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  • After Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    Here is a short, sleek novel of encounters, set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami's masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore. At its center are two sisters: Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny's toward people whose lives are radically different from her own.

    Jessie-messie-bo-bessie says: "Very enjoyable, but loose ends"
    "Intriguing book, Poor Narration"
    Overall

    I found After Dark to be fascinating with a huge amount of detailed subtextual issues. The descriptions were detailed and there's also a mystery too of sorts (though we're let in on some of the details. Very psychological. And Murakami leaves the reader to work out for themselves some of the more pivotal things like Mari's not being able to sleep and Eri Asai only sleeping. And whether or not you think the mystery is resolved.

    However the narrator sounds like a computer in Star Trek. While I was able to get past it to hear the book, and while her Japanese is excellent and I learned a lot about pronunciation of the names ("r" is like a soft "d"), her affect in English is very flat. Listen to the sample first to see if you can get past it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Time of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Barbara Hambly
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    As a student of medieval history, Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories. She knows well the Crusades, the Black Death, and the other horrors of the Middle Ages, but it is another kind of atrocity that has begun to haunt her dreams. She sees forces of evil assaulting a beleaguered kingdom, whose kind people are on the brink of annihilation, and awakes each morning in a cold sweat. Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartment. He has crossed into her dimension, passing through the fraying fabric of the universe, to ask her help.

    Jennifer says: "Terrible Narration"
    "Great story, terrible reading"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Barbara Hambly and/or Teri Clark Linden?

    This is one of my most favorite books, so I was very disappointed in Teri Clark Linden's reading where she put pauses in all the wrong places. (Listen to the sample and you'll see.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gil and Rudy


    Would you be willing to try another one of Teri Clark Linden’s performances?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a hair-raising gripping story, and a good reader can convey that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1341)
    Story
    (1346)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "Informative but not inspiring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a book club book. I don't think I would have finished it if it were a printed book. I personally am not a Heminway fan and the foreshadowing is a little heavy in this book. (


    Would you recommend The Paris Wife to your friends? Why or why not?

    if they want a glimpse of what Hemingway's life was like in the early years then yes, but otherwise no, especially if you don't like bull fighting which I detest.


    What three words best describe Carrington MacDuffie’s performance?

    Ok but not riveting. Needs to learn Spanish pronunciation.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would rent the DVD so I could skip the bull fighting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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