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Gerald

MANLY, Australia | Member Since 2013

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  • The Sot-Weed Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Barth
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    Considered by critics to be Barth's most distinguished novel, The Sot-Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic. Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the chaotic odyssey of the hapless, ungainly Ebeneezer Cooke. Cooke is sent to the New World to oversee his father's tobacco business and to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem. On his mission, he is captured by pirates and Indians; loses his father's estate to roguish impostors; falls in love with a former prostitute; and meets a gallery of treacherous characters who continually switch identities.

    Janice says: "An adventure full of bawdy humour, wit and wonder"
    "Life is too short to waste on this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Reader brilliant. Story meandering and lewd.


    Has The Sot-Weed Factor turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily


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

    Ebenezer Cook. He came across as the annoying idiot he seems.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Distaste. Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to two parts and then gave up. Life is too short for this rubbish.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1087)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Mel says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Great writer. Good story. Brilliant reader."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author slowly unfolds the story and the reader learns more about the characters as the story progresses. Although this is a long book, it never flags. The reader is exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2575)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1702)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Brilliant moments interspersed with tedium"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The bits involving the kid are great. The bits involving the grandmother are tedious. The reading is exceptionally hood which is the only reason i finished the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1181)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1025)

    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    FanB14 says: "Just Missed the Mark"
    "Worst reader ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

    The story is a bit juvenile but engaging enough to perservere with. But the reader is awful. He is OK when reading the main character but his accents are so bad they are distracting.


    Would you recommend Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children to your friends? Why or why not?

    Its mildly interesting but would be better to read than to listen to.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Cannot do accents. I mean really, who thought his accents were halfway reasonable.


    What character would you cut from Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. Please don't allow this reader to do any book that requires any accent but his own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Year in the Merde

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen Clarke
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    A Year in the Merde is the almost-true account of the author's adventures as an expat in Paris. Based loosely on his own experiences and with names changed to "avoid embarrassment, possible legal action, and to prevent the author's legs being broken by someone in a Yves Saint Laurent suit (or quite possibly, a Christian Dior skirt)", A Year in the Merde is the story of Paul West, a 27-year-old Brit who is brought to Paris by a French company to open a chain of British "tea rooms".

    Courtney says: "Delicious!"
    "Whinging Pom"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The author takes a job in France and arrives without, apparently, any clue as to the local customs and culture. He then whinges about things for the whole book. No wonder the French are rude to the English.


    What could Stephen Clarke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not have written it


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    Excellent as usual. Him being the reader was what persuaded me to try this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. The main character was really a prat.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sunday Hangman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James McClure
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Tollie Erasmus, an unsavory bank robber on the run, is hung from the neck until dead. Unfortunately, execution was administered without the benefit of South African judge or jury. Somewhere there's a killer who knows far too much about the hangman's craft, and Lieutenant Tromp Kramer and his Bantu assistant Mickey Zondi must find him before his trail of death continues.

    Gerald says: "Pathetic Reader"
    "Pathetic Reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Sunday Hangman?

    The reader clearly has no idea of South African accents or pronunciations. Hi effort is a travesty.


    If you’ve listened to books by James McClure before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Crossley’s performances?

    I have heard Steven read before and thought he was good. But why he accepted the job to read a South African story is a mystery His performance is pathetic.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The reader is pathetic.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is pathetic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11.22.63

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

    ilovegadgets says: "Excellent!!! sai King"
    "This book is well read but too long."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does 11.22.63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average for reader. Below average for length.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Its a good story but way too long. Stephen King is such a good story teller but throws in so much detail that does not contribute.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader is brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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