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James P. Monast

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  • How to Listen to Jazz

  • By: Ted Gioia
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to the art of listening to jazz. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today's leading jazz musicians. From Louis Armstrong's innovative sounds to the exotic compositions of Duke Ellington, Gioia covers everything from the music's history to the building blocks of improvisation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for a jazz newbie

  • By James P. Monast on 05-31-18

Perfect for a jazz newbie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

I know next to nothing about jazz, so picked up this book after a recommendation from someone else. I found it to be an excellent overview of jazz with great narration by a jazz cat. I would highly recommend this book to provide some basics concerning the different varieties and history of jazz music.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,538

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very mediocre

  • By Timothy on 05-31-18

Stop grousing about his politics

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Some folks clearly reviewed this without listening to the book and gave it one star because they disagree with Mr. King’s politics. Stephen King and I certainly would disagree on many things but one thing for sure is the man can spin a yarn. This is a very engrossing book and the narration is tremendous. I listened to this while driving from Ohio to Illinois and back for a family event. I’ve made this drive many times before and frankly was happy to do it this time because it gave me a chance to listen to the entire book. While he still may not be clear on the difference between a magazine and a clip, the man is a fantastic story teller. Bravo Stephen King! I’ve listened to several of his books on audio and was concerned that no one could approach Frank Mueller. But Will Patton is fabulous in his own right as a narrator. A suspenseful, mind- twisting tale that I highly recommend.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The X-Files: Stolen Lives

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303

Out of the ashes of the Syndicate, a new, more powerful threat has emerged. Resurrected members of this fallen group - now shadows of their former selves - seemingly bend to the will of someone, or something, with unmatched abilities and an unknown purpose. As those believed to be enemies become unlikely allies and trusted friends turn into terrifying foes, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully become unknowing participants in a deadly game of deception and retribution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As much as the show

  • By S. Reese on 11-02-17

Now they just seem bored

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-17

Cold Cases was very well done. However, in this follow up, the storyline is very disjointed and disconnected. David Ducovny seems down right bored with being Fox Mulder and the dialogue is uninspired and seems forced. This is a great disappointment as a long time fan of the show and after Cold Cases which I found very enjoyable.Obviously, this is part one of whatever follow up book is being considered, so maybe it will all come together in the next installment. Sadly, the actors just seem tired of their characters at this point.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,636

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

A Christmas delight!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Tim Curry is simply delightful as the narrator of this Christmas classic. Heartily and unabashedly recommended!

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,973

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Read, Throughly Enjoyable!

  • By WickedGoodYarn on 03-11-12

The Full cast makes the story come alive!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-17

What a treat for the imagination to hear this classic tale performed by a full cast of excellent narrators. I was transported back to a different time where brave and chivalrous men matched wits against the centuries-old evil that is Count Dracula. I think listening to the 19th century language is ever so much more enjoyable than reading it as the manner of speaking during that time makes the setting and the story come alive. Thoroughly delightful!