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Hanna

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4148)
    Performance
    (3623)
    Story
    (3588)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Skip it"
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    I was disappointed by this book. I really enjoyed The Windup Bird Chronicle and was hoping for more of the same, but 1Q84 tried too hard to evoke Orwell's 1984. Also, Allison Hiroto's narration is terrible: she sounds like she's reading an info-mertial and she gives all the male characters the same staccato, monotone. The male narrators are okay.
    I usually like really long books, but this one was way to long and included a lot of unnecessary repetition (of things that were said about two sentences before) and detail that doesn't add to the story.
    There are too many mysteries presented that allude to some greater meaning-to-be-explained that are never resolved and don't actually mean anything.

    48 of 55 people found this review helpful
  • Tuscan Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Belinda Alexandra
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (246)

    A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.

    Anne says: "Very depressing story and too drawn out"
    "Trashy romance disguised as historical fiction"
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    This is an entertaining book, but the plot is incredibly predictable. The lack of narrative subtlety extends to the writing style too: rather than just describing a situation or emotions, the author feels the need to summarize and label everything (just in case the readers aren't smart enough to get the point, I guess). She should have made better use of the thesaurus too--she tries to convey how intuitive and sensitive the main character is by saying that she "sensed" practically everything. Other overused words are phrases: "the origins of things," "her ability to sense _____," "Rosa could sense that____," etc.
    I did finish the book but kept feeling vaguely embarrassed to be listening to such poorly written and unoriginal fiction.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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