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Linda Gastanaga

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  • Guernica: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Dave Boling
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Calling to mind such timeless war-and-love classics as Corelli's Mandolin and The English Patient, Guernica is a transporting novel that thrums with the power of storytelling and is peopled with characters driven by grit and heart.

    Ann Diggins says: "Wonderful and heartbreaking"
    "Wonderful Story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guernica to be better than the print version?

    I would rather have read this in print version so I could have added my own accents and intonations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miren was my favorite character because she was so alive. I could just see her dancing, much as I loved to dance, but much better of course.!


    What aspect of Lloyd James’s performance would you have changed?

    Lloyd James should have been given a lesson in Basque language pronunciation. For the first half of the book I thought one of the main characters was Marian Helis, and I was trying to figure out what sort of Basque name "Helis" was. Then I realized her name was the beautiful Mariangeles, and after that, every time he spoke her name, it was like fingernails on the blackboard. I was pleased that he pronounced "Amuma" correctly, as that is what my grandchildren call me. But the names of some of the towns, all of which I have visited or lived in, was often just off.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A romantic war story


    Any additional comments?

    Being Basque, having lived a good deal of time in Euzkadi, I loved the familiar images Dave Boling shared with his readers. I really enjoyed this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up All Night

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By James Patterson (editor), Lee Child, James Grippando, and others
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Featuring North America's foremost thriller authors, Thriller is the first collection of pure thriller stories ever published. Offering up heart-pumping tales of suspense in all its guises are 32 of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning names in the business. From the signature characters that made such authors as David Morrell and John Lescroart famous, to four of the hottest new voices in the genre, this blockbuster will tantalize and terrify.

    Tim says: "So - So"
    "Quite Disappointing"
    Overall

    This book did not live up to the reputation of the various authors. The stories were very short and seemed to just END about the time I was getting interested in the plot. The narrators were, on the whole, lacking, not adding to the pleasure of the experience.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hannibal Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (198)

    Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

    Bev says: "Surprised"
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    What an extraordinary prequel to the other Hannibal books. Now we understand our friend Hannibal so much better. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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