Very close to the top of my audio book list
Chester Himes has always been one of my favorite authors since a writer friend of mine introduced his books to me in the 90s. All of his Grave Digger and Coffin Ed stories are exellant and filled with a diverse cast of characters and places.
Mr. Jackson is a perfect foil to bring to life the myriad of voices in this story. His range and skills are perfectly matched to this style of story.
Not all that sparkles is gold.
Neil Gaiman writes the way Michael Jordan plays basketball. Effortlessly and skillful with sudden displays of brilliance that leave a reader or listener in this case simply in awe. With the talented George Guidall telling the tale there is no more that that needs to be done to make this one a keeper. I would highly recommend this book to any and all. I have long been a fan of Mr. Gaiman from his comic books, but I find that his writing is even more entertaining and plan to listen to all his works in the future.
Simon Vance is once again excellent in delivering a very engaging and entertaining narration of the Patrick O'Brian series. His characterizations are true to life and consistent. While I personally enjoy Jim Lee's work on the Aubrey/Maturin series, Simon Vance is almost his equal. My only fault with the recording is the quality of the audio. Although Audible states that the format is 4 and the highest quality, it is obvious from the file size of only 76Mb per part (2 parts) that the audio cannot hope to equal the same quality as the CD version purchased through W.W. Norton that is usually 760Mb per disc and 5 to 10 discs long. In fairness, the reduced price of the Audible book delivers a good value although the audio is "tinny" and lacks overall depth. I will continue to purchase the Simon Vance versions of the series, but wish that Audible offered a larger file format with better audio quality.
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