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J. Houghton

Dead Man Dancing

Encino, CA USA | Member Since 2013

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  • A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    This is one of the defining novels of English writer Julian Barnes. An entertaining melange of stories starting with a contemporary account of the launch of Noah's Ark takes us into unexpected areas of human foibles, activities, and tendencies.

    Richard says: "More Great Julian Barnes"
    "Top drawer!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters to be better than the print version?

    Because of Alex Jennings, yes. Though, of course, Julian Barnes is to blame. What a combination!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters?

    Hard to say, when I was laughing so hard


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

    He's always wonderful


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    I would listen to Alex Jennings read the phone book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4018)
    Performance
    (3570)
    Story
    (3578)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "Consistently bothered by..."
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    Would you listen to All the Light We Cannot See again? Why?

    No. Once was enough.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    xx


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Pronounce French.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    xx


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I was going to be able to write a review, instead I'm answering questions that are not, IMO, the questions that this book raises. My only complaint about the book is that the narrator is a bit flat-toned and has no clue how to pronounce French words/phrases. Other than that, a thoroughly worthwhile book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lionel Asbo: State of England

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (59)

    Lionel Asbo, a terrifying yet weirdly loyal thug (self-named after England's notorious "Anti-Social Behaviour Order"), has always looked out for his ward and nephew, the orphaned Desmond Pepperdine. He provides him with fatherly career advice (always carry a knife, for example) and is determined they should share the joys of pit bulls (fed with lots of Tabasco sauce), Internet porn, and all manner of more serious criminality. Des, on the other hand, desires nothing more than books to read and a girl to love .

    Darwin8u says: "Jēz...us! Just don't buy it for your Grans."
    "Alex Jennings!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I started listening to this book, then wondered if the print version was in dialect. To an extent, but nothing like what Alex Jennings does with the voices and the accents. To my mind, this is a case where the spoken version is better than the written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lionel, obviously.


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

    The accents, the tone of the characters. It's a masterful piece of work.


    If you could take any character from Lionel Asbo out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Certainly not Lionel!


    Any additional comments?

    I realize that life is short and there are only so many books a man can read. But please, let Alex Jennings do as many as possible before he's worn out. His reading of "A History of the World in Ten and a Half Chapters" by Julian Barnes is not to be missed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost for Words: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Edward St. Aubyn
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    Edward St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels were some of the most celebrated works of fiction of the past decade. Now St. Aubyn returns with a hilariously smart send-up of a certain major British literary award. The judges on the panel of the Elysian Prize for Literature must get through hundreds of submissions to find the best book of the year. Meanwhile, a host of writers are desperate for Elysian attention: the brilliant writer and serial heartbreaker Katherine Burns; the lovelorn debut novelist Sam Black; and Bunjee, convinced that his magnum opus, The Mulberry Elephant, will take the literary world by storm.

    J. Houghton says: "St. Aubyn and Jennings -- made in heaven"
    "St. Aubyn and Jennings -- made in heaven"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lost for Words to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sonny was funny


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

    I would listen to Alex Jennings read the phone book -- wait, they don't have phone books anymore...


    Who was the most memorable character of Lost for Words and why?

    Very much an ensemble piece, With ESA and AJ giving each character his/her own unique voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping the Melrose novels weren't that one (large) autobiographical novel everyone's got inside them, i.e. a fluke of sorts. No way. Edward St. Aubyn is the real thing and I eagerly await his next offering (read by Jennings, pleeeeeze!?)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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