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Polly

San Jose, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • 5 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 356 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Accidental

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ali Smith
    • Narrated By Heather O'Neill, Stina Nielsen, Jeff Woodman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    Barefoot, thirtysomething Amber shows up at the door of a Norfolk cottage that the Smarts are renting for the summer. Amber doesn't know them, but she talks her way in, telling lies, and stays for dinner. Eve, an author, thinks Amber is a student her husband is sleeping with. Michael, an English professor, knows only that her car broke down. Daughter Astrid, age 12, thinks she's her mother's friend. Son Magnus, 17, thinks she's an angel.

    Isabelle says: "I do not recommend"
    "eh?"
    Overall

    I tried - I really did. But 2 1/2 hrs into it I give up. Is there a purpose to this thing? Perhaps abstract random prose is not entirely suitable to listening, and it might be ok to read it in print. I don't know. I'm going to go find something with a plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jina Bacarr
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    After being jilted by her fiancé, Autumn Maguire uses her nonrefundable honeymoon tickets to explore Paris on her own. Eager to experience the true bohemian lifestyle, she answers an ad for an artist's model. But when she exchanges her clothes for the artist's lush red cloak, something strange happens.

    Marilee Peterson says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "oh but it's bad. just terrible."
    Overall

    I tried, I really did. I made it through some 8 or 10 hours of this thing. And it's still terrible. Lots of lacivious daydreaming that is truly not interesting, plot is lacking, and that narrator is just painful. I keep listening, thinking I should care what happens to our "heroine". Cringe. Avoid this thing - there's better ways to spend your commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in a Good Book: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (140)

    Inventive and uniquely original novelist Jasper Fforde sends his literary sleuth on another wildly imaginative journey through time and literature. Thursday Next faces a sinister global multinational corporation represented by Mr. Schitt-Hawse, beats the magistrate from Kafka's The Trial at his own game, and trains for her next assignment by apprenticing herself to Miss Havisham. Thursday then accepts the ultimate challenge: capture Acheron Hades, the murderer of characters from the classics.

    Anna says: "a zany action packed romp through lit."
    "Great! Intelligent fun read."
    Overall

    I definitely recommend this one. Most enjoyable read I've had in a long time. Fun, witty, good narration. I'm gonna go find the next in the series now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3933)
    Performance
    (1787)
    Story
    (1799)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    Funny, without being over the top, well-written, intelligent, excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3278)
    Performance
    (1273)
    Story
    (1276)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "a plot.. my kingdom for a plot"
    Overall

    I'm about 4 hours in, and I still can't find much of a plot. Characters are dry, and the situations and dialog are immensely drawn out. I'll keep plodding through - perhaps it'll eventually get better. But it's awfully slow going. Makes rush hour traffic look interesting...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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