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Ronald

East Syracuse, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Alienist

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (239)

    The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

    lyl says: "Outstanding on several levels."
    "One of My Favorites."
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    Sometime back in 1996 I was browsing the fiction section in Barnes and Noble and for some reason this book jumped out at me. I took it home and read it almost in one sitting. Its been one of my favorites ever since. The audio version of the book is excellent. George Guidall has a very easy voice to listen to and it is easy to get lost in the world of 1896 New York City.

    Caleb Carr writes life like characters you care about whose lives you get involved in and whose destinies you become invested in. We even get to meet Theodore Roosevelt and, to a lesser extent, his family.

    This book is a historically accurate thriller. It deals with gruesome subjects and at times the way people acted and reacted in this book made me sad. Sometimes they made me angry. I also laughed out loud a few times.

    Ill end this with an interesting quote from the author:

    "The biggest challenge was to study the psychological literature of that day so that none of my characters would know more than they could have known in terms of psychology."

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (368)

    Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

    Purdy Oaten says: "Add 3 Hours&40 Years&Let Simmer Till Very Dark"
    "Familiar Story, Excellent Narration"
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    Often I cringe at the idea of an author narrating his own work, but Mr. Blatty reads his book very well and he has a rich voice that seems to have been made for narration. I read the book when I was a kid and mostly remember the story from the film, so I cant speak to what was "revised and expanded" although I think I recall an interview with Blatty where he said that for the film he added a lot of the more shocking language at the request of the Director, so maybe thats it, as Regan is quite potty-mouthed here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Guitar: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tim Brookes
    • Narrated By Tim Brookes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    What was it about a small, humble folk instrument that allowed it to become an American icon? The guitar represents freedom, the open road, protest and rebellion, the blues, youth, lost love, and sexuality. Tim Brookes explores with adoration these ideas and how they became entwined with the history of America.

    Colin says: "Amazingly, a real page-turner"
    "Excellent! For anyone who appreciates the guitar!"
    Overall

    Having played guitar for almost 25 years now, I began listening to this book with high hopes and was not disappointed. I learned stuff I would never have known otherwise, laughed out loud several times, and grinned with satisfaction a few times when Tim Brookes confirmed things I only thought I knew, and how I was able to guess what film he was talking about when he tells the story of the movie theme that REALLY started the British Invasion!

    Often when a writer reads his own work I am disappointed with the performance and wonder if vanity or budget were what drove the decision not to hire a professional, but I have no beef with it here at all. The reading is lively Mr. Brookes has a pleasant voice to listen to.

    My only complaint is that I wanted more, and I suppose that would be more compliment than complaint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10068)
    Performance
    (7547)
    Story
    (7591)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "For hard core Fantasy fans only"
    Overall

    Im not generally a fan of Fantasy. When I was a kid I read Tolkien and Lewis but that was about all the fantasy I could handle. A couple years ago I started listening to the Wheel of Time series and really liked it a lot, so when The Way of Kings became available I almost couldnt wait for my next credit so I could listen. I figured that if Brandon Sanderson could finish up Wheel of Time I probably couldnt go wrong downloading The Way of Kings. Unfortunately, like most fantasy, I just can't seem to get my head around it. There is nothing wrong with it, I guess, but not for me. Judging from the reviews Mr. Sanderson gets for his other work, I can only assume the problem lies with me. If your relationship with the genre is touch and go, I'd recommend going.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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