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R. G. Shalhoub

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  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 948

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

The Ploughmen low key action and surprises

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

The authors voice is enhanced by the reader. Light a great story teller who keeps you listening when ur monkey mind begins to wander I hung in and skipped other distractions to finish this. Not an easy listen but a rewarding one. Well worth reading if u find Cormac McCarthy’s early books on Audible enjoyable.

  • Only to Sleep

  • A Philip Marlowe Novel
  • By: Lawrence Osborne
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. And Philip Marlowe - now in his 72nd year - is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it. For Marlowe, this is his last roll of the dice, his swan song. His mission is to investigate the death of Donald Zinn - supposedly drowned off his yacht, and leaving behind a much younger and now very rich wife. But is Zinn actually alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant resurrection of greatest detective in US fiction

  • By R. G. Shalhoub on 07-28-18

Brilliant resurrection of greatest detective in US fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Lawrence Osborne was an excellent choice by the Chandler Foundation to resurrect Marlowe. The book succeeds at every level w a bonus of beautiful literary riffs every few pages....historically and geographically accurate...as Marlowe/Chandlers voice rings true. The eccentric gumshoe comes out of retirement in Southern CA for one last job at age 72 into a sleazy and violent world of hustlers and grifters operating on the coastal towns in Southern California and Northern Mexico. Ray Porter shines as the voice of a worldly and articulate Marlowe while deftly handling accents and pronunciations of the credible characters that appear. As a 72 year old Chandler fan who is well traveled in the Mexican locations where most of the novel’s action takes place I particular enjoyed this brilliant resurrection of my favorite private eye by one of my favorite writers.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Laughing Monsters

  • A Novel
  • By: Denis Johnson
  • Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97

Roland Nair calls himself Scandinavian, but travels on a U.S. passport. After 10 years' absence, he returns to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, to reunite with his friend Michael Adriko. They once made a lot of money here during the country's civil war, and, curious to see whether good luck will strike twice in the same place, Nair allows himself to be drawn back to a region he considers hopeless.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-15

Not for the faint of heart

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Denis Johnson (RIP) is a great writer...brilliant story teller presents a pain of rogue spies...in the Congo...bouncing around in danger that you can taste and smell...Has the requisite ultra-v going much of the time but paints some characters that one can care about...and feel for...if that makes any sense. Anyway...if you don't like it...return it. I liked the book and the reader.

  • Winter of the Wolf Moon

  • By: Steve Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Sequel to Hamilton's award-winning first novel ( A Cold Day in Paradise), the story returns us to the small town of Paradise, Michigan where ex-Detroit police detective and reluctant private investigator, Alex McKnight, rents out small cabins to snowmobilers and tried to bury his demons under the snow he plows each day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding dialog and cast of characters

  • By Dennis on 09-06-12

Disappointment from author of “The Lock Artist”

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

“The Lock Artist” is a brilliant book that deserves more readers. This audible that I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE fell flat. Couldn’t tell if reader was flat or it was the material but WTFD? Normally I return books I’m not going to finish after 5-10 min. I wasted an hour w this one so it’s two stars but no return.

  • Democracy in Chains

  • The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
  • By: Nancy MacLean
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Behind today's headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read if you believe in democracy

  • By H. L. Nelson on 10-11-17

The historical context for "Dark Money"

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Democracy in Chains to be better than the print version?

Yes...because most most of us won't finish reading the book whereas the reader is good enough to keep us engaged while we're driving the car and listening.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

That I learned about the intellectual source for the Kochs, Mercers and fellow billionaires takeover of the US government in 2016. And It's not Ayn Rand or Horatio Alger. It's John C. Calhoun from the early 19th century and a unknown academic who formulated a strategy to obstruct integration in the 1950s. The conspiratorial stealth thesis sounds nutty until you listen to it and keep in mind that the relentless greed of the very wealthy is a bottomless tar pit for the rest of us.

Which character – as performed by Bernadette Dunne – was your favorite?

Reader doesn't annoy or distract with character voicing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The fact that a county in Virginia closed public schools for five years (1959-1964) to avoid integrating schools resulting in no schools for black students.

Any additional comments?

Advice to the listener...Don't be afraid to learn the truth...but don't expect it to set you free.

  • The Midnight Assassin

  • Panic, Scandal, and the Hunt for America's First Serial Killer
  • By: Skip Hollandsworth
  • Narrated by: Clint Jordan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas, was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Cold, Cold Case

  • By 6catz on 04-08-16

Serial Killer True Crime in early Austin TX

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

Reviewed: 10-26-16

If you could sum up The Midnight Assassin in three words, what would they be?

Fragile readers beware!!!

What other book might you compare The Midnight Assassin to and why?

Devil in the White City. Another early American serial killer who went undiscovered for years...I don't want to "spoil" book w more details...

What about Clint Jordan’s performance did you like?

He didn't do corny accents

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

America's Jack the Ripper who preceded London's

  • Undermajordomo Minor

  • A Novel
  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 208

Lucien (Lucy) Minor is the resident odd duck in the bucolic hamlet of Bury. Friendless and loveless, young and aimless, Lucy is a compulsive liar, a sickly weakling in a town famous for producing brutish giants. Then Lucy accepts employment assisting the Majordomo of the remote, foreboding Castle Von Aux.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great yarn and very well read

  • By R. G. Shalhoub on 10-14-15

Great yarn and very well read

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

Reviewed: 10-14-15

Superior reading makes this funny bit of magical realism all the more enjoyable. Would make a good intro to the world of audible books

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hell and Good Company

  • The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) inspired and haunted an extraordinary number of exceptional artists and writers, including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, and John Dos Passos. The idealism of the cause--defending democracy from fascism at a time when Europe was darkening toward another world war--and the brutality of the conflict drew from them some of their best work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating history lesson

  • By Ellen on 05-22-15

The Spanish Civil War live on it's feet

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

What made the experience of listening to Hell and Good Company the most enjoyable?

The writer's courage and enthusiasm for bringing us a different slice of this important civil war

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hell and Good Company?

The writer's ability to create the feeling of adventure and comraderie...and inexperience of the American idealists who fought in Spain against facism...

What about Christian Coulson’s performance did you like?

Consistent energy and voice who handles the Spanish accents quite well.

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

I still find reading about this intense civil war to be paintful and exciting to a degree that I appreciated taking R & R.

  • Blood-Drenched Beard

  • By: Daniel Galera
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

A young man's father, close to death, reveals to his son the true story of his grandfather's death, or at least the truth as he knows it. The mean old gaucho was murdered by some fellow villagers in Garopaba, a sleepy town on the Atlantic now famous for its surfing and fishing. It was almost an execution, vigilante style. Or so the story goes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seaside Samba Set to Waves and Crosscurrents

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-07-15

Intense visit to Brazil

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

Would you listen to Blood-Drenched Beard again? Why?

I could listen to this again in a few years...one of my favorite readers does a great job with a great story that keeps one's attention from beginning to end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood-Drenched Beard?

When the character meets a particular family member...in a nightmarish scene.

What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does Latin and Portuguese voices as good as can be done...by an English speaker...who gives it a strong effort all the way through...

If you could rename Blood-Drenched Beard, what would you call it?

Self-will run riot...

Any additional comments?

What doesn't kill you...can leave you wounded...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Harder They Come

  • A Novel
  • By: T.C. Boyle
  • Narrated by: Graham Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 685

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people - an aging ex-marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover - as they careen toward an explosive confrontation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intense, gripping, absorbing

  • By Bonny on 04-10-15

Favorite book of the year (so far)

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

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

Definitely...if I had any friends...No...I'd recommend it because it begins intense and stays intense until the end...that's entertainment, no?

What did you like best about this story?

Characters were believable...and likeably cringe-worthy

Which scene was your favorite?

The opening scene where tourists have a violent interlude

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

It's a dense book...that can't be swallowed whole...unless you have a collapsible brain!

4 of 8 people found this review helpful