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  • Bullet Park

  • By: John Cheever
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Eliot Nailles loves his wife and son to distraction; his Bullet Park neighbour, Paul Hammer, is a bastard named after a common household tool. The pair become fatefully linked by the mysterious binding power of their names.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Great John Cheever

  • By ebbes bruk on 10-30-18

Nice Cheever

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I stumbled upon Cheever as THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES was on the Modern Library Critics 100 List (which I really liked) then I found Cheever wrote one of my favorite short stories THE SWIMMER. So I added all Cheever Audible to my todo list.

Bullet Park is classic Cheever but I liked Wapshot and Falconer better.
Bullet Park has subtle wit, and examines suburban America from the inside out with a meandering story and odd characters. Bullet Park has a lot in common with Wapshot, but Wapshot is more complete and balanced.

The narration was excellect for the story.

  • Falconer

  • By: John Cheever
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

A convict named Farragut struggles to remain a man while inside a nightmarish prison. Cheever crafted his most powerful work of fiction out of Farragut's suffering and astonishing salvation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unsettling and beautiful

  • By Darwin8u on 01-21-13

Wonderful Cheever

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I stumbled upon Cheever as THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES was on the Modern Library Critics 100 List (which I really liked) then I found Cheever wrote one of my favorite short stories THE SWIMMER. So I added all Cheever Audible to my todo list.

Falconer is a very good novel, but I liked Wapshot significantly better, yet it has the irony, unforced eloquence, and exhilarating humor that Cheever does so well. Falconer is a very unusual story of addiction, crime, punishment, escape, recovery, and redemption. The "unusual" is that these classic story arcs don't follow any classical elements.

Saul Bellow (another of my favorite authors said "Falconer is splendid. It is rough, it is elegant, it is pure. It is also indispensable, if you earnestly desire to know what is happening to the human soul in the U.S.A."

  • The Five-Forty-Eight

  • The John Cheever Audio Collection
  • By: John Cheever
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Here is one of twelve magnificent stories, originally part of The John Cheever Audio Collection, in which John Cheever celebrates – with unequaled grace and tenderness – the deepest feelings we have. As Cheever writes in his preface, "These stories seem at times to be stories of a long-lost world when the city of New York was still filled with a river light, when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationery store, and when almost everybody wore a hat."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Get the Collection Instead!

  • By Michael on 03-09-19

Get the Collection Instead!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Get the Collection Instead!

I stumbled upon Cheever as THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES was on the Modern Library Critics 100 List (which I really liked) then I found Cheever wrote one of my favorite short stories THE SWIMMER. I then added all Cheever Audible to my todo list. Mistake! Several of individual short stories were included in a collection.

The collection contains "The Enormous Radio," "The Five-Forty-Eight," "O City of Broken Dreams," "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor," "The Season of Divorce," "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow," "The Sorrows of Gin," "O Youth and Beauty!," "The Chaste Clarissa," "The Jewels of the Cabots," "The Death of Justina," and "The Swimmer."

My favorites with THE SWIMMER, THE ENORMOUS RADIO, and THE FIVE-FORTY-EIGHT.

The narration is excellent.

  • The Enormous Radio

  • The John Cheever Audio Collection
  • By: John Cheever
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Here is one of twelve magnificent stories, originally part of The John Cheever Audio Collection, in which John Cheever celebrates – with unequaled grace and tenderness – the deepest feelings we have. As Cheever writes in his preface, "These stories seem at times to be stories of a long-lost world when the city of New York was still filled with a river light, when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationery store, and when almost everybody wore a hat."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Good Performance

  • By Evelyn on 10-30-13

Get the Collection Instead!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Get the Collection Instead!

I stumbled upon Cheever as THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES was on the Modern Library Critics 100 List (which I really liked) then I found Cheever wrote one of my favorite short stories THE SWIMMER. I then added all Cheever Audible to my todo list. Mistake! Several of individual short stories were included in a collection.

The collection contains "The Enormous Radio," "The Five-Forty-Eight," "O City of Broken Dreams," "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor," "The Season of Divorce," "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow," "The Sorrows of Gin," "O Youth and Beauty!," "The Chaste Clarissa," "The Jewels of the Cabots," "The Death of Justina," and "The Swimmer."

My favorites with THE SWIMMER, THE ENORMOUS RADIO, and THE FIVE-FORTY-EIGHT.

The narration is excellent.

  • The Brigadier and the Golf Widow

  • The John Cheever Audio Collection
  • By: John Cheever
  • Narrated by: Peter Gallagher
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Here is one of twelve magnificent stories, originally part of The John Cheever Audio Collection, in which John Cheever celebrates – with unequaled grace and tenderness – the deepest feelings we have. As Cheever writes in his preface, "These stories seem at times to be stories of a long-lost world when the city of New York was still filled with a river light, when you heard the Benny Goodman quartets from a radio in the corner stationery store, and when almost everybody wore a hat."

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Get the Collection Instead!

  • By Michael on 03-09-19

Get the Collection Instead!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

Get the Collection Instead!

I stumbled upon Cheever as THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES was on the Modern Library Critics 100 List (which I really liked) then I found Cheever wrote one of my favorite short stories THE SWIMMER. I then added all Cheever Audible to my todo list. Mistake! Several of individual short stories were included in a collection.

The collection contains "The Enormous Radio," "The Five-Forty-Eight," "O City of Broken Dreams," "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor," "The Season of Divorce," "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow," "The Sorrows of Gin," "O Youth and Beauty!," "The Chaste Clarissa," "The Jewels of the Cabots," "The Death of Justina," and "The Swimmer."

My favorites with THE SWIMMER, THE ENORMOUS RADIO, and THE FIVE-FORTY-EIGHT.

The narration is excellent.

  • The John Cheever Audio Collection (Unabridged Stories)

  • By: John Cheever
  • Narrated by: Meryl Streep, George Plimpton, others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Here are twelve magnificent stories in which John Cheever celebrates, with unequaled grace and tenderness, the deepest feelings we have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent stories magnificently read

  • By CAC on 09-21-16

Great Collection - Including The Swimmer

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I stumbled upon Cheever as THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLES was on the Modern Library Critics 100 List (which I really liked) then I found Cheever wrote one of my favorite short stories THE SWIMMER. I then added all Cheever Audible to my todo list. This is perhaps the best of them all.

This collection contains "The Enormous Radio," "The Five-Forty-Eight," "O City of Broken Dreams," "Christmas is a Sad Season for the Poor," "The Season of Divorce," "The Brigadier and the Golf Widow," "The Sorrows of Gin," "O Youth and Beauty!," "The Chaste Clarissa," "The Jewels of the Cabots," "The Death of Justina," and "The Swimmer."

My favorites with THE SWIMMER, THE ENORMOUS RADIO, and THE FIVE-FORTY-EIGHT.

The narration is excellent.

  • The Worm Ouroboros

  • By: E. R. Eddison
  • Narrated by: Chris MacDonnell
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

E.R. Edison’s The Worm Ouroboros inspired the epic-fantasy that followed him. This production is of the first edition (1922). The Lords of Demonland are celebrating Lord Juss’s birthday when an envoy arrives from Witchland. He brings demands from King Gorice XI of Witchland that the Lords of Demonland “kiss his toe, and acknowledge him to be their King and they, his ill-conditioned, disobedient children”. The Lords of Demonland reject this utterly and, to settle the matter, they challenge King Gorice to a wrestling match against their champion, Lord Goldry Bluszco. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy in language but light in heart

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-05-18

NoTolkien

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I really love Tolkien, and enjoy C.S. Lewis, but did not enjoy this book.

The language is dense middle English, the gods are Greek, the society is a combo of Norse and middle age English, the names are not related to anything else.
For me the story lacks the basics of great fantasy, the mapping of our real world onto an alternate reality that allows a fresh examination of our challenges and ourselves. Instead this is rather one dimensional heroic epic that describes only events and actions with almost zero internal states, with, for me, a completely unbelievable and unsatisfying ending.

There are several inclusions of historical, including Shakespeare, poetry, which instantly stands out favorably from the rest of the text.

The narrator does an excellent job with the very difficult material.

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  • Behave

  • The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896

Why do we do the things we do? More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful, but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: He starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs and then hops back in time from there in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Doug Hay on 07-27-17

A Real Self Help Book!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

If you want to understand your own behavior this is a wonderful self help book. It looks at behavior from several perspectives (chemical, biological, evolutionary, social/cultural, etc) enlightened by research results.

Although technical at times, it is effeminately readable. Key concepts are repeated from multiple perspectives (which I find one of the best ways to learn). This is a awesome first book to read on behavior. It is massive with lots of detail (but does not get lost in the details) and is multifaceted, keeping the reader entertained while crystallizing key points.

There is also a lot that applies to current events, like police shootings, employment practices, advertising, and politics.

I consider this book a "must read" and I have recommended this book many times, and strongly recommend this to anyone.

The only nit pick I have is on a few of the quoted psychology studies. Late in the book the author forcefully points out some of the problems with such studies (samples from western college students, small samples, questionable statistical methods, unrepeatability, subtle bias in experimental design, etc.) Yet he uses some of these studies to make various points (relatively minor). When I reviewed the underlying papers, I found all of the above issues. My rule of thumb now days is to assume all psychological studies on humans are valueless until I have read the paper myself...I have just been led astray too many times.

The narration was excellent

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  • The Wapshot Chronicle

  • By: John Cheever
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Based in part on Cheever's adolescence in New England, the novel follows the destinies of the impecunious and wildly eccentric Wapshots of St. Botolphs, a quintessential Massachusetts fishing village. Here are the stories of Captain Leander Wapshot, venerable sea dog and would-be suicide; of his licentious older son, Moses; and of Moses' adoring and errant younger brother, Coverly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful 1950s Great Expectations-like Novel

  • By Darwin8u on 05-31-13

Surprisingly Great

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

I thought I had never heard of Cheever and was surprised how great this novel was. I looked up the author after enjoying the novel and found he was the author of several of my all time favorite short stories including "The Swimmer" and "The Enormous Radio".

This novel is long and complex with interesting and dynamic characters that not only grow, but vacillate, as real people do. The writing is bold, yet makes subtle points with rye, satirical, humor.

Some reviews call the story meandering, and it one sense it is, but there is method below the meander, and for me it was very enjoyable.

The narration was clear and enjoyable.

  • Tender Is the Night

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 569

Set on the French Riviera in the late 1920s, Tender Is the Night is the tragic romance of the young actress Rosemary Hoyt and the stylish American couple Dick and Nicole Diver. A brilliant young psychiatrist at the time of his marriage, Dick is both husband and doctor to Nicole, whose wealth goads him into a lifestyle not his own, and whose growing strength highlights Dick's harrowing demise. A profound study of the romantic concept of character - lyrical, expansive, and hauntingly evocative.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Was it all just the champagne

  • By samuel on 08-19-15

Very Fitzgerald

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

I liked this more than I liked The Great Gatsby,but that is not saying much, as I didn't like the Great Gatsby. I find the characters one dimensional and unbelievable and unsympathetic. The story seems true to life, but true to life is not necessarily moving or interesting. The narration was very good and appropriate for the material.

I don't particularly love Hemingway but I always can see why those novels are considered great, and I appreciate that greatness. I just don't see or understand the greatness of Fitzgerald.