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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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  • A Man in Full

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 35 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

The setting is Atlanta, Georgia - a racially mixed, late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 29,000-acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife, and a half-empty office complex with a staggering load of debt. Meanwhile, Conrad Hensley, idealistic young father of two, is laid off from his job at the Croker Global Foods warehouse near Oakland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Michael Pritchard

  • By W. Griffiths on 07-26-18

What a pity!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I remember reading and enjoying this novel when it was first published, so much so that I've checked from time to time to see if Audible had produced an audiobook version. I liked the story once again, but found myself constantly having to struggle through because of Michael Pritchard's narration.

To begin with, he has a sharp tenor voice (which I don't care for) marred further by nasal delivery. Worst of all, however, the narration lacks even a semblance of vigor. If any book (and writer) needs engagement with the characters and action, this is it. Consequently Wolfe's breakneck-speed writing is mired in a slow, ponderous vocal style. Finally, there are noticeable -- and annoying -- inconsistencies in audio quality, signified by variations in voice tone and volume, which have to be attributed to inadequate attention to recording levels and/or to poor editing.

Overall, an enjoyable novel but a disappointing audiobook.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Garden of Lamentations

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Crombie
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

On a beautiful morning in mid-May, the body of a young woman is found in one of Notting Hill's private gardens. To passersby, the pretty girl in the white dress looks as if she's sleeping. But Reagan Keating has been murdered, and the lead detective, DI Kerry Boatman, turns to Gemma James for help. She and Gemma worked together on a previous investigation, and Gemma has a personal connection to the case: Reagan was the nanny of a child who attends the same dance studio as Toby, Gemma, and Kincaid's son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mysteries and Relationships

  • By Carole T. on 02-22-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I've listened to all of the available audiobooks in this series, which I've very much enjoyed.... until this one. Aspects of the interactions between characters veer dangerously close to the "cosy" stereotype -- which of course is a matter of taste, and other readers might disagree. What mars this book is the over-reliance on coincidences and chance. One's disbelief is stretched too far. Gerard Doyle does his usual excellent job of narration, but unfortunately has to work with sub-par material.

  • Welcome to Hard Times

  • A Novel
  • By: E. L. Doctorow
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Hard Times is the name of a town in the barren hills of the Dakota Territory. To this town there comes one day one of the reckless sociopaths who wander the West to kill and rape and pillage. By the time he is through and has ridden off, Hard Times is a smoking ruin. The de facto mayor, Blue, takes in two survivors of the carnage - a boy, Jimmy, and a prostitute, Molly, who has suffered unspeakably - and makes them his provisional family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very short review

  • By Edgar on 04-25-18

A very short review

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

This is a classic which I read as a young academic when the book was first published. It's been interesting to compare my young assessment with my more sharply-developed perceptions. Clearly the story, together with its structure and (especially) the dialogue, stands up remarkably well and is an entertaining and provocative read. I also wanted to note the outstanding narration, putting it into the top five narrations for my (so far) 1300 books.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kremlin's Candidate

  • The Red Sparrow Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,613
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370

Russian counterintelligence chief Colonel Dominika Egorova has been a recruited asset of the CIA, stealing Kremlin secrets for her CIA handler, Nate Nash, for over seven years. In the dazzling finale to the Red Sparrow Trilogy, their forbidden and tumultuous love affair continues, mortally dangerous for them both but irresistible. In Washington, a newly installed US administration is selecting its cabinet members. Dominika hears a whisper of a closely held Kremlin operation to place a mole inside a high intelligence position.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Torn from today’s news

  • By Gary on 02-15-18

End of the story?

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

After a rather slow start, the book develops into a gripping and fitting completion of the trilogy. Although the books can stand alone, I recommend that the three books be read in sequence -- together they represent some of the best fifty hours of listening I've experienced in the last five years.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • An Honorable Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Vidich
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

Washington DC, 1953. The Cold War is heating up: McCarthyism, with all its fear and demagoguery, is raging in the nation's capital, and Joseph Stalin's death has left a dangerous power vacuum in the Soviet Union. The CIA, meanwhile, is reeling from a double agent within their midst. Someone is selling secrets to the Soviets, compromising missions around the globe. Undercover agents have been assassinated, and anti-Communist plots are being cut short in ruthlessly efficient fashion.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Parody?

  • By Edgar on 01-29-18

Parody?

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

This book reads like a parody -- and a bad one at that. It's a superficial story based on shallow characterization and a series of loosely arranged and dubious, unpersuasive incidents that bear only the remotest resemblance to a plot. The dialogue is throughly unbelievable, and the third-rate narrator seems to have been chosen with the aim of confusing any semblance of logic that might vaguely have been hatching in the writer's mind. This emperor definitely has no clothes. This story makes less sense than one of Donald Trump's speeches. I

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Without Breath

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Berlin, March, 1943. A month has passed since the stunning defeat at Stalingrad. Though Hitler insists Germany is winning the war, commanders on the ground know better. Morale is low, discipline at risk. Now word has reached Berlin of a Red massacre of Polish officers in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk. If true, the message it would send to the troops is clear: Fight on or risk certain death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration

  • By Charles on 05-24-13

Bernie!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

This is one of the best of the Bernie Gunther series. The story is long, complex and engaging. The narration is up to the job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Advancement of Learning

  • Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 2
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Brian Glover
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Superintendent Dalziel had a somewhat cynical view of what college administrations spent his taxes on. But when he and that over-educated Sergeant of his, Pascoe, were sent to investigate a disinterred corpse at Holm Coultram College, he hadn't reckoned on a rash of fresh killings. While Pascoe rekindled an old flame on the staff, protesting students identified Dalziel as a 'fascist pig'. The Superintendent smiled with satisfaction...if that's how they wanted to play it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Advancement of Learning

  • By Maggie on 07-02-07

Good book marred by abysmal sound quality

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

Almost all reviewers have commented on the sub-standard sound quality, and I fully agree with them: the audio sounds as though it had been transferred to digital using worn-out cassettes as the source. This kind of thing is unacceptable and should embarrass the people whose responsibility it is to put books on to Audible.com. All of this is a great pity because it has repelled a large number of people who might otherwise have enjoyed this audiobook. The story and prose are actually very good, and the characters and their conversations are quite engaging and entertaining, and there is a good deal of Yorkshire humor about the book. Unlike several other reviewers, I was able to understand Brian Glover's very thick accent, having grown up close to the region in which the story is set. I recommend that you give this book a try: it's actually a hidden gem, albeit one that is flawed.

  • The Keeper of Lost Causes

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,490
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,002

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark's premier crime writer. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in northern Europe, and he's won just about every Nordic crime-writing award, including the prestigious Glass Key Award-also won by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbo. Now, Dutton is thrilled to introduce him to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic New Scandinavian Series!!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 09-12-12

Where's Graeme?

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I love the Department Q novels, and this was my third time through the first six. However, I'd forgotten how awful the narration is in "Keeper": it absolutely destroyed what otherwise would have been a good introduction to the series. This is a great pity because -- judging by many other reviews -- the narration may have turned off readers from going beyond this first book, thus missing the enjoyment of both the stories and the outstanding narration by Graeme Malcolm.

  • A Single Spy

  • By: William Christie
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Aleksi Ivanovich Smirnov, an orphan and a thief, has been living by his wits and surviving below the ever-watchful eye of the Soviet system until his luck finally runs out. In 1936, at the age of 16, Aleksi is caught by the NKVD and transported to Moscow. There, in the notorious headquarters of the secret police, he is given a choice: be trained and inserted as a spy into Nazi Germany under the identity of his best friend, the long lost nephew of a high-ranking Nazi official, or disappear forever in the basement of the Lubyanka. For Aleksi it's no choice at all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Young Adult Spy/Fantasy?

  • By William Harrison on 08-31-17

Low-quality "spy" novel

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

This is one of the least impressive novels of this kind I've ever read. There is barely any plot, the characters are wooden, the dialogue is contrived, the action is geographically barren, and the story relies so much on unbelievable coincidences that it is laughable. A waste of money and time.

  • The Case for Impeachment

  • By: Allan J. Lichtman
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185

In The Case for Impeachment, distinguished professor of history at American University Allan J. Lichtman illuminates exactly how the impeachment of President Trump might work by showing how his actions - past or future - make him uniquely vulnerable to impeachment proceedings. From his dealings with Russia to his conflicts of interest at home and abroad to the numerous civil suits involving him, Lichtman zeroes in on Mr. Trump's key areas of weakness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enough already! Donald Trump needs to go!

  • By Bill on 11-25-17

A compelling case

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

If you have any concerns about Donald Trump's presidency, you owe it to yourself to read this detailed, clear, and persuasive indictment.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful