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T Cyr

Missoula, MT United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 12 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 107 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015
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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
    (143)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (110)

    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!"
    "This timeless classic does not work on Audio Book!"
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    I fell in love with this book when I was a kid and have read it several times in my life. In many ways it shaped my own concepts of spiritual beliefs, of living in a calm settled tranquility. I always took away a more profound belief in the existence of Shangri-La, and in many ways the book always seem to transfix me with a mystical power. This audio book did not do this. The reader was very literal in the way he approached and read this timeless classic. The characters become somewhat cynical, lifeless and cold. All the elements of mystery where gone or missing. There was no sense of beauty of this extraordinary place and time. Yes time was suspended, but it was in the long drawn out reading of the reader. Finally half way through the recording I had to increase the play speed to 1.25 to get finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Discover: Music of the Baroque Era

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Clive Unger-Hamilton
    • Narrated By Sebastian Comberti
    Overall
    (5)
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    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel are the three great composers of the Baroque era, though there are many other well-known figures, including Albinoni, Pachelbel, and Scarlatti. This engaging introduction, interspersed liberally with music, shows how the works of these composers graced the courts and churches of Europe from 1600 to 1750. It is a fascinating story.

    T Cyr says: "Skims the period like a dragonfly across water."
    "Skims the period like a dragonfly across water."
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    The snippets and examples of music are great recordings, but the text, they are held in skims the surface so quickly that you really can't absorb the context. Had a vague inkling of what the Baroque Music movement was about before hand. Thought I would get a better understanding of it's history and be able to put the composers more into context of the period. Did not really learn anything. Discovered there was a downloadable PDF file listing the musical selections and who composed them after I had finished. Might have to give it a second listen following that outline.

    0 of 0 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
    (638)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (594)

    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"
    "Horrifically Beautiful"
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    I have been listening to audio books for a very long time, but up until now I had not encountered a book that made me just stop cold in my tracks, sit down and just listen. This is possibly the best audio book I have ever listened to of all time. I am typically skeptical of authors reading their own works, but Blatty reading this is sensational. His intonation amazingly changes from character to character and builds with such intensity to a fevered pitch that I was about to crawl out of my skin listening. I felt I was in that cold icy room witnessing things unfold first hand along side everyone else. The writing itself is pure genius, captivating and enthralling, filled with such insight and depth. I have been a fan of the film for years and this just expands upon it well, filling in a lot of detail and fleshing out all the characters. Warning not for the faint of heart to listen to, contains very graphic sequences that even unnerved me several times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6027)
    Performance
    (3942)
    Story
    (3976)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Haunting Story!"
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    This is not the type of book I typically choose to read or listen to. I overheard a conversation at a Christmas Party and thought it sounds like it was an interesting premise. What an absorbing story that constantly made me questions how prepared I am for such a disaster and how I would respond to the events as they unfold. Few books have impacted me as much as this one. I was utterly devastated by the way it unfolds. It was both mentally and emotionally challenging. Though I do not think it was overly well written it does bring up a lot of questions. I think it will haunt me for a long time. Very powerful in it's content and subject matter. Do not recommend it as a Christmas listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clockwork Orange

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anthony Burgess
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (641)
    Story
    (643)

    A vicious 15-year-old droog is the central character of this 1963 classic, a frightening fable about good and evil, and the meaning of human freedom. In Anthony Burgess' nightmare vision of the future, where the criminals take over after dark, the story is told by the central character, Alex, who talks in a brutal invented slang that brilliantly renders his and his friends' social pathology.

    Steve says: "Great book, great narration, but not for everyone"
    "Excellent! Vibrant! Insightful!"
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    Amazing reader who brought this story to life. Had tired to read before but was so tripped up by the new language Burgess created for the character Alex that I could not get into it and gave up. But Hollander speaks it with such clarity creating depth and understanding to this masterpiece! It was utterly brilliant heard read out loud!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1747)
    Performance
    (1247)
    Story
    (1263)

    It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

    Jeffrey K. Ericson says: "Great Read"
    "No new insight here!"
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    Am a huge fan of the Kubrick/Clarke movie but have been a bit puzzled by a few things in it. Thought this would shed more light on the film. Though it was quite narrative of the film still doesn't bring any new insight into the masterpiece of a film. The reader was quite hard to follow because he didn't seem to connect with what he was saying, so I found myself drifting off a lot while I was listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (295)

    Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

    Arthur Held says: "NOT what I was expecting"
    "Dysfunction at a feavered pitch!"
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    Augusten Burroughs does an awesome job bringing to life this story as both the writer and reader. It is utterly captivating from the moment I started it until the end. This is a wacky world of dysfunctional characters that come to life. It is utterly hysterical and painfully moving the way he is able to weave and expose such a complex world in such a mater of fact candid way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swimming Pool Library

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Hollinghurst
    • Narrated By Samuel West
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

    Aoife says: "Beautifully Written and Read"
    "Fun & Interesting, with lots of steamy bits!"
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    Samuel West keeps this story interesting and going through great definition of character. Not sure where the plot was always going, or even if there was a plot, more like the meanderings of the main character's thoughts. Lots of great sex, vivid and colorful romp into gay life. Kind of a refreshing journey to be taken on to a time forgotten, how carefree the 80's actually were. Hollinghurst is an interesting writer who puts the most interesting spin on the most banal circumstances. Totally enjoyed all the way through. It's a great book to listen to while you garden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By William S. Burroughs
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (195)

    Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the 20th century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and, ultimately, a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone.

    Chris says: "Delightful rendition"
    "Vivid! Tactile! Viseral!"
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    I become as addicted to this audio book as much as the characters it was about! One of the most brilliant things I have listened to in a long time. The narration weaves an almost hallucinogenic series of vignettes that takes you to all these wacky places. It sucks you in and doesn't let up until is it over. I couldn't turn it off!!!! You could literally start with any chapter and play in any order. I am going to have fun with this one in a my library for a very long time. It was as prophetic today as when it was written in 1959. Predicting a sexual epidemic such as AIDS that would consume and ravish our culture. It's almost like you can feel it's throbbing pulse through every syllable uttered. Not for everyone has strong graphic episodes that become quite numbing!

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (622)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "Utterly Captivating!!"
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    How did I ever NOT read this throughout all my years of reading! Patton is an exceptional reader and brings the story and every character to life. It takes you to an era long gone by, in vivid detail. A true American Saga...not to be missed on audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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