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Judy

Springfield, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Michael Cerveris, Peter Friedman, Heather Lind, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    Set in Greece, the Caribbean, Manhattan, a white-collar prison, and outer space, these nine stories are a mesmerizing introduction to Don DeLillo’s iconic voice, from the rich, startling, jazz-infused rhythms of his early work to the spare, distilled, monastic language of the later stories. Nuns, astronauts, athletes, terrorists, and travelers, the characters in The Angel Esmeralda propel themselves into the world and define it.

    Darwin8u says: "Stories that seem to anticipate a hidden disaster"
    "Angel Esmeralda"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Angel Esmeralda to be better than the print version?

    The audio was very well done. However, I needed the book to help me reflect on passages that I cannot grasp in a fleeting moment. Don DeLillo is so precise in his choice of words, that I found myself wanting to stop, often rewind, and listen, once again, to what he said. Using a book along with the audio helps me to do this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite story was Angel Esmeralda, and both the nuns were my favorite characters.


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

    Expression, intonation, and understanding of what the author intended in his writing.


    If you could take any character from The Angel Esmeralda out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Both nuns.


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself being caught up in the writing of the stories, DeLilo's masterful expression and command of making the words say what he intends audiences to hear and feel. Usually, I prefer getting engaged in the story, noting authors talent secondarily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3105)
    Performance
    (2730)
    Story
    (2734)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Beating the odds!"
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    Would you listen to Wild again? Why?

    Yes, eliminating the death of her mother's horse.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cheryl, of course. Clearly, the story was Cheryl's story.


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

    When she met the young boy, and his mother, on the trail. Cheryl seemed to reach out to him, while not becoming absorbed in her own self.


    Any additional comments?

    Someone once said that we live 2 lives: the first began on the day we were born. The second began on the day our mother died. How true for Cheryl, who struggles with the death of her mother. I can look back on the day my mother died, almost 20 years ago. I walked on without her but I miss her still. Cheryl grieved, loved, forgave, and loved her mother again, while hiking the PCT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2852)
    Performance
    (1045)
    Story
    (1037)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Brilliant! You won't be disappointed!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Memory of Running the most enjoyable?

    I loved the humor, but I loved the tender moments, too. The story was so honest, and Ron McLarty was perfect, and delightful, as the audio narrarator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Memory of Running?

    How do I pick only one? Maybe the story with the priest, in the beginning, when we first got a glimpse of Smitty's non-judgmental personality. Every phone call with Norma was memorable, too, so sweet and sincere, but I guess the last scene with Norma was my favorite scene. Oh yes, one of the funniest ones was when the man hit him in his truck, and the following mistaken-identity passages. So funny.

    I couldn't leave the "memorable moments" section without mentioning the scenes with Bethany, and their Mom and Dad. "Is that you, Hook?" How ordinary, and yet how special this family is, struggling along, not knowing what the next step is, but loving each other, no matter what!


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    I felt like, since he wrote the book, that he knew exactly where he intended us to go. The hard times, the good times, the dark times, the illumined times, all were so believable. I wanted the book to be based on a true story. In fact, I'm choosing to believe there is a Smithson Ides out there now!


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

    Again, so many parts moved me, but to mention only one, I guess when he left the bikers, in paticular the one biker, and headed on his mission. He couldn't quite articulate the dilemna to himself, but he did say "Norma" at one point, and you could tell he was attempting to clarify, mainly to himself, where the conflict rested.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King's comment, "Best book you won't read this year" initially prompted me to take a look at the book, but it was so much more than I anticipated. Did I mention that I loved this book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    With millions of copies of his New York Times best-selling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries in print across the globe, Alexander McCall Smith is one of the most popular novelists and humorists in the world. Starring the brilliant but bumbling Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs is a wonderfully entertaining showcase for Smith's award-winning wit.

    Judy says: "I couldn't finish the book..."
    "I couldn't finish the book..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I loved all the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and I love animals. I concluded that Alexander McCall Smith would brighten my day with this book. I could not bring myself to finish it. The cruel treatment of the dog, removing it's legs, was beyond my sensibilities. He lost me during surgery and I will warn anyone else who wants to read it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Merl's Door by Ted Kerasote. I was not disappointed. I learned a lot, and enjoyed the story.


    What three words best describe Paul Hecht’s voice?

    Accent was appropriate.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe Paul Hecht deserves better than a 3, but I was thoroughly disgusted with the book, and everything about it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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