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Lawrence G. Scott

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  • Gray Matter

  • Thomas Prescott, Volume 2
  • By: Nick Pirog
  • Narrated by: James Barak
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

His love life in shambles, Thomas Prescott returns to Seattle, the very place he fled from after his parents' deaths nearly a decade earlier. Just as Thomas is getting settled in, he sees a body floating in the private cove behind his boyhood home. It is a woman. But not just any woman - the governor of Washington. As the suspense ratchets and the twists unfold, Thomas is thrown into the middle of the biggest murder investigation in Washington state history.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration

  • By Teresa Smith on 02-11-17

Giving up on this audiobook

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Caveat: I'm giving up on this audiobook, even though I'm only about one-third thru it.


To raise my ratings, this is what's needed:
1. A plot that I was more drawn into.
2. A protagonist that I liked, even a little bit. Like some other reviewers, I found him irritating.
3. Less distraction from unbelievable plot points. Example: lawyer talks to stranger who claims he's with the FBI, without asking to see ID.
4. Less distraction from the fact that the author does not know Seattle at all. My mistake for expecting a realistic depiction I guess. Example: he speaks about "jumping off the Seattle bridge," but there's no bridge with that name in Seattle.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nick Pirog again?

Perhaps something outside the Thomas Prescott series.

How could the performance have been better?

To me, Barak amplified the aspects of Prescott's personality that I have grown tired of.

  • Hour of the Assassins

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In the hell of Auschwitz, the devil was named Mengele. His atrocities were unspeakable, and among his victims were the wife and child of a man named Wasserman, who was forced to watch them die. Mengele survived the war, disappearing into hiding in South America, and Wasserman ran too - fleeing to America to make a fortune in pornography. Now he is dying of cancer, but before he goes, he wants to see Mengele dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super mystery just for an outdoorsman

  • By Jay Jarvis on 12-17-17

Distracting Mispronunciations

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Would you listen to Hour of the Assassins again? Why?

Only if it were read by someone else.

Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Bel Davies’s performances?

If I were narrating a book that contained words in a language that I don't speak, I would ask for assistance from a native speaker. Mr. Davies so mangles most German names and words that if I didn't have the Kindle text to consult I wouldn't have known what he was attempting to say. It's bad enough that he continually mispronounces Mengele's name, but his rendering of Seestern, another key plot word, doesn't even sound German.

Davies takes his liberties with a few English and Spanish words as well. Very distracting.

  • Music as a Mirror of History

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

In Music as a Mirror of History, Great Courses favorite Professor Greenberg of San Francisco Performances returns with a fascinating and provocative premise: Despite the abstractness and the universality of music - and our habit of listening to it divorced from any historical context - music is a mirror of the historical setting in which it was created. Music carries a rich spectrum of social, cultural, historical, and philosophical information, all grounded in the life and experience of the composer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique interdisciplinary music-history treatment

  • By Charles J. Bumgardner on 08-06-16

Great Stories & Storyteller

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

Any additional comments?

One of my all time favorite audiobooks. Prof. Greenberg does a wonderful job of making history INTERESTING. Partly it's his way of making history into stories. Partly it's his clever asides. I loved the insights into composers that help me see them as real people, not just names attached to music. And Prof. G's historical stories filled vast empty spaces in my knowledge of 19th and 20th century (mostly European) powers and the senseless conflicts between those powers.

  • The Exorcist

  • 40th Anniversary Edition
  • By: William Peter Blatty
  • Narrated by: William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying...

  • By Kenneth on 10-01-12

Authors Shouldn't Read

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

What three words best describe William Peter Blatty and Eliana Shaskan ’s performance?

Mr. Blatty reads well, but his dynamic range is too great. I was constantly replaying at a higher volume to hear parts I'd missed, only to be blasted a moment or two later when his volume kicked up. Ms. Shaskan's reading is great, no dynamic issues with her.

Any additional comments?

I read this book in one go back in the 70s. Once the story gets going, it's still a very good listen. I enjoyed the psychological discussions about possession.