LISTENER

Laurie

KALAMAZOO, MI, United States
  • 8
  • reviews
  • 52
  • helpful votes
  • 198
  • ratings
  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532

In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the Journey

  • By Rebb on 12-15-11

A very enjoyable ride

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

Reviewed: 03-05-12

There is something about Gary Sinise's voice that is perfect for Steinbeck. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio version of one of my favorite books.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Misquoting Jesus

  • By: Bart D. Ehrman
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,634
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,758

When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding

  • By P. J. Benyei on 01-11-12

Better for the eyes that for the ears...

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

Reviewed: 12-05-11

I really appreciate this book. I did not appreciate the format, however. It is rather scholarly and has many quotations from scripture and citations from other works. This makes it a better read for the eye, not the ear. Content great, format not so much. The narrator does the best he can.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Judy Blue Eyes

  • My Life in Music
  • By: Judy Collins
  • Narrated by: Judy Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is the deeply personal, honest, and revealing memoir of folk legend and relentlessly creative spirit Judy Collins. In it, she talks about her alcoholism, her lasting love affair with Stephen Stills, her friendships with Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Fariña, David Crosby, and Leonard Cohen and, above all, the music that helped define a decade and a generation’s sound track.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Voices of the angels...

  • By Laurie on 11-09-11

Voices of the angels...

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

Reviewed: 11-09-11

What an absolute joy this listen is! Ms. Collins tells her own life story, all the joys and pain. The other greats of the music world pass in and through -- the "folkies", Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin. Her romance with Stephen Stills. Her collaboration with songwriters such as Leonard Cohen and Mimi and Richard Farina. She speaks with raw honesty about her alcoholism and the joy of her recovery. She often breaks in to beautiful a cappella renderings of some of her songs. Bonus -- Listen all the way through, past the credits. She sings several songs, tributes in part to her family - her son in "Born to the Breed", then "My Father" and one I'd not ever heard, about her mother. So moving. Wonderful, simply wonderful.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Son of Neptune

  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book Two
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,275
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,286

In The Lost Hero, three demigods named Jason, Piper, and Leo made their first visit to Camp Half-Blood, where they inherited a quest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Let this be Swanson's Swan song

  • By Jim on 10-20-11

Narration much improved over The Lost Hero...

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

Reviewed: 10-19-11

Great story, moves fast but not too fast. The narration by Joshua Swanson is much better than his narration of the previous book. (Still not as good in my opinion as the narrator of the first series, so I gave it four stars.)

Between the writing and the improved reading you really get a feeling of the character differences between Percy's point of view and persona and that of Jason in The Lost Hero. Can't wait for the next book!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Genius

  • The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
  • By: James Gleick
  • Narrated by: Dick Estell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

From the author of the national best seller Chaos comes an outstanding biography of one of the most dazzling and flamboyant scientists of the 20th century that "not only paints a highly attractive portrait of Feynman but also . . . makes for a stimulating adventure in the annals of science." ( The New York Times).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Biography!

  • By Douglas on 04-07-13

So glad to have this in audio...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-11

I've adored this book since it was first published. I am so happy to have it on audio now. The narration is pretty flat, and I'm not entirely sure about some of the pronunciations (Pretty sure I.I. Rabi is "Rah-bee" not "Rab-eye") but glad to have it nonetheless. Eagerly awaiting Gleick's newest!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Swann's Way

  • By: Marcel Proust
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Swann's Way is the first novel of Marcel Proust's seven-volume magnum opus In Search of Lost Time. After elaborate reminiscences about his childhood with relatives in rural Combray and in urban Paris, Proust's narrator recalls a story regarding Charles Swann, a major figure in his Combray childhood....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like that madeleine...

  • By Laurie on 11-18-10

Like that madeleine...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-10

I listen to a LOT of audiobooks -- daily. I often listen as I go about tasks -- gardening, driving, needlework, etc. This production of Swann's Way stopped me in my tracks. It is so rich, so engaging that it requires my full attention and engages my feelings and thoughts wholly. If you thought Proust perhaps less than accessible, dip in to this. Mr. Vance's narration will lead you to that place of memory, longing and insight that may have been Proust's best intention for his work. Savor it. Roll it around on the tongue of your mind. Enjoy.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Nemesis

  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

In the high summer of 77 AD, Roman informer Marcus Didius Falco is beset by personal problems. A middle-aged couple who supplied statues to his father have disappeared. They had an old feud with a bunch of notorious freedmen, the Claudii, who terrorize the neighborhood. When a mutilated corpse turns up, Falco and his friend Petronius investigate. But just as they are making progress, the Chief Spy, Anacrites, snatches the case away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyman's Rome

  • By Jeanette Beth Means on 12-13-10

The Best Falco Yet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-10

After having read all the Falco novels, I must say that Nemesis is the best yet. It takes a slightly darker turn, and although sated, wanting more. Loose ends are tied, and one in particular. This pleased me enormously.
As to the narration -- just as Simon Vance IS Ruso in Ruth Downie's novels, Christian Rodska IS Falco to me. I enjoyed the radio plays led by Andrew Lesser, but the single voice unabridged books read by Mr. Rodska are much more fulfilling!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Jesus Died for This?

  • A Religious Satirist's Search for the Risen Christ
  • By: Becky Garrison
  • Narrated by: Becky Garrison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

"In I Died for This? I will pick up my pitchfork and muck out the spiritual stables for signs of the living Christ hidden under the mounds of Jesus junk and faith fertilizer."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love her as a writer, as a narrator not so much...

  • By Laurie on 10-08-10

Love her as a writer, as a narrator not so much...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-10

I really enjoy Ms. Garrison's blog. She has a great sense of the absurd and writes it very well. This audio version is too strident for my taste in its presentation. I suppose that I must put it in my category of "Authors who should not narrate their own material."
Do listen for the content after sampling -- as long as you are not put off by the sound and cadence of the narrator, you may really enjoy this title.