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Joanna

Redding, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (441)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Cynthia says: "Masterful Story-tel!ing & Great Narration!"
    "I get it, I get it, I GET IT!!!!!"
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    Would you try another book from Tom Wolfe and/or Lou Diamond Phillips?

    Yes, I'm a fan of Tom Wolfe. I keep the hope.


    Would you recommend Back to Blood to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not this one, and it pains me to say that


    What about Lou Diamond Phillips’s performance did you like?

    Lou Diamond Phillips has many convincing voices and gives a great show


    Was Back to Blood worth the listening time?

    yes, but irritating


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Wolfe's use of repeated, repeated, repeated words and phrases was probably supposed to paint a picture and impress the reader of the importance of that sentiment. It worked for the first three or four times, then it turned old, old, old. I felt nagged, nagged, NAGGED and whacked over the head --over and over and over again. Bam, bam, bam, bam...you get the picture. Was the story not long enough? Did he feel he had to quadruple the length of the content? Did he not trust his readers to GET IT? Did he think he was writing a film script? As much as I liked Mr Phillips' dramatic performance, I started to have an urge to stuff a pillow in his face. It is still a credit to Mr Wolfe's story telling genius that I stuck through the whole thing, but irritated, irritated, irritated!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10616)
    Performance
    (5850)
    Story
    (5893)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "An ( auditory) visual delight"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Life of Pi to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print, but loved the audio


    What other book might you compare Life of Pi to and why?

    It's a completely realistic fantastic story. I hung on every one of Pi's words. I could imagine that events would have unfolded just that way. Pi's spirituality and his parent's bafflement at this was touching. Mostly, to me, his connection to the animals who were as they were. This was not Disney.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Pi decided that he has animal management skills and started to train Richard Parker.
    The realism and drama were continued as Pi continued to re-enforce the training as needed, always aware, always alert.
    Never relying on a perceived "connection" to Richard Parker.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I could not wait for the movie, which was done well, though, as usually, could not transmit all that the book did. Also, it was toned down for the children who probably expected a Disney animal story.
    Loved the visuals. It struck me by how much I had the sense of deja vu, since the words had already painted the pictures for me, shade by subtle shade.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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