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  • Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Toni Morrison
    • Narrated By Toni Morrison
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    Frank Money is an angry, self-loathing veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just physical scars. His home may seem alien to him, but he is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from and that he's hated all his life. This is a deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood - and his home.

    Melinda says: "not a novel, but a collection of short stories"
    "Stick to a physical book"
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    Story

    I found the story and characters interesting and engaging. I would have rated the book much higher if it had been narrated by someone other than the author. Ms. Morrison wove an interesting story but her narration was monotone and she sounded bored. It was often difficult to hear or understand what she was saying. I will confine my future adventures into Toni Morrison's work will be in a physical book or e-book - especially if she chooses to narrate her own work again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Double Barreled Detective Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Jonas Yarkman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    At a mining camp in California, Fetlock Jones, a nephew of Sherlock Holmes, kills his master, a silver-miner, by blowing up his cabin. Since this occurs when Holmes happens to be visiting, he brings his skills to bear upon the case and arrives at logically worked conclusions that are proved to be abysmally wrong by an amateur detective with an extremely keen sense of smell, which he employs in solving the case. This could be seen as yet another piece in which Twain tries to prove that life does not quite follow logic.

    Trisha says: "HORRIBLE NARRATOR!"
    "HORRIBLE NARRATOR!"
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    Performance
    Story

    I could only tolerate about 30 minutes before I wanted to fall asleep with the narrator's monitone voice. This is the second Twain work I've listened to and both seem to have this same narrator. I will pick up the story to read elsewhere. Definitely NOT an audible best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog’s Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    This short novel of Twain’s, from 1903, is told from the point of view of a loyal and beloved family pet. Themes of heroics, valor and heart-wrenching tenderness fill this work. The story is also filled with happy events as well as sad ones and is ultimately about what dogs are to us … best friends. A Dog’s Tale is quintessentially Twain.

    Trisha says: "Horrible narrator!"
    "Horrible narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was a typical Twain tale, but it was difficult to tell with the narration. A young child could have done better. His pronunciations were incorrect, pauses in the wrong places and narration was devoid of any emotion. I would steer clear of the audio version and read the paper or e book version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dead Man in Naples

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Pearce
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Naples, 1913. Sun-baked, blue-skied, and with its amazing bay it is one of the most beautiful spots in Italy. But it’s also one of the most corrupt. A new arrival here is a junior British official, Scampion, who has already been banished from Florence. Scampion, however, brings with him a new craze that is sweeping Italy: bicycling. But one day as he walks home after a bicycle race, he is stabbed to death. That happens all the time in Naples, but remarkably his wallet was not taken.

    Trisha says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about A Dead Man in Naples?

    The review piqued my interest into listenin, but the story and characters were flat and boring. The narration was good and I plodded through to the end...but was grateful when the ridiculous plot came to an end.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Jo Nesbo book or some historical fiction novel.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bill Wallis’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from A Dead Man in Naples?

    All of them! There was nothing redeeming about the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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