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Nancy

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2522)
    Performance
    (2227)
    Story
    (2220)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Hard to follow the disjointed chapters"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 previous Hosseini books so I was going to listen to this one no doubt. But yes I'd say a waste of time because it was not what I was expecting. Unlike the other books -- which were well-constructed novel length stories -- this one has a different character for each character whose "story" is told. The characters have some connection to each other -- but in a listening situation it was hard to follow. And most of the stories had not the wealth of even a normal short story -- more about developing a character just in time for their chapter to be over.


    Would you recommend And the Mountains Echoed to your friends? Why or why not?

    No -- I like a rich complicated story. These were fragments.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book had 3 narrators -- I had heard Mr. Hosseini narrate the other 2 books and I had heard Ms. Aghdashloo narrate another book. Their narration here was as good as I have heard them before. Unlike other reviewers I had no problem understanding any of the narrators.


    Could you see And the Mountains Echoed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Well they would throw out half the characters in writing the screenplay and tease out a narrative of interest. It might be ok.


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  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (1080)
    Story
    (1090)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Just didn't work for me"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story. I listened to the sample and it was a lively recounting of Vincent Van Gogh encountering the Color Man in the cornfield. Who knew that was the very beginning of the book and VG dies shortly after the sample ends? No more Van Gogh for the rest. The meandering tale after that wanders through other contemporary painters as characters in a long line of name-dropping. I couldn't finish it.


    Has Sacre Bleu turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't know what genre this would be other than "one of Christopher Moore's books". I really liked his "Lamb" -- it was laugh outloud funny, and that is the main reason I bought this book. But I will be a lot more reticent to buy another of his.


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

    Nothing about Euan Morton's performance was notably bad -- nor outstanding, but I really only tried about 3 or 4 hours before I gave up on the story.


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