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James

Elk Grove, CA, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Boone's Lick

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Boone's Lick is high adventure, a perfect Western tale and a moving love story - it is vintage Larry McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the West and his unrivalled eye for the telling detail.

    D. Sidwell says: "Enjoyable and Absorbing"
    "No Lonesome Dove"
    Overall

    Nevertheless, this is a fine offering. Read by my favorite audiobook reader, Will Patton, and written by one of my favorite authors, Larry McMurtry, this novel was a good time!

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Ambush at Fort Bragg

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Edward Norton
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    He's been called "the inventor of the New Journalism - and possessor of the age's most distinctive prose style." Now in this original novella - an audio exclusive not available in print - Tom Wolfe, author of The Bonfire of the Vanities, turns his penetrating eye and devastating wit on the world of TV news.

    James says: "Slow Starter"
    "Slow Starter"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this reading of Ambush at Fort Bragg immensely... once it got going. The story started slowly, but once it started moving, I was entralled. The narcisistic producer, the aging but still attractive talking head, and the young soldiers were believable and well developed characters, considering the brevity of the book.

    Edward Norton (Fight Club) is in his element as he portrays the young soldiers from the panhandle. The southern accent is so strong, it nearly requires translation. This is my first experience with Mister Norton as a reader, and I think he did a fine job. He isn't in my top five readers, but the fit for this particular audiobook was very good.

    Tom Wolfe has some salient points to make in this novel, and none of them are subtle. He hammers them home with a sledge hammer. My only complaint, and it is minor, is that this story should have gone on beyond its ending. I found myself looking forward to what was about to transpire, so that when the credits were read, I was longing for more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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