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Shortfellow

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5
REVIEWS
3
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Museum of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Kemal, scion of one of the city's wealthiest families, is about to become engaged to Sibel, daughter of another prominent family, when he encounters F├╝sun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation. Once the long-lost cousins violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeosie - a world, as he lovingly describes it, with opulent parties and clubs, society gossip, picnics, and mansions on the Bosphorus, infused with the melancholy of decay.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "one of the very best I've ever heard"
    "Tried to like it but couldn't"
    Overall

    Much as I tried, I couldn't get interested in this book. The negative reviews were right and I wish I'd paid them heed.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By George Will
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home, Wrigley Field, as it turns one hundred years old. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history?

    Shortfellow says: "If you love the Cubs, Wrigley or George Will"
    "If you love the Cubs, Wrigley or George Will"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Nice Little Place on the North Side in three words, what would they be?

    Not a great book but a pleasant diversion for baseball fans especially those who have sacrificed a few brain cells for Heilemann-doused Cubs games. Will is always fun to read and his love of baseball (and Wrigley and the Cubs) is clear and dominant.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was pretty good but the narrator doesn't know enough about baseball to know how to pronounce Sutter (he pronounced it how it looks) or Alou (whom he called "A-lo-oo").

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Bunny Munro: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nick Cave
    • Narrated By Nick Cave
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Set adrift by his wife's suicide and struggling to keep some sort of grasp on reality, Bunny Munro drives off in his yellow Fiat Punto, Bunny Jr. in tow. To his son, waiting patiently in the car while he peddles beauty wares and quickies to lonely housewives in the south of England, Bunny is a hero, larger than life. But Bunny himself seems to have only a dim awareness of his son's existence, viewing his needs as a distraction from the relentless pursuit of sex, alcohol, and drugs.

    Lauren says: "Brilliant and disturbing"
    "Thirty minutes was all I could stand"
    Overall

    This may be a very good book for all I know (although I am doubtful). But this audio book is almost unlistenable. The narrator's monotonous presentation is bad enough, but the background music (apparently someone over-produced this audio book) is both irritating and too loud, it actually drowns out the reading. I forced myself to listen to a half hour of this terrible presentation before having mercy on myself. A wasted Audible credit as far as I'm concerned.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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