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knyshop

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  • The Beginner's Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (144)

    Anne Tyler gives us a wise, haunting, and deeply moving new novel in which she explores how a middle-aged man, torn apart by the death of his wife, is gradually restored by her frequent appearances: in their house, on the roadway, in the market. Gradually he discovers, as he works in the family's vanity-publishing business, turning out titles that presume to guide beginners through the trials of life, that maybe for this beginner there is a way of saying goodbye.

    Elizabeth Ward says: "Anne Tyler at her Best"
    "Dealing with Loss can be Painful but Enlightening"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Beginner's Goodbye to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version (this is the only Anne Tyler book I have listened to in audio) but as a devoted fan of Ms. Tyler's writing, believe that either version could deliver the emotional effect commonly found in Ms. Tyler's books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist Aaron Woolcott. The true sorrow and love he describes when speaking of his wife, in spite of all the imperfections in their relationship-and themselves-was beautiful and heart wrenching.


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

    I loved the narration. Mr. Heyborne's reading brought me to tears.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14496)
    Performance
    (11897)
    Story
    (12521)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Awful Story and Narration"
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    Performance
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    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    Better story and writing. I was not at all interested in listening past the first sexual encounter between Christian and Anna. I was bored and quite frankly bewildered at this book's popularity.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sadly Ms. Bettoe sounds like the adult voice impersonating a teenager in the "To Catch a Predator" TV show


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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