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M. Faulkner

San Diego, CA United States
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  • Old Filth

  • By: Jane Gardam
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 627

FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader

  • By Michele Kellett on 05-08-11

A gem

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

There is something great in this book - a careful depiction of a soul in prose so deliberate it borders on poetry sometimes. I was quite surprised. The narrator put me off at first, then completely won me over. The book is more like reading DH Lawrence or Henry James - it doesn’t feel “modern.” Loved it.

  • Power of Meditation

  • Using Concentration and Relaxation to Improve Your Health and Well-Being
  • By: Andrew Weil
  • Narrated by: Andrew Weil
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Dr. Andrew Weil tells us that meditation is a way of engaging the relaxation response, as well as a way of decreasing chronic, nervous driving of the cardiovascular and digestive systems. In this beginner-friendly talk, he clarifies what meditation really is, how and why it works, and ways we can take advantage of this simple yet powerful practice in our own lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and succinct

  • By M. Faulkner on 11-30-17

Short and succinct

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Best explanation of the benefits of meditation - in just a few minutes Weil makes the case for meditation better than many do in long books.

  • The Black Tower

  • By: Louis Bayard
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 933

Dr. Hector Carpentier leads a very quiet life, until he meets legendary police officer Vidocq, who has used his mastery of disguise and surveillance and his extensive knowledge of the Parisian underworld to capture some of the most notorious and elusive criminals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not Great

  • By Listener on 10-19-09

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

Within a few minutes I knew we had struck gold here. Louis Brayard writes beautiful prose and his characters are marvelous. Simon Vance is always great, and the plot had me enthralled right to the last sentence - bravo!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crow Trap

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

Three very different women come together to complete an environmental survey. Three women who, in some way or another, know the meaning of betrayal.... For team leader Rachael Lambert, the project is the perfect opportunity to rebuild her confidence after a double betrayal by her lover and boss, Peter Kemp. Botanist Anne Preece, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to indulge in a little deception of her own. And then there is Grace Fulwell, a strange, uncommunicative young woman with plenty of her own secrets to hide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Wait

  • By Marina on 02-26-17

Fascinating characters

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

I like Ann Cleeves and I thought this was really interesting, thoughbit dis take me awhile to get really into the story. Some have complained that Vera makes her entrance too late, but once I got used to it I liked the long build-up. The characters were all very interesting and the ending took me by surprise. Great narration too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,515

After years of bullying and cajoling others as a high-flying public relations boss, Agatha Raisin’s early retirement to the picture-postcard village of Carsley in the Cotswolds is a dream come true. And how better to begin making herself a local leading light than by entering the village quiche-making competition? Unburdened by old-fashioned ideas of fair play, the ruthless Agatha decides to ensure she wins by buying her entry from a London delicatessen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning! This series is addictive!

  • By Sylvia on 10-12-13

Light yet literate mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-21-16

MC Beaton has a wonderful character here, the grumpy yet lovable Agatha. It is light reading and as cozy as a mystery can get. Look forward to more. Keith's narration is spot-on.

  • Dombey and Son

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 37 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

In this carefully crafted novel, Dickens reveals the complexity of London society in the enterprising 1840s as he takes the listener into the business firm and home of one of its most representative patriarchs, Paul Dombey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect pair

  • By Philip on 03-25-08

Masterful narration of a masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

I love Dickens, but it took this brilliant performance by Frederick Davidson to make me appreciate this lesser known work. This is the master craftsman writing at the height of his genius - what a delight!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cymbeline: The Arkangel Shakespeare

  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Sophie Thompson, Ben Porter, Jack Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline, is persecuted by her wicked stepmother, the Queen, and by Cloten, the Queen's doltish son. Disguised as a boy, she sets out to find her husband, the banished Posthumus. On her journey, she unwittingly meets her two brothers, stolen from the court as infants. Posthumus, meanwhile, has been convinced by the villainous Iachimo that Imogen is unchaste and agrees to a test of her faithfulness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Has its moments but it has a lot less than I hoped

  • By Darwin8u on 12-21-17

A fine performance

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Well done. The parts were all well played and the words, as always, were pure heaven to hear.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,789

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment in the series

  • By Vermonter on 09-29-14

Louise! What happened?

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

Reviewed: 09-05-14

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

I have loved this series so far and anxiously looked forward to this latest installment. However, I was sadly disappointed. Penny made the two fatal errors that a successful author is prone to: First, she wrote a murder mystery without a murder. Instead we have a missing person and a labyrinthine road to find him that leads to a very odd conclusion. The dramatic ending seemed false, almost an afterthought if that is possible, perhaps to lend some structure or to set the scene for future novels. Second, she indulged herself (through her characters) in pages of philosophizing about art and the meaning of life. The great delight of Penny's novels has been the brief moments of philosophical insight that emerge throughout the narrative. This time, the narrative is almost ignored and that great poison of fiction rears its ugly head: didacticism. The real murder in this story happened when the author stopped focusing on the story and started trying to teach and enlighten us.

Would you recommend The Long Way Home to your friends? Why or why not?

No. By this point I love the residents of Three Pines so much that of course I listened all the way through, but I felt cheated at the end. I'll have to go back and reread the earlier novels I guess, and that is what I would recommend instead.

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

Ralph Cosham does a great job, always.

Do you think The Long Way Home needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I just hope that Penny takes a deep breath and gets back to the center of her craft, because those first few books were brilliant!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Three Musketeers

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

This historical romance, perhaps the greatest cloak-and-sword story ever, relates the adventures of four fictional swashbuckling heroes who served the French kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV. When the dashing young D'Artagnon arrives in Paris from Gascony, he becomes embroiled in three duels with the Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos, and Aramis. But when he proves himself by fighting not against, but with, the Three Musketeers, they form a quick and lasting friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More fun than a classic is supposed to be!

  • By M. Faulkner on 06-21-13

More fun than a classic is supposed to be!

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

Reviewed: 06-21-13

It doesn't matter what century he hails from, Dumas writes a cracking good tale. His four musketeers are delightful, funny, and quirky. The plot bowls along and keeps you involved right up to the last minute. I think the thing that surprised me most about this book is the fact that no adaptation of it that I have seen (and I have seen many!) really stayed faithful to the plot all the way to the end. The same is true, of course, for the Count of Monte Cristo, and I am sure it is because in both cases the hero does not end up with the heroine, at least, not the one we are expecting! But Dumas has such cinematic pacing that it hardly matters! We are swept along with the heroes and love every minute. Simon Vance is the king of narrators ~ he's just a master ~ and you will love the whole experience, I promise.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Bury Your Dead

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has come to Winter Carnival - not to join the revels but to recover from an investigation gone hauntingly wrong. But violent death is inescapable, even in the apparent sanctuary of the Literary and Historical Society - where an obsessive historian’s quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain, ends in murder. Could a secret buried with Champlain for nearly 400 years be so dreadful that someone would kill to protect it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Great Gamache in Old Quebec

  • By Charles Atkinson on 12-21-14

A mini-masterpiece.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-13

I've enjoyed the opportunity to experience Louise Penny's growth as an author with the Three Pines mysteries. Each book in this series gets better, and this one is a small masterpiece of construction, characterization and plot. I was completely entranced. Penny shows us the (for most of us) unfamiliar culture of Quebec, while also delving deeper into the central personalities that inhabit each of these novels. Armand Gamache is one of those rare characters that we want to spend time with, and he is complemented by his temperamental second-in-command. Unlike the other books in the series, (which are really cozy mysteries in the classic style) this one surprises with its violent, dramatic climax, told in a series of wrenching flashbacks. Mystery novels don't get much better than this!

The reader is wonderful too.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful