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Jeff Cotton

London United Kingdom
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  • The Elephant Vanishes: Stories

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

A collection of off-the-wall short stories by Japan's leading contemporary novelist. An elephant vanishes; hunger drives a couple to rob McDonalds; an insomniac wife wakes in a different world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • When I think about short stories?.

  • By Welsh Mafia on 13-04-09

OK for Americans maybe

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

Reviewed: 24-02-19

As a Brit listening to these stories the fact that they are read by 'characterful' Americans (the first one very reminiscent of John Waters) adds a very unecessary layer of false meaning. Or, less highfalutingly - they sound wrong, and in no way like the voices in my head when reading Murakami books. If you're American maybe they just sound ordinary, but not to me.

  • The Lives of the Artists

  • By: Giorgio Vasari
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

An Italian Mannerist architect and painter, Giorgio Vasari was acquainted with many of the most famous artists of his day. He is best-known today for his biographies of artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian and Giotto. This recording is read with clarity and authority by Neville Jason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tech issues

  • By Anonymous User on 21-05-18

Excellent content, poor presentation

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

Leaving aside the arguements about trusting Vasari's grasp of the truth, he's unarguably an entertaining writer, which listening to these highlights brings out. The artists have been pruned drastically, as have the biographies of the famous names that have been kept - the survey of works by each artist is mostly omitted. The narration is excellent and mostly unconfusing. (But the narrator does refer to, for example, what sounds like the art of merchants, which is in fact the Arte or Guild of Merchants.)

As usual each chapter is just labelled as such, with no indication as to which artist it deals with. This makes navigating it a trial and a torment, but this is such a common, and often complained about, shortcoming of Audible that it's becoming truly tedious saying so and reading about it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Stories of Anton Chekhov, Vol. 1

  • 1882–1885
  • By: Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

A Russian author, playwright, and physician, Anton Chekhov is widely considered one of the best short-story writers of all time. Having influenced such writers as Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, and James Joyce, Chekhov’s stories are often noted for their stream-of-consciousness style and their vast number.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No list of stories

  • By Jeff Cotton on 16-08-18

No list of stories

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Just calling each track a chapter is useless - they're stories, with seperate titles! Not being able to tell which chapter is which story and even which stories are in the book, is so annoying. And surely not rocket science to remedy. And it's the same on all Audible short story collections, it seems. In this case you can't even tediously search for the book info as there isn't one of this collection.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Blandings Castle

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

At Blandings Castle trouble, as is often the case, rears its bothersome head to disturb the cosy peace. This is a collection of 12 stories for Wodehouse fans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wodehouse at his best.

  • By Andrew on 09-08-10

This book contains seperate stories

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Just calling each track a chapter is useless! They're stories, with seperate titles. Not being able to tell which chapter is which story and even which stories are in the book, is so annoying. And surely not rocket science to remedy. And it's the same on all Audible short story collections, it seems.