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Lamento di Portnoy audiobook cover art

great book, why isn't it available in English?

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

A wonderful radiography of family blackmail, guilt, love, self-loathing... Hilarious and absolutely on the spot. Excellent reader. I am bilingual so I can appreciate it, plus mothers schmothers, Italian family culture is pretty close to Jewish 1950s and I can recognize it very well. But why isn't Portnoy available as an audiobook in English?

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Stone: The Complete Series 1-4 audiobook cover art

Fantastic on all counts!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Wonderful performances, well-written stories, good characterization. The stories are well paced, not predictable, covering a broad range of social issues and problems. It's great fun and you don't even have to rack your brain to follow the plot, as is the case with John Le Carré. But it's complex enough to keep your attention. It's not even too pc. Just the right amount. I have a gripe with the last story, but I can't be too picky, the collection is 99% perfect. Made my daily run on the threadmill a lot more pleasant.

Citizens audiobook cover art

wonderful book, problem performance

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

This is a great book, wonderfully written, lively and intelligent. My review however is a plea to Frederick Davidson. Obviously Audible loves him, so I hope this can reach him somehow. This reader would make the Sermon on the Mountain sound like a sneering, scoffing insult. "And blessed be the humble and the meek... yeah, right..." A reader should be a transparent vessel for the book, not an interpreter, and a misplaced interpreter at that. And what about the falsetto voice whenever a woman speaks? What's the matter with men who read women in falsetto? Women are people too! Please stop that, it's offensive and makes them all sound like caricatures! There is no reason on earth to single women out that way -- for the listener is perfectly capable to understand when it's the narrator who speaks and when it's the character. Since there is no significant change of tone and voice when a male character speaks, then I see no need to make a special case for women.
These mannerisms -- the voice dripping with misplaced sarcasm, and the falsetto -- badly mar this book. I know at least one person who had to return it because of that. Couldn't stand to listen to it.
And incidentally, yes, the recording still skips. I am now right in the middle of the book, and the skipping occurred mostly in the first one third. It hasn't skipped for the last three hours or so. But when it does, it's extremely disruptive and crucial information is lost.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

The Crusades audiobook cover art

enthralling

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

Amazingly effective storytelling, excellent analysis and lively characters. The narrator manages to maintain the suspense throughout, even when he is giving accurate, scholarly details of battle formation and dynamics. The reading is absolutely superb; gripping, precise, elegant. I highly recommend it.

The Devils of Loudun audiobook cover art

Awful

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

Reviewed: 08-27-17

Would you try another book from Aldous Huxley and/or Matthew Lloyd Davies?

The reading by Davies is fine (he does a pretty good job with French quotes, though he really doesn't need to say "Parree" instead of Paris). But Huxley's book is incredibly pompous, judgmental and unoriginal. Full of clichés. Alas, the poor man has not aged well.

0 of 22 people found this review helpful

The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 2 audiobook cover art

Enough with the falsetto!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

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

Unfortunately no. Here is the reason. Mr. Heald belongs to the vast cohort of audio readers who think they must somehow mimic the voice of the characters in a dialogue. The way he does it is use the same falsetto voice indistinctly for women, children, old people, and timid people. Conversely, men are made to sound gruff and mumbling. The effect is condescending towards the character, the writing, and at times it's misogynistic. These mannerisms he injects into the dialogue prevent us from entering into the story and distract us from the language. As you go on listening, it becomes more and more unbearable. A terrible pity, for it would have been so easy not to do it! Why doesn't Audible give its readers some precise instructions? No falsetto! Don't add your interpretation to the text, don't play actor. Chekhov really does not need your help!

Would you be willing to try another one of Anthony Heald’s performances?

Absolutely not; unless he changes his style and stops mimicking the characters with his falsetto voice.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 1 audiobook cover art

What's with the falsetto?

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

What didn’t you like about Anthony Heald’s performance?

I wish Mr. Heald gave up his ambition to be an actor. He is no actor! Unfortunately he belongs to the vast cohort of audio readers who think they must somehow mimic the voice of the characters in a dialogue. His way of doing this is using the same falsetto voice indistinctly for women, children, old people, and timid people. The effect is condescending and possibly misogynistic. Conversely, men are made to sound gruff and mumbling. These mannerisms he injects into the dialogue ruin the story completely. As you go on listening, it becomes more and more unbearable.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

Devils audiobook cover art

amazing reader!

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

Reviewed: 02-21-15

What did you like about this audiobook?

Beautiful, expressive, yet understated reading that does full justice to the irony in the writing. A troubling book that's political satire, dark comedy and a full parade of drama queens! Prescient of the horrors to come in Russia. Totally absorbing.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful