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  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (524)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "What a disappointment"
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    I usually enjoy books that span a lifetime, or at least a long time, but this was the exception. Instead of the story becoming rich with history as the book went one, it just became painful. I wanted to bonk both of the main characters over the head during most of the book, but held on thinking surely they would mature. Unfortunately they didn't.

    Despite the story falling short, some of the writing was quite well done and humorous. The narration was very good and is what saved the book from being put out to pasture before its completion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9158)
    Performance
    (8407)
    Story
    (8448)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Seven Hells! This is bad."
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    Loved everything about books 1-3. Book 4 is painful. The characters and the storylines interest me very little. I painstakingly listened to details that seemed to go nowhere. When it did circle around to a few of my favorite characters Roy Dotrice managed to take the enjoyment out of that.

    I really doubted it was actually Dotrice that was reading and went back to check more than once. With so many characters I can fully understanding slipping on some of the accents of the minor characters, but totally botching the major ones is unforgivable. Not only was he completely off on several of their accents, he mispronounced their names!!! Did he not review his prior work before doing this book? Was he drunk? In a hurry? Did he think no one was listening?

    I almost feel bad saying these things because I can’t help but wonder if he had stroke or other brain injury that would explain the drastic change. No matter what the case I fear I cannot forgive him for Arya…. why on earth did he transform this young, feisty, girl into a 95 year old witch? I loved Arya and now listening to her is like fingers on a chalkboard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34944)
    Performance
    (26012)
    Story
    (26379)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I didn't plan on enjoying it... but I did :)"
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    Not my usual type of book, so I was surprised when I enjoyed it so much. Didn't want to put it down (turn it off). The narrator did a good job. Didn't like the idea that she sounded much older than main character telling the story, but she grew on me quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (932)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "My father's favorite book"
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    I tried to read this book many years ago and just couldn't get into it. Since it is my fathers favorite book, I thought I would try again listening to it and see if that worked... it did! It is absurd and obnoxious at times, and I couldn't see what the appeal was at first. Once I realized it was not like anything else I had ever read and stopped trying to figure it out, it came to me. My father feels it is one of the best books that describes New Orleans French Quarter in the 1960's. He also has a satirical sense of humor that is not everyones cup of tea.

    Truly the pleasure is in both the writing and the narration. I even found myself replaying parts that were even funnier the 2nd time around. I was not a fan of the ending, but really the pleasure of this book is journey, not the arrival. Some books are not that different for me if I read them or listen to them. Listening to this one makes a world of difference. Barrett Whitener painted the accent and tone of each character that I never would have achieved by reading this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1599)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1015)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Thankful I wan't born in North Korea"
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    With such advanced communications in our world today it is amazing that an entire country can remain so secretive and sheltered from the rest of the world. While I had heard that North Korea was very isolated I had no idea the extent. Barbara Demick does an excellent job of illustrating how that manifests in the daily lives of North Koreans. This is the stuff you expect to read in history books... not the stuff you think is happening in our lifetime. Fascinating from the first chapter, I couldn't wait to find out what happened with each of the characters.

    The narration took a bit to get used to, but as the book went on I appreciated her slow nature, especially with many of the names I was unfamiliar with and trying to keep straight. I also felt the rather monotone narration fit well with the monotonous oppression prevalent throughout the stories in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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