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Joanne McNally

Voorhees, NJ, US | Member Since 2012

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  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (2519)
    Story
    (2539)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "very enjoyable"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    Having never read Harry Potter, since children were already grown,I was interested to hear the author's style and can now see, after listening to just 1/3, how the story just pulls you in. Rowling touches on so many areas of British life, housing projects, drugs, upper class snobbery, Indian immigrants.etc


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Casual Vacancy?

    all of Crystals encounters with social worker


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    ability to differentiate voices


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8680)
    Performance
    (7963)
    Story
    (7969)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Never wanted it to end"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just a great story with a little suspense and plenty of surprises thrown in. excellent portrayal of the mind of a teenager undergoing unimaginable emotional pain


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    Theo's encounter with Welty in the museum, the details of which became several threads of action later


    What does David Pittu bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Able to differentiate the accents and maturity of characters. I almost never read print books anymore as there are so many gifted narrators


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

    Saddened deeply when second tragedy overtook 15 year old teenager but did not actually cry


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8121)
    Performance
    (4831)
    Story
    (4819)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "So engagingI wanted to listen all the time"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fall of Giants to be better than the print version?

    Am reading the print version of Winter of the Worlld, the next booking he trilogy, and, of course, the various accents done by the narrator are lost. So the audible is definitely better than the print.


    What other book might you compare Fall of Giants to and why?

    There is a trilogy byJeffrey Archer - also two books so far which is nearly as sweeping in scope of politics,personal scandal,portrayal of class differences in 20th century Britain. Fall of Giants has more diverse characters,.The Clifton Chronicles is the Archer series


    What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Authentic accents and inflection


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely, but it was 28 hours


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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