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Tom Harrison

Hernando, MS United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Mission Song

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John le Carré
    • Narrated By David Oyelowo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    Abandoned by his parents, Bruno Salvador has long looked for guidance. He found it in Mr. Anderson of British Intelligence. Working for Anderson in a clandestine facility, Salvo (as he's known) translates intercepted phone calls, bugged recordings, and snatched voice-mail messages. When Anderson sends him to a mysterious island to interpret during a secret conference, Bruno thinks he is helping Britain--but then he hears something he should not have.

    Peter says: "Audio Triumph"
    "Tough listen for me"
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    Would you try another book from John le Carre and/or David Oyelowo?

    Maybe.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like spy stories, and I like the idea of this one. Maybe a good read, but as a listen it just frustrates me. I've tried it twice, and I have failed twice to finish it. By early in the second half, I just want to give up.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like le Carre's books, buy the book. The story is probably very good. The performance of this audiobook is fairly good, but I cannot recommend it as enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3441)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2450)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Start Here"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Potato Factory the most enjoyable?

    It's hard to decide what made The Potato Factory and the rest of the trilogy the most enjoyable; given the historicity, the story, the character development, the pacing, and the magnificent performance, it's a wonderful experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story is told with no stone left unturned, no disconcerting oversights or omissions, yet with a pace that just keeps climbing the hill, keeps building and building.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Ikey Solomon has to be my favorite, though a detestable character. The reality of Ikey in history aids in no small measure to the pleasure of visiting him in his world.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to, and enjoyed immensely, all three books in this trilogy - TWICE. And, I'm probably not done. I recommend it highly. If you enjoy it, keep going with the trilogy - maybe more than just once . . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cat Dancers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    When two lowlifes rob a gas station, murder the attendant, and then incinerate bystanders who are filling up their minivan, the Manceford County, North Carolina, police quickly arrest the killers at a nearby motel.

    Mary-Ann says: "Suspense!"
    "Incredible! One of the best ever!"
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    What other book might you compare The Cat Dancers to and why?

    I cannot compare this book to any book I've read or heard, so far as I can remember. The structure, setting, character development, and reading are absolutely stellar.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really like to read a book. I really really like to hear Dick Hill's performance of a book; absolutely incredible; can't figure how he does it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will push a lot of buttons. I didn't know anything about P.T. Deuterman until a friend recommended this audio version of The Cat Dancers. It's entertaining and enlightening, provocative, worthwhile reading and listening. Don't miss this.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (706)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Great story, even for marginal baseball fans"
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    What made the experience of listening to Calico Joe the most enjoyable?

    Grisham's smoothness with the tale, great narration.


    If you could take any character from Calico Joe out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I liked the newsman from Calico Rock; I'd like to sit down and enjoy a leisurely dinner and just listen to a rambling conversation with him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8969)
    Performance
    (3397)
    Story
    (3433)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "AMAZING story writing"
    Overall

    Except for the urging of friends, I would never have read nor listened to Pillars, or World Without End. I may listen to them again, in all their glory. What entertainment. What characters. What a story!

    Thanks, Ken Follett, for some of the very best fiction available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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