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Jamie

Jamie

Jamie | Member Since 2004

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  • 11 reviews
  • 312 ratings
  • 762 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (709)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "Enthralling from chapter 1"
    Overall

    I just downloaded this. I jump around a bit from genre to genre, but I alway gravitate to longer selections for the value and engagement. I'm not quite sure where I would put this as far as genre goes, but I was hooked after only a few chapters. The engineering is of good quality and the narrator keeps my attention and has good enunciation and pace. The story- well I will let you decide (I hate spoilers), but I can say this it's hard to put away once you get in to it. There is mild sexual content so be warned, but for anyone well read it is very tame.

    25 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (1351)
    Performance
    (941)
    Story
    (960)

    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
    "Dated? Maybe. Relevant? Definitely."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2?

    This review is really for all three. I spent about three to four weeks consuming these stories, while some are cliche most are still relevant and paint a great portrait of turn of the century British ideals and scholarship.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I highly recommend this set. Easy to start and very hard to put down. One very nice thing is most of these shorts are all about 45 minutes to an hour, and that makes them very easy to digest.


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

    Narration was stellar. Good audio quality and a great reading with true inflection of the time period.


    If you could take any character from The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Why, Holmes of course.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diamond Age

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3334)
    Performance
    (1363)
    Story
    (1380)

    Neal Stephenson, "the hottest science fiction writer in America", takes science fiction to dazzling new levels. The Diamond Age is a stunning tale; set in 21st-century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens what a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life, and the entire future of humanity, is about to be decoded and reprogrammed.

    Tango says: "The rock could use a bit more polishing"
    "What was the point?"
    Overall

    I thought the narration was most excellent and truly that is what carried me through. In the end I was left simply wondering what was the point? This novel made utterly no sense. Good prose, the primer was a great concept but so much nonsense got in the way that it made short work to tear away at the good starting ideas that the book had to offer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dombey and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    In this carefully crafted novel, Dickens reveals the complexity of London society in the enterprising 1840s as he takes the listener into the business firm and home of one of its most representative patriarchs, Paul Dombey.

    Philip says: "Perfect pair"
    "Extremely difficult monotone narration"
    Overall

    Mr. Davidsons almost slurpy, slightly nasal drawn out voice utterly spoils this. Looking for another copy. Please make sure you listen to the preview before purchasing, unlike I did :)

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Davina Porter
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Susanna Clarke returns with an enchanting collection brimming with all the ingredients of good fairy tales: petulant princesses; vengeful owls; ladies who pass their time by embroidering terrible fates; endless paths in the deep, dark woods; and houses that never appear the same way twice.

    M. Morgan says: "21st century 19th century lit"
    "Terrible Audio Quality"
    Overall

    Not sure what's up here. I love Tom Robins and thought that I would grab this, but it is definitely the poorest quality audiobook I have downloaded from audible.com. I cannot believe that there is not a quality control process to keep these terrible cassette tape rips from showing up for sale here. This is not worth downloading from audible find it elsewhere or get it from the library. Sounds terrible on an ipod.

    4 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3306)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1641)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Do Not Miss This"
    Overall

    After about two years of a premium membership I can honestly say that this is my most memorable purchase to date. The sights smells and emotions of India permeate through these pages and paint a picture you will not soon forget. Do not let the brief deceptive description or long length of this book dissuade your commitment to getting it and absorbing it as I have done. The characters and language will draw you in and not let you go. You are involved and loving the people of this novel from the moment it starts. The artful prose will make this book a classic.

    45 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Eldest: The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 2, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (137)

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    Robin says: "Entertaining, Enjoyable and a Must Read"
    "Even more unentertaining than the first."
    Overall

    A very poor series indeed. If you read the first, then you aready know how poorly written it is. This one shows no better.

    16 of 136 people found this review helpful
  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Joe Christmas does not know whether he is black or white. Faulkner makes of Joe's tragedy a powerful indictment of racism; at the same time, Joe's life is a study of the divided self and becomes a symbol of 20th century man.

    Jamie says: "Simply great."
    "Simply great."
    Overall

    Scott Brick makes for a great narrator for this Faulkner classic. Well recorded reading. Like most of Faulkner's novels this is a gritty, and hard edged look into the human experience of the plight of the common southerner "after the fall". The plight of Joe Christmas and Lena Grove is unforgettable and well adapted for audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (169)

    Ruby Lennox was conceived grudgingly by Bunty and born while her father, George, was in the Dog and Hare in Doncaster. Bunty had never wanted to marry George, but he was all that was left. She really wanted to be Vivien Leigh, swept off to America by a romantic hero. But here she was, stuck in a flat above the pet shop beneath York Minster, with sensible Patricia, aged five, greedy Gillian who refused to be ignored, and Ruby, who tells the memorable, witty, and eventful story of The Family.

    Gail says: "One of my favs"
    "Well read but a wait for things to get going."
    Overall

    This is indeed a fresh voice, but a long drawn one as well. I would call this more of a portrait rather than any sort of engaging read. A well done portrait, but overly detailed and no plot to speak of. If you are looking for a quick read this is not it. There are many characters and it is more about their personalities rather than anything in particular that they do or aspire to do. Don't get me wrong, this is a good story, but keep your expectations in check. It is not a thriller by any means. It becomes very engaging after about diving about a quarter of the way into it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8130)
    Performance
    (3276)
    Story
    (3337)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "Well Read But Very Juvenille And Stereotypical"
    Overall

    Well read, the narrator does a great job with watered down content. The audio quality is very good even on my handheld (3). The fundamental problem here is the storyline is a complete hack and glue job of three famous already written fantasy books, even to the point of similar names, charcters, and subplots. I found nothing new here, alot of recycled stereotypical fantasy ingredients patched together. But on the bright side I have known worst ways to kill time. If you have work to do and need something in the background that you can miss five minutes here and there and not lose the plot, this would fit the bill just fine.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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