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  • Child of God

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 630

In this taut, chilling audiobook, Lester Ballard - a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape - haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soaring description of base depravity

  • By Aunt Crabby on 10-31-13

Soaring description of base depravity

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

Reviewed: 10-31-13

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I rarely take the time to recommend an audio book, but it this case I must. Cormac McCarthy's usual grimness is elevated to art not just by his majestic writing but by the spot-on narration. I cannot imagine that reading this could have even half the impact of listening to it. Go listen.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Saint on Death Row

  • The Story of Dominique Green
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: Thomas Cahill
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

A Saint on Death Row will introduce you to a young man whose history, innate goodness, and final days you will never forget. It also shines a necessary light on America's racist and deeply flawed legal system. A Saint on Death Row is an absorbing, sobering, and deeply spiritual story that illuminates the moral imperatives too often ignored in the headlong quest for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An eye for an eye. That depends

  • By phg on 04-20-11

Uplifting

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

If you could sum up A Saint on Death Row in three words, what would they be?

True, sad, enlightening, maddening, uplifting. Sorry, I couldn't stop at three.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely, but it would have been bad for my blood pressure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

  • By: Paul Torday
  • Narrated by: Paul Torday
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 114

Author Paul Torday makes his debut with this clever absurdist novel. Fisheries scientist Dr. Alfred Jones is approached by an extravagantly wealthy sheik with a novel plan. To foster goodwill, the sheik would like to introduce salmon fishing to Yemen - the same Yemen that is largely a desert - and politicians think it's a great idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously funny

  • By Aunt Crabby on 05-11-12

Seriously funny

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

Reviewed: 05-11-12

Before reading, I mean hearing this book, I'd never considered fly-fishing, but now....
The book is original, clever, and bitingly funny. Thoughtful, too. The elegant writing is matched by the reading and production. The readers/actors did a wonderful job of accents and expressions. I may listen to it again just for the pleasure of it.
This was my introduction to Paul Torday, taken up at the recommedation of a friend. I'm going to look for more of his work right now.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful