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Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 5 reviews
  • 101 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014

  • Cranford

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gaskell
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A portrait of the residents of an English country town in the mid-19th century, Cranford relates the adventures of Miss Matty and Miss Deborah, two middle-aged spinster sisters striving to live with dignity in reduced circumstances.

    Carl Smith says: "throughly enjoyed this"
    "fantastic narration, dull content"

    Prunella Scales does an amazing job narrating, but I found myself waiting for some sort of climax and was shocked and dismayed when the book ended without any.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Would be more effective if it were shorter"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    With reservations. I think Rothfuss is an excellent writer and I liked the world he has created. I like a good long listen but I feel that the book would be improved if it were whittled down a bit.

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

    There were a few characters that pulled me out of the story.

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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall

    New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

    Chuck says: "Stunning"
    "very meh"

    The first half of this "novel" was enjoyable, right up until the Gilded Age. After that it was an unbearable slog. In fact, I'm pretty proud of myself for finishing it. This not your typical novel. Characters are introduced and stuff happens but characters also disappear to never return and there's really no central conflict. A family of slaves are part of the first third or so but are never reintroduced. Ethnicities are stereotyped and seem to be introduced and taken away at the whim of the author. If you're looking for something that might illustrate NYC's history then this is okay. Otherwise skip it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Surprisingly and overwhelmingly amazing!"

    I didn't really know what I was getting into when I downloaded this book. I was expecting it to be overly romantic and rather girly as my only real knowledge came from what I had gleaned from bits and pieces I had seen from movie clips.

    This book is the story of antiheroine Scarlet's unwavering determination to survive and win at all costs and of, most heartbreakingly, her relationship with the blindly devoted Melanie.

    This book has become an all-time favorite and I'm happily willing to admit that I wept at its conclusion. I urge you to read it or listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mirth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The House of Mirth was Edith Wharton's first great novel. Set among the elegant brownstones of New York City and opulent country houses like gracious Bellomont on the Hudson, the novel creates a satiric portrayal of what Wharton herself called "a society of irresponsible pleasure-seekers" with a precision comparable to that of Proust.

    Everett Leiter says: "Fine reading of a great classic"
    "Well written and void of humor and joy"

    The preface to this book excuses the failure of its Broadway counterpart, to paraphrase, to Americans hatred of unhappy endings. Unfortunately "The House of Mirth" does not merely have an unhappy ending, it is unhappy in its entirety. A virtual list of sad coincidences followed by bad decisions on the part of its well-meaning protagonist Lily Bart, the novel becomes a predictable and laborious read/listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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