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  • Notes of a Dirty Old Man

  • By: Charles Bukowski
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Born from Bukowski's columns, the LA underground press of the 1960s, Bukowski defined his early alter ego, Hank Chinaski, as a self-described dirty old man who eyes his defeatist attitude about himself with his clarity to see humor and holiness in others. Addictive and instructive listening, Bukowski delivers the humanity and intelligence of all the unseen. Filled with his usual obsessions - sex, booze, gambling - Notes features Bukowski's offbeat insights into politics and literature, and his tortured, violent relationships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE TRUTH OF TODAY

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-31-18

A different voice for different material

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Would you listen to Notes of a Dirty Old Man again? Why?

Yes. Beneath the dirt it's hilarious.

What other book might you compare Notes of a Dirty Old Man to and why?

Journey to the End of the Night

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

Christian Baskous did such a great job with Bukowski's novels and stories I wondered why they would switch to a guy who sounded like an old timey gold prospector driven mad by the sun but Will quickly won me over.

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

Fun for the whole family!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Will Patton's performance of Notes so much I am going to buy the other City Lights audiobooks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: John Ventimiglia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951, in an apartment on West 20th Street in Manhattan, that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Brought to Life

  • By yoguinha on 11-25-16

John V nails it!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Would you listen to On the Road: The Original Scroll again? Why?

I already have

What other book might you compare On the Road: The Original Scroll to and why?

I would compare it to the published version of OTR. I found it very interesting to hear the parts which were edited out and the actual names of the characters.

Which character – as performed by John Ventimiglia – was your favorite?

He did a great job with every character and captured the excitement and momentum of the story. You can tell he loves Kerouac.

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

My tag line would be "Don't try to make a movie out of this book"

Any additional comments?

You might be familiar with some of John Ventimiglia's other work. Look him up on IMDB.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,358

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Come one, Come all into 1984!

  • By Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) on 02-18-08

Amazing reading by Simon Prebble

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

What did you love best about 1984?

The 1st sentence. It sets the tone for the entire book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Big Brother because he only wants what's best for us.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the scene where the orator at the rally switches from one enemy to another mid speech.

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

I was moved when Winston steals the chocolate from his starving sister. I mean starving or not nobody wants anyone swiping their candy.

Any additional comments?

We Are The Dead

  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gordon's Grey World is Colored with Grant

  • By Timothy on 09-25-11

You can't kill an aspidistra

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

Reviewed: 02-14-14

What did you love best about Keep the Aspidistra Flying?

The scene where Gordon finally sells a poem and ends up blowing the money on booze and tarts. You can feel his hangover when he wakes up in jail. Gives me a headache just thinking about it.

What did you like best about this story?

Gordon's tenacity, although like everyone he ends up with his own aspidistra.

What does Richard E. Grant bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

If you have seen any of his movies you know what an amazing actor he is, in fact he starred in the film adaptation of the book. No one could have done a better job than Mr. Grant. Check out Withnail & I. "We've gone on holiday by mistake..."

If you could take any character from Keep the Aspidistra Flying out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Ravelston because he would pay.

Any additional comments?

Orwell said he wrote the book because he needed money. Quite ironic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Third Policeman

  • By: Flann O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 265

Flann O'Brien's most popular and surrealistic novel concerns an imaginary, hellish village police force and a local murder.

Weird, satirical, and very funny, its popularity has suddenly increased with the mention of the novel in the TV series Lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator extradinaire

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-30-09

Not a detective novel.....well sort of.....

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

Reviewed: 02-14-14

Where does The Third Policeman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have only purchased one other audiobook-Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell. They are both excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator because it is his story, although he is telling it while dead.

What about Jim Norton’s performance did you like?

He was perfect.

Who was the most memorable character of The Third Policeman and why?

The narrator.

Any additional comments?

I have the feeling the people who hated this saw the word policeman in the title and expected one of those books located by the cash register in the supermarket. If you can't enjoy something because it doesn't "make sense" you won't like this. However if you like Samuel Becket or James Joyce you will find this very funny.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful