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James

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2408)
    Performance
    (1892)
    Story
    (1877)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    Overall

    Mr. Wood's narration starts slowly but builds in both intensity and humor. An hour or so in to the book, he hits his stride and never misses a beat from then on. I downloaded when it first became available although I thought that Elijah Wood was an odd choice for narrator. Instead I found he was a brilliant choice. The narration ranks with the best of Jeff Woodman; this is as good as it gets. The definitive version on audio which will probably never be surpassed.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (446)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Amazon Customer says: "Moore sophomoric humor riffing off the Bard's time"
    "Almost As Good...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    ...as "Fool" and "Sacre Bleu." Christopher Moore has (finally) found his ideal narrator in Euan Morton. The novel itself is a sort-of followup to "Fool" and features the same narrator, this time playing with Othello, the Merchant and Marco Polo. As usual with Moore, this is a wild ride through history (and Shakespeare) and very, very funny, although a bit too much plot sometimes overwhelms the characters. Morton's reading, however, takes full advantage of the material: witty, vulgar, farcical. I have read the book once and listened to the audio twice; Morton is brilliant. I only wish Morton had read earlier Moore novels, but hope their audio partnership continues.

    0 of 0 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
    (843)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (739)

    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.

    Dina says: "An Astrological Wonder"
    "Best of the Year"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    (At least so far). The book itself is epic, haunting and beautiful, filled with fascinating characters. The audio narration is surprisingly good considering the range of dialects, accents and ethnicities portrayed. Happily the narrator never loses focus from the suspenseful, convoluted and complex plot. I have read the novel twice now, and the audio is a worthy addition. Fast, fresh and funny. A memorable wallow in the "old west" of New Zealand.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Song of Achilles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Madeline Miller
    • Narrated By Frazer Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (365)

    Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

    Cariola says: "Didn't Expect to Like It, but I Was Swept Away"
    "Surprisingly suspenseful!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A genuinely beautiful novel, reasonably well-read. The familiarity of the story never diminishes the suspense; the writing is evocative of time and place. Characters are well-developed and believable throughout. The performance by Frazer Douglas is always more than acceptable, but never quite memorable. As others have pointed out--both in reviews of the book and the audio--the last paragraph is unfortunate and diminishes the effectiveness of the narrative. Overall however an excellent audiobook and highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (285)

    Jasper Fforde's delightfully zany Thursday Next series shows no signs of slowing down with its seventh entry, The Woman Who Died a Lot. Despite being semihappily semi-retired from SpecOps, Thursday accepts the head librarian position at the Swindon library. But soon threats from a supreme Deity, a mnemonomorph, and the nefarious Goliath corporation press Thursday back into active duty.

    Lenny says: "Great continuation of the Thursday Next series"
    "Excellent Series Addition"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Thursday Next series continues, as mind-boggling, entertaining and thought-provoking as always. Emily Gray's reading again makes the most outlandish situations seems perfectly reasonable. The humor is both timely and timeless. I loved reading the book and love the audio edition too; I have already listened to it a second time. As usual with Fforde's fiction the prose is so full of jokes, puns and references that it is almost impossible to catch everything the first time, especially when the reader/listener gets caught up in the plot. Essential for fans of the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (1004)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    Melinda says: "Is Nothing is Sacre'?"
    "Euan Morton Rocks!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Sacre Bleu?

    I almost didn't buy this: the sample somehow sounded odd, with Euan Morton's Scottish background not working with the material. After listening to his reading of "Fool" a couple of times, I decided to give it a try. It is wonderful! After a couple of minutes, the performance seems perfectly natural; characterizations are spot-on and the "music" in the prose is enhanced with Morton's exceptional reading. Book itself is not-quite-but-close to Moore's best but the overall impact of the audio is even greater than the book itself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2140)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (970)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "As Good As It Gets"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The novel itself is excellent--fresh, funny, clever. And the reading brings out every bit of humor, character and historic life. I suspect that if Shakespeare were alive today it would be both pleased and impressed: "King Lear" never had it so good. Euan Morton makes a perfect narrator, taking full advantage of his theater, musical comedy and singing background. I have already listened to it three times and look forward to the next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    With only a handful of “tourists” - CIA-trained assassins - left, Weaver would like to move on and use this as an opportunity to regain a normal life, a life focused on his family. His former boss in the CIA, Alan Drummond, can’t let it go. When Alan uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him. Worse still, it's beginning to look as if Tourism's enemies are gearing up for a final, fatal blow.

    Joanne says: "Very complicated"
    "Excellent Addition to the Weaver series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What other book might you compare An American Spy to and why?

    This is the third in the series and picks up right after


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Pittu's accents are subtle enough to never get in the way of comprehension but still provide a good feel for the nationality of the characters. He never misses the humor or irony inherent in the text.


    Any additional comments?

    All three Weaver novels are timely, suspenseful and witty. They are not necessarily an

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
    • Narrated By David Horovitch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Elegiac, bittersweet and profoundly moving, The Leopard chronicles the turbulent transformation of the Risorgimento, in the period of Italian Unification. The waning feudal authority of the elegant and stately Prince of Salina is pitted against the materialistic cunning of Don Calogero, in Tomasi's magnificently descriptive memorial to a dying age.

    beatrice says: ""one of the great lonely books""
    "Brilliant novel well-served by the audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What other book might you compare The Leopard to and why?

    Like the best historic novels (


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read the book or have seen the classic film adaptation, this is an excellent evocation of the material. If you are not familiar with it, however, I am not sure this is the best place to begin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Asta's Book

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Vine
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    It is 1905. Asta and her husband, Rasmus, have come to East London from Denmark with their two little boys. With Rasmus constantly away on business, Asta keeps loneliness and isolation at bay by writing a diary. These diaries, published over 70 years later, reveal themselves to be more than a mere journal. For they seem to hold the key to an unsolved murder and to the mystery of a missing child. It falls to Asta's granddaughter, Ann, to unearth the buried secrets of nearly a century before.

    James says: "Brilliant Reading of a Classic Novel"
    "Brilliant Reading of a Classic Novel"
    Overall

    Originally published in the US as "Anna's Book" this Ruth Rendell novel provides an exceptional portrait of three generations of woman in London from 1905 until the mid-sixties. Deservedly a modern classic, the reading perfectly matches and enhances the text. Ms Walter subtly differentiates each of the three women and finds every moment of humor, frustration and suspense as the diaries are used to solve a sixty year old mystery. Leisurely paced this is a novel more about character than event and an extraordinary listening experience.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9557)
    Performance
    (7893)
    Story
    (7964)

    "My name is Kvothe. I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep...."

    Joe says: "Excellent, Imaginative, Beautiful, Page Turning!!!"
    "Skip the audio; read the book."
    Overall

    Once again the lush, evocative prose by Rothfuss is rendered in a prosaic interpretation that destroys much of the beauty of the book. Pending the resolution of the third book, "Kingkiller Chronicles" could well join "The Gormenghast Novels" and "Lord of the Rings" as towering achievements in the genre. Mr. Podehl has done well with other material, but is the wrong choice here. Some sections of dialogue are reasonably well done, but the long passages of narration are clumsy and flat. Unfortunately a giant of a novel is being read by a pipsqueak.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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