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  • The Painted Word

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Harold N. Cropp
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

No one skewers the popular movements of American culture like Tom Wolfe. In 1975, he turned his satirical pen to the pretensions of the contemporary art world - a world of social climbing, elitist posturing, and ingeniously absurd self-justifying theorizing. From the fuliginous flatness of the 50s to the pop op minimal 60s, right on through the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t 70s, Tom Wolfe debunks the great American myth of modern art in an incandescent, hilarious, and devastating blast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Hillary on 11-27-16

As an art theorist this encapsulates the modernist and post modernist thought to a T

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

Having read the texts Mr Wolfe references I can say that he hits it spot on. Anyone following art theory writing and its current trend can vouch for it. His comments shine a light on the basic ideas and the writers who cast such a towering shadow over the art world and continue to do so in the universities to this day.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Story

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,963
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,056

When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best thing I've ever seen a company willingly do

  • By Brooks Hamilton on 04-21-15

Love the first version, but this is Dresden

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

I enjoyed the previous version but this was the Dresden we know and love. A great installment in one of the greatest series' of all time

  • The Magic of Recluce

  • Saga of Recluce, Book 1
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,745
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,604

Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Fantasy

  • By Captain Skurvy on 07-04-13

Lack of production quality worked against

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

Reviewed: 08-31-13

Any additional comments?

Lack of production quality worked against what is excellent narration. I read these books and the sound effects that worked in print had to be duplicated with special effects. Whoosh bap, and clop clop are not lines of dialog. A good producer would have made that call. All that said, a great story, and a must listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Leonardo and the Last Supper

  • By: Ross King
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Milan, 1496 and 44-year-old Leonardo da Vinci is in a state of professional uncertainty and financial difficulty. For 18 months he has been painting murals in both the Sforza Castle in Milan and the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The latter project will become The Last Supper, a complex mural that took three years to complete on a surface 15 feet high by 20 feet wide. He had never attempted a painting so big, and had no experience with fresco.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 11-03-13

Tepid and tiresome

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

Any additional comments?

Leonardo is a tremendously colorful character from the renaissance, but this book fails to live up to the potential in the story of this legendary artist. It seemed that Mr King lacked a sense for the narrative thrust of the story. The result is a meander of detail. I am a fan of his previous works so I found it deeply disappointing for this one to be so lackluster. If this is your only experience of Ross King, try his other works they are well worth the listen. This one was not

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,569
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,653

The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last - The Definitive Recording!

  • By L. N. on 10-10-12

A must for any fan of fantasy

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

Reviewed: 01-29-13

Any additional comments?

A timeless story. A sensational reader. Never let's go of your attention. And great to listen to again and again. All the essentials of an essential purchase. More than makes up for the credit it costs.

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,672
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,686

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best audio book in the series

  • By Bill on 08-31-11

Dissapointment dissipated

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

Reviewed: 08-24-11

Like many who listened to the free snippet and many a Dresden fan who believes that Marsters is Dresden, I was terribly disappointed he wasn't reading the book. So much so that I almost didn't buy the audiobook. But now having bought and listened to it I have come around 175 degrees. Yes it's not Marsters, but Glover does a magnificent job of capturing the right intonations to keep long time listeners happy. You will recognize the voices of all your favorite characters, just imagine Bob the Skull sounding different. Well he doesn't, Bob is Bob. Murphy is Murphy. etc. It initially sounds a little off, but after a little time Glover becomes Dresden, and his world returns, snarky humor and all.
If your hesitation is the narrator. Hesitate no more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 - Free First Chapter

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends-and his own soul-Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond disappointed

  • By Lifelong Reader on 07-22-11

Needed the original narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-11

Marsters made a really good series into a masterpiece. This narrator doesn't even capture the inflections of Harry Dresden, He totally misses the sarcastic style. Been waiting for this book for ages, now I am not even sure I will get the audiobook.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Imager's Intrigue

  • The Third Book of the Imager Portfolio
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

Rhenn's past catches up to him in this third entry in L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s hit Imager Portfolio series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Finish for this part of the portfolio.

  • By Tom N. on 09-03-10

An engaging listen that is missing something

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-10

You will enjoy this listen, especially if you have the first two novels. It is missing something, however; a satisfying climax. If that is enough to deter you, you will miss out, as the novel is a gem. Even with the non-explosive climax it is better than either two initial books.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,975
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,917

Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW. I'm stunned!

  • By Julie on 04-27-10

Could this series possibly get better?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-10

If you haven't yet listened to the Dresden files, go and start at book 1. You will only appreciate everything that happens here with the full background. If you have read all the Dresden files except this you do not need me to encourage you to purchase Changes. Dresden is addiction more than fiction. And this hit of the Harry Copperfield Blackstone Dresden adventure pipe is ripe with humor, dense with anticipation and emotion, and will leave you suffering from serious heart wrenching withdrawl, fiending for the next installment....if there is one.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Return of the Primitive

  • The Anti-Industrial Revolution
  • By: Ayn Rand, Peter Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

In the 1960s and early '70s, the most prominent, vocal cultural movement was the New Left: a movement that condemned America and everything it stood for: individualism, material wealth, science, technology, capitalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Hadn't I Read or Listened to This Book Sooner?

  • By Phyllis on 05-13-12

Extreemly relevant to our current climate

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-10

Ayn's razor sharp depiction of the mind set underlying the anti progress progressive green movement is a must listen. Schwartz's essay are passable, though perhaps less intellectually rigorous. Keep in mind this is not an entertaining audiobook. It is a glimpse at a political movement, it's conceptual foundation and the circumstances surrounding their "revolution"

20 of 21 people found this review helpful