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Kristi

Middleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Last Night in Twisted River: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious 12-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the 12-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto, pursued by the implacable constable.

    James Ladden says: "Better to read it"
    "Not Plausible"
    Overall

    Having just listened to A Prayer for Owen Meany, I saved my credit for a month to download the 2 credit Last Night In Twisted River. So many plot points in this novel are just not plausible. The central plot development is ridiculous. There are several points where characters finally act or react to an event that happened fifty or sixty years in the past. These characters have got to be the slowest in the history of literature.
    Rather than the taut writing of Owen Meany, Night in Twisted River is pedantic, lengthy and dull.
    If all that weren't disappointing enough, the narration in this book is just awful. The narrator makes children and women sound like they are being read by kids who taunt other kids on the playground.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "Good, not Great"
    Overall

    I thought this novel was strong were it should have been understated while it was understated where it should have been strong.

    The central story of the bad man who comes into the life of the protagonist sometimes seems a little thin, whereas the smallest detail of this day in the life story can be laid on a little thick.

    The subplot of the Iraq War protests are very interesting seen from our current point of view.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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