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  • Bullet Park

  • By: John Cheever
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Eliot Nailles loves his wife and son to distraction; his Bullet Park neighbour, Paul Hammer, is a bastard named after a common household tool. The pair become fatefully linked by the mysterious binding power of their names.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Great John Cheever

  • By ebbes bruk on 10-30-18

The Great John Cheever

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

he continues to enthrall me. I bit my lip till it bled listening to Bullet Park. you get to know these characters from a sideways direction, not the usual. But Cheever is not the usual writer. Can't say more without spoiling -- if you havent read it or listened to it, do. oh -- I very much liked the reader. he is exactly right for the book.

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  • Appointment in Samarra

  • Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
  • By: John O'Hara, Charles McGrath (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Christian Camargo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

In December 1930, just before Christmas, the Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, social circuit is electrified with parties and dances. At the center of the social elite stand Julian and Caroline English. But in one rash moment born inside a highball glass, Julian breaks with polite society and begins a rapid descent toward self-destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • O'Hara's Best?

  • By Steve M on 10-01-15

one of my favorite books from college

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

it's still a favorite. loved to listen to it, o'hara's ear into how people speak is such a pleasure to hear, Samarra lends itself well to reading aloud. and I loved this narrator, everything about his reading was just perfectly done. jazzy, yet not too much. Camarga is and will forever be Julian English.

  • The Big House: Story of a Southern Family, Book 2

  • By: J. Keck
  • Narrated by: Carrie Barton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

In 1928, Minnie's mother, Nora, arrives at her nursing college after abandoning her a few years ago as a child. What does Nora want? An unexpected visit to Grandpa and Marie at the Big House offers Minnie shelter and refuge, but no longer the carefree days of her youthful experiences there. She discovers secrets. Shrewd and hidden manipulations of power ensure the survival of the Big House in this small Southern town, where a smile can mask suppressed rage and hostility.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The reader!

  • By ebbes bruk on 09-12-18

The reader!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I didn't get far in listening to this one. I tried. But the voice of the reader, Carrie Barton, was so weak, so little girl, so not in keeping with someone who had the fortitude to speak throughout this long listen. Her voice grated on me as if it were loud and scratchy and irritating. I've never heard her before, and I can't imagine listening to anything else she reads. Her voice is just ...wrong. For me, anyway. Too bad, I was looking forward to a long long book but I need to find another, with a reader who's got some Southern fire in her voice.

  • Oral History

  • By: Lee Smith
  • Narrated by: Full Cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Oral History, the lyrical saga of a Virginia mountain family, follows four generations of Cantrells over more than a century. Researching an assignment for an Oral History course, Jennifer drives to the town where her mother and father grew up. Raised by a stepmother, the young college student wonders why her father never talks of her real mother and is intrigued by the mystery of her heritage. One by one, the Cantrells tell of lives filled with vitality, colored by the land and family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a treat!

  • By Linda on 02-17-12

Lee Smith's best <br /><br />

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Here is a story that is life in all its layers, an oral history of a place told best aloud by those who lived it.

There is so much here, yet not so much, really, as Sally said. It's just history, it's the past, it doesn't matter, but clearly it does.

What a tale this is, and it's the kind of story that will stay with you, for better or worse, for a long, long time.

Lee Smith captured all that matters in Oral History. Read the book, but by all means, listen to it. on tape, as oral histories are meant to be presented.

Lee Smith's world is like none other. I envy anyone who is just begun to know it.