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Perfect for the Count's Fans.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

If you like Count Arthur Strong's radio show then you will most likely enjoy this audiobook. Certainly not a book to read yourself as it is really a performance piece only deliverable by the Count himself. Probably not to everybody's taste but I enjoyed it.

The beginning of Mark Twain

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

I understand that this is the father of the British novel. I am also lead to believe that "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is the Father of the American novel.
Now that I have listened to both (Pat Frawley reading Twain which I listened to first) it all makes sense. No question that this is great and the adventures of Huckleberry Finn is brilliant but I do see the literary connection.

A Pleasant Surprise for Me.

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

Reviewed: 26-10-13

Would you listen to Jude the Obscure again? Why?

Great story but more importantly, brilliantly performed.

What did you like best about this story?

How well the author brought all the points he wanted to make about society and the modern and traditional thought of the time, through a combination of a good plot and crafted and sometimes incredibly explanatory dialog.
And it is a good story.

Which character – as performed by Neville Jason – was your favourite?

Richard Phillotson. Beautifully voiced. I liked this character. For much of the book Phillotson represents convention in progress. Unlike the main characters, when a difficult decision has to be made he does not prevaricate. He acts wisely. His decision is not based on tradition or on modern philosophies but on what he feels to be the human truth of the matter. The decision is greatly to his personal disadvantage but he accepts this because it was the right thing to do.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. Reminded me of growing up. (up to a point. I still have all my kids)

Any additional comments?

I only tried this book by chance and I'm really glad I did.

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West is Best

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

Reviewed: 28-09-13

What did you like most about Brighton Rock?

Strong storyline skilfully written to carry you along nicely.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ida Arnold the kind hearted non-Catholic (unlike Pinkie and Rose) with confirmed moral views that lead her on to become the detective of the story.

Which character – as performed by Samuel West – was your favourite?

Spicer. For some reason I liked that simpleminded character. At the same time I think Samuel West's performance of all characters in the novel is excellent.

Any additional comments?

A good story well told.

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Enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 28-09-13

What made the experience of listening to A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court the most enjoyable?

The performance is charming without ever being overdone. The Connecticut accent is perfect and the more difficult English characters are well done through Hank Morgan's interpretation.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought that this book was an ingenious way for Mark Twain to get across his clear belief that even a fledgling imperfect, commercial, democratic way of life is far better than an aristocracy Lording it over an uneducated people who are made afraid and weak by their masters and priests with laws handed down from God hampering the people at every turn. Although the masses through generations of the same treatment, accept it without question.
Hank tries to help them while he is doing the best for himself too.
It is clever, well told, moves along nicely, even educational but mostly it is entertaining.

What about Richard Henzel’s performance did you like?

Worked for me.

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

Too long

Any additional comments?

Worth a credit.

1 person found this helpful

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Essentially a true story.

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

Reviewed: 28-09-13

What did you like most about Ravelstein?

The fact that it was about two real people. One being the author.
This book lead me on to get Prof Allan Bloom's book 'The closing of the American mind' here on Audible. And that book lead me on to many more audiobooks, firstly, 'Democracy in America' (1840) by Alexis de Toquville, then Will Durant's fantastic 'The Story of Philosophy' after that, book after book almost automatically suggested itself since they were cited in the three books above.

What about Peter Ganim’s performance did you like?

His performance of the main characters sound very like Saul Bellow and Allan Bloom. His reading in general is very good.

Any additional comments?

Ravelstein is Saul Bellow's final novel. Published in 2000, when Bellow was eighty-five years old, it received widespread critical acclaim. It tells the tale of a friendship between two university professors and the complications that animate their erotic and intellectual attachments in the face of impending death. The novel is a roman à clef, written in memoir-form. The narrator is in Paris with Abe Ravelstein, a renowned professor, and Nikki, his lover. Ravelstein asks him to write a memoir about him after he dies, because he has AIDS. After his death, the narrator and his wife go on holiday to the Caribbean. The narrator catches a tropical disease and flies back to the United States in convalescence. Eventually, on recuperation, he decides to write the memoir.The title character, Ravelstein, is based on the philosopher Allan Bloom, who taught alongside Bellow at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought. Remembering Bloom in an interview, Bellow said, "Allan inhaled books and ideas the way the rest of us breathe air... People only want the factual truth. Well, the truth is that Allan was a very superior person, great-souled. When critics proclaim the death of the novel, I sometimes think they are really saying that there are no significant people to write about." But "Allan was certainly one."(ALL OF THE ABOVE IS FROM WIKIPEDIA)

A Real Treat.

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

Reviewed: 18-05-13

If you are familiar with Alexei Sayles work as a ground-breaking comedian, being both original and exceptionally honed in his craft, and thought to yourself, how did he get like that? Well, this book explains it all (ish).
The book is touching and endearingly well written and with Alexei reading it, it is probably the best way of experiencing the story. Did I mention that it is also extremely funny too. Alexei Sayle comes across as a really nice man from a wonderfully loving and interesting family.
Enjoy, I certainly did.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn cover art

Brilliant but not PC

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

Reviewed: 15-06-12

Pat Frawley's performance of this book is outstanding. The story is simple, interesting and beautifully written. As a long time member of Audible I now have a collection of over 100 books, but this is the only book that I have listened to again immediately after the first listening. For the sensitive listener this book, published in 1884, is not particularly politically correct as the so called 'N' word is used 219 times. So don't be shocked.
Touching and captivating.
5 Stars.

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