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  • Dear Life: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alice Munro
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr, Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (120)

    A brilliant new collection of stories from one of the most acclaimed and beloved writers of our time. Alice Munro’s peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but always spacious and timeless stories is once again everywhere apparent in this brilliant new collection. In story after story, she illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking.

    Gabrielle says: "Not Munro's best"
    "shimmering gems - jammed into too small a space"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yup


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Life?

    I would only say that I somewhat preferred the earlier stories to the final autobiographical notes.


    Have you listened to any of Kimberly Farr and Arthur Morey ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I found her a bit limited. ALL of her men sounded the same. Not just voice but inflections. I actually found this a bit distracting. On a few occasions, I thought that her emphasis was misplaced. But generally acceptable.


    Could you see Dear Life being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    oh for goodness' sake! who thinks up these questions?


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. Why in the world not leave at least 5 seconds between stories. I generally listen while driving - and frequently in the dark. So it's not that easy or safe to dive for the 'pause' button. A good short story - and these are - sometimes ends beautifully and abruptly, leaving the listener lost in thought. But no time for that here! We've got to push on to the next story pronto!!! Not even two heartbeats to absorb the ending.PLEASE reconsider this policy.

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  • Uneasy Money

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Lady Wetherby had a big, soft heart, and she hated hurting her fellows. As a rule, when she had bad news to impart to any one, she administered the blow so gradually and with such mystery as to the actual facts that the victim, having passed through the various stages of imagined horrors, was genuinely relieved, when she actually came to the point, to find that all that had happened was that he had lost all his money.

    David says: "Wodehouse brings out the best!"
    "Good Wodehouse. Not his best, but good."
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    What made the experience of listening to Uneasy Money the most enjoyable?

    Wodehouse absurd plot.


    Would you be willing to try another book from P.G. Wodehouse? Why or why not?

    Of course. I'm a fan of Wodehouse and pulled this one down for a trip I took.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I actually found this one because I was looking for Simon Vance. I thought he did a great job with a Dickens and, since I'm a Wodehouse fan, this was an easy choice. I'm guessing Vance is British because the Americans in this reading were a bit rough.


    If you could rename Uneasy Money, what would you call it?

    I think Audible needs to find some better questions to ask. Seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not the best Wodehouse. But it is good Wodehouse. I'm not sure he had much feel for Americans. He did a better job with dialog involving the British aristocracy of the day. But it is still absurd Wodehouse with some thoroughly enjoyable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7252)
    Performance
    (6643)
    Story
    (6650)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Verbal diarrhea in need of a strong editor"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I heard most of this on a couple of longish car trips, alternating with Wilkie Collins and Richard Russo. Probably should have substituted in something with more punch in fewer words. So...if a friend wanted LOTS of hours of listening for their audible credit, I'd mention this. And it generally beats scanning the radio dial for another station. But, no, I would not overall recommend this. I kept going, knowing it was well reviewed, because I thought it would get better. And THEN I kept going because I'd invested so many hours that I figured it HAD to get better. But it go worse.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donna Tartt again?

    Probably not. If I have time for this, I have time for Dickens. He has stood the test of time. I cannot imagine that this will.


    What aspect of David Pittu’s performance would you have changed?

    Generally thought he was good, but he DID wring the pathos out of every line. Of course, one has to consider the material he was working with.


    Do you think The Goldfinch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    o-please-god-no


    Any additional comments?

    At half the length, this might have been fairly good. But oh-my-gosh this woman must love to see her words in print. There was nothing one could say in one paragraph that she did not expand to two chapters. No emotion that was not dragged around by an endless march of words. No scenario that was not reproduced ad nauseum.
    Her protagonist was difficult to admire, to like, to pity, to take any interest in at all. Living inside his head for all these hours has been a painful and boring experience. The female interests were uniformly shallowly depicted. The "second lead", Boris, while overall the most likeable and interesting, was a bit hard to fathom.
    I agree with a previous reviewer. There is a limit to the number of drunk/stoned/drugged out days the reader should be forced to endure...and one does wonder how such a protagonist manages to move in the circles in which he moves.

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  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (700)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "Simon Vance!!!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure - It's Dickens


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Vance is absolutely fantastic. Dickens generally juggles a whole raft of characters and Vance did a wonderful job of bringing each to life.
    I shall definitely be on the look out for other works read by this man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2210)
    Performance
    (1962)
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    (1947)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Hosseini does it again"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, I would recommend this book. It is entertaining as a story (well, several stories), but really is so much more. I will probably buy the hardcopy and re-read it. There is much to think about here. Love. Loyalty. Family ties. Decisions. Interconnectedness. I could go on, but you get the picture.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of And the Mountains Echoed?

    Several. I'd have to go back and listen again to find them all. But the story told by the father to the two children at the very beginning is magical. And sets the stage for so much of what is to come.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I don't find the question applicable, nor the answer important.


    If you could rename And the Mountains Echoed, what would you call it?

    What a silly question.


    Any additional comments?

    Only that I was disappointed to have it end, but not disappointed in how it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "Funny guy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Straight Man to be better than the print version?

    No. Each has its merits. I had actually read Straight Man in print when it was first published. And I enjoyed it again in audio. I suspect that I catch more bits when it is read to me, as I tend to skim a bit when reading myself. Russo is good with language and can set up some funny situations, so being forced to hear all of the words does not hurt.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm in academia. Much of this hit a nerve - or a funny bone.


    What about Sam Freed’s performance did you like?

    To me, if the narrator is good, I don't notice I'm being read to. I just hear the story. So I'd say he did a good job.


    Who was the most memorable character of Straight Man and why?

    hmm? other than Devereaux? How 'bout the duck?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm generally a Russo fan. This is probably my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George K. Simon
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (191)

    Dr. George K. Simon knows how people push your buttons: your children---especially teens---are experts at it, as is your mate. A coworker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.

    Nathan says: "A Must Read Primer on Manipulation"
    "Tedious"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I suppose those who spend alot of time in the 'self-help' aisle may enjoy this. I found it painfully boring and kept wishing he would move on and get to the point. (I've been skipping ahead and, thus far, no point in sight)


    What was most disappointing about George K. Simon’s story?

    I'm finding him to be unnecessarily wordy and a bit pompous.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin Foley?

    No thoughts here - other than the suggestion that you find someone who can properly pronounce "sadist".
    Perhaps someone who could slip a bit of humor into his/her tone? The text is heavy going and the narrator just makes this worse.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first time I've been really disappointed in a book from Audible. I had expected something a bit more scholarly. I gather from some other reviews that this would fall into the "self-help" category, apparently designed to make the reader feel better about him/herself. I imagine that such a spin is likely to be popular and will sell well, which actually makes the author seem a bit manipulative himself. Had I worked out in advance that this was primarily going to be "it's not you, it's him (her) and they are just not wired like most people", I would not have bought it. My bad.

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