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Dorothy

Philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Dinner: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Herman Koch, Sam Garrett (translator)
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (818)

    It's a summer's evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a 15-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families.

    Jane says: "Dining at its most distubing"
    "Riveting. Unwinds before you know it!"
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    Would you listen to The Dinner again? Why?

    No, never read twice, but loved it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Plot, satire


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

    Wonderful accents, intonation. Compassion for characters.


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

    Laughed out loud at the critique of the restaurant.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enlightening

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Indiscretion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charles Dubow
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Harry and Madeleine Winslow have been blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is a National Book Award-winning author on the cusp of greatness. Madeleine is a woman of sublime beauty and grace whose elemental goodness and serenity belie a privileged upbringing. Bonded by deep devotion, they share a love that is both envied and admired. The Winslows play host to a coterie of close friends and acolytes eager to bask in their golden radiance, whether they are in their bucolic East Hampton cottage, abroad in Rome thanks to Harry's writing grant, or in their comfortable Manhattan brownstone.

    Darwin8u says: "Henry James is probably not even bothering to roll"
    "Fascinating and disturbing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Be sure you have a big block of time because you can't shut it off. The narrator is fabulous - one of the very best! Very captivating book with lots to think about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wasn't crazy about any of them. The character development in this novel exposes everyone's flaws.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dinner in Paris


    If you could take any character from Indiscretion out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Clair, because I don't understand why she considers herself completely blameless.


    Any additional comments?

    Order it!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wise Men: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart Nadler
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Almost overnight, Arthur Wise has become one of the wealthiest and most powerful attorneys in America. His first big purchase is a simple beach house in a place called Bluepoint, a town on the far edge of the flexed arm of Cape Cod. It's in Bluepoint, during the summer of 1952, that Arthur's teenage son, Hilly, makes friends with Lem Dawson, a black man whose job it is to take care of the house but whose responsibilities quickly grow.

    Debra says: "Highly recommended"
    "this one's a must!"
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    Would you listen to Wise Men again? Why?

    I only listen once, but recommend this book to everyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Interesting, Moves fast. A different view of perennial issues.
    Complex characters are provocative.


    What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

    He is the best narrator ever!! Great voice and pace. Made the book an absolute pleasure.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If possible


    Any additional comments?

    All of your narrators should be like Bernard S. Clark!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • South of Broad

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (372)

    Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 13, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him

    Lisa S. says: "I gave up"
    "Best narrator ever. Great story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Captivating and enjoyable. Better to listen than read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leo. Insightful and funny. Really decent guy


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    He did them all so well, it's impossible to say. He was amazing!!!


    If you could rename South of Broad, what would you call it?

    A Peon to Charleston.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks - loved it! I had heard a lot of criticism of this book,but like Pat Conroy and wanted to try it. Your narrator transformed it..

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Martin Booth
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr. Butterfly - for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous: mornings are spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafés, and evenings talking with his friend, the town priest, over a glass of brandy. Yet there are other sides to this gentleman’s life.... Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, The American shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

    Ramon says: "Slow start but after a few pages your hooked.
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    "No plot, Hours of boring descriptions."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one but an obsessive compulsive person who wants to listen to hours of repetitive ad irrelevant detail.


    Has The American turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, it is uniquely awful


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

    Yes, just to see what he can do with a decent book, though I'm skeptical.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The American?

    All of it. I'm an avid reader and I like just about anything. I find it difficult to believe this book was published.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm surprised you guys recommended this one.Still love Audible and have enjoyed so many books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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