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Urbana, IL, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 2 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 200 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Michael C. Hall

    Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

    Michael says: "Subtle yet Extravagant"
    Would you listen to Breakfast at Tiffany's again? Why?

    Absolutely would listen to this again. The story never gets old and Michael C. Hall's narration was perfect.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Breakfast at Tiffany's?

    Too many to count...I liked the scene where Holly and "Fred" spend a Sunday drinking at the bar. I love the simplicity of the metaphor of masks used in many ways, overtly and obliquely. The stolen masks at the store, a nice metaphor for Holly's stolen identity and "Fred's" assumed identity given to him by Holly. I enjoyed the hospital scene where Holly puts on her makeup as a sort of fortification or armor to help her read the letter of dismissal from her fiance. Makeup as armor or mask of another sort.

    What about Michael C. Hall’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I love that he used different voices for each character, but didn't have to force it. Switching from voice to voice was smooth and not jarring in any way. His nuanced reading of the point of view character was even better than expected.

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

    Well...there is already a pretty famous movie isn't there?

    Any additional comments?

    If you've read this story already, it is worth it just to hear Michael C. Hall narrate. Enjoy.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"

    An amazing story of survival, brokenness and healing. The performance of late actor, Edward Herman was perfect. Laura Hillenbrand managed to tell Louis Zamperini's difficult story with grace and fairness without glossing over the atrocities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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