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Frantonya

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30712)
    Performance
    (23999)
    Story
    (24084)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Smoker's Rattle & Chomping Dentures"
    Overall

    I adore George RR Martin's books and couldn't wait to hear the reading. Unfortunately, listening was an endurance test for me. While the reader is a very, very skilled actor whom I greatly admire, I struggled against my pet peeves. When he would laugh, a deep rattle would often rise from his chest, unlikely for an eight year old Sansa! His sentences would sometimes end with the clicking of teeth, which really distracted from the story for me. If you are able to overlook or not be bothered by such things, by all means, dive in. In every other way it is a skillful read of a great book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kindly Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Littell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    The chilling fictional memoir of Dr. Maximilien Aue, a former Nazi officer who has reinvented himself, many years after the war, as a middle-class family man and factory owner in France. Max is an intellectual steeped in philosophy, literature, and classical music. He is also a cold-blooded assassin and the consummate bureaucrat. Through the eyes of this cultivated yet monstrous man, we experience in disturbingly precise detail the horrors of the Second World War and the Nazi genocide of the Jews.

    Ruth Ann says: "Shocking yet compelling"
    "You'll need an aspirin and a shower after this."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Anyone seriously curious about the inner workings of the Nazi mechanism will receive a detailed schooling here, but should be cautioned that this is disturbing material. While this certainly would come as no surprise, the protagonist's personal perversity takes on a life of it's own that didn't seem to serve the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was glad it was over but proud to have stayed with it to the end.


    Was The Kindly Ones worth the listening time?

    I have mixed feelings about this question. Parts of it were revealing as to how the Holocaust could have happened, but I just didn't understand why so much time was spent on the personal sickness of the main character's sexual obsession with his twin sister. It just went on and on. It seemed like a cop out; of course this person could kill Jews, he's a sick pervert! I would have been more interested to see how a healthy individual might gradually be swept up in a mind set that resulted in this social tragedy.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (301)

    The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

    DECLO 68 says: "FANTASTIC!"
    "Wake me when it's over..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Princes of Ireland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love learning about history through fiction, but the epic scope of this novel gives the reader short and shallow encounters with generations of characters. It is very well written and performed, but my personal taste leans towards detail and drama with a core group in a shorter time frame. I had a hard time paying attention and caring about the characters.


    Have you listened to any of Richard Matthews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My experience reading Sarum was very much the same.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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