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John Covey

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  • Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kevin Cullen, Shelley Murphy
    • Narrated By James Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (157)

    Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career - from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.

    A. Garofalo says: "boring"
    "Excellent Read"
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    Would you listen to Whitey Bulger again? Why?

    Very good book and interesting subject matter. Read with just the right tone, and excellent skill. Like a "who done it" mystery, but real life.


    What other book might you compare Whitey Bulger to and why?

    I've read Rifleman about Stevie Flemmie and that was good background to this book. Being from Massachusetts I'm fascinated by this subject.


    Have you listened to any of James Colby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NA


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could, but too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read/listen. I recommend it highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (817)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "The ONLY Dr Lecter better than Anthony Hopkins!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Silence of the Lambs the most enjoyable?

    I love Frank Muller's work. He not only reads the book, and acts the book, he becomes the characters. Often you can tell which character is speaking simply by Muller's inflection before any narration in the story gives it away. How he reads Starling is different than how he reads Crawford or Lecter. He gives each character life; no matter how small in the story. Even though I've read the book and seen the movie, I'm on the edge of my seat sometimes listening to him tell the story. Excellent experience.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very much so. Even though I'm very familiar with the book, Muller does a great job of keeping you in suspense. Some sections I listened to while on a long drive over back roads in the dark. I won't hide it; he had me edgy!


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Each of Frank Muller's works stand alone. It's like he is a different Frank Muller each time he approaches a story. His oration, pace, tone and characterizations are always amazing. I believed he was a prison "bull goose screw" in "The Green Mile" just as much as I beleived he was a deck hand on a whaling ship in "Moby Dick". This book is no exception. His Lecter is every bit the equal to Anthony Hopkins performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't know if moved is the right word, considering it's about a serial killer. But I would say that I was very invested in the story throughout the read.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the listen; great addition to any library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts in Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (577)

    All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

    Steve A. says: "Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read."
    "Excellent book, but lose the laugh track music."
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    What did you love best about Hearts in Atlantis?

    I loved the book. Excellently written, and excellently performed by both the author and William Hurt. The only problem I had with the book is the cheesy music that they overlay on the end of each chapter. It detracts from the experience; sort of breaks the 4th wall so to speak. The only point where it actually adds to the story is the very end. Otherwise it's like overused laugh tracks in a 70's sit-com. Intrusive, unnecessary, and beneath the level of the work. It's sort of like being in a fine art museum admiring a painting or a sculpture and someone in the room rips a fart. It's that crass. Lose the cheese; leave the ending music, and the book would be five by five.


    What did you like best about this story?

    William Hurt was surprisingly excellent. I believed that he WAS Bobby Garfield! Great read. Stephen King's performance was spot on (as per usual). He wrote the characters; who better to give them voice?!


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King and William Hurt ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes for King, no for Hurt. Loved both of them. I'm looking for more of Hurt now.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several times I was moved to laughter, and to tears. At one point when (spoiler alert) Sully John was sort of losing it talking about being in Nam I felt very anxious and nauseous. I felt as though I was experiencing the emotions of the character. William Hurt is THAT good!


    Any additional comments?

    As per above; the music almost ruined the book for me. It's got to go. It doesn't belong in the narration, and only fits the story one time; the very end. Otherwise it's like a mustache on a Mona Lisa. NFG.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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