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G. Smalley


Berkeley, CA United States | Member Since 2008

  • 8 reviews
  • 245 ratings
  • 565 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014

  • Tender Is the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tender is the Night is based upon the author's unhappy marriage, and was written as he was experiencing the tragedies of his wife's nervous breakdown and his own decline.

    G. Smalley says: "An Uplifting Decent"
    "An Uplifting Decent"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. I felt there was a lack of details in how some of the people came to their decisions, mostly Nicole's thoughts.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    How in order to help one person another has to fall. Something I do not agree with. Also how Fitzgerald was able to bring out some of the monotony of real life.
    The least interesting for me was how long it took me to get interested in the story.

    What about Peter Marinker???s performance did you like?

    His ability to sing, speak French, and change tone for different people.

    Was Tender Is the Night worth the listening time?


    Any additional comments?

    I use the word people here instead of character because Fitzgerald did create people for this book. The adage of "Write what you know" is been proven true with this book and its test of time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gettysburg Address

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Abraham Lincoln
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown

    With this audio, you will hear the original Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln in less than 60 minutes, plus much more. To improve your understanding of the Address, we have included original readings and commentary related to its subject, such as the Emancipation Proclamation and Pericles' Funeral Oration

    Peter Q.Tomich says: "Well-intentioned..."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gettysburg Address?

    The whole thing

    Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?


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


    Any additional comments?

    Deaver Brown may be a good teacher but he sucks as a narrator. He starts off with a good history lesson placing the address in context. I did learn new information. Then he reads the address and stumbles. At the end he asks questions and proposes several topics for discussion or paper writing and this did enhance just a plain reading. It is worth a listen as long as you can get past a teacher lecturing with out your brain shutting off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fine Balance

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Rohinton Mistry
    • Narrated By John Lee

    In the India of the mid-1970s, Indira Gandhi's government has just come to power. It institutionalizes corruption and arbitrary force, most oppressive to the poorest and weakest people under its sway. Against this backdrop, in an unnamed city by the sea, four people struggle to survive. Dina, Maneck, and two tailors, the Untouchables Om and Ishvar, who are sewing in Dina's service, undergo a series of reversals.

    Karen P. Smith says: "Praise for the Narrator as much as the Writer"
    "Bummer Dude"
    If you could sum up A Fine Balance in three words, what would they be?

    Life Sucks

    What other book might you compare A Fine Balance to and why?

    The Woman of Brewster's Place Why? I guess the tone.

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

    Not possible, 24 hrs long. After the first 7hrs I needed to break it into 3-4 hr. sections.

    Any additional comments?

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal" is not a true statement from the charters in this book. I was shocked by some of the brutality but I also felt joy when some of the people had a victory. Like all great books this one took me on an emotional ride, meaning I got to touch base will all my emotions. The end did feel a little contrived, but still a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "James is back"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    Yes I can "read" it at work. I work in manufacturing and reading at work helps with the monotony.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mouse. I love dogs and yes a Fu Dog is a cross between a lion and a dog (sort of) but mouse is a very cool dog.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    We will rock you and when they go to get Mouse.

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

    All Hollows eve has new meaning.

    Any additional comments?

    It is wonderful to have James narrating again. His ability to change his voice from character to character brings depth to the story.
    I have always loved Harry's strength of resolve when understanding right from wrong. As the saying goes the road to hell is paved with good intentions and Harry is doing his best to detour as much as possible from that road.
    As Mab's Knight Harry has to take his wizards ability to out think people and bring it to a level where he has to out think things that live forever. The multilayer of plots within plots and lack of information keeps him on his toes. With this book he is learning to trust that other people can handle their part leaving him (barely) time to understand the pitcher as a whole.
    Jim Butcher is a very visual writer and at several times I could see and hear the story unfolding on screen. I would love to see several movies made of several of the books as long as "they" did not change Harry's personality like they did for the T.V. show. I did like the show and it is what turned me onto the books but they did change Harry too much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agatha H and the Airship City: Girl Genius #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Industrial Revolution has escalated into all-out warfare. Sixteen years have passed since the Heterodyne Boys, benevolent adventurers and inventors, disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Today, Europe is ruled by the Sparks, dynasties of mad scientists ruling over - and terrorizing - the hapless population with their bizarre inventions and unchecked power, while the downtrodden dream of the Heterodynes’ return. At Transylvania Polygnostic University, a pretty, young student named Agatha Clay seems to have nothing but bad luck.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ever wanted visuals while audio book listening?"
    "Compare Graphic Novel and Novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Agatha H and the Airship City the most enjoyable?

    It is a fun book.
    Angela Dawe was able to make Agatha real.
    There was alot of fleshing out of small details like how clanks move that the G.N. could not do.

    What other book might you compare Agatha H and the Airship City to and why?

    Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. Both have strong females and a randomness that remind me of the Muppets.
    Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff. Again a strong female with odd bits of humor sprinkled in it. This is a more serious book nothing like the Muppets.

    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    She is female I am male...

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

    Adventure, Mad Science & Romance.
    Any plan vere you lose your hat iz a bad plan.

    Any additional comments?

    For me the fun of the GN is you get to see the expressions on the secondary characters that do not have speaking lines. Like the fish that Gil rescues. Also the colors used for everybody's clothing is wonderful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"

    In some places redundant and a bit of a shock that John Glover did the narration but he did a good job.
    One of the reasons I have enjoyed this series so much is how Dresden's mind works. He has this ability to have nurturing reason for being stubborn. Reason two, how he grows and does not grow when challenged by new concepts. Just like real people. One of the hardest lessons to lean is How to let go.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Reality: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Brian Greene

    There was a time when “universe” meant all there is. Everything. Yet, in recent years discoveries in physics and cosmology have led a number of scientists to conclude that our universe may be one among many. With crystal-clear prose and inspired use of analogy, Brian Greene shows how a range of different “multiverse” proposals emerges from theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.

    Jennifer says: "Compelling first chapter"
    "Chapter 1"

    This is a good intro for the rest of the book in that the author gives a detailed description of what is in the book and you get an adequate sample of his voice. I do plan on picking up this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessor: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 3, Sword of Truth, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those people still free are powerless to stop the coming dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves...and has lost.

    Randall says: "ridiculously repetitive and predictive"
    "The End"

    Thank god this story is over. The long hours of redundant plot lines and wool gathering as one person walks up to say "Hi", nearly drove me crazier than I am.
    Sam Tsoutsouvas helped bring all the varied charaters to life for me. He is also, for my ear, a bit hypnotic and that helped when Mr. Goodkind started to ramble.
    The only reason I stuck with these books to the bitter end was to see if Mr. Goodkind would make the mistake I thought he would and he did not disappoint. After hammering away that freedom and choice is the meaning of life Richard acts out of charter and removes one mode of thought for ALL.
    The only reason for the second star is because I do care about Richard, Kahlan and all the rest.
    I have not written any other reviews for the other books mostly because I do not want to give Mr. Goodking any more of my energy and time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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