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Elaine

Certified bookworm since 1962

Cranford, New Jersey, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (356)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "Excellent Narration, Excellent Story"
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    Mary Doria Russell does it again with another detailed absorbing tale. The narration was excellent and really brought the story to life.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (618)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Tries Too Hard to be Noir"
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    This novel tries too hard to be a hard-boiled film-noir novel and it fails miserably. It's a cheap imitation with a main character that is so unlikable that you'd like to see him get hit way before the book is over. Want a good read in this type of genre? Read some Jim Thompson, or early James Ellroy, or Richard Stark or Charles Bukowski or Dashiell Hammett.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2511)
    Performance
    (1989)
    Story
    (1976)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Exceptional Narration for an Exceptional Book"
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    I listened to this during "Banned Books Week" as tribute to Mark Twain whose writings, and this book in particular, were often banned. This is one of the great american novels and I could never do it justice by attempting to review it, except to say that Elijah's Wood's narration (acting might be more appropriate) is incredibly good. Mr. Wood truly brings something original to the story. This is my 4th "reading" of the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and Elijah Wood's narration made it fresh and renewed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (836)

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "Average"
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    I should start out by saying I am not a Jennifer Egan fan. I read "The Keep" and did not understand what the hoopla was about because I didn't care for the book. The seemingly universal great critical reviews for the hardcover version of "A Visit From the Goon Squad" convinced me to reconsider. I guess I just do not "get" this author's voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil All the Time

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Donald Ray Pollock
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (147)

    Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.”

    Kathy says: "WOW What a FIND!"
    "Relentless"
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    I did not love this story. Maybe I missed some subtlety that other reviewers picked up on, but for me, the novel was relentlessly filled with misogynists, perverted religious believers, sociopaths, and violence that went nowhere and served no purpose. The book was disjointed and felt more like a series of short stories or novellas that were too neatly tied together at the end. The violence and perversion seemed to serve no other purpose than to shock.

    The narrator was excellent. Great performance.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thick as Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter Spiegelman
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Ex-CIA Carr is the reluctant leader of an elite crew planning a robbery of such extraordinary proportions that it will leave them set for life. Diamonds, money laundering, and extortion go into a timed-to-the-minute scheme that unfurls across South America, Miami, and Grand Cayman Island. Carr's cohorts are seasoned pros, but they're wound drum-tight - months before, the man who brought them together was killed in what Carr suspects was a setup.

    Elaine says: "Narration was like torture"
    "Narration was like torture"
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    The narration of this novel was so awful that I actually found myself making fun of the narrator and imitating him. His cadence and intonation were so off-putting that I could not finish this novel and really could not get past 20 minutes. It was almost like valley-girl speak - just dreadful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When God Was a Rabbit

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sarah Winman
    • Narrated By Sarah Winman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    This is a story about a brother and a sister. It's a story about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a story about love in all its forms.

    FanB14 says: "Poorly Executed"
    "Astonishing Debut"
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    Sarah Winman has pulled off quite a triumph in this debut novel. Her unique voice and command of language keep what could have been (in less talented hands) a trite genre coming of age in an unconventional family story. In stead, the voice of the novelist and her turns of phase makes this story different, warm, funny- very funny, affecting, endearing. Truly a breakout novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4277)
    Performance
    (2439)
    Story
    (2440)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Outstanding Narration"
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    Unbelievable job by Bronson Pinchot. I was mesmerized by his reading of this deeply affecting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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