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Marlène

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  • 14 reviews
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  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3182)
    Performance
    (2150)
    Story
    (2152)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "I love the atmosphere and the clever reflections"
    Overall

    When the helplessness of certain characters, the weirdness of Owen, the sad death of a young woman become qualities on which this intricate and incredibly clever story is based, you can only raise your hat. The suspense with which you wait for the end may well keep you up - like me - for hours...

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1945)
    Performance
    (1768)
    Story
    (1773)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Brilliant.... and so sad"
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    Where does Me Before You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my five best ever


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tackling of a grave subject : euthanasia


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

    Never read her before but am about to read "the last letter from your lover"


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

    Cry... buckets Absolutely brilliant that despite the obvious love between the two main characters, she has not fallen into the sticky sweet trap of a happy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Well researched and well directed, her ideas never fall into easy opinions or too much religion rectitude, the subjects are grave and still the whole story has a certain joy. Joy of living of the girl protagonist. An absolute discovery for me. A book one grieves when it's finished!
    Living in a country in which euthanasia is tolerated, i never thought much about the opinion of people in other countries. Interestiing. Nor does it mean it is absolutely the right thing to approve. But in some circumstances it is a right to defend, even if it still constitutes a luxury (costwise). Mind you if your illness has an effect whatsoever on your mental capabilities, your right to terminate your life is immediatly withdrawn.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16021)
    Performance
    (14179)
    Story
    (14126)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Brilliant in every way"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    I love King's reflections of today vs ago and his vivid imagination


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

    None of these but serious material for thinking.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyable and for this once no gore

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Keys to the Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ruth Rendell
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Mary Jago had donated her own bone marrow to save the life of someone she didn’t know. And this generous act led directly to the bitter break-up of her affair with Alistair. For him, it was as though her beauty had been plundered. But the man whose life she had saved would change Mary’s life in a way she could never have imagined.

    Marlène says: "Good and clever, as they say a page turner"
    "Good and clever, as they say a page turner"
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    Would you try another book from Ruth Rendell and/or Simon Russell Beale?

    Ruth Rendell yes I remember I read some younger but there are so many good writers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keys to the Street?

    The way the author handles the abused person and the bully.


    What three words best describe Simon Russell Beale’s voice?

    pleasant in character


    Do you think The Keys to the Street needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    not necessarily, I think the main character has had enough adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    Compared to lots of others the sound was bad. As if copied from tape. Somehow muffled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13826)
    Performance
    (12201)
    Story
    (12229)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Surprise from beginning to end"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes everytime. I am the kind of reader that often finds the clue before - and how boring - the end is told. Here no way. It is based on true human feelings too and of infinitely clever minds. I still lick my fingers.... Hope to forget it and be able to relisten to it.


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    Difficult to say but I liked the journal of her, story of him that converge at the end.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No a first


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

    I could hardly get my headphones off... smirking or grinning perhaps at the cleverness of the author


    Any additional comments?

    More like that please...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2735)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1474)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Very interesting subject"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Fountainhead?

    Why not about architecture. But it is all about the unconventional and how being different is ever a problem. A moderne tale about self image, value and belief. Also the way looking at life in reverse i.e. being selfish in order to be generous or generous in order to acquire merit and fame is interesting.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Subject and the way it is handled. It gets a bit long at times


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None proeminent but the way all characters have their part in the book to tell their tale.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes when you realize humanity and generosity can hide the worst schemes. the plot is absolutely amazing at times


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for the good time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Disclosure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (311)

    Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region’s most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his.

    Linda says: "Snore"
    "Nice thriller but..."
    Overall
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    What would have made Full Disclosure better?

    it's not preaching but going on about how important is thinking about God... etc.. Religious beliefs are in my point of view really private and not to be bragged about. Real religious love is leaving anyone the space to believe --- or not. In this case "Lovely" does not add anything to the story. Also the apalling diet they have during the whole story. No fruit, no vegetable nor salad is ever mentioned but countless fries, hamburgers, icecreams, popcorns etc... I think she should look for info at a nutritionist's. And sorry about speaking my mind but two people fall in love and get together in this story and there is never ever a mention about sex nor desire. Is this real??? Is Dee Henderson a nun ?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dee Henderson again?

    I would check carefully


    Would you listen to another book narrated by David de Vries?

    Absolutely, he did a great job with the book


    What character would you cut from Full Disclosure?

    None but cut out the religious insights and get into the nutrition problem in a world where too many are obese as it is (in Europe too..)


    Any additional comments?

    Nice intrigue but writing heavy at times

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tropic of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Henry Miller
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for 27 years after its first publication in Paris in 1943. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction.

    Darwin8u says: "A madman who dances with lightening in his hands"
    "Some literature seems out of my reach"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Tropic of Cancer?

    It seems more an essay than a story. Relationships between souls but more frequently bodies with crude descriptions. There does not seem to be a backbone throughout the story maybe perhaps sex and poverty. For me no "veni vidi vici" but heard I have....now Makes me wonder if all famous writers are worth catching up with ;-)

    About the reading, what can I say? I love the deep voice but the French names and words (the action takes place in Paris) are a clear struggle for Mr. Scott and it spoils some of the pleasure.


    Has Tropic of Cancer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes Miller's books for a while. Maybe I'll venture it again but not soon


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I don't expect the narrators to master the foreign words often found in English books but I expefct them like an actor to learn to speak them out so event the native understands.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tropic of Cancer?

    None a book needs to be unabridged - everytime.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the reader would make some research before tackling this book and if foreign languages are read, at least narrators should master the pronunciation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (1670)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (839)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Wanna slip into the life of a slave?"
    Overall
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    Where does Roots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have and for many hours. In fact I could hardly put my headphones down! Not one slave's life but a lineage of them. Great story and great characters. How helpless they were and the women slave condition (inimaginable today... at least in my country) submitted to their owner's whim. Dreadful way of life but would I as a "white" do better now givent the time customs? I hope so!
    Again great story from an African snatched from his village to the free grand-grand-grand-parent that still carries some old tales finally researched after more than a hundred years. And after 12 years of research became a book!
    Hard and emotionally tough at times but so true to the story. Worth every minute and every cent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    its reality


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

    the accents and interpretation


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

    both but more cry


    Any additional comments?

    get it either in paper or audio!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Emerald

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2222)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (703)

    A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

    M. D. Baines says: "Listen Well"
    "A brilliant exercise..."
    Overall

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could only be pleased by this work. Or feel a bit threatened even, because Neil Gaiman certainly has it in him to unravel clever clues.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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