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  • Let Me Be Frank with You

  • A Frank Bascombe Book
  • By: Richard Ford
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

In Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford returns with four deftly linked stories narrated by the iconic Bascombe. Now 68, and again ensconced in the well-defended New Jersey suburb of Haddam, Bascombe has thrived - seemingly if not utterly - in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastation. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of American subjects: aging, race, loss, faith, marriage, redemption, the real-estate crash - the tumult of the world we live in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Loveable Curmudeon

  • By Tricia - Audible on 06-10-15

Skip This One!

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

Reviewed: 11-30-14

This entire book feels like Ford gathered leftover bits and pieces from yet another trip to the Frank Bascombe well and put them together to work out his issues with race. It's a boring book about old white man angst with no unexpected plot twists or any real development. The characters have the same depth as a wet cardboard box. Ford is better than this and is beating a dead horse with this book. Try Canada or one of Ford's story collections. Purchasing this book will only encourage Ford to write yet another Frank Bascombe time waster.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Grifter's Game

  • A Hard Case Crime Novel
  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Con man Joe Berlin was used to scoring easy cash off of gullible women. But that was before he met Mona Brassard - and found himself holding a stolen stash of raw heroin. Now that Joe has fallen hard for Mona, he's got to pull off the most dangerous con of his career: one that will leave him either a killer - or a corpse. Block's debut novel under his own name is a classic example of prime pulp fiction, with an ending that will astonish even the most jaded crime-fiction fan.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • NOT THE ENTIRE BOOK!!!

  • By benjamin on 08-14-11

NOT THE ENTIRE BOOK!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-11

Great author and story but when you download this book, you will not receive the entire story. This version is not abridged, it's just missing the second half of the book. Do Not Purchase!

  • Winesburg, Ohio

  • By: Sherwood Anderson
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 14

Winesburg, Ohio has the most memorable cast of characters in 20th-century fiction. Listeners will remember at least a few stories and their characters for the rest of their lives. Each of the 23 stories stands on its own. And each is also interwoven into the fabric of the book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hilariously bad

  • By Jacob on 08-15-11

Horrible

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

Reviewed: 07-04-11

Great stories ruined by one of the worst readings I have heard. I guess I got what I paid for with this cheap version. Buy the book and read it yourself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Manhood for Amateurs

  • The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son
  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: Michael Chabon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Book!

  • By David on 01-11-10

Skip this One!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-09

This book was horrible! This book was seperated into several boring stories of the author's childhood/manhood. The crux of each of these stories offered no real value or intrest. This book was not funny, sentimental, or in any way entertaining. Worst of all was the narration in which the author read the book with the voice and inflections of a 5 year old child. Skip this book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful