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  • Orson Welles: The Ultimate Collection

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 60 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

If you are a lover of old-time radio and a fan of Orson Welles, you won't want to miss this treasure chest of legendary Orson Welles radio broadcasts! With his flair for the sensational and innovative, Welles captured audiences' attention with his 1930s CBS weekly drama series The Mercury Theatre on the Air, later renamed The Campbell Playhouse, which featured hour-long dramatizations of classic books. His 1938 production, The War of the Worlds (an H. G. Wells adaptation) was especially memorable, as were many other productions, each featuring talented voices and actors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Here is my review for what is worth.

  • By Scott on 07-03-14

There are some issues.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

First of all, I paid four dollars for this. It’s definitely worth that. It’s fascinating to hear these old radio broadcasts, and they can be very entertaining.

That said…

This really could have used better curation. There are some repeated episodes, and everything is out of order. Nothing is chronologically placed. That’s very frustrating, because you can’t het a good sense of how the broadcasts evolved over time. Also, I feel like occasional interjection with historical notes or information about what was going on at the time would have been beneficial.

Finally, and this is no surprise, the sound quality can be atrocious at times. Of course we are talking about recordings from 80 years ago, so you have to expect that. At least one episode is only partially present.

Still, this is a bargain. And Campbell’s soup really got their money’s worth, as their ads are intact. They made me hungry, and o ended up grabbing some some tomato soup on my next trip to the store.

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    Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
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    Overall 4.0
  • Olive Kitteridge

  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,608
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,953

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn't always recognize the changes in those around her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interweaving Short Stories Make a Good Novel

  • By Sara on 07-21-14

Incredibly moving

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I haven’t written a review for an audiobook in a long time, but I felt compelled to leave a note about this. Elizabeth Strout’s book is a deeply moving, painfully observed slice of life. The production and performance of the audiobook are top notch. (Never before, for example have I heard telephone calls rendered accurately muffled, for instance.) If you value character over plot, this is the book for you.

  • Serial Killers

  • The Method and Madness of Monsters
  • By: Peter Vronsky
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

In this unique book, Peter Vronsky documents the psychological, investigative, and cultural aspects of serial murder, beginning with its first recorded instance in ancient Rome, through 15th-century France, up to such notorious contemporary cases as cannibal/necrophile Ed Kemper, Henry Lee Lucas, Ted Bundy, and the emergence of what he classifies as "the serial rampage killer" such as Andrew Cunanan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By brooke browning on 01-26-17

Interesting, if gory

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

There were points while reading this book when I wondered if I should stop. It was well written, and it was very interesting, but it was extremely dark and gory, even to someone like me who enjoys dark, gory things.

Also, that last chapter on surviving a serial killer? It’s pretty terrible. Especially the last page or two. Skip this part, and you will enjoy the book more.

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  • Young Goodman Brown

  • By: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

How long would you walk, if the Devil sauntered up to you of an evening, and journeyed alongside of you? Young Goodman Brown is led by the Devil to a midnight ritual, where fire, blood, and water change his opinions of the nature of humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Russell Bernard on 04-13-18

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

I bought this because of the exceedingly cheap price, but this turned out to be one of the best audio books I have listened to in a long time. Perfectly narrated, and a great story.

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  • David Mamet Shorts: Bobby Gould in Hell, Reunion, The Shawl

  • By: David Mamet
  • Narrated by: Gus Buktenica, Dale Calandia, Marilou Henner, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Three one-act plays from David Mamet, one of the master stage writers of our time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • At least give the title of the plays

  • By Robert on 09-24-12

3 plays, with varying results

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

Of the three plays, THE SHAWL is a standout. Intriguing, well-acted. REUNION is also finely performed, although more of a character piece. BOBBY GOULD IN HELL has some fun moments, but it feels a bit trite and tossed-off.

Not a bad bargain, though.

  • Hurricane Street

  • By: Ron Kovic
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In the spring of 1974, as the last American troops were being pulled out of Vietnam, Ron Kovic and a small group of other severely injured veterans in a California VA hospital launched the American Veterans Movement. In a phenomenal feat of political organizing, Kovic corralled his fellow AVM members into staging a sit-in, and then a hunger strike, in the Los Angeles office of Senator Alan Cranston, demanding better treatment of injured and disabled veterans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story I'll Never Forget

  • By Susie on 07-14-16

A fine follow-up

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

This is a fine follow-up to Born on the Fourth of July. Ron Kovic writes simply and with great emotion, providing a snapshot of a brief moment when Vietnam veterans were able to change their situation through direct action. If the book is not as widely accessible as his first, that is no great fault--BOTFOJ is a classic.

The narration here is top-notch, among the best I've heard.

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  • The Book of Night Women

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611

The story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the 18th century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they - and she - will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • twenty stars

  • By Denise on 09-21-10

Wow! What a performance!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

First of all, let me say that this is a tremendous book. Marlon James writes with a beautiful style and a clear voice. You should read this book for his prose and his storytelling capabilities.

That said, Robin Miles gives a fabulous performance. She is perhaps the best reader I have heard. Her work here is a perfect complement to the wonderful novel. This was a superb experience!

  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,659

Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant!

  • By Philip on 01-30-16

Audiobook is a must for this novel!

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

I cannot imagine reading this book. The Jamaican patois would likely prove overwhelming. Having such talented voice actors performing the book, though, made it go down easily. Take your time. Immerse yourself. Be patient. The effort is worth it.

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  • A Rage in Harlem

  • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
  • By: Chester Himes
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 705

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hardboiled Goodness

  • By Ilana on 04-03-12

Funny, compelling noir

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

It's not just that this book is well written – it is – but that it's also tremendously funny. Chester Himes has a knack for literary slapstick, and he put it to good use here. The brutal, bloody violence is offset with hilarity. Samuel L Jackson's reading only adds to the pleasure.

  • Huey Long

  • By: T. Harry Williams
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

He was one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history, a great natural politician who looked, and often seemed to behave, like a caricature of the red-neck Southern politico - and yet he had become, at the time of his assassination, a serious rival to Franklin D. Roosevelt for the presidency. In this "masterpiece of American biography" ( New York Times), Huey Long stands wholly revealed, analyzed, and understood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, Compelling and Relevent

  • By Paul on 11-28-11

Not for the casual listener

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

Reviewed: 11-12-15

This book was extremely well performed, so much so that I can overlook how tedious the narrative becomes at various points. It's not a bad book, and if you were someone looking for an exhaustive treatment of Huey Long, you will be satisfied with this. However, if you are, like me, but merely curious about the senator, this book is a bit overwhelming.

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