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James

Laveen, AZ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3363)
    Performance
    (2619)
    Story
    (2632)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Great Literature"
    Overall

    It can be difficult to explain how a book about rabbits can feel so touchingly human. Before I was even past the fifth chapter, I felt for Hazel, Fiver, Big Wig, and the rest of their company so completely that I had trouble not listening to the rest of the book.
    Richard Adams paints a beautiful story using the wilds of the English Countryside as his canvas, and Ralph Cosham is a masterful narrator of this classic.

    This is one I will certainly be listening to again in the future.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Some Buried Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rex Stout
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    A car accident in upstate New York strands Nero Wolfe, America's largest detective, and Archie Goodwin, his confidential assistant, in the midst of a family feud. The feud, over $45,000 worth of prize bull, turns ugly when the beef in question is found pawing the mangled body of a family scion. Solving the mystery is no problem - but, alas, the evidence keeps disappearing.

    Sue V says: "Great story, poor audio"
    "Wolfe is out of his element!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I love Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin anytime, but getting to see both of them so far outside of their element is one of the things that makes this one of the stand-outs of the Nero Wolfe novels.

    Like most Rex Stout mysteries, this one is engaging and fast paced. The murder is wonderfully composed and gripping, and when Nero Wolfe begins to piece together the evidence that forms his conclusions, I was left smiling at the arrogant voice Rex Stout gives his titular detective.

    The characters are colorful and ridiculous in the very best way.

    The story is well paced and remains entertaining, though it does drag as it lumbers toward its conclusion.

    If I have a complaint, it is that Rex Stout falls back on an old device to resolve the mystery and see that the antagonist gets what is coming to him. I won't spoil it, but if you are familiar with detective stories, you have seen this device employed several times. When it is, I am always left with the feeling that the author didn't really know how to end his story.

    Michael Prichard's narration is very Michael Prichard; slow and pointed, but deliberate.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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