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  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1074)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Tedious"
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    What would have made For Whom the Bell Tolls better?

    The induction of Brevity


    What could Ernest Hemingway have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More editing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    those involving action


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Campbell Scott did a good job of narrating a bloated dialogue. I drive for a living and found that I missed whole passages to daydreaming because of the lack of action in this book. Internalized dialogue is quite frankly boring and this book is mostly that. I like Hemingway, one of my favorites is the Sun Also Rises, but I chose poorly in this instance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (269)

    Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

    Old Hippy says: "First rate suspense story, great narration!"
    "Well-written & performed, troubling subject matter"
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    Where does Shatter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    the quality is superb. I just found the subject matter too sadistic for my taste.


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

    very well-written story


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

    excellent narrator


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

    Michael Robotham is a great writer but I found this story too sadistic for my taste.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ham on Rye: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Bukowski
    • Narrated By Christian Baskous
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (115)

    In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years, and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.

    Parola138 says: "Thoroughly enjoyed this"
    "**6 Stars!**"
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    Where does Ham on Rye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #1


    What did you like best about this story?

    The candidness of the author


    What about Christian Baskous’s performance did you like?

    So good I imagined I was listening to Bukowski read the story himself.


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

    The overall writing style was what captured me. I could tell that Bukowski was influenced by Hemingway.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silence of the Grave: Reykjavik Murder Mysteries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Arnaldur Indridason
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    When a skeleton is discovered half-buried in a construction site outside of ReykjavIk, Inspector Erlendur finds himself knee-deep in both a crime scene and an archeological dig. Bone by bone, the body is unearthed, and the brutalizing history of a family who lived near the building site comes to light along with it. Was the skeleton a man or a woman, a victim or a killer, and is this a simple case of murder or a long-concealed act of justice?

    Sandy says: "Talk about depressing!!!"
    "Not what I expected"
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    What did you like best about Silence of the Grave? What did you like least?

    I thought that Silence of the Grave would be more like a Harry Hole or Harry Bosch book but not quite. I bought this book based on the fantastic reviews which were just a bit skewed in my opinion. I was hoping for a more macho storyline and am not one who enjoys soap operas and family dramas.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was a bit of a surprise in that it was very abrupt.


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

    George Guidall is always a great narrator and this book was no exception.


    Do you think Silence of the Grave needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I believe it is already a series.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see a search filter that delineates books rated highly by men vs those rated highly by women.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sentry: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (280)

    Five years ago, Dru Rayne and her uncle fled from Louisiana to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina hit, but now they face a different kind of danger. A neighborhood protection gang savagely beats Dru’s uncle, but Pike witnesses it and offers his own brand of protection. Oddly enough, neither of them seems to want it — and neither do the federal agents mysteriously watching their storefront, men who appear quite willing to let the gang have its way.

    S. Harvey says: "Vintage Crais"
    "Bring back Mel Foster"
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    Where does The Sentry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The book was good but the narrator was not my favorite. I would suggest buying the book and reading it yourself. For my money, no one can beat Mel Foster as the narrator for a Robert Crais book. Patrick Lawlor is a close second however.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4250)
    Performance
    (3658)
    Story
    (3639)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Not my cup of tea"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Audible customer for 4 years and this is my first written review. I found this book to be mundane and so bogged down with detail that I stopped listening before finishing the first part. The original Tom Clancy books were much better. This book could have been slashed down to 50% of its volume and it would have been a much better read (listen).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney again?

    No


    What aspect of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance would you have changed?

    Lou was fine but a little too soft-spoken and monotonous.


    Could you see Locked On being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Seriously?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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