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Jane

San Francisco, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • Ghostman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roger Hobbs
    • Narrated By Jake Weber
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    When a casino robbery in Atlantic City goes horribly awry, the man who orchestrated it is obliged to call in a favor from someone who's occasionally called Jack. While it's doubtful that anyone knows his actual name or anything at all about his true identity, or even if he's still alive, he's in his mid-30s and lives completely off the grid, a criminal's criminal who does entirely as he pleases and is almost impossible to get in touch with.

    Hassan says: "Authentic And Full of Action!!"
    "wow what a reader!"
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    This is a fun book, replete with all the details that make you think you understand the criminal enterprise along with a handful of classic/cliched (take your pick) personality types. But this is the single best reader I have had the pleasure of listening to. He voices characters seamlessly and effortlessly -- and that is not a style of reading I particulatly enjoy, so understand that this is the highest praise possible. I am dismayed to learn that audible has no other books read by him -- I was prepared to buy anything and everything he has read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2036)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1300)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "I want to stop everything and just listen to this"
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    I've read (really "read" not "listened to") Wolf Hall twice -- first when it was released and again when Bring Up The Bodies was released so that it would be fresh when I read the sequel. I know that this is some of the most magnificent writing currently being produced and I already know I love the book.

    But oh boy, listening to it being ready by Simon Slater is SUCH a treat! It's not like he's "putting on" voices or characters, or "acting". It's like he's channeling these words in the voice that Mantel heard in her head when she was writing. His Wolsey is so perfect. He gets all the inflections right without (so far) a stumble of any kind.

    I'm very very impressed with this reader and I'm so glad this is such a long book, because the only other books he has read are "... for dummies" guides and I just feel his great talent must be wasted on those.

    Listening to this book is like having a magnificent dinner and watching your favorite movie at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (925)

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder". It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated, and studied 20th-century works of American fiction.

    Redhawk Readers says: "Something you won't fall asleep to..."
    "I wanted to love this"
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    This is the greatest work of American literature, and I didn't fully appreciate it until relatively late in life. I chose this version because I thought Tim Robbins, being a thoughtful actor, would be a good reader. I was wrong. He's probably a wonderful reader for other books, but I'm also probably uncommonly picky about this one. I just really dislike the way he voices the characters in the book, especially Daisy who is NOT Southern but is in fact from the Midwest, so a Southern accent on her just grated.

    I'm trying another narrator now. Not crazy about his interpretations either but at least he's placed Daisy someplace other than antebellum Georgia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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