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James

Seattle, WA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Marjorie Morningstar

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (115)

    Marjorie Morningstar is a love story. It presents one of the greatest characters in modern fiction: Marjorie, the pretty 17-year-old who left the respectability of New York's Central Park West to join the theater, live in the teeming streets of Greenwich Village, and seek love in the arms of a brilliant, enigmatic writer.

    Arken says: "An excellent storyteller"
    "Great story with really cheesy narration"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I adore this book and have read it several times. I have waited for years for this book to come out on audio. I was so disappointed by the quality of the narration. I felt that the narrator had very little interest in the story and was quick to stereotype the various ethnic characters. You'd think that when a story has such a rich diversity of ethnic characters the producers would have found a narrator who could actually pull-off accents and/or dialects. Her German characters sound Irish and she turns the "slight drawl" of Sandy Goldstone into something that sounds Texan, and all of the Jewish adults sound like Shecky Green. Although this is a book about New York and New Yorkers the narrator sounded Midwestern most of the book except when she was mangling dialects/accents of ethnic characters.


    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9416)
    Performance
    (8547)
    Story
    (8612)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "HORRIBLE. Don't do it."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anybody looking for empty-headed, idiotic, badly written trash will enjoy this book


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    His performance was fine. He just had such horrible material to deal with he had to swim upstream the whole time.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    DaVinci code was entertaining, this is not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scarpetta

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (227)

    Leaving behind her private forensic pathology practice in Charleston, South Carolina, Kay Scarpetta accepts an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured man on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward. The handcuffed and chained patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for her, and when she literally has her gloved hands on him, he begins to talk - and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.

    Becky says: "Don't waste your money"
    "Horrible reader"
    Overall

    This reader was so over the top that listening to the book was nearly impossible. Her accents were absurd and kept me from being able to listen to the language. I blame the director, not the reader. Somebody should have told the reader to calm down and just read the book instead of trying so hard to act each role. Horrible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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