would you try another book from O. Henry and William Sydney Porter and/or Bob Thomley?

    Probably not.. the verbage used in the time this book was written is very different from today. Much concentration is required to get the full meaning of the story. This is a difficult title to listen to while driving.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (803)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "Wouk certainly deserved the Pulitzer Prize"
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    What did you love best about The Caine Mutiny?

    The complete experience of being on the Caine was conveyed to me by this performance. The personalities of the characters came through in Technicolor. I bought this book because the Movie of this novel was one of my favorites. Humphry Bogart was Captain Quieg. The audio performance was so much better than the movie.
    About two weeks after completing the audiobook, Turner Classic Movies showed the movie. If you want a reason to listen to audiobooks, and why that is so much better than movies, then listen to the novel, and then watch the movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Willie Keith. Not that I liked him particularly, his many flaws came through... but he certainly made the story.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    Commander Quieg. The description of this "little" man brought back memories of some people I have known. The performance of Pariseau certainly brought all the characters to life. So much so, I have purchased the Winds of War because I was so engrossed in this story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I didn't want it to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4026)
    Performance
    (2574)
    Story
    (2606)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) says: "Come one, Come all into 1984!"
    "What a writer! made us feel part of the experience"
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    Would you listen to 1984 again? Why?

    I believe that everyone should read 1984 every 10 years. We have witnessed many events that appear to have been predicted. Forewarned is Forearmed


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously, Winston Smith


    What does Simon Prebble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice fits exactly with the serious nature of the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Your government is here to protect you... Be afraid. Be very afraid.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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