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  • Rogue Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bruce DeSilva
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Bruce DeSilva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (660)

    Liam Mulligan is as old school as a newspaper man gets. His beat is Providence, Rhode Island, and he knows every street and alley. He knows the priests and prostitutes, the cops and street thugs. He knows the mobsters and politicians--who are pretty much one and the same. Someone is systematically burning down the neighborhood Mulligan grew up in, people he knows and loves are perishing in the flames, and the public is on the verge of panic.

    Michael Jacobi says: "Classic Whodunnit"
    "Definitely worth a shot"
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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kevin Birmingham
    • Narrated By John Keating
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (20)

    Literary historian Kevin Birmingham follows Joyce's years as a young writer, his feverish work on his literary masterpiece, and his ardent love affair with Nora Barnacle, the model for Molly Bloom. Joyce and Nora socialized with literary greats like Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot and Sylvia Beach. Their support helped Joyce fight an array of anti-vice crusaders while his book was disguised and smuggled, pirated and burned in the United States and Britain.

    RDB says: "Fascinating combination of literature and history"
    "Might just create some more Joyce fans"
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    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).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Fearful Yellow Eye: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (163)

    How to you extort $600,000 from a dying man? Someone had done it very quietly and skilfully to the husband of Travis McGee's ex-girlfriend. McGee flies to Chicago to help untangle the mess and discovers that, although Dr. Fortner Geis had led an exemplary life, there were those who'd take advantage of one "indiscretion" and bring down the whole family. McGee also discovers he likes a few members of the family far too much to let that happen....

    Constance says: "It seems over but then it gets REALLY interesting!"
    "Not what I remembered"
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    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (544)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Visit your local library"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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