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Tommygaus

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USA | Member Since 2001

ratings
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REVIEWS
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  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1890)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1062)

    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!"
    "So worth it!"
    Overall

    This is my first encounter with "true grit" and I was very pleasantly surprised! Wanted to listen before going to the Coen brothers version. I agree with many who have said it is a modern classic. Keeps your attention, brilliant dialogue, characters that stick with you. I completely disagree with other listeners who did not like the narrator. Her interpretation of male voices is no worse than the best male narrators attempts at female voices; while her reading of young Mattie was amazing! There would not be a better narration without a full cast. I have listened to over 500 audible books, and would rate this in the top 10% at least.

    63 of 63 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of Empire: Riyria Revelations, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3826)
    Performance
    (3488)
    Story
    (3508)

    Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

    Ron says: "The second book delivers"
    "Wow!"
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    Story

    Over the years, I've listened to literally hundreds of audible books. I was so pleasantly surprised by this one. I have given 5 stars to about 20% of the books I read, and this one earns it for sheer entertainment value. I was skeptical when I learned these books originally were self-published....I've been burned by too many terribly written but highly rated books on kindle...but saw this recommend by an audible editor and decided to try it. I am so happy I did. A smart interesting plot and characters. Two books in one so very credit worthy. A fun and interesting read. I also like that it is not so dark and depressing, if it were a movie it would probably be rated pg, and I like that sometimes, still dramatic and interesting. I think if you like Patrick Rothfuss, you'd also like this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (1211)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (659)

    Joseph Finder introduced Nick Heller, a “private spy” who finds out things powerful people want to keep hidden, to widespread acclaim from the critics and wild enthusiasm from the readers, in the New York Times best-selling novel Vanished. Now, in Buried Secrets, Nick Heller returns, finding himself in the middle of a life-or-death situation that’s both high-profile and intensely personal.

    Amazon Customer says: "Entertaining and Riveting Listening"
    "Can't put this thriller down!"
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    I have listened to a few other Joseph Finder including company man, killer instinct and vanished. I liked them all, and this one is by far the best. A like-able good guy yet not too good to be real, various interesting characters and plot twists. I also love this narrator, he keeps it interesting and is not distracting, its a voice I that matches what I think the main character, Nick, is like.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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