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  • Beware of Pity

  • By: Stefan Zweig
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36

In the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a young cavalry officer is invited to a dance at the home of a rich landowner. There - with a small act of attempted charity - he commits a simple faux pas. But from this seemingly insignificant blunder comes a tale of catastrophe arising from kindness and of honour poisoned by self-regard. Beware of Pity has all the intensity and the formidable sense of torment and of character of the very best of Zweig's work. Definitive translation by the award-winning Anthea Bell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors

  • By Zaubermond on 03-21-18

Well paced psychological and probing

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Our hero under takes a long and convoluted process of self analysis in this wonderful and suspenseful psychological novel

Zweig writes with the intensity of Edgar Allan Poe’s first person narration, and with the psychological complexity in dealing with obsessed characters that dust day of ski possesses. Dostoevsky!

  • Harry Bosch Box Set

  • 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 27 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,948

Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • nice collection -- one missing in the order though

  • By Jami on 12-21-10

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 06-23-18

These novels have wonderful pacing, great background details on police and FBI, intriguing characters and motivations, in the reading is excellent, especially in capturing the voices of various characters. Use of music slightly inconsistent, nevertheless generally enhanced the drama. Overall, great popular entertainment

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,055

Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dashel Hammet Redux

  • By Harris on 04-09-03

Best Connelly

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Lost light is a new level for Connolly, told in first person, with a great plot which drives on until the last sentence. The performance Brings credible life to each characters voice—the best I’ve heard in a while.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,971

On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good read

  • By Pamela on 11-09-03

Not the best

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

City of bones is very slow in getting started and never really delivers in the way that other Connelly books do. Characters are weak to begin with, and weekly drawn. The plot lacks drive. Bosch‘s love interest hanging after her demise, it’s just not inspired work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Angels Flight

  • A Harry Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,690

An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Connelly!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-08-14

The reader cannot read sentences

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

it was painful, nearly impossible, to listen to Giles reading this. He pauses in the middle of sentences, making you think the sentence is over-- and then he completes it and turns it into a different sense. Nerve-wracking. I had to listen at twice normal speed in order to suppress the insane pauses.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes, it's a good plot, as usual with Connelly

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Giles’s performances?

never in a million years

Do you think Angels Flight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

huh? the Bosch series, duh

  • Fraud

  • By: Anita Brookner
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

When Anna Durrant is reported missing her friends seem unconcerned at her disappearance. After all, her life has been one of concealment. For years Anna submitted to the protective dependence of her mother, and even after Amy Durrant’s death she simply conformed to the expectations of others. Increasingly, Anna feels herself trapped by these expectations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jamesian, Whartonesque, Eliotlike 📚📖

  • By Gretchen SLP on 12-10-16

Great prose style

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Fraud is the first novel by Brookner that I have listen to, and I am so looking forward to many more. She is one of the greatest prose stylists. Every sentence is a delight – wonderfully nuanced, perfect rhythm, perfect pitch, perfect diction and phrasing. And each paragraph carries a world of insight into the lives of her characters – their vanities, their loneliness, their meanness, their generosity.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 52 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,210

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book, funny echo in the audio

  • By Rob on 02-16-09

narrator embodies author's unpleasant smugness

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Any additional comments?

Rand is a special taste and someone we should know because of her extraordinary influence on adolescent political thinkers. the narrator's smug tone is a problem here

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Gunman

  • By: Jean-Patrick Manchette
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Martin Terrier is a hired killer who wants out of the game so he can settle down and marry his childhood sweetheart. But the organization won't let him go - they have other plans for him. In a violent tale that shatters as many illusions as bodies, Jean-Patrick Manchette subjects his characters and listeners alike to a fierce exercise in style. This tightly plotted, corrosive parody of "the success story" is widely considered to be Manchette's masterpiece - a classic of modern noir.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tough hard ironic

  • By Montcalm on 10-14-17

Tough hard ironic

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

The gunman seems like a work deeply inspired by the love of American violence and the hard-boiled detective story. At the center is a character who is tough and trained as a killer, and who speaks with the terse authority of a Hemingway character. The author is an aficionado of brutality and violence, but his hero somehow rises above it all and is true to his love – although he doesn’t get her to stay with him at least. When are you sure over does the accents and over does the violence and if I hear the word stupid or are you stupid? One more time I will feel very stupid for continuing to listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Eternal Husband

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

The novel is a profound exploration of imitative rivalry and the duality of human consciousness. Told from the point of view of a rich and idle man who is confronted by a rival, the husband of his former, and now deceased, mistress, the story concerns the interchanging hatred and love of the two men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Empowerment on 11-01-08

Embrace

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

Story off deep end. Reader almost ruined it. Dost psychology of convoluted twining rivals who are crypto

  • Word Child

  • By: Iris Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Hilary Burde was a rising star in academia until a tragic accident plunged him and his mentor and rival, Gunnar Jopling, into two decades of depression and guilt. Hilary, unable to overcome his pain, abandoned his promising career for an unfulfilling job as a civil servant. But at age 41, Hilary crosses paths again with Gunnar - initiating a series of events that will change their lives forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A vortex

  • By Montcalm on 01-31-17

A vortex

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

Murdochs story takes guilt to the highest level of psychological and moral consideration. The reading by Prebble captures the voices beautifully, and this is a novel of voices, told mainly through dialogue.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful