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Ramil C. Wright

San Francisco | Member Since 2011

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  • Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paul French
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    Peking in 1937 is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, opulence and opium dens, rumors and superstition. The Japanese are encircling the city, and the discovery of Pamela Werner's body sends a shiver through already nervous Peking. Is it the work of a madman? One of the ruthless Japanese soldiers now surrounding the city? With the suspect list growing and clues sparse, two detectives - one British and one Chinese - race against the clock to solve the crime before the Japanese invade and Peking as they know it is gone forever.

    Jeremy says: "When history can be stranger than fiction"
    "Atmospheric, Compelling and Engaging"
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    I read this book because my wife suggested it. She was right to do so. The book provides a murder mystery and, more importantly, a view of Peking in 1937 when the world was crumbling about the city as the Japanese invader moved increasingly closer and more influential. It is also a story of corruption, government interference (but not the Chinese government), and of relentless pursuit of information by a relative of the victim. Is the murder mystery solved? That is up the reader to decide. What makes this book most compelling is that is based on an actual set of events in 1937. The reader is very good and the story is skillfully told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beethoven's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Biss
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (480)

    The American pianist Jonathan Biss is known to audiences throughout the world for his artistry, musical intelligence, and deeply felt interpretations. What is less known until now is that Jonathan Biss writes about music in a most compelling and engaging way. For anyone who has ever enjoyed a Beethoven concert or a Beethoven recording, or one of the many films about Beethoven, this audiobook is an inspiring listening experience.

    Carol C. Buchalter says: "An amazing glimpse into musical interpretation"
    "Wonderful essay for lovers of Beethoven"
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    This book (essay) is not for everyone, but for those who are enthralled and amazed by the music of Beethoven, it is a must. I was a bit afraid at first that the author was going to be promoting his recording cycle of the sonatas. Although he does reference it from time to time, it is always in the context of a deeper insight into the effect that Beethoven has on performers and listeners. Although the discussion of individual pieces/movements is focused primarily on the sonatas, he deftly uses the string quartets to make points. I was particularly stuck with his comments on the Grosse Fugue, which has baffled, amazed, and elevated my spirits for decades and never grows "old hat". Jeff Woodman is an excellent narrator and I felt as though the author himself was talking to me.
    The comments on pianists who influenced Mr. Biss (Fleischer, Schnabel, Serkin) are excellent in that they provide insight into the nature of performance rather than as value judgements of "the best performers" - a fruitless judgement anyway.
    This is a short book. I did not want it to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arctic Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Frey
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    The story went something like this: Troy Jensen, who sailed solo around the world and conquered the seven summits, fell off a crab boat called Arctic Fire and drowned in the Bering Sea. Troy’s brother Jack, who doesn’t buy the story for a minute, heads to Alaska to uncover the truth. Jack discovers a connection between Troy and a secret intelligence organization known as Red Cell Seven (RCS) that will stop at nothing to protect America from threat (even if they have to kill thousands of Americans to do it). The problem is, the more Jack learns about Troy’s involvement with RCS, the more RCS learns about Jack.

    Ramil C. Wright says: "I SHOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION TO THE REVIEWS!"
    "I SHOULD HAVE PAID MORE ATTENTION TO THE REVIEWS!"
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    This book is almost a disaster and the reader is an unqualified disaster. I am used to thrillers being a bit far-fetched and accept that, but this plot not only goes over the top, but begins to slide down the other side. Conspiracy plots are a bit tricky to write well and Stephen Frey botched this one. I had read 4 other books by Frey and they were OK if not great; this one does not make that grade. Bad enough that the plot and writing are poor, the listener is forced to hear a very poor performance. The readier has nice voice timbre but he exaggerates words and syllables so often that it is very off-putting. There are multiple characters in the story who play an important role, but the reader uses the same "voice" for several of them. In the last third of the book, the two main characters, who turn out to be half brothers. I guess the reader figured he should use the same voice for each since they share some genes. The only way the listener is able to distinguish the two is by the author use of "Troy said" or "said Jack". I probably should have said "plot spoiler" two sentences ago, but as the plot is so bad, I hope you won't read the book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    At the center of Middlemarch is Dorothea Brooke, a thoughtful and idealistic young woman determined to make a difference with her life. Enamored of a man who she believes is setting this example, she traps herself into a loveless marriage. Her parallel is Tertius Lydgate, a young doctor from the city whose passionate ambition to spread the new science of medicine is complicated by his love for the wrong woman.

    Deborah says: "Human nature revealed in all its complexity"
    "Outstanding Novel; Marvelous Performance"
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    This is a classic of English literature for good reason. Sure, it is written in mid-19th C language, but it you pay attention you will be richly rewarded. Profound insights into the themes of marriage and vocation permeate the story. Each major character, and there are many, is well developed and, almost without fail, never stereotyped. The performer, Nadia May, once again is able to convey the personality and nature of the characters by the tone, inflection, and pacing of her voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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