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Suzanne

Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Man of My Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Hannah Gavener is 14 in the summer of 1991. In the magazines she reads, celebrities plan elaborate weddings; in Hannah's own life, her parents' marriage is crumbling. And somewhere in between these two extremes, just maybe, lie the answers to love's most bewildering questions. But over the next decade and a half, as she moves from Philadelphia to Boston to Albuquerque, Hannah finds that the questions become more rather than less complicated.

    Susan says: "The Man of My Dreams"
    "I wonder about the casting"
    Overall

    While I enjoyed this book and like Sittenfeld's work a lot, I really didn't enjoy the performance as read by Denaker. It made me wonder if I would have felt differently about the characters-- particularly the main character-- had I read the book or listened to the Anne Heche version instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (387)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "There Is Already a Better Version of This Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Consider instead, Life As We Knew It, a YA novel from 2006 with a nearly identical premise and a much better-developed arc in terms of the tension and feeling of impending and realistic peril.

    I am almost tempted to reread The Age of Miracles, even though I didn't like it, to see if it was the performance rather than the writing which imparted such a wistful, infuriatingly passive quality to the main character.

    Walker relies a lot on descriptive generalizations rather than creating scenes, often referencing the future ("That would be the last time I ate a grape..") which took me out of the story. I also felt she didn't get the age of her character accurately. Julia's concerns did not seem like those of an eleven year old.

    I can't recommend this book, at least in its audio book form.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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