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  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1160)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (789)

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    P. Shuart says: "Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++"
    "Endured rather than enjoyed - not like the movie"
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    This is for Delta, and Delta is for a Completely different story-line...

    If your exposure to the Bourne character is through the Matt Damon depiction in the movies, like what is shown in the image associated with this Audiobook, and you want to experience more of that character's adventures, you will need to wait for another movie to come out. This book will not help.

    Apparently, the Bourne of Robert Ludlum's imagination is very different from that of the screenwriters.

    Set just after the Vietnam war, there is a strong Asian theme, which is carried through into the next books, as well.

    Scott Brick does an acceptable job with the Narration, but I found it difficult to take seriously, something I chose to endure rather than enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Nicolas Coster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (196)

    In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

    John says: "Great book. Poor narrator."
    "Worst narrator I've heard in 300 books - hated it"
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    This is the first performance by Nicolas Coster I've listened to, and I was cringing as I reluctantly continued. I found myself hoping the story would end, so I could move on to one of the other books narrated by Christian Rodska. Hopefully Mr. Rodska will record this book and there will be a better Unabridged option.

    Mr. Coster's performance is slurred as if he were imitating a drunkard, his voices are indistinguishable from each other, and he attempts to deliver emotion by speaking more loudly or softly. It is more like listening to someone relating a story they have heard, rather than a story they are narrating.

    My advice is to avoid this recording and wait for better material, or purchase the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Colin Firth
    Overall
    (2814)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2577)

    Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

    Karen Downes says: "Colin whispers in my ear, and I melt"
    "Engaging story, brilliant narration - exquisite"
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    Colin Firth is a perfect match for the narrator and main character. Firth is an easily imagined embodiment of the self-centered novelist Maurice Bendrix, but he winningly takes on the voices of Sarah and Henry Miles, and Albert Parkis with equal skill and emotion.

    The novel is efficiently written, smoothly transitioning between the present and remembered past, with Sarah's journal serving to provide a glimpse inside her thoughts, desires and motivations. There are many interesting twists and turns along the way. A subtext of discussion of religion, humanity, god and church provides further opportunity for thoughtful reflection. A wonderful book and enjoyable performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2146)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1281)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Jeremy Irons is perfect, wonderfully sinister"
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    Jeremy Irons' voice is perfectly matched to Humbert Humbert, a wonderful performance, worthy of multilpe listens. My favorite book this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (948)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "Patrick O'Brian's Master(piece), Patrick Tull = A+"
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    A stand-alone masterpiece, yet the beginning of a 21 volume story line, Master and Commander is a fitting beginning to a wonderful tale, of the Royal Navy in the times of the French Revolution and stretching through the Napoleonic War(s).

    This novel is a wonderful adventure, with engaging characters and tremendous action. The ship-to-ship engagements are told with accuracy and verve.

    Jack Aubrey, essentially drawn, in this book, from the life of Thomas Cochrane, is the central character. Clumsy, politically, on land, he acts with deadly efficiency and boldness at sea. Stephen Maturin, the Doctor acting as Ship's Surgeon, is a shadow of the character which will develop in later books, but serves as an effective friend and companion to Jack.

    I return to this book whenever I feel the need for some distraction and adventure. The characters and events are enduring and fresh each time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1964)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1127)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "Captivating, Compelling, Enduring - A Must Read"
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    If you could sum up True Grit in three words, what would they be?

    The narrator, Donna Tartt, states in her review of the book that her family loved it, she read and re-read it many times; it was a much loved friend. I felt the same way, after listening to her performance, and have listened to her reading several times. If you saw the recent Cohen Brothers movie adaptation, and admired the odd conversation and language, you'll find it all here, and more. The story is fresh and engaging, different than both movies, sharing elements of both. It is told in first person, as a memoir, narrated by Mattie, with her reflections of events which occur at different times mixed in, which gives the reader insight which is lacking in the films.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The odd language, conversational exchanges, Portis created and included in his book.


    Which character – as performed by Donna Tartt – was your favorite?

    Mattie Ross


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lively Times


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it, you won't be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    Physically weak and afflicted with stuttering, Claudius is initially despised and dismissed as an idiot. Shunted to the background of imperial affairs by his embarrassed royal family, he becomes a scholar and historian, while palace intrigues and murders surround him. Observing these dramas from beyond the public eye, Claudius escapes the cruelties inflicted on the rest of the royal family by its own members and survives to become emperor of Rome in A.D. 41.

    Robert says: "An..An..Ancient Rome comes to life, brilliantly"
    "An..An..Ancient Rome comes to life, brilliantly"
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    Frederick Davidson's performance is a wonderful match to the material. He makes Claudius likeable and delivers the text, which moves forward and backward through time, with enthusiasm and zeal. His female voices are aptly suited to the wicked female characters, and I found his interpretations left me laughing out loud in places where I felt had I read the text, I would not. An enjoyable encounter with Graves' masterpiece.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ralph Ellison
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (298)

    Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

    Robert says: "You've been waiting, buy it, you won't be sorry..."
    "You've been waiting, buy it, you won't be sorry..."
    Overall

    Ralph Ellison's masterpiece comes to life in the hands and voices of Joe Morton. The author's prose is alive, urgent, commanding of your attention.

    This is a reading which perfectly matches narrator to subject matter. Mr. Morton is to be commended for his dazzling ability to traverse generation, race, nationality, gender and regional dialects with ease, often in the same sentence. Many passages which deal with multiple voices, the narrator along with other speakers, are confronted with natural ease and pacing. I found, on several occasions, I had to pleasantly remind myself there was only one person responsible for the many clearly identifiable characters.

    Invisible Man's absence from the Audible catalog has finally been rectified, and thankfully it has been given the reading and treatment it deserves.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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