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Mr. Melby

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Massachusetts, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rome from the fall of Troy through Julius Caesar"
    "Terrific book, absolutely terrible narrator"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Rise of Rome in three words, what would they be?

    Epic, Interesting, Unlistenable


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None of note. It is an historical work.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Clive Chafer’s performances?

    No. His British newscaster singsong delivery ending each sentence on exactly the same two-note pitch throughout the entire book was horrible.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jeeves and the Wedding Bells

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sebastian Faulks
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    P.G. Wodehouse documented the lives of the inimitable Jeeves and Wooster for nearly 60 years, from their first appearance, in 1915, (“Extricating Young Gussie”) to his final completed novel (Aunts Aren't Gentlemen), in 1974. These two were the finest creations of a novelist widely proclaimed to be the finest comic English writer by critics and fans alike. Now, 40 years later, Bertie and Jeeves return in a hilarious affair of mix-ups and mishaps.

    Kathi says: "A Funny Book"
    "Absolutely Terrific!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Jeeves and the Wedding Bells again? Why?

    Yes, I would, because the English jargon and references speed by too quickly for an American listener, and they obviously add to the humor.


    What other book might you compare Jeeves and the Wedding Bells to and why?

    Any of the original Wodehouse Jeeves series.


    Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favorite?

    No question: Bertie Wooster. The narrator perfectly catches his befuddled and slow-in-the-uptake persona.


    If you could rename Jeeves and the Wedding Bells, what would you call it?

    Jeeves and Bertie Switch Places


    Any additional comments?

    I was a bit nervous for the author when taking this one on. The Wodehouse series of Jeeves novels is an absolute classic, with a very specific usual plot type, extraordinary and unusual usage of language, distinct characterizations, and both highly English and highly intellectual references sprinkled throughout. This author did not just take on a genre, he took on a one-of-a-kind genre originally penned by the creator and master of the art. I enjoyed this book, actually, more than any of the Wodehouse originals!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3265)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1603)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Shantaram in three words, what would they be?

    Good story, well spoken, intriguing.


    What other book might you compare Shantaram to and why?

    None come to mine.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. A good narrator, though


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

    No extreme reaction. Just interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6110)
    Performance
    (2253)
    Story
    (2260)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lian Hearn and/or Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone ?

    Nothing happens. Ultimately dull. Nice descriptions of atmosphere though.


    What could Lian Hearn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing


    Did Kevin Gray and Aiko Nakasone do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Pretty good.


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

    Disappointingly boring. Not a quarter as good as Shogun, Tai Pan, etc.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By J. Courtney Sullivan
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory. For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back....

    Susan says: "Hope author stays true as she continues to write"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    If you want to know what it's like to be woman in a middle class Irish-American Boston family, get this book. Boring, middlebrow, shallow, superstitious Catholic, tribal, sheltered, unsophisticated, huge families with pretty concerns and constant infighting.

    Nothing happens in the book, the dialogue is minimal and dull, the characters concerns little more than based on envy, pathological focus on family and Irish-American tribe, and ultimately a very disappointing choice of audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2870)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (781)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "Long, dull, poorly edited, a complete downer"
    Overall

    First, who edited this (or, more specifically, didn't bother to edit this)? Very poorly edited. Long, long passages; overly long descriptions; dragging pace. Just terrible.

    Second, the story is a completely sad, dreary, downer. The most depressing thing I have ever read.

    Third, for 10+ hours of listening, there is barely a story. In the end, not much really happens. I won't give away the plot, but those who have listened to it will agree with me I think. A five hour story stretched out with boring and excessive detail and meandering prose to 10+ hours.

    Yuck.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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