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John Lane

johnlane

Plano, TX USA | Member Since 2011

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  • Cannery Row

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Jerry Farden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (356)

    Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works.

    Jax says: "I disagree with Rob from Goodyear, AZ"
    "An Enjoyable Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I like this meandering story and think others will. I don't think it is as good as Of Mice and Men, though.


    What other book might you compare Cannery Row to and why?

    Well, Mice and Men comes to mind because of the author. But this is much different - it is more about the characters in a town.


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

    No, but he does a superb job here.


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

    Cannery Row, a collection of characters


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading. I enjoyed. It just kind of ends without a clearcut ending. Reads almost like a few short stories put together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2033)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1772)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "A Hagiography of Garfield"
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    What made the experience of listening to Destiny of the Republic the most enjoyable?

    I am glad I listened to it, but it is almost a youth style book in that Garfield and Bell are too good to be true.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A more realistic portrait of Garfield. He was too good to be true.


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

    A good voice. Very easy to listen to.


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

    Garfield's countenance in face of all that pain.


    Any additional comments?

    Some interesting facts. I debated hard on whether to give it 3 or 4 stars, but since I was glad to listen to it, I gave it 4.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1444)
    Performance
    (843)
    Story
    (846)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "I'm just not a Hemingway fan"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I just didn't care for it. It's okay but there are so many good books out there I wouldn't bother with this.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Slouching towards Bethlehem.


    What three words best describe Donald Sutherland’s voice?

    Tired, Lacking emotion. As an actor, he has a great voice and is very easy to listen to. But his staccato delivery may be correct for the old man character, but I increasingly found it dull.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. Just a sad story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have tried a few Hemingway books and I'm just not a fan. I always feel like I am missing something. His short choppy sentences distract me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Little Dorrit

    • ORIGINAL (31 mins)
    • By David Timson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature. Listen to Little Dorrit narrated by Anton Lesser.

    John Lane says: "Interesting Back Story"
    "Interesting Back Story"
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    Would you try another book from David Timson and/or the narrator?

    Just an interview about Dickens, not an author per se.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Timson before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    n/a


    Did The Novels of Charles Dickens: An Introduction by David Timson to Little Dorrit inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just the back story about the book from Charles Dickens, not a novel in its own right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exclusive Interview: James Atlas with John Irving

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By James Atlas
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (344)

    James Atlas interviews John Irving about his life and works.

    John Lane says: "A Little Dull"
    "A Little Dull"
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    Would you try another book from John Irving and/or James Atlas?

    This was just a short interview, not a book.


    What could John Irving have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Told more about himself.


    What didn’t you like about James Atlas’s performance?

    The content was the problem.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    This review is on the interview, not any book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Foreword: The John Updike Audio Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By John Updike
    • Narrated By John Updike
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (14)

    The author's foreward to the John Updike audio collection.Updike's extraordinarily evocative stories depict the generation born in a small-town America during the Depression and growing up in a world where the old sexual morality was turned around and material comforts were easily had. Yet, as these stories reflect so accurately, life was still unsettling, and Updike chronicles telling moments both joyful and painful.

    John Lane says: "I wanted character analysis not a mini bio."
    "I wanted character analysis not a mini bio."
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    What did you like best about Foreword? What did you like least?

    I was hoping for more information about Rabbit.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Updike? Why or why not?

    This is just a short interview, not a book. I have an Updike book.


    What aspect of John Updike’s performance would you have changed?

    More information on the characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Too short - just an interview.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help'

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Diana Dapito
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (481)

    Kathryn Stockett is the best-selling author of The Help, Audible's 2009 pick for Audiobook of the Year. In this interview she tells us about her role in choosing the book's narrator, and reveals what she's working on next.

    John Lane says: "Worth a Quick Listen"
    "Worth a Quick Listen"
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    What did you like best about An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help'? What did you like least?

    Her background in Mississippi


    Would you recommend An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help' to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you like The Help, I think this is worth hearing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her talking about her own maid.


    Did An Interview with Kathryn Stockett, Author of 'The Help' inspire you to do anything?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Message to Garcia

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By Elbert Hubbard
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    This essay celebrates the initiative of a soldier who is assigned to and accomplishes a daunting mission. He asks no questions, makes no objections, requests no help, but accomplishes the mission. The essay exhorts the reader to apply this attitude to his own life as an avenue to success.

    John Lane says: "Oh Brother"
    "Oh Brother"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A complete rewrite. I thought it was going to be a short story about a messenger in a war who goes to extremes to do his duty. Instead I get some tripe about how employers are mistreated and employees are worthless.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elbert Hubbard again?

    No.


    Did the narrator do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There really aren't characters in this book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Message to Garcia?

    From the beginning to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe this is one of the bestselling books of all time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3800)
    Performance
    (2219)
    Story
    (2231)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "A Decent Read"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved Odd Thomas. I loved Watchers. So I looked for the highest rated Dean Koontz book on Audible. And this is it. So maybe I was just a little disappointed. It's an okay story but I don't think it is as good as the other two.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dean Koontz before, how does this one compare?

    Better than Forever Odd, but not as good as Watchers or Odd Thomas.


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

    He does a good job of reading the story.


    Do you think Lightning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the characters covered the full spectrum.


    Any additional comments?

    I think my expectations were too high.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1178)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "Sophomore Slump?"
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or David Aaron Baker?

    I have several books from Dean Koontz and David Aaron Baker, so definitely.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    I loved Odd Thomas. Five Stars, well worth getting. This one wasn't. I was actually bored. I barely finished it. I hope the next is better.


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is Odd Thomas. You really feel like he is telling his own story. I didn't like the story, but the narrator was perfect.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I just so loved the first book.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the third book is better!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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