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P. Levitt

Jasper, GA USA | Member Since 2003

  • 5 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 44 purchased in 2014

  • The Sot-Weed Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Barth
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau

    Considered by critics to be Barth's most distinguished novel, The Sot-Weed Factor has acquired the status of a modern classic. Set in the late 1600s, it recounts the chaotic odyssey of the hapless, ungainly Ebeneezer Cooke. Cooke is sent to the New World to oversee his father's tobacco business and to record the struggles of the Maryland colony in an epic poem. On his mission, he is captured by pirates and Indians; loses his father's estate to roguish impostors; falls in love with a former prostitute; and meets a gallery of treacherous characters who continually switch identities.

    Janice says: "An adventure full of bawdy humour, wit and wonder"
    "If you're a lit major, you'll love it"

    I didn't really read the description of this book before I downloaded it. I missed the word parody. Or farce. Or spoof. I saw it was historical fiction and it was a long book. And it was all of those - parody, history and long. If it had not been for the narrator, Pariseau, I would have given up and added it to the short pile of 2 other books in my lifetime that I simply could not complete reading. But Pariseau made it worth the time - what a phenomenal range that man has!! The story itself is convoluted and has so many short stories within its bounds that I wonder if the book's whole purpose wasn't to supply a connect the dots effect to all those stories. Colorful characters, all. The main character, an English poet, is a fool in the realm of life, but he does get under your skin. I found myself rhyming a lot during the time I was listening to this book! But would I recommend the book -
    nay, I say.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Where's the 6th star?"

    I recommend this entire series to all my friends....and strangers if they stand still long enough. Throughout the series and within each book, the characters develop; there is nothing static about it. The detail is extraordinary, which is why the book has the size it does, but I wouldn't give up a single paragraph. There are certain observations by the characters, and little side stories that don't seem to mean anything at the time, but watch out for Paolini, he weaves these back in......and when you listen to the interview at the end you realize that those "threads" might pick up in another book. The 6th star goes to Gerard Doyle who in my opinion is the only master who could come up with different voices for DIFFERENT dragons. In the entire book, there wasn't a single time when I couldn't figure out who was talking before the author attributed the dialog with a ', "said Angela...,said Roran...,said Arya....,said Orrin" ' Truly an astounding range. You do need to start with the first book to get full measure from the story though. And do listen to the interview, it leaves the window open.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "I WANT to believe in magic!"
    Where does The Night Circus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10%

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Celia Bowen; courage, intelligence, compassion and her enviable ability to change fabric.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any of the scenes that described the special circus tents: the Ice Garden, the Labyrinth etc.

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

    Yes! But I managed to fill 2 treadmill workouts and 3 days of commuting along with kitchen food prep work with the wonderful voice of Jim Dale

    Any additional comments?

    When you make up a world, all the rules of the world we know don't necessarily apply.
    So you can't listen to this as an engineer and question, 'how is that possible'. I think
    the author did a fine job in all the details (which I adored), the dialog, and bringing the plot
    to a satisfying conclusion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skeletons at the Feast

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Bohjalian
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In January 1945, in the waning months of World War II, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.

    Among the group is 18-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a 21-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family's farm as forced labour.

    glamazon says: "War from the inside out"
    "Cried, shuddered, whimpered"

    Yes, this book got to me in a most powerful way, and in my opinion, the narration helped a lot. I never thought the regional accents distracted; in fact often it kept me grounded on who was talking without waiting for the "Uri said". The story is one harrowing experience after another, from 3 different trails of German refugees until the stories finally link. It's suspense without spies, and of course you know the ending of the WWII story, but you don't know with the people in this story who will still be standing. It's one of the books I've listened to and now must purchase to have on my shelf.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    krista says: "Atypical"
    "Five Star Listening"

    A love story from an unexpected author. The story is told in flashbacks covering the years Lisey and
    her now-deceased author husband were together and
    his horror-filled youth. In the current time line
    she is being stalked by a real wacko, set out to do her bodily harm. Strong support roles go to her sisters. Mare Winnginham's narration is one of the BEST performances to which I've listened and her voices added immensely to my enjoyment of the book. She's right up there with Barbara Rosenblat and Divina Porter. I don't read everything Stephen King writes, but this was a Ha-uuge winner.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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