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EOD

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  • The Well of Lost Plots: A Thursday Next Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (140)

    After two rollicking adventures through Western literature, resourceful literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside? But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like the one she has taken up residence in—are scrapped for salvage.

    MissSusie66 says: "All in all a fun book"
    "Meh."
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    Would you recommend The Well of Lost Plots to your friends? Why or why not?

    I think if you are a huge fan of the Thursday Next series, you'll like this book. While there is plenty of exposition to catch you up if you hadn't read the previous books, I can't imagine caring much about Thursday or this story if I hadn't just read the previous installment. There are plenty of literary and grammatical jokes for the book nerd, but I was a bit let down by the story itself. Just not as intrigueing as previous Fforde novels.


    What about Emily Gray’s performance did you like?

    Emily Gray reads well and is a great voice for Thursday. Unfortunately there are a lot of characters and voices to keep up with in this book, and she doesn't always pull that off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By John Cook, Mac McCaughan, Laura Ballance
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    For 20 years, Merge Records has remained true to their belief that you can sign bands because you love their music and respect what they're trying to do. As giant corporate labels struggle for survival, Merge has garnered a secure and growing fan base while releasing some of the best music of our time. Our Noise is the history of the much loved label as seen by those who were there. It features interviews with and profiles of now releases some of indie rock's biggest names.

    Robert says: "Extremely self-satisfied"
    "Ray Porter is killing this book."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would say that your time would be better spent reading the book yourself, which I plan to do. I love Merge Records and the story is a great one, but the performance is unbearable.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Ray Porter's haphazard application of emphasis is incredibly distracting, and is often so simply wrong that it distorts the sense of a sentence. I think his voice itself is perfect, but he reads as if he isn't taking the trouble to understand the meaning of the words. I was already rather annoyed with the performance when Porter mispronounced Stephin Merritt's name, at which point I gave up on it completely. There must be a narrator out there who knows or cares *a little bit* about this subject. Should have hired them to read it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would definitely watch a documentary about Merge.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Howards End

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Emma Thompson
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (9)

    At the heart of Forester's masterpiece lie two families: the wealthy and business-minded Wilcoxes and the cultured and idealistic Schlegels. When the beautiful and independent Helen Schlegel begins an impetuous affair with the ardent Paul Wilcox, a series of events is sparked: some very funny, some very tragic, that results in a dispute over who will inherit Howards End, the Wilcoxes' charming country home.

    Deborah says: "Something's Missing in this Abridged Version"
    "Beautifully read."
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    What about Emma Thompson’s performance did you like?

    I thought Emma Thompson did a beautiful job reading this story. Her voice is a perfect fit for the narrator, which is why I chose this version over the others that are available.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    If you are familiar with Forster and like his work, you will probably respond well to "Howard's End." I enjoyed the "read" but in the end, Forster is not one of my favorites.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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