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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Patrick Fraley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain is revolutionary. It offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal--he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization." This superb reading by Patrick Fraley is rich in the color and adventurous spirit of the Mississippi River.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story telling

  • By Michael on 11-08-14

FRALEY'S MASTERPIECE

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Drawn to this beloved Mark Twain classic with foreknowledge of Patrick Fraley's formidable talents, I was delighted beyond expectations by his brilliant performance. Artful, bold, and subtly nuanced, this Masterful work must surely be one of the most notable narration and character voicing achievements of our time. I will remember and treasure it for the rest of mine. Thank you, Patrick Fraley.

  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 900

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great language and performance

  • By Villarreal on 11-06-17

Perceptive Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

At first I was bothered by Meskimen's almost stubborn, it seemed in my mind, lack of expression and refusal to acknowledge the writing style, but by the end of the book it was all so clear. His performance was brilliant. He read the narrative in the skin of the main character, Val, and hence his read seemed at odds with the sometimes flowery writing in the same way that Val seemed at odds and isolated, detached from the world around him. One of the most amazing audiobook performances I've ever heard.

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  • Return Engagement

  • Settling Accounts, Book 1
  • By: Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 25 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

In 1914, they called it The Great War, and few could imagine anything worse. For nearly three decades, a peace forged in blood and fatigue has held sway in North America. Now, Japan dominates the Pacific, the Russian Tsar rules Alaska, and England, under Winston Churchill, chafes for a return to its former glory. But behind the façade of world order, America is a bomb waiting to go off. Jake Featherston, the megalomaniacal leader of the Confederate States of America, is just the man to light the fuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book bad narrator

  • By brian on 06-25-16

Impressive Rendering by Narrator Paul Constanzo

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Yes, I'm one of those listeners who often chooses my next audiobook based on Narrator. Narrators come in many flavors, each bringing different strengths to the table. I'm lately especially fond of the highly skilled Will Patton, Scott Brick, and Paul Constanzo.
Hence, my purchase of Return Engagement by Harry Turtledove. This was my first taste of Turtledove's alternative histories. Interesting and enhanced, I am sure, by Constanzo's rich voice, his soothing timber and cadence. His masterful narration allowed me to paint the pictures of the unfolding story myself, never interrupting my connection with Turtledove's intent. It's a beautiful thing and a powerful skill.
To be honest, as much as I already appreciated his work, after listening to Return Engagement I am even more impressed with Paul Constanzo. I didn't realize just how wonderful his character work could be. He's much more versatile than I'd realized, creating subtle, but well drawn characters, both male and female.
Well done. VERY well done. We're lucky there's more to come!

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Dream Merchants

  • By: Harold Robbins
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Johnny Edge, a former carnival barker, schemes and plots his way to the top while Peter Kessler turns his back on a staid life of small-town stability to stake his fortune on the movie business. Beautiful starlet Dulcie Warren is willing to use her sexuality and to play dirty to get to the top, if that's what it takes. When the lives of these three ambitious, determined characters collide, they have the potential to build a dream - or shatter one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • old school

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-20-16

Paul Costanzo Delivers a Note-Perfect Performance!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

Narrator Paul Costanzo's style combines beautifully with this intricately woven Harold Robbins classic to create an extraordinary listening experience. A master craftsman, Costanzo is so in sync with the rhythms of Robbins' writing it is completely captivating. This is an audiobook full of all the passion and intrigue you would expect from Harold Robbins, with memorable, well-drawn characters that leave you wanting more. Well done!

  • Gray Shadows

  • Russian Bodyguard, Book 1
  • By: Julia Gousseva
  • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Nikolai, a bodyguard in the prestigious Centurion Personal Protection agency, is injured in the line of duty. While recovering from his injuries, he is assigned to a new client. An easy case, his boss tells him. Nikolai travels to a small quiet town north of Siberia to provide protection for a young woman, on her dad’s request. At first, both Nikolai and his boss see the assignment as a whim of a rich overprotective father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • North of Siberia there is crime, too!

  • By Jan on 01-28-17

Fast-Paced Suspense, Dynamic Narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Listening to this novel was like riding a Roller Coaster of Suspense, full of thrills and chills! Just as you're catching your breath from a twist, another one comes at you out of nowhere and takes you careening into the next turn! Hold On Tight!

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed the way the flow, movement, vivid characters and imagery reminded me of listening to a Graphic Novel. The narrator, Jack de Golia, handled the pacing and feel of this intriguingly nuanced writing perfectly. He was dynamic yet easy to listen to, and his timing and interpretation was spot on throughout.

Which character – as performed by Jack de Golia – was your favorite?

I loved his performance of Vanya, an older gentleman who was head of security, but found he had more than a few lessons to learn from the younger body guard. Jack de Golia's Vanya was so full of depth that I pictured him perfectly and felt all of his mixed emotions.

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

I did want to, and certainly I could have if life had allowed! Instead, I had to force myself to stop listening several times, and was so happy to get back to Gousseva's skillfully crafted world, wrapped up in the tones of de Golia's wonderful narration. This was a Great Listen!

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