LISTENER

Robert R Pesa

Norton, MA, United States
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  • 35
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  • Listening Is an Act of Love

  • By: Dave Isay
  • Narrated by: Dave Isay
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,651

Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching

  • By Debra on 11-23-12

Loved this great surprise

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

I didn't know what to expect with this since I always listen to fiction. But this was a fantastic collection. I found myself wishing it was longer.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep Blue Good-By

  • A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1
  • By: John D. MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,584
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,194

He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series

  • By Michael Cavacini on 06-15-12

Great writing is timeless

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

Reviewed: 08-23-12

How can you not love Travis McGee - a character whose motivations and lifestyle are so vivid he is a plot in and of himself. Add to that crisp and insightful writing (the insights are as fresh and relevant today as they were back in the 60's), and it's no wonder everyone from King to Pelecanos count John D MacDonald as influences. You couldn't go wrong with these books back when they came out, and you can't go wrong with the audio decades later. I've read this book at least twice, and still found myself so mesmerized by the audio that I almost forgot where I was each time I turned into my driveway after my commute home. Here is solid proof that newer isn't necessarily better.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Number 13
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943

Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has become a worldwide phenomenon thanks to the appeal of endearing protagonist Precious Ramotswe and the author’s charmingly quirky prose. In this 13th installment, Mma Ramotswe’s attention is focused on a pesky disciplinary problem at her adopted daughter’s school - while Grace Makutsi adjusts to wedded bliss and the famed Clovis Andersen arrives in Botswana looking for more than bush tea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series + this narrater = great entertainment

  • By Rugbysmom on 04-12-12

Another Top-Notch Installment

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

What made the experience of listening to The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection the most enjoyable?

Consistenly solid story, characters, and location. And one of the greatest narrators in audio. Impossible not to have fun with this series unless you're impatient, in which case you're missing all the fun. Reminds us all that the breakneck pace at which we all live does not necessarily mean a better life. Relax... and enjoy it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection?

The sudden appearance of a certain well-known off-screen character.

Which character – as performed by Lisette Lecat – was your favorite?

Mma Makutse. Many foibles but a great heart. You find yourself rooting for her despite her shortcomings.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Traditionally-built fun.

Any additional comments?

Hope Mr. Smith never quits this series.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,308

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Great but...

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

Reviewed: 06-03-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For the first half of this book I was in old-school Stephen King heaven. But way too much time spent on the love story. This book could have been shortened by 40% and been great.

  • Night Watch

  • Watch, Book 1
  • By: Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,106

Night Watch is a world as elaborate and imaginative as Tolkien or the best Asimov. Living among us are the "Others", an ancient race of humans with supernatural powers who swear allegiance to either the Dark or the Light. A thousand-year treaty has maintained the balance of power, but an ancient prophecy decrees that one supreme "Other" will rise up and tip the balance. When a young boy with extraordinary powers emerges, will the forces of the Light be able to keep the Dark from corrupting the boy and destroying the world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lyrical, haunting and engrossing!

  • By 9S on 01-09-11

Good but...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-11

The unique thing about this book is the approach to the nuances and blurry lines between good and evil. That kept the book above average when it could have fallen into the same category as dozens of other novels in this vein.

But the problem is the book goes on way too long on this theme. There are pages of dialogue about this topic, especially during Book 3, when that had already been establshed. That should be the time for climax to the action, but it spends more time on the same theme.

That said, the book does succeed in creating a believable dual-world that really works.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

  • The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 12
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793

This 12th entry from Alexander McCall Smith’s New York Times best-selling series showcases the humanity and matchless wit that define Precious Ramotswe. While both Precious and Grace Makutsi are puzzled by prophetic dreams, life goes on at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Precious finds herself investigating a case of rural jealousy, while Grace inches closer to her wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The End?

  • By Johnnie Walker on 03-29-11

Welcom Home

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-11

What a great gift this series is. Love, wit, compassion... it's all here. Truly in a class all its own. And Lisette Lecat is one of the best narrators ever.

If I ever meet Mr. McCall Smith I'll ask him to write a sequel to The Lord of the Rings; he's the only author I've ever read who writes with enough heart to do that. Lovers of the books will understand what I mean.

Pick up this audio book and... welcome home.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Fall

  • Book Two of the Strain Trilogy
  • By: Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Daniel Oreskes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274

Last week they invaded Manhattan. This week they will destroy the world. The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading and soon will envelop the globe. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather - head of the Centers for Disease Control's team - leads a band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great New Vampire series and great narrator

  • By Clydene on 03-12-11

As good or better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-11

Definitely pleasantly surprised because I wasn't sure where they would take this after the climax of the first book. But it's excellent (Chuck Hogan's writing is worth the price of admission alone).

Careful what you read about narrators... this guy is perfect. I forgot about the original narrator very quickly, even though his different pronunciation of the main character's name is a little disorienting at first.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghosts of Belfast

  • By: Stuart Neville
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,480

Fegan has been a "hard man" - an IRA killer in Northern Ireland. Now that peace has come, he is being haunted day and night by 12 ghosts: a mother and infant, a schoolboy, a butcher, an RUC constable, and seven other of his innocent victims. In order to appease them, he's going to have to kill the men who gave him orders. As he's working his way down the list, he encounters a woman who may offer him redemption; she has borne a child to an RUC officer and is an outsider too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an unexpected good read!

  • By David P. McGivern on 08-24-10

Chose it for the reader but...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-11

Love Gerard Doyle as a narrator so I picked this one up. Extremely and pleasanlty surprised at how good this book was. Excellent listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,990

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ho Hum

  • By John Riggs on 05-27-12

superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-11

Loved this book, loved the readers. Definitely among my top 2 or 3 selections I've gotten from Audible in the year that I've been a member.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Double Comfort Safari Club

  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally best-selling and award-winning series starring Botswana’s leading lady detective continues with this 11th charming tale. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi travel to the Okavango Delta to visit a safari lodge beset by unexplained events. There they are awestruck by the breathtaking scenery, but also troubled by the region’s many difficulties—not the least of which is the occasional grumpy hippopotamus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this series

  • By bebe on 06-04-10

Awesome as always

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-10

This series is consistently great. Hard to believe after so many books there is still so much to say, but somehow they get better and better. John D. MacDonald made it to 21 Travis McGee novels; let's hope Mr. Smith surpasses that.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful