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Sara

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  • Peter Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. M. Barrie
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    J.M. Barrie's classic tale, completely unabridged, features a boy who refuses to grow up, Tinker Bell the fairy, and the Darling children: Wendy, John, and Michael. Their great adventure begins on the night that Peter flies into the Darling home looking for his shadow and teaches Wendy, John, and Michael how to fly with him back to Neverland, where adventures happen every day.

    Monica says: "Laugh and Cry"
    "Pretty good, not outstanding."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Curry's voice for Hook is delightful and gravelly and perfect. The book has few surprises since it is a classic, but the reading was good. I enjoyed this and would recommend it to others.

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  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1759)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Longer than necessary"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Boys in the Boat? What did you like least?

    I enjoy learning history through personal narrative and the times surrounding the second world war seem to be ripe with story, intrigue, and passion. The bits about the boys' relationship and the bits pertaining to how much the sport changed during their racing careers was most interesting to me.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A la Dickens, this story is long in detail, much of it repetitive. I'd recommend a tighter editor. While descriptions of "swing" and the boat's essence are important details in the story, they are overly referenced and elevated to high prose.


    What three words best describe Edward Herrmann’s performance?

    Consistent. Listenable. Pleasant.


    Could you see The Boys in the Boat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, the story isn't rich enough for that. I could maybe see a short documentary, but there isn't enough interesting material here for a movie or TV series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11013)
    Performance
    (6202)
    Story
    (6251)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Very slow to start, but narration continues to irk"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This isn't a book I'm quick to recommend due to its unusually slow and laborious beginning (I listened for several hours and still hated it) and the robotic, stilted narration. Though the story eventually picks up and becomes interesting, the style of writing and reading continue to poke, uncomfortably, in the ear and prevent imaginative immersion into the tale.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Woodman?

    Jeff Woodman is a new narrator for me, but I have listened to Shantaram, which also has many Indian main characters, and I believe Humphrey Bower's style of narration would be vastly preferred to Jeff's.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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