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Arthur

North Kitsap County, Washington, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • The Magic Christian

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Terry Southern
    • Narrated By Terry Southern
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (5)

    He's a grand guy, that Guy Grand - billionaire by birth, entrepreneur by avocation, and thoroughly unpredictable. He "keeps his hand in", buying into and revolutionizing industries ranging from championship boxing to African safaris. Is he a crackpot, or an eccentric, or perhaps a visionary with a goal of social redemption? Grand's greatest project, his tour de force, the cruise ship Magic Christian, sets sail on Easter Sunday....

    Arthur says: "Poor narration killed it for me."
    "Poor narration killed it for me."
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    This is a great novel! I was really happy to find it on audible.
    Unfortunately the reading and recording are done so poorly I can't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (523)

    No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

    Edmond Clement says: "A total delightr"
    "Carl Hiaasen at his best!"
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    I was listening to this in the lobby at my dr.s office and had to turn it off because I was laughing too loudly. It never ceases to amaze me how Hiaasen can make such terrible events and situations so doggone funny.
    The narrator was a little slow so I was forced to listen to this at 1.25x speed. I also found some of his mispronounciations a little annoying. The bad guys name is Herb not Erb! But his charactor voices were all completely on the mark which made the story even more enjoyable. So it all balanced out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stanley Crouch
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America. Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: A revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four.

    Arthur says: "BeBop Prose; great book!"
    "BeBop Prose; great book!"
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    I actually had to wait a while after finishing Kansas City Lightning before I could sit down to write a review of it. This is not one of those name and date kind of history books.
    Stanley Crouch's approach to his biography of Charlie Parker is much the same as Parker's approach to playing a jazz tune. He will begin a chapter with some general info about Parker's early life or career and then make a radical departure to something else. These could be anything from info about certain musicians, history of jazz, or the social mores of the time. These departures were all intelligent, articulate, informative and usually seemed to have nothing to do with Charlie Parker. Crouch then tied them up really nicely and got back to the subject; it is very much like a well crafted BeBop solo.
    This book only covers the early years of Parker's life. I hope Mr. Crouch has a part two in the works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (448)

    Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

    Kathi says: "Outstanding American classic!"
    "Classic 1930s mystery novel; fun listen"
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    Great book for its time; a little slow for ours.
    Don't get me wrong this is a really well written book with a compelling plot, good characters and worth your listening time; just listen to it at 1.5X speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eagle Has Landed: Liam Devlin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (126)

    It was to become known as the most daring enemy mission of the entire war: Operation Eagle, SS Reichsfurher Heinrich Himmler's audacious plan to kidnap Winston Churchill on British soil in November 1943.

    David Share says: "The Eagle has Landed"
    "Fast paced tale of nazi espionage"
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    This book flows like a movie. The author does not waste time on details that you don't need or things you can figure out yourself. Instead he spins an exiting, fast moving, and almost believable story that I had a hard time putting down.
    The narrator does a great job of giving life to the charactors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Norman Davies
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (173)

    If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there's more than one side declaring victory? That's the conundrum Norman Davies unravels in his groundbreaking book No Simple Victory. Far from being a revisionist history, No Simple Victory instead offers a clear-eyed reappraisal, untangling and setting right the disparate claims made by America, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union in order to get at the startling truth.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "The Best Account of WWII in Europe"
    "Exhaustingly detailed. Very well written"
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    I thought I knew a lot about the second world war, I grew up at a time when everyone's father or grandfather had served in the conflict, but No Simple Victory made me rethink things.
    The author makes two points at the beginning of this book; one, that the history of the second world war as we know it was written at the war's end with little attention paid to recent discoveries; and two, that we should view it as a larger conflict that began in 1914 with the assassination of archduke Fredinand and ended in 1989 with the fall of the soviet union.
    He also does not pull any punches when it come to assigning blame to those that deserve it.
    I highly advise that you buy the matching Kindle book along with the Audible version (no I don't work for amazon); there is so much info (much of it new) that you will get lost without it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Ferrell, Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (115)

    Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores many fascinating and unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?

    debbie says: "I would rate as just OK!"
    "A rehash of Decoded tv scripts, enjoyable anyway"
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    As a fan of Meltzer's now canceled television show Decoded I was hoping for somthing new here; perhaps some things that didn't make it onto TV before the ax fell. Unfortunatly, the whole book was culled from the show.
    The stories here are all pretty good however and run about 30 minutes each which will make your drive to the grocery store a lot less boring.
    And honestly, I'll probably buy volume two of there ever is one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night over Water

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (365)

    On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Fun Listen"
    "Well crafted WW2 thriller. Hard to put down."
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    My only complaint is that when the narrator did the female voices he sounded like he stepped out of a monty python sketch. But the book is compelling enough to overlook this.
    I actually found myself making excuses to sneak off and listen to one more chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edible Exile: A Byliner Original

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Cuervo is a pampered Nicaraguan moneyman, funding a guerrilla war from his cushy Miami penthouse. Sixto is his hulking, pistol-packing attendant, whose job satisfaction is on the wane. When an aging mobster enters their lives with a promise to help the rebel cause - with a planeload of chickens originally intended for voodoo sacrifice - a tense situation turns combustible. From the wickedly funny mind of Carl Hiaasen comes "The Edible Exile", a raucous story of sleazeball nihilists, lovable thugs, and jungle-weary freedom fighters who collide in a battle of wills, ego, and the almighty dollar.

    Arthur says: "Enjoyable early work by a great author."
    "Enjoyable early work by a great author."
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    Good story; harkens back the the contra/sandinista era in 1980s. While short, I think it was just long enough to give the reader an idea of the Carl Hiaasen to come a few years later.
    The narrator is a little shaky leaving some long pauses for no reason.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Restful Sleep: Self-Hypnosis Trance Work

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Steven Gurgevich
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Hypnosis is simply a system of methods that enable mind and body to share information more effectively. One of its best tools is known as trance, a process of creating an inner experience of focused consciousness that enables your mind and body to accept and share your intentions, beliefs and expectations. In this session, Dr. Steven Gurgevitch gently invites your mind to expect and enjoy the transition into a deep and refreshing state of slumber.

    M. Harrison says: "Puts me to sleep every time"
    "Great program except of the last few seconds!"
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    Okay it goes like this, you can't get to sleep and purchase a program fom audible called restful sleep. And darned if the thing doesn't work! You get lulled to sleep before its even over. And then this booming voice loudly proclaims "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program" at which point you are more awake than you were before.
    This would be great if they would just cut the tag line at the end!
    But until then stay away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hughes Views of the Blues: Langston Hughes' Simple Stories

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Langston Hughes
    • Narrated By Nap Turner
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Langston Hughes' character Jesse B. Simple comes to life in 12 great performances by Nap "Don't Forget the Blues" Turner in Hughes Views of the Blues, from Right on Rhythm. This is a release that belongs in every library and in every American literature curriculum.

    stella says: "I know Jess B. Simple... We all do!"
    "This one is a gem!"
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    As a general rule, I find background music on audio books distracting but this one is well mixed. The voice is way out front like it should be; the accompanying jazz combo fits well with the narration and subject; and each short story has a different background music track. Very cool.
    The Jes B Simple stories themselves are just plain great! I don't know how else to put it.
    And to paraphrase an earlier reviewer we all know someone like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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