I have been "reading" audiobooks for years and this is my first review. I felt the need to save someone from Minnie Goode's appalling narration. I have never returned a book to Audible but this one is definitely being returned.
The story is great but any poorly written sentences or undeveloped characters are completely exacerbated by Goode's narration. I got half-way through and could have definitely overlooked her ridiculous voices when the novella required voicing only a handful of characters, but as more and more people come into the story, her voices get more and more ridiculous. This will be the first audiobook I can't push through; I've already bought the ebook and will finish it the old-fashioned way.
The first novella is the best.
Her need to create a different voice for each character was ridiculous. I could not finish the book in audio format because of this.
No more Minnie Goode audiobooks!!!
Neurolinguistic Killer Poets!
YES. I finished this listen in a day or so - I couldn't stop! I'm terrible at multi-tasking and never listen to an audiobook while doing anything but running, driving or walking my dog. Interestingly, though, I was easily coerced into "studying" chemistry and calculus while listening!
The ideas Barry puts forth are absolutely fascinating to think about and, even when I wasn't listening, I found myself pondering some of these notions: that words are essentially neurochemical signals; that certain word combinations and sounds short-circuit the normal workings of the brain; that we can easily be "compromised" by those who are gifted poets of persuasion.
Oh I loved Emily Ruff because she don't take no guff. There's always a part of me that groans inaudibly whenever a character does the "right" thing, the "moral" thing. Emily does what she wants.
Sticks and stones may break your bones but a single word can end the world.
I loved Ready Player One and if you did too, I think you'll like this book. It's referential in the way RP1 is, smart and incredibly well written. Heather Corrigan's narration of Emily is a little annoying at first and her Australian accent is terrible (it, more often than not, sounds Welsh) but it rounds out quickly as Emily comes into her own.
I have never listened to an audiobook so quickly and I have no doubt I will read it again. I highly recommend!
Not sure. I am not the type to listen / read something more than once. But I HAVE bought the book for three friends so, maybe.
Oh Louisa Clark by Susan Lyons for sure. I loved ALL of the performers though Trina's narrator was a bit much - overly dramatic and I had to mess with the volume buttons on my phone while listening to her. Will's narrator starts the story and there are some very odd infections in his narration... Creepy almost. Don't worry, he narrates for all of five minutes - Susan Lyons does a stellar job at all of the characters.
After the concert when Will asks Lou to sit in the car a moment. I died.
I tore through this book and am very happy I took a chance as this is not the type of book I am usually drawn to. This is a love story with a solitary kiss. I loved it.
First, let me say that I was so hesitant to "read" another audiobook after listening to a narration of "Wool" by Hugh Howey that was so painful, I had to finish the book in text.
I am SO HAPPY with Jen Tullock's narration of "The Interestings" that, frankly, it could have been a much lesser novel and I would have torn through it just as quickly.
I am a native Manhattanite, temporary Southerner, and, honestly, I seek out epic novels that have New York City as their backdrop. This novel positively SLAYED me. The monotony, mundanity, anonymity, of our lives and the steps we take to give these lives meaning - THAT is what this book is about.
Did you love St. Elmo's Fire? If so, you will love this book.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenedies; Beloved by Zadie Smith; Let the Great World Spin by ColomnMcCann.
Oh there were SO MANY. Jonah. Moonies. "Ethan; you LOVE her..."
I would LOVE to see this novel as a film. And I hate novels as films. What would the tag line be...?
"Boy wanders; girl waits"?
"Makeouts, Moonies, Money and More!"
I was excited to answer this question but I just can't reduce this novel to a tag line!
Narration was STELLAR. Tullock, through infliction and pitch, is masterful with her characters. You come to know EXACTLY who she is voicing without any cues, simply by ear. She doesn't explicitly change her tone ro pitch, but a slight graveling lets you know that Ethan is "speaking" well before Ethan is credited with the speech.
This book was amazing. I'm looking forward to more from Jen Tullock AND Meg Wolitzer.
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