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Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, a.k.a. Cormac Millar, Irish crime novelist

Dublin, Ireland
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  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,963
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,822

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Boundless unjustified optimism

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

Reviewed: 06-26-17

As a tired, cynical European, I bigly enjoyed this production. Franken's combination of humour and idealism is refreshing, and his portrait of his Senate colleagues and himself
is suitably Dickensian. But can laughter save democracy from the dumb, dull drumbeat of trump? See next thrilling instalment.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,236

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing book

  • By Bradley Janse van Rensburg on 06-13-17

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

Immensely thought-provoking, written in a beautifully clear and witty manner. The Audible reading is excellent, and works even better at 1.2 5X speed.

  • The Overlook

  • Harry Bosch, Book 13
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Michael Brandon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When a physicist is murdered in Los Angeles it seems the killer has no fear of publicity, leaving the body on The Overlook, a site with a stunning view over the city. And when it's discovered that the victim turned over a quantity of a lethal chemicals to his killer before he died, Harry Bosch knows he has more than just a single death to worry about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly constructed book, very well read

  • By Cormac Ó Cuilleanáin, a.k.a. Cormac Millar, Irish crime novelist on 03-11-13

Brilliantly constructed book, very well read

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Overlook to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily better. It doesn't matter. The reading is strong enough to convey a great story.

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

The plot is magnificently paced, and goes to the heart of its big themes.

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

I don't recall hearing other Brandon performances. This one is well judged and doesn't draw too much attention to itself. In short, a good professional job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I'm too busy to read anything at one sitting, but this recording helps the listener keep the thread of the story in mind.

Any additional comments?

This fine recording is billed as "abridged", but I don't think it is. If anything is missing, it's not very much.

  • The Man Who Smiled

  • By: Henning Mankell, Laurie Thompson - translator
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

In this adventure from the pen of Sweden's master of crime and mystery, a disillusioned Inspector Kurt Wallander is thrown back into the fray when he becomes both hunter and hunted. Crestfallen, dejected, and spiraling into an alcohol-fuelled depression after killing a man in the line of duty, Inspector Wallander has made up his mind to quit the police force for good. When an old acquaintance, a solicitor, seeks Wallander's help and later turns up dead, Wallander realizes that he was wrong not to listen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Mankell Trilogy

  • By Stevon on 07-14-07

A classic, mostly

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-08

Great characterization, strong Swedish setting, a convincing sense of the evils of the world and how weak we are when we try to change them. Although the plot structure sometimes exceeds the bounds of plausibility, this is storytelling of a high order. The reader on this recording tries too hard: characters tend to sniff, quaver and squeak. But when you get used to that, and begin to tune it out, the story comes through with steady hypnotic power. Highly recommended.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful