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Marcus

Fairport, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • London Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    The murderee is Nicola Six, a "black hole" of sex and self-loathing who is intent on orchestrating her own extinction. The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts; or the rich, honorable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch. As Nicola leads her suitors towards the precipice, London--and, indeed, the whole world--seems to shamble after them in a corrosively funny novel of complexity and morality.

    Dr. says: "Brilliant book, brilliantly narrated!"
    "Distrubing comedy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course I would recommend it, however you should listen alone or at least not in mixed company.


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

    Not what I excepted, and not very comfortable.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Pacey – was your favorite?

    Niccola, was great, and so was Keith, and Guy, but the writer Sam was my favorite.


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

    Many laugh out loud for many seconds, parts, and a few stop the recording and pull over to laugh moments, really too many list.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually go for novels from the English 80s but this one does nicely with the time period, and language. However it is dark and uncomfortable, I don't mind telling someone I know will not and has not read this or anything like this, but I don't know that I would want to admit to someone who was familiar with the work how much I enjoyed it, guilty indulgence or symptom of a diseased mind.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (1739)
    Story
    (1763)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Who am I suppose to root for again?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Fountainhead?

    the characters are not, character I mean. I don't care about any of them at all, they might as well be strangers that I am waiting to watch leave the stage so the story can start.


    Has The Fountainhead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    What genre is this? Not drama, not comedy, not action. As I understand it this is one of those novels that are suppose to have a larger meaning, social Darwinism, or individualism, or objectivitsm, or whatever drivel the author was trying to hit you over the head with. Long boring round about speeches. too many villains to keep track of and no hero at all.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    narration was the best part of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    So the hero gets the girl at the end, well not much of a hero gets not much of a girl, as a matter of fact we have an entirely different name to describe this heroine in upstate NY, however putting it in print only brings me down to the level of the story I have grudgingly listened to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3780)
    Performance
    (2099)
    Story
    (2152)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "The count"
    Overall

    Brilliant, this is one of the most engrossing books I have ever been involved with in any form in my life. I had no idea how it was suppose to sound until I heard it here. Bravo! Bravo!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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