Soon after starting, I thought 'is this really worth one of my precious credits?' But I kept going and started to like it, and then a lot. It's not groundbreaking, but it's a well-written detective story, with great characters, not the least of whom is the narrator (a hard-bitten but likable old-school journalist, much, I expect, like Mr. DeSilva), rendered beautifully by Mr. Woodman (OK, a lapse of Rhode Island accent now and then, but never forced), with unexpected (at least to me) plot developments. It's very New England but would probably translate well to readers in other regions, especially Red Sox fans. I'd have upped the stars to fives, had "Deliverance" not just wrecked the curve. I hope Audible gives us the author's "Cliff Walk" soon.
This very readable and bawdy biography of the bawdy book Ulysses is also enough of Joyce's own story that I finally feel I don't really need to open the Ellmann biography that's been sitting on my shelf for many years. There's so much great stuff here about Beach, Hemingway, Cerf, and of course Barnacle - and other important characters I'd never heard of. Birmingham's book is so entertaining that it might just persuade readers to finally tackle - and enjoy - Ulysses. Unlike another reader, I like Keating and his Quirkes (although where's Timothy Dalton? But, in the spirit of Mr. Joyce, I digress).
I read many of the Travis McGee books in the late '60s and early '70s and urged others to try them. Listening to this "Yellow Eye" book, I kept thinking who was I at the time that I really liked this macho, moralizing character (it's actually the moralizing that gets to me)? Are the other books different, and maybe I never read this one? I don't know. The plot line is good, well, sometimes stretched too much even for the genre, and I guess Petkoff does a good job. But I think I'll stop Mr. MacDonald with this one. I would like to again see MacDonald's "A Flash of Green," a non-McGee story filmed for TV in 1984 with Ed Harris.
I would love to have listened to more than the first third or so and will get the heavy version off the shelf to finish it. I'm sure that Jeff Cummings is a wonderful guy, but Oppenheimer deserves more ... gravity, I guess. And some scientific knowledge, so as to pronounce things a little better. And, as others have pointed out (I wish I'd listened), a much better editing job.
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