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  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,043
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,051

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

Supposed to be funny? Really?

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Any additional comments?

After a couple of hours I was still waiting for anything remotely funny. Gave up.

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  • The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far

  • Why Are We Here?
  • By: Lawrence M. Krauss
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Krauss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,376

Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality - a grand poetic vision of nature - and how we find our place within it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful read/listen.

  • By Albert Sjoberg (PA) on 04-04-17

Let down by the narration

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes, very much so. The narration is flat. Admittedly this is non-fiction, but a bit more vivacity would have got me through this one. Instead I just gave up. I suggest that authors should think twice before choosing to narrate their own works. Let the professionals do it.

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,813

Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of Mysterious Sexy Women with Big Suitcases

  • By Jefferson on 02-13-11

Stop the damn music

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

Any additional comments?

If you must put music at the start of every book, then for goodness sake stop it when the narration starts. Don't let it play on like you did with this one.

  • The Innocent Ones [Soundtrack Edition]

  • By: Robert Gregory Browne
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 235

Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja, California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You are THERE!...(soundtrack edition)

  • By Polly Poizendem on 12-11-16

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Get rid of the sound effects - they are just a distraction and made me lose the plot.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Didn't get that far - I gave up because the sound effects were too annoying.

  • Suspect

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,693

LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Page Turner!!

  • By Jacqueline on 01-22-13

Brilliant departure for Robert Crais

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

What did you love best about Suspect?

Peering inside the heads of both dog and man.

Any additional comments?

It's all too often that an author with a successful series beanches out in a different direction and falls flat on his face. Mr Crais does not suffer this fate: his stand-alone novel is one of his best works, and indeed one of the most enjoyable audiobook I have listened to for a while.

The story is told from the perspectives of both man and dog. Who can really say what goes on in a dog's mind? We cannot be sure, but Crais's suggestions are persuasive. And the ending is - well, I won't spoil it for you, but for me it was one of those occasions when I deliberately slowed down during my homeward commute just to stretch the time out to hear it all.

If you are a lover of both dogs and and thrillers I think you will love this book.

  • The Extremes

  • By: Christopher Priest
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cannon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

After her husband is killed, Teresa joins a virtual-reality company, where she finds relief from her grief in other worlds and personalities. Then she enters the mind of Gerry Grove, the town's assassin. As she explores Grove's virtual existence, Teresa is terrified by what she discovers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story almost drown in details

  • By J. Hansen on 07-21-13

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 03-06-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Some people should not narrate books. Me, for example - I'd be very bad at it.

Sadly, so is the narrator of this book. Slow, stilted delivery, inappropriate inflections - I barely got through the first minute.

I can't comment on the story, but I am a Priest fan, so it's a disappointment not to be able to listen to this one.

Would you be willing to try another book from Christopher Priest? Why or why not?

Yes. With a different reader.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

By narrating it.

What character would you cut from The Extremes?

The narrator.

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  • Hollywood Tough

  • A Shane Scully Novel
  • By: Stephen J. Cannell
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

At a Hollywood party with his wife, Alexa, Detective Shane Scully overhears a famous producer make a suspicious remark about the strange deaths of his two ex-wives. This becomes more than just police business, because the party is to celebrate the engagement of the producer to Alexa's closest friend. Against his wife's wishes, Shane begins to look into his past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Don on 05-08-08

Spoiled by intrusive music

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

Reviewed: 01-22-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Get rid of the music that plays over/under the narrator and the start and end of each section.

  • Split Second

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,540

Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not a bad read

  • By David on 11-14-03

Incoherent

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-11

Jumps from one suspect baddie to another with minimal rationale. Pot boiler. Skip this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful