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Evelyn Waugh sampler, just short stories-

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Very confusing, frustrating to listen to. I kept thinking I'd missed something until I read the other reviews. "Complete Stories" a very misleading title. Waugh is my favorite author. Favorite book: Decline and Fall.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

My Absolutely Favorite Book in Every Way!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

I heartily disagree with this book's bad reviews.
The narrator's voice was quirky but "totally" right for the tone of the book. History served up for fun and consolation with a delicious mix of ancient fact and current idiom to drive home the fact that love hasn't changed much over the years and the rich and famous have always made good copy.

It just goes to show--bad reviews may be robbing you of something uniquely wonderful to your particular sensibilities. Ever loaned a a book you just loved to a friend and they couldn't get through the first chapter? Okay then.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

Strictly Titillation

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-16

I was hoping for something with humorous insight like "True Porn Stories" by Ali Davis. I should have paid more attention to the "People who bought this also bought" panel with "Rett" Mason and his insatiable appetite or "Dray" with his broken heart and extreme fighting skills. This is just sexy girls talking dirty while the narrator wipes the bar and tugs on her bra straps. It was in the humor/memoir section--that is my only defense.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Engrossing

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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-29-15

Who would think a novel about a plague-ridden village would be so engrossing! Emily Barr is a wonderful storyteller, narrator---not so much.
The weary monotone was a reasonable interpretation for the main character but when it came to the big fight between her father and a wrathful neighbor I kept thinking how much better it would have been if the reader had delivered the lines with some gusto.
Toward the end her vocal tone sounded so tired it was almost a yodel.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

Listen to the Arte Johnson version!

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-15

The narrator is an Abomination!

I heartily agree with Jennifer's 2012 review: "Cringeworthy Narration, Brilliant Story"

This celebrated comic masterpiece should be narrated by someone who can do justice to all the ethnic and cultural voices John Kennedy Toole has rendered with such elegance and teasing affection.

Barrett Whitener sounds like a math teacher from the midwest with no clear understanding of accent or cultural inflection.

In Arte Johnsons' version the sailor-suited Timmy is sassy and fun. In Whitener's version he sounds like he has a severe cleft pallet. Mr. and Mrs. Levy, Johnsons's hilariously bickering Jewish couple just sound grim in Whitener's vaguely southern interpretation.

I don't understand all the accolades Whitener received from other Audible listeners.

I highly recommend the Arte Johnson version, a perfect marriage of book and narrator. I only wish it were unabridged. You have to search for it online which is a real shame as it is by far the better version.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Very funny and pretty compassionate actually

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-15

Not for conservatives, tea partiers. May have been too close to home for some reviewers... I thought it was absolutely wonderful and spot on as former video clerk myself back in the '80s when porn videos were mainstream for one brief shining moment. As in most humor, it's better not to read it all at one go. I hope there will be more from her in future.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Not sure about Byron

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-14

The trouble with an audiobook is you can't look in the back and see what the documentation was on, say, the ugly nun who was spirited away from a convent by mistake. It sounds like some rowdy bar story to me. He clearly lived a larger life than most of us but I lost my confidence in Byron's perspective, especially after the blithe remark at the start of the book about women not having the mental capacity to be explorers.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

Is this billable?

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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-29-14

Listening to this audiobook felt way too much like work. Maybe, as was suggested in another review, it was better as an actual book where your eyes could skim over all the lists and cc addressees. Although the plot was kind of a tedious after awhile, the writing itself was snappy and smart--I may have another run at it later.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

King of the short story, narrator can't do women

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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-14

Somerset Maugham is by far my favorite story teller. His stories are masterpieces of constuction--it's no wonder so many were successfully made and remade as plays and movies. He traveled the world at the height of the British Empire, when it was still mysterious and each country had a distinct atmosphere not yet overrun with tourists and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchises. His longer books tend to get bogged down in philosophy but the short stories I can read again and again.
My only complaint is the narrator. He was fine with male voices but when he is speaking for women he sounds like a schoolyard bully mimicking the new girl -- the same exagerated nasally whine for all the women characters, from glamourous femme fatales to cackling old crones. But if you can tune that out I recommend it highly.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

Not to be listened to in one sitting

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

Reviewed: 03-10-14

The wrong narrator could really sink this one - Cynthia Nixon makes her lovable and not whiny or scary. Like any comedic piece, especially one originally written in installments, it should be listened to as it was meant: one episode at a time. Otherwise it gets pretty wearing and predictable. Taken in small doses, the inevitable format is part of the fun.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful