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Derek Holman

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  • The Sisters Brothers

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the Coen Brothers...

  • By Sara on 15-12-11

That title is genius.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-13

Eli: sensitive, reflective, bungling. Charlie: dominant, calculating, ruthless. The two sisters brothers bicker their way to their latest assignment to kill a prospector in California Eli ponders the wisdom of keeping his horse, blind in one eye and Charlie constantly undermines his brother. Events however have a part to play in shaping the dynamics of their relationship. A western like you've never seen before. and yes very Coen brothers. The narrator captures the atmosphere beautifully: exceptional!!!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Roseanna

  • Martin Beck Series, Book 1
  • By: Maj Sjöwall, Per Wahlöö
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

On a July afternoon, the body of a young woman is dredged from Sweden's beautiful Lake Vättern. Three months later, all that Police Inspector Martin Beck knows is that her name is Roseanna, that she came from Lincoln, Nebraska, and that she could have been strangled by any one of 85 people.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Always listen to the sample!

  • By Dee on 19-11-11

So wanted this to good wish I'd played the sample

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-13

A great book can be ruined by the wrong narrator and this is a perfect example. With ten books in the series all read by the same reader, the publishers have made quite an investment a narrator who seems unable to create any atmosphere or nuance rendering the end product dull and unlistenable. For this reason I'm afraid I can't comment on the content.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade

  • A Duty Dance with Death
  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Ethan Hawke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite remarkable

  • By SDY on 09-11-12

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Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-10

This is a work of great profundity. Based on actual events and his own experiences of WW11,KV takes us on a journey to the centre of our own humanity.
Time travel or insanity?
A perfect marriage of literary excellence and faultless narration make this a must listen.

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2007.
America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for the road - or anywhere else

  • By SKA on 20-09-09

No Good News Only Bad

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-09

Ask yourself this: Have you ever witnessed abhorrent behaviour in others and thought, what if the world as we know it came to an end and we were left to fend for ourselves, what depths would that person fall to to ensure their survival?
Cormac McCarthy in The Road examines the possibilities and probabilities of this situation.
This is not science fiction this is about Humanity. A cataclysmic event has left few survivors in a desolate dead landscape with no means of producing food so what’s left to eat is pretty much in tins……….
Take from this what you want but in my opinion McCarthy has constructed a masterpiece which examines the human soul and finds good and evil not in equal measure. This is a bleak book with no good news, not for everyone, but one which given the attention it deserves will reward the listener.
Tom Steckshulte delivers McCarthy’s clipped poetic prose with icy beauty. Not to be missed.