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Tom Hager

Tom Hager

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  • Serena

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ron Rash
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton arrive in the North Carolina mountains to create a timber empire, vowing to let no one stand in their way, especially those newly rallying around Teddy Roosevelt's nascent environmental movement.

    Karl says: "Ron Rash = the real deal"
    "Good story, wrong reader"
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    What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante’s performance?

    Phil Gigante was a bad choice for narrating this multi-character story set in North Carolina. His rural southern accents were often caricatures, but the major problem was his voicing for women. Serena sounded like a drag queen imitating an evil aristocrat, and Rachel -- a very strong female character -- sounded developmentally disabled. For me, the reading almost ruined a good book.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Son

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Philipp Meyer
    • Narrated By Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1125)

    Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as resilient and dangerous as the land they claim. Spring, 1849: Eli McCullough is 13 years old when a marauding band of Comanches takes him captive. Brave and clever, Eli quickly adapts to life among the Comanches, learning their ways and waging war against their enemies, including white men - which complicates his sense of loyalty and understanding of who he is.

    Melinda says: "Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer"
    "Great Book, Great Readers"
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    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Will Patton is the perfect reader for Eli McCullough. He is the highlight among a very strong cast for this book -- my favorite audiobook of all time.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to it twice, which I have never done for any other audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (770)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Bad Arte"
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    Would you try another book from Carl Hiaasen and/or Arte Johnson?

    Amusing book, horrible reading.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Arte Johnson’s performances?

    The problem is not with Hiasson's lightweight comedy, but with Arte Johnsons fingernails - on - the - blackboard - bad reading. I finally decided to be amused rather than annoyed by his attempts (and non–attempts) at accents and his weird rhythms, and so was able to listen to the end. But I'll avoid any Arte in the future.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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