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Jack

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Douglasville, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 8

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dustin Lance Black
    • Narrated By George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, and others
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    This play is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial's historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look at what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.

    Dorothy says: "gives me hope for humanity!"
    "8 is a 10!!"
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    8 is a perfect example of those great dialogue-driven dramas of the radio stories our grandparents enjoyed.


    What other book might you compare 8 (Dramatized) to and why?

    Great courtroom dramas like Inherit The Wind and Judgement At Nuremberg excel because they are based on actual trials.


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

    I felt like a member of the jury at the first line.


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

    Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    This story depicts the real-life stories of those involved with the same-sex marriage issue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (160)

    Dave Eggers scored a worldwide phenomenon with this memoir that topped national best-seller lists and has since become a staple for summer reading and book clubs. A compelling voice for Generation X, Eggers hererecounts his early 20s, caring for his younger brother after their parents’ unexpected deaths and his endeavors in a variety of media.

    Darwin8u says: "Parts I loved, Parts I hated but Playfully Kinetic"
    "Ready For Ritalin"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius the most enjoyable?

    Youth and beauty conquer age and cunning.


    What other book might you compare A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius to and why?

    Fortress Of Solitude meets Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any time the two brothers "got" each other.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Persistent yet patient.


    Any additional comments?

    Characters could be more believable?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skippy Dies

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Paul Murray
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
    Overall
    (1389)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (813)

    This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

    Laura says: "Funny, touching, entertaining"
    "12 Angsty Teens"
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    Would you try another book from Paul Murray and/or the narrators?

    Probably.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Could not finsh.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Rich and varied.


    Was Skippy Dies worth the listening time?

    Maybe, but don't read it if teenage misery bothers you.


    Any additional comments?

    Voyeurism, bullying, nihilism, and all the other joys of adolescence culminate in this story. Look at your old high school yearbook before you read this and be thankful that you aren't Skippy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2148)
    Performance
    (1280)
    Story
    (1271)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "No Hook"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    Caroline Lee's narration did nothing for me, so I stopped listening.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Rumors Of War


    How could the performance have been better?

    Younger sounding voice?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get a refund.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1513)
    Performance
    (1082)
    Story
    (1070)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "The Persimmon Tree? Quite tasty!"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Persimmon Tree again? Why?

    I have never relistened to an audiobook other than Garrison Keillor's Pretty Good Jokes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You can't go wrong with the late Bryce Courtenay. I was hooked with The Power Of One and have been a fan since.


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Humphrey Bower rates right up there with John Lee, Gregory David Roberts, and Jim Dale.


    If you could rename The Persimmon Tree, what would you call it?

    The Persimmon Tree Saga


    Any additional comments?

    Bryce Courtenay was one of the rare transportive authors. He will be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3139)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1487)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Very engrossing transportive saga."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shantaram to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely


    What other book might you compare Shantaram to and why?

    Cutting For Stone meets The Far Pavilions


    Have you listened to any of Humphrey Bower’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first and he rates right up there with Jim Dale and John Lee.


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

    Listening to this on a long monotonous car trip would be just the ticket.


    Any additional comments?

    Where have you been all my life, Shantaram?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (900)
    Story
    (901)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "The Art Of Fielding Strikes Out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Art of Fielding better?

    Too many tired plot devices.


    What could Chad Harbach have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the characters more believable.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not sure.


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

    Making the gay kid African-American was a bold move.


    Any additional comments?

    Graham's performance was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1647)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1512)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Poor Narration"
    Overall
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    What would have made Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) better?

    I think this would have be much funnier if the author hadn't done the narration. She spoke too fast and her voice trailed down into raspiness at the end of each sentence. I found myself rewinding a lot just to catch the meaning.


    What could Jenny Lawson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This would have been more enjoyable if the narrator had a more comical voice a la Tine Fey in Bossypants.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Lawson’s performances?

    no


    What character would you cut from Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    Probably no one.


    Any additional comments?

    Jenny Lawson's audiobooks would be much better if done by a professional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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