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Peter Drummey

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  • Lost Horizon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By James Hilton
    • Narrated By Michael de Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
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    (90)
    Story
    (92)

    Celebrating the 70th anniversary of this magical and well-loved classic. Following a plane crash, Conway, a British consul; his deputy; a missionary; and an American financier find themselves in the enigmatic snow-capped mountains of uncharted Tibet. Here they discover a seemingly perfect hidden community where they are welcomed with gracious hospitality. Intrigued by its mystery, the travelers set about discovering the secret hidden at the shimmering heart of Shangri-La.

    Julie says: "Amazingly wonderful, a new favorite!"
    "A story that will live forever"
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    Would you listen to Lost Horizon again? Why?

    The movie version is an all-time classic, but it is good to revisit the original story again (and again).


    What other book might you compare Lost Horizon to and why?

    There is nothing quite like it--fantasy, romance, and utopian vision rolled into one. Prophetic of the age of darkness that was about to tall over the world.


    Have you listened to any of Michael de Morgan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not heard him as a reader before--slightly below the very best Audible "voices."


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

    Extreme relief that it lived up to my recollections of having read it in youth.


    Any additional comments?

    Sadness that there really are no longer any places beyond the edges of maps. It is flabbergasting that this could be the source material for a classic movie (1937?) and then one of the worst remakes ever--the musical version from 1973.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4151)
    Performance
    (3108)
    Story
    (3113)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "After fifty years--this story holds up"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a book that I bought in junior high school as part of a school reading program, so re-reading it (listening to it) bathed me in nostalgia, but I am surprised how good a story it remains, although it has practically become a historical novel. What a window into the 1950s nuclear arms race and a "prehistoric" Florida.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alas, Babylon?

    The quiet decay of everyday life among the survivors of an apocalyptic event. The protagonist stocks up on frozen food, just before the power goes out. A near-sighted physician who loses his eyeglasses is a catastrophe for the isolated survivors of a calamity.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    The characters are well drawn and clearly delineated by the narrator's performance.


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

    The brief, but completely plausible account of how an accidental nuclear war could begin. The fact that Syria remains a flashpoint all these years later is eerie.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd love to hear more of books of this genre/from this period.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinnamon Skin: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (61)

    When Travis McGee's friend Meyer lent his boat to his niece Norma and her new husband Evan, the boat exploded out in the waters of the Florida Keys. Travis McGee thinks it's no accident, and clues lead him to ponder possibilities of drugs and also to wonder where Evan was when his wife was killed.

    Peter Drummey says: "This was the place MacDonald should have stopped"
    "This was the place MacDonald should have stopped"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cinnamon Skin to be better than the print version?

    Having read this book when it came out--and audiobooks were in their primitive infancy (remember all those cassettes in large boxes that came through the mail?), it really is difficult to compare the printed and audio versions of this series. I actually can remember when the earliest Travis McGee titles were paperback originals back in the late 1960s.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a book where Meyer has a star turn, but the first victim (in the story line) and the villain are three-dimensional, well realized characters.


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

    He has been remarkable consistent throughout this entire series--it must be approaching 175 hours of reading. It always is difficult taking on a well-known character, but for the most part his "voices" have been well thought out and logical. I would be happy to listen to him again.


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

    I was pleased that this series recovered nicely after it flagged a bit as the number of titles approached twenty.


    Any additional comments?

    In the future (now) sociologists and environmental historians will have a field day reading through these volumes for the commentary on the decay of the American dream--and the destruction of Florida through over development--from the 1960s through the 1980s. These must be some of the earliest soundings of environmental alarms to appear in mainstream literature.Listen to these now.

    Rumor has it that one of them will become a major motion picture soon and I would be surprised if they can do it without "damaging" the original material. Just compare MacDonald's "The Executioners" with either of the movie versions of it (both titled, "Cape Fear").

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (2703)
    Performance
    (1825)
    Story
    (1842)

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    David says: "mouth watering"
    "A wonderful pairing of content and narrator"
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    What did you love best about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1?

    This is an extremely well done systematic retelling of the Holmes short novels and stories in the order in which they appeared. Charlton Griffin, clearly a very talented actor, seems to relish the many characters he is called upon to portray. An unexpected pleasure was the amount of 19th-century social history contained in the stories. A world where the new--typewriters and telephones--collides with the old, rigid class system of Victorian England. I had forgotten that Dr. John Watson is a disabled veteran of the Second Afghan War--chillingly familiar in the world we walk around in, 130 years later. There is much more humor in the stories than I had remembered: Watson's hilarious description of how he met and courted his future wife during the course of a story (that I will not spoil by describing further) is a good example.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1?

    When Holmes--whom Watson claims was entirely innocent of any knowledge of literature--quotes from Henry David Thoreau to explain deductive reasoning. I did not see that coming.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    And another spoiler alert: When Sherlock Holmes is bested by "the woman"--Irene Adler--but still saves his princely client, all he asks for, when he might receive any reward that he could name, is a photograph of her.


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

    There is no accounting for taste, but I have been sharing my pleasure with these stories with many people--to the point that I probably seem to be obsessed with them, and I still have parts II and III (almost forty hours--including both "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and the "The Valley of Fear") of listening pleasure ahead of me.


    Any additional comments?

    Make note of the descriptions of Americans who play a surprisingly prominent role in the Conan Doyle novels and stories--an interesting combination of admiration for what are perceived to be our admirable qualities--and more than a few familiar and sometimes painful stereotypes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    Overall
    (5567)
    Performance
    (4781)
    Story
    (4792)

    The season of gift-giving is here, and this year we've got something special for our members: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Yuletide whodunit "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle". In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

    Katheryne says: "Superb! Love Alan Cumming"
    "What a really nice holiday token from Audible"
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    What did you love best about The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle?

    While Alan Cumming's presentation of the Blue Carbuncle was outstanding--it shows you how much of acting is contained in voice and presentation--the old chestnut of a story also is, as many Sherlock Holmes stories are, a wonderful "slice" of 19th century social history. It also was a perfect holiday gift (this is a rather tardy review) in that Holmes, who can sometimes come across as a sort of living, calculating machine (if that is what you would call it in 19th century London); a stern upholder of right over wrong, is shown to be merciful at the time of the year that calls us to be so, and (who knew?) a proto- prison reformer.


    What other book might you compare The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle to and why?

    O'Henry meets Raymond Chandler?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The biography of a mystery man created from his old, battered hat is a classic Sherlock Holmes set piece, but the best scene of "Holmes at work" for Baker Street enthusiasts probably is when he plays the upper class twit to con information from the sturdy yeoman proprietor of the poultry market. In his "comeupance" and perfect-pitch reading of human nature, he (Holmes) gets the information he needs.


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

    See above, the "good will to man" denouement.


    Any additional comments?

    It is wonderful for a company that I deal with entirely by email to take the time and effort to develop and maintain a "human" face.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22078)
    Performance
    (8791)
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    (8989)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Shockingly bad to use for a preview"
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    Any additional comments?

    There are so many good authors, books, and narrators on this site, what would possess you to use this excerpt as a preview?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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