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Fire and Fury audiobook cover art

American Horror Story

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Mostly retreads palace intrigue stories and things everyone knows about the general amateur-night state of the place. But there are some gems in there for the snowflakes.

What will shock normal people is their raw contempt for the importance of what they’re involved in, and the public they know nothing about. Because even if you assumed they were in it for themselves, to see how that translates into actual words and actions is mortifying. Worst of all is their horror at winning, and the realization that all their plans for monetizing the lost election had been derailed by the unthinkable.

Trump himself had planned to spend his time attacking Hilary, claiming he was the real president, playing golf and tweeting. It seems he was the only person who followed through on his post election plans, even after the result went wrong.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Dead Run audiobook cover art
  • Dead Run
  • The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the Modern American West
  • By: Dan Schultz
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey

Great writing. But a story with no twist.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

It's so well written. Very much in the vein of Eric Larson. Winding together the hunters and hunted, with real skill. But ultimately, these guys shot a cop, went on the lam and that's it. There's no final show down, no nothing. But again, it's so well written I would recommend it all the same.

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Well performed. More New Yorker joke than story.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

It's never quite the story you want. It's the literary version of a story that might be best told another way. He doesn't really reinstate slavery or segregation, so you don't get to actually feel it play out. But the characters are well conceived and it's funny. It's also beautifully read, so it's a pleasure to listen to.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Vintage Partridge

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

You have to admire how many ways Steve Coogan has found to bring Partridge to life. In Nomad we find Alan attempting to complete the journey that his father never could, a walk to Dungeness A through a somewhat unscenic Kent. If Kent is the Garden of England, I wouldn't want to see it's derelict allotment.

Fair warning that the laughs thin out as the book goes on. The first third is so funny I often laughed outloud, but much like Alan, he can't quite keep the pace up all the way through.

But make no mistake, the weakest chapter is funnier than anything else I've had read to me this year.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection audiobook cover art

One of the best British comedies ever made.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

What's so amazing about Yes Minister is that Yes Prime Minister somehow manages to be even better.

I can listen to it again and again. Great to have it all in one place.

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Well done. If not spectacular.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

The story you know, told better by Inherit the Wind.

Purists will point to the authenticity and accuracy of this version, but the truth is duller than fiction. The main problem is the absence of any characterization of the defendant, leaving the tired old tic-tac-toe of 'science vs religion' to carry the whole thing. And given how far this argument has moved in the last century, this version seems basic when it needs to feel controversial.

It's well acted and keeps its pace. Well worth listening to, but you will find the real characters less interesting than the fictional versions you already know.

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A terrible question for us all

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

While it occasionally hurries through elements upon which the film version lingers, this does nothing to detract from the overall story and its consequences, which are well acted here with the strength and subtlety that the writing deserves.

With the monsters of the Nazi high command gone, attention shifts to the upper ranks of the reich's civil infrastructure, where judges carried out the legal dirty work individually, hanging and sterilizing anyone who violated the laws of the new Germany.

But this is really the trial of the German people. Who knew what and what could they be reasonably expected to do? What's the difference between making a law and following a law?

Ultimately, this puts the audience on trial. We are all asked to reflect on ourselves and what we might have done, faced with a straight choice between complicity in the slaughter or our own deaths.

Would we really have behaved differently? Generations of Germans will face this question. Thanks to this play, the rest of us will too. And we must.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not the best AC, but still good.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

A complex narrative that doesn't lend itself to this format. You need the time that only reading can give you, or the visual of film.

But it's nice background listening, and Hugh Fraser is so good as a reader.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Gets lost early on, strong finish.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-16

More high quality narration from Hugh Fraser. Like The Pale Horse, this can be hard to stick with. It is inaccessible at times relative to the rest of the pantheon. But it's worth staying with it. Enjoy.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A tricky one, but very well delivered

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

Reviewed: 07-29-16

One of the less accessible AC's in my opinion. No Marple or Poirot to help you through. And more importantly, no Captain Hastings to have it all explained slowly on your behalf. And unlike Sparkling Cyanide (also done very well in this series) where the characters and setting are quite tight and manageable, this sprawling epic is hard to keep track of in audiobook form. Especially if your attentions are on the cooking or the driving.

Hugh Fraser's performance is as excellent as always. He does women so well. Important for AC obviously.

Enjoy. Worth every penny.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful