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Les Ross

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Some Danger Involved audiobook cover art

Great fun

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

A lark of a story. Not breaking any new ground and not particularly original either. But very satisfying, engaging, fully rounded, and I’ll be back for more.

The reader, however, can do an English accent, an almost passable Scottish accent, and a Caribbean accent. Characters not English or Scottish, sound like they’ve come from The Caribbean. Most perplexing.

The Home Front: Life in America During World War II audiobook cover art

Evocative

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Unvarnished truthful documentary, well edited and structured, and read by Martin Sheen. While the evocation is marvellous and oddly beautiful, it doesn’t step back from the heroism met with ingrained racial prejudices in play.

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At last, Joni in her true voice

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Too often I’ve read Joni in interview and rankles at the tone communicated. As ever, the voice and agenda of the interviewer prevails. Not here. Malka brings the truest most believable experience most of us will have of this unique artist.
A few errors by the reader annoyed those of us more fully familiar with Joni Mitchell’s work.

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Out of date

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Science doesn't stop. Quickly upon starting to listen one is tripped up by statements evidencing that things have moved on and what is being heard acquires the shade of unreliability and being behind the curve.

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Luxuriant

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

Immersive and a pleasure.
Very annoying repetition of some sections of the story recording also the recording cuts off before the story fully finishes.

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Ruined by the Reader

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

Reviewed: 12-13-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is a good read. It's a great addition to the Dahl cannon. The return of the characters from previous work is effortless.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To the Top of the Mountain?

No, I can't say there was one. I liked the book's momentum, sense of place and character.

How could the performance have been better?

A different reader. One who understands when less is more. Some awful voices, completely at odds with the book (as I read it, and i *have* read it) it's place, pace and characters. If I encounter this reader again, I won't but the book to listen to.

Do you think To the Top of the Mountain needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I would like to see the team working again as a team or as individuals or paired. I think they're fully formed and tractable as characters that they could carry stories in their own right.

Any additional comments?

Never employ the reader again.

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Avoid, avoid, avoid. Larsson Larceny.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

What disappointed you about The Girl in the Spider's Web?

it had the colour of the larsson books but treated the reader like an idiot. it was, in fact, a very modest story cluttered with extreme actions to traumatise the reader into thinking more was going on than was.

What was most disappointing about David Lagercrantz and George Goulding - translator ’s story?

horrible dialogue and some terribly laboured explanations. especially the IT stuff and the mathematical stuff.

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

i think the reader did a very good job in creating a scandinavian mood to the reading. it had great quality in that respect. however his reading of the american character was appalling. hackneyed and just awful. not helped by the written dialogue it has to be said.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

resignation. it was a bad idea and a bad outcome.

Any additional comments?

don't make another one. as a writer you are not up to the task either creatively in terms of story or as an author in terms of structure and, well, writing.

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drawl-ings

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

If you could sum up Just Kids in three words, what would they be?

Very Good Indeed

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not really applicable as it's a memoir. Possibly 'the period' is the best character.

Have you listened to any of Patti Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any other of her performances. I listened to this book for the insight to Robert Mapplethorpe. Discovering Patti Smith along the way was an outstanding bonus. I'll certainly read any other memoirs she brings to the market.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Excellent. Unequivocally so.

Any additional comments?

None

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John Irving - Tormentor

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

Reviewed: 07-16-13

Would you consider the audio edition of In One Person to be better than the print version?

I have text recognition issues so yes, the audiobook is better for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Grandpa.

What about John Benjamin Hickey’s performance did you like?

He's a great reader and characterises really well. He's a great actor too.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Irving manages always to skirt sentimentality (for me, anyway) yet draws sentiment in the most matter-of-fact way when announcing the premature deaths. Without wishing to spoil this story for those who've not read it, (self) deceit and death feature and the reader not spared.

Any additional comments?

I started to listen to this book when I bought it over a year ago. I really didn't like it. Listened for about 20 minutes. When I started it again a few days ago, it consumed me. I hugely enjoy Irving as a writer and story teller. I rate this among his best.

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Starts off well, falls away badly, quickly. Awful.

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

Reviewed: 08-15-11

I wish I'd read the reviews of this book before I bought it. I've none to blame but myself for diving into a story that expends altogether too much time (irony) on matters relating to 'coupling' and petty torment between the two main characters. They are neither of them particularly interesting, the means and manner of their physical and emotional rutting tedious, boring me to sobs by half-way through.

If there's a story in this worth pursuing, I've given up trying to stay with it. It clearly all 'works' for the majority of the reviewers of this parish so I'm the exception. To Audible: Perhaps a more clear indication of what a reader might expect. This isn't 'romance', it's soft porn. Nothing wrong with that, just don't be coy, tell it like it is. It'll save dopes like me wasting their money.

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