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D. Evans

Central New Jersey | Member Since 2008

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  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (569)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    A User says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "Tried twice to listen, but can't get through it."
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    I took a look through all the existing reviews and find it interesting that most of the reviewers are male, and those men have given the story 5 stars. The few women who reviewed it gave it considerably less than 5 stars.

    I am one of those women. I love classics and really wanted to get through this book. I tried twice to listen to the story, and both times I got through about an hour and a half and gave up.

    The narrator does a decent job. His inflection is good and most of the time I can understand the Irish. However, I have to listen using ear phones because Mr. Norton sometimes yells and sometimes whispers.

    I have this book in print and I'm going to try reading it that way, instead of listening to it. When listening, I can't seem to follow the flow of the story -- what are the thoughts and what are the conversations between the characters. Maybe reading the book will help.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2606)
    Performance
    (2313)
    Story
    (2333)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "An unexpected treat"
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    I've seen the movie, of course, but never read the book. The story was fun. Quite different from the movie. As an adult, I could see places in the story where I'd think, "why didn't they just...." But then, there'd be no story! Anne Hathaway was excellent! All the voices she came up with! She made this a very fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Newcomer: Thunder Point, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (512)

    Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep his town safe and his daughter happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves - suddenly they can't get enough of each other. And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning.

    Liza-Maree says: "Fan of Robyn Carr"
    "Carr never disappoints"
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    Enjoyed the continued story. It's easy to get caught up in the lives of the thunder point residents. Carr does a good job of creating characters you can relate to; and Therese Plummer is an excellent narrator. Next up for me--"the hero" the next in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1952)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1710)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    J. H. Monaco says: "Wonderful Tale Punctuated with Loud Harmonic Licks"
    "Excellent, but not if you're already depressed!"
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    Steinbeck knows how to draw a picture with words. I could feel the despair of the migrant workers. It's all so sad. And it will hopefully give people a better understanding of the migrant workers (illegal aliens) if today.

    The narrator was excellent. I googled him and recognized him. It gave me a new respect for the actor, Dylan Baker. He had a voice for each character, male and female; and I would swear that Henry Fonda was reading the Tom Jode part! Baker was that good!

    I highly recommend this book. I like Steinbeck, and now I'll also put Dylan baker-narrated books on my must-listen list!



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before Jamaica Lane: On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Lee Angel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (796)

    The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers On Dublin Street and Down London Road. Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex - usually, she can't get up the nerve to approach guys she's interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it's time to push past her fears and go after what she wants. Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he's as loyal as they come.

    Jordy says: "The story of Olivia and Nate. Loved it!!"
    "horrible narration!"
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    I agree with a previous reviewer. What kind of Scottish accent is this? It sounds like Dracula moved to Scotland! The previous books were great! As the books are set in Scotland, you'd think the ability to do the accent would be a priority!

    I can't review the story because I had to stop listening. I simply couldn't take hearing Ms. Angel read Nate's lines. I love this series. What a shame that I have to skip olivia's story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sister Carrie

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Theodore Dreiser's first and perhaps greatest novel appeared in 1900. The story is about a young country girl who moves to the big city, where she starts realizing her own American Dream by embarking on a life of sin rather than by hard work and perseverance. On publication, it met with outraged disapproval and was immediately withdrawn as "too shocking and sordid for polite readers".

    Bill says: "I Loved this! Could not wait each time I listened"
    "Simply not a good narration of Sister Carrie"
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    Listened to Sister Carrier once, when I first purchased it, and didn't care much for the narrator. At that time, I hadn't had much experience with Audible books, so I didn't have much to compare it to. Now I've been listening for years; and I've heard some WONDERFUL narrations.
    This book was chosen by our book club as our classic for this year, so I tried to listen to the book again and simply could not take listening to it again.
    The cadence of the speech, the voice, everything, just isn't good.
    The story isn't a happy one, and it really shows you the customs and value of women (or lack thereof) for the late 1800s/early 1900s.
    If you really want to read this book, find another version, or get a printed copy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Always

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Daniel May, Leslie Bellair
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    Camryn Bennett has never been happier. Five months after meeting on a Greyhound bus, she and her soul mate Andrew Parrish are engaged - and a wedding isn't the only special event in their future. Nervous but excited, Camryn can't wait to begin the rest of her life with Andrew, a man she knows in her heart will love her always. They have so much to look forward to - until tragedy blindsides them.

    Jordy says: "5 EXTREMELY SWEET AND INSANELY SEXY HEARTS!"
    "why the different narrators? Disappointing!!!"
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    I was excited for this audiobook to come out. I LOVED the first story and couldn't wait to hear this sequel.

    I have to ask the publisher -- was the narrator of the first book not available to complete this one? That's the only reason I can think of that you wouldn't have the same person narrate both books.

    I grew to accept Lauren Fortgang as the voice of Camryn and Andrew, and I expected to hear her continue the story in this new book.

    I am SO disappointed that she didn't narrate this book. It changed the whole experience.
    These narrators are ok. But they aren't the voices I expect to hear.

    Bottom line, the story is good, but the overall experience was ruined for me because of the change in narrators. Overall -- disappointed.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (1888)
    Story
    (1910)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Bj says: "Fantastic story"
    "How about a sequel, Mr. Sparks!"
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    This is my first Nicholas Sparks book. It won't be my last. I can only hope the next is as good as this story. I just finished listening, and wish there was more! I'd love a sequel to learn more about Sophia and Luke and their life together.

    What can I say? The narrators were excellent. I like that they had a male and female voice instead of just one person reading the whole book.

    While I listened, I found myself laughing, getting scared, getting teary-eyed. It was a love story, true, but it wasn't predictable. I always find myself trying to figure things out -- how everything will connect, and usually I'm pretty good at it. I figured everything would connect, and it did but not how I expected.

    While I loved Ira's story, I still couldn't wait to get back to Sophia and Luke's story, I guess because Ira's story was ending and Luke and Sophia were just beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (505)

    Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone - including herself - when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

    Lori says: "I couldn't finish it"
    "thoroughly enjoyed this story"
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    Wasn't sure what to expect when i stsrted listening but I got very invested in Camryn and Andrew's story. I'he been reading several romances lately and there is definitely a formula - the girl is ready to have crazy sex with no strings and the guy wants to please the girl before he takes anything for himself. And this story isn't really different in that sense. But I found I liked these people and I cared about them. I am looking forward to listening to the continued story - "the edge of always".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Ami

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Guy de Maupassant
    • Narrated By John McDonough
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Guy de Maupassant is revered for his naturalistic fiction, which brilliantly captures flesh-and-blood characters as it evokes the most telling details of everyday life. Considered one of the finest French novels ever written, Bel Ami follows journalist Georges Duroy and his increasing stature among the Paris elite. With an immense thirst for power, Georges is not above an almost gleeful use of wealthy mistresses to achieve his ends.

    Neil Chisholm says: "Bel Ami or how to socially climb in 1885 Paris"
    "Scary to think people like Bel Ami actually exist!"
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    I listened and listened and kept hoping one of the characters -- any of the characters -- would give Georges Duroy a good thrashing!

    If this story is any indication, Guy de Maupassant doesn't have a good opinion of women. Is there nothing he can do that would make them dump him?! Only one woman in this story had any self-respect, and even she gave in to him!

    In any case, while this was written in 1885, I could see the exact same story being written about people today.

    And that is scary!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3825)
    Performance
    (3388)
    Story
    (3396)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Picked on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed!"
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    I don't know what made me select this story to listen to -- perhaps it was because it was narrated by Jim Broadbent. In any case, this was a good listen!

    Jim Broadbent's voice gave just the right amount of feeling to Harold's voice. This book was similar to a Faulkner work, in that the more you listened, the more you "peeled the onion" and learned what happened to cause the "Pilgrimage".

    The story wasn't one that you could say, "I've read/listened to something similar before." It was very unusual, and gave an excellent view of our current culture of celebrity.

    It seemed an incredible premise -- leaving the house to mail a letter to a friend, and instead starting to walk over 300 miles to see that friend. But the issues Harold dealt while walking were what we'd expect. And it was interesting to hear his voice and thoughts go through changes as the miles passed.

    The characters in this story were so well written. I could see the viewpoint of Harold, and that of his wife. I really felt for Harold throughout the story. I wanted him to succeed -- but I didn't want the story to end!

    I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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