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Sarah

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  • The Accursed

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joyce Carol Oates
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (68)

    Princeton, New Jersey, at the turn of the 20th century: a tranquil place to raise a family, a genteel town for genteel souls. But something dark and dangerous lurks at the edges of the town, corrupting and infecting its residents. Vampires and ghosts haunt the dreams of the innocent. A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man - a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil.

    Jacqueline says: "Social Issues Abound in Mixed Genre--"
    "Not what I expected..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was fine, but the story was slow and plodding. So much detail was put into these tangents that never came to much that I was exhausted with every hour. The reviews for the book were great, but it was not anything like what it was marketed as.


    What was most disappointing about Joyce Carol Oates’s story?

    It could do with some serious editing. I was expecting more mystery and darkness, as it was toted as a Gothic infused novel, but it was just snobbery and old money. There were aspects that definitely could have used more detail and focus, while hours could have been saved shaving off parts that were unimportant to the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?

    I had no issue with the narrator. His voice seemed quite appropriate for the job.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I will say that this book inspired me to delve into more Upton Sinclair and Jack London novels, and to explore some history of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first time reading Joyce Carol Oates, and I've seen that many people said that this is not the book to start with. I would agree. I will give another of her novels a try, and hope for better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1389)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1137)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "The narration makes this a must!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh the most enjoyable?

    This is the best narration I have found! I was already a fan of his work, but he brings life into a story that I thought I could never enjoy (having tried multiple times to read, but failing miserably).


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

    His storytelling ability shines here. When simply reading the story I was not compelled to continue, but his passion brings out the undertones of struggle that I missed in paperback form.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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