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Joe

st. petersburg, FL, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (353)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

    Kitty says: "A Visit to Another Era"
    "A great match"
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    Story
    Where does A Rage in Harlem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very close to the top of my audio book list


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not all that sparkles is gold.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5377)
    Performance
    (2241)
    Story
    (2256)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    ""American Gods" - a listener's delight"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treason's Harbour: The Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    All of Patrick O'Brian's strengths are on parade in this novel of action and intrigue, set partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea. While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes the center stage, for the stockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's agents and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring mission.

    Will says: "O'Brian+Vance=perfection"
    "Treason's Harbour - My review"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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